How to plan a wedding your guests (and you) will actually enjoy!
Let’s face it.
Planning a wedding takes some major time, money, and effort, so you want your friends and family — as well as yourself — to have a blast at your reception!
If you are looking for some easy ways to take your wedding to the next level — we have you covered.
Here are some quick tips that will ensure your wedding is a fun-filled event that your guests will talk about for years to come.
1. Enlist the help of your guests in creating a killer playlist
One way to ensure your friends and family will be busting moves on the dance floor is to get their input on your reception playlist.
Whether you are booking a DJ, hiring a band, or putting together a playlist of your own, including crowd pleasers like “Shout,” “Take on Me,” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” is guaranteed to result in a memorable dance party.
To find out what songs your guests want to hear, include a section on your RSVP for them to add their two cents about your wedding playlist.
Create extra fun memories with a photo booth or instant camera
No matter what your budget, incorporating instant photos into your wedding reception is certain to be a hit.
Rented photo booths with fun props and accessories are always a blast, and if one is in the budget, we say go for it!
However, just because you don’t want to shell out cash on a photo booth doesn’t mean you can’t have some photo fun of you own!
All you need is an instant camera, plenty of film, and voila — you have a DIY photo booth of your very own.
We suggest letting guests keep one copy and asking them to add another to your album with a special note to commemorate your wedding day.
Embrace your inner child
The mood of the children at your wedding can really make or break a wedding reception, which is why it is so important to consider your youngest guests when planning your wedding.
If your nieces, nephews, and children of friends are bored and grumpy, chances are their parents will want to dip out early and head home.
BUT, if the kids in attendance are having a blast, it can boost your wedding reception energy and make it an unforgettable night of fun!
Some fun ideas for entertaining kids during your reception include setting up stations with games, coloring books, and puzzles, planning a wedding-themed scavenger hunt, or setting up a kid’s zone with fun movies, books, and toys.
Keep the party going strong with late night snacks
If you want your guests to party into the wee hours of the morning, be prepared with late night snacks to fuel their energy!
This is an element that often gets overlooked and will keep spirits high well past midnight.
And it doesn’t have to be fancy — mini pizzas, cookies, french fries, soft pretzels, and other classic pub snacks are certain to delight your guests and keep that party going all night long.
Mix things up with comfy lounge areas
Instead of sticking to the traditional banquet table setup, help guests relax and get comfortable by setting up comfortable lounge areas with couches, chairs, and even floor cushions.
You can customize this idea to the specifics of your wedding.
For instance, if you are planning an outdoor fall wedding, you might want to set up chairs with cozy blankets around a fire pit.
For a seaside wedding in the dog days of summer, you might opt for outdoor lounge furniture with fans and umbrellas.
Having these areas to kick back and chat with friends and family will create a fun and relaxed atmosphere with a less formal feel.
Plan an epic wedding send off
Nothing is worse than a lackluster farewell at the end of an otherwise amazing wedding celebration.
Fortunately, with a little planning, you can wow your guests and create an exit to remember.
Some totally unique wedding send off ideas that will set your wedding apart and wrap up your reception with a bang, include wedding sparklers, a lantern release, confetti cannons, and glow sticks.
We’ve even seen couples plan elaborate firework shows and set off colorful smoke bombs for an extra dramatic departure.
Whatever you opt for, planning an out-of-the-box wedding exit will ensure the last moments of your wedding are as picture perfect as the first.