Tips On How To Host A Fun And Entertaining Wedding Reception

October 9, 2019

“Don’t worry guys, I can talk about this stuff! Not a complete loner! Mr G HAS already popped the all-important question to yours truly. However, it’s just so that life takes priority, and in this particular case has caused an unfortunate shelve on the entire idea for planning our idyllic wedding day – Only for the time being!” 

Your wedding day is probably going to be the biggest day of your life. For this reason, you need to make sure that your celebrations are unique, fun and personal. However, I’m sure you guys would agree that just by watching ALL the girly chick-flicks, rom-coms and movies you can become easily prepared for what’s to come when it comes to getting married. If you are looking for some inspiration then simply take a look below.

Seating

You should never discount the importance of a good seating arrangement. Place your guests with other people who you know they will get along with. Sure, it may seem like a good idea to sit strangers with one another as it encourages people to make new friends, but at the end of the day not everyone would be comfortable with this. If you have a well-planned out arrangement, then this can open great conversation, and this will then translate into an unforgettable night. If you don’t know where to start then think about placing your college friends together, and kids together. From there, you can then focus on other groups, such as work colleagues and family.

Favours

Wedding favours really do have an impact on how special your day is overall. You should always let your guests know how much you appreciate having them there by giving them a treat to take home.  This doesn’t have to be expensive either, so if you’re on a budget then you have nothing to worry about. Consider including a hot cocoa and marshmallow mix, or even a bag of your favourite coffee beans. Cute plants and sunglasses branded with your initials are also ideal if you want to give your wedding a fun and unique twist. At the end of the day, your wedding favours should always relate to your big day, so if you are having a theme then make sure that you run with it.

Keep your Toast Short

Wedding toasts really are about quality over quantity. Ask anyone who is speaking to try and keep their toast short. Ideally it should be around two minutes long. If you know that they are going to want to share more then have them do this at the rehearsal dinner instead.

Have a Plan for Kids

If you want to keep the kids entertained throughout the night, then consider giving them their own designated area. You can then arrange to have a babysitter who can watch them while the parents hit the dancefloor. If you want to take things to that next level then consider having a few tables with colouring books, games, crayons and even small toys.

Shake Things Up

When you have your first dance, all eyes will be on you. This is the perfect time for you to blow your guests away with a super fun surprise. You could start with a romantic dance song and then change gears to a Latin dance or even a fun arrangement. This is a great way for you to make your wedding memorable.

Interactive Food Station

Great food really does make for a great celebration. If you want to make the most out of this then you need to offer guests that everyone can customise to their liking. Interactive food stations include a macaroni and cheese bar, or even custom sushi-rolling. Guests will then be able to choose what they want, and everyone is guaranteed to have a fantastic time. If you are doing this then make sure that you list it on your hand-outs for your guests when you invite them to your wedding. This is the best way for you to make sure that everyone is happy and that you aren’t going to trigger any allergies. If you haven’t sorted out your invites yet then check out these luxury wedding invites from Pure Invitation.

Rethink Dinner

Instead of having a full, three-course menu, why not stretch it out over five or six smaller courses instead? This gives you the chance to plan a couple of small surprises in-between and you can also have a few one-minute speeches too. This will give your guests so much more of a fun experience and it will also make them feel as though they are being continually entertained.

Change

You are not going to have a great time at your wedding reception if you can’t take more than a few steps without your train catching. After the first dance, consider swapping your dress for something more comfortable. You can put on a little white dress if you want to stay with the theme, or if you are the groom, you can have a more relaxed suit instead. If you are free to move around then you will dance more and have ten times the amount of fun.

Surprise Entertainment

Sometimes having a surprise at your wedding is the best way to make your event memorable. Surprise your loved ones by giving them entertainment, such as a mariachi band, magician or even a salsa dancer.

Your Band and Music

There is nothing worse than having the band take a break, right when the dance floor starts to heat up. One way for you to make sure that this doesn’t happen at the wedding would be for you to talk with the band first to see how they handle breaks when you hire them. It’s important to know that some groups will rest in shifts so that the music carries on, and others will put on some filler music.

Find a Good DJ

If you are having a DJ, then you need to make sure that you are on the same page. Music is a major fun factor in your wedding, and if your DJ is constantly playing obscure songs or even tracks that are hard to dance to then this won’t be doing your guests any favours at all. If you have some songs that you absolutely don’t want to be played, then it’s worth talking to your DJ about this beforehand so that your day doesn’t end up being awkward. Believe it or not, it’s little things like this that will help you to make the most out of your day while also making sure that it is memorable in general. If you’re stuck for a DJ then look up reviews online.

Whether you’re married or not, I want to hear your perfect day! Let me know below!!

Speak soon xx

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