Once the ceremony and meal are over and you’ve exchanged rings, strode through the confetti your friends and family popped in your honor and thoroughly indulged in delicious food, it’s time to get the party started. The reception is the part of the day where you can finally let loose. You can pull your hair down, undo your top button, and jive away until it’s time for everyone to go home.
For a lot of people, this is what they look forward to. Everyone finally gets the chance to chat with the happy couple, take photos, and dance the night away. But while the reception is always fun, there are ways to make it even better.
Bringing some unique and exciting features to your reception can transform it from a good time to a great one. If you’ve got a wedding coming up or want to get some ideas before your big day comes, whenever that might be, here are some fun additions to make the reception pop.
Sweets and Treats
No matter what anyone says, there’s always room for more food after the 3-course meal. Evening food, typically a buffet, along with sweet treats, keeps everyone happy and also mitigates the effects of however drinks they may have consumed.
Custom candy bars for weddings are a great way to keep the guest’s energy up, and it also gives them a superb souvenir to take home with them. Whether they want to keep the whole candy bar as a memento or just the wrapper, they’ll have something to remember the day by for them to keep.
No wedding is complete without great tunes to keep the dancefloor full throughout the night. While traditional weddings use a DJ or a wedding band, you can combine these with a Jukebox that allows guests to pick their favorite songs to dance to.
A jukebox gives people the chance to hear songs that might not be on the DJ’s playlist and using a jukebox lets the band take a break without grinding the dance floor to a halt. However, while jukeboxes are great for getting your guests involved, there is the potential for repeats and even getting songs cut off halfway through, so you may need to be vigilant about who gets too close to it.
While you will have no doubt employed a professional photographer to capture every moment of your big day, a photobooth allows your guests to get creative and adds a splash of silliness to the reception. These photobooths are perfect for capturing funny or downright weird snaps of you, your partner, family, friends, and other guests.
The kids love it, and you could argue that adults enjoy it even more, especially after a few drinks. Photobooths come complete with props, hats, and an array of other accessories for people to experiment with and get some fantastic and unique photos for you to look back on and see how much fun everyone had.
The First Dance
Choosing your first dance can be tricky. Do you go for a slow ballad? Or do you go for something that will get feet tapping and people itching to join you on the dancefloor?
The decision is entirely yours, and there are pros and cons to both options. However, if you want to make your first dance one to remember (because how many slow dances are too many?) why not you and your partner learn a dance routine to your favorite song to show off as your first act as a married couple.
From this, there will be pictures, videos, and lots of hootin’ and hollerin’ from your guests amazed at the original routine you’ve put on for them.
While we’ve realized social media isn’t the Holy Grail of the Internet we once thought, you can still use it to your advantage. Arguably the best way to do this is to create a wedding hashtag that your guests can use to tag photographs, statuses, and stories they take at your wedding.
Much like the photobooth, it gives you a peek into the other happenings during the wedding. You likely spent so much time rushing around, saying hello and thank you to everybody that you didn’t notice a lot that’s going on. With this hashtag, you can keep up to date with everybody and also see some pictures while you wait for the official photographs.
Having a drink is just part of the wedding day; there’s no escaping that. While most guests will have their preferred beverage to sip throughout the night, you can treat your guests by offering designated couples drinks, one for you and one for your partner.
Typically, you both choose your favorite drink, usually a cocktail, and instruct the bar staff to serve it to anyone who asks. Some venues do not make all drinks, so this gives everyone a chance to enjoy a taste of what you like.
Couples drinks also make for excellent photo ops, with the wedding party sipping at their chosen drink, which you can capture through the photographer or from each others’ phones.
A Little Bit of You
The wedding is about you and your partner, so lean wholly into this by bringing a little bit of you to the reception. This can be anything you like, and people often use it to show off their passions. If you’re a couple who loves to travel, cuisine, music, or entertainment from places you have visited is always a great choice.
You can also sprinkle the venue with photographs of you and your partner as you’ve grown up. A lot of people may not have known either of you for as long as others, so this gives everyone a chance to get an idea of who you were and how you came to be the person you are today.
A Night to Remember
Your friends and family will have a blast regardless of how you choose to organize your wedding day, but if you want to add a little bit more flavor to the event, these additions for your reception are a superb place to start.