Your wedding reception does not have to be a cookie-cutter affair. With a little creativity, you can elevate your celebration into something that goes above and beyond for your guests. Here are five ways that you can make your wedding reception extra fun.
Design a Signature Cocktail
You do not have to settle for an ordinary bar set-up for your wedding reception. While you want to have a variety of beer and wine for your guests to enjoy throughout the party, it is also fun to offer a signature cocktail. You and your partner can work with the bartender to design a drink that is reflective of your interests.
For example, if you are getting ready to head to Mexico for your honeymoon, perhaps you want to offer everyone a festive margarita when they arrive at the venue? If you and your partner met while studying abroad in Brazil, a caipirinha is a perfect choice to honor this part of your relationship. Offering just one hard alcoholic drink in addition to the beer and wine will also help you save money and streamline bartending.
Are you hosting a casual outdoor wedding reception? Providing a variety of lawn games will encourage your guests to mingle and get into the spirit of the day. Lawn games are great icebreakers for the cocktail hour portion of your event.
Games that go over well at wedding receptions include Bocce ball, corn hole, horseshoes, and croquet. For a great photo op, consider a giant Jenga set. Be sure to provide some games for the younger set if you have invited kids to your wedding reception. A scavenger hunt for the kids is always a fun idea to keep them busy while you are waiting for dinner to be served.
Capture the Moment with a Photobooth
There is no better way to capture the candid moments of your reception than with an interactive photo booth. This party element has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years. This popularity makes it easier than ever to gather everything that you will need to pull off a successful photo booth.
Be sure to order plenty of creative photo booth signs and props. This will allow your friends and family to get creative with their poses. You can even find packages of themed photo booth signs that are designed specifically for a wedding.
Light it Up
As one of the most important days of your life, your reception deserves to be celebrated in a big way. If your budget can afford it, consider having a small fireworks display to cap off the celebration. If you think ahead, you can purchase a variety of boomers for rock-bottom prices at the end of the 4th of July holiday when vendors are looking to offload their product.
What could be more romantic than watching the skies light up in celebration with your love at your side? If you want the same effect without all of the price and hassle, you can give your guests sparklers to light as you and your new spouse make your way out of the venue. This is a beautiful sendoff and a fun way to get your guests involved in the festivities.
Keep the Party Going
If you know that your guests will want to party into the night, consider planning an after-party. Rather than just hitting the bar down the street when your reception venue closes, think ahead and plan a spot for everyone to gather. This is a good idea if you have a lot of younger guests.
It is recommended to pick a venue and theme that is in direct contrast to your reception. For example, if you planned a fancy sit-down affair for your reception, booking a space at a bar with a karaoke machine will go over well for a change of pace. Do not feel obligated to stay long at the after-party event. Everyone will understand that you are anxious to get on with your night.
These five ideas will give you guests something to remember. What better way to celebrate this new season in your life than with an epic party? You will not regret making the effort to make your wedding reception stand out from the rest.