A wedding reception can sometimes be a difficult thing to plan. You need to maintain a party atmosphere for 3-4 hours, and entaining a large group of people for that long can be a little daunting. Here’s 4 tips that can help you think through what you’d like for your reception and how to get guests partying!
1. Your reception is a way to thank your guests for coming to support you and celebrate with you. Keep them engaged in the party with fun activities for them as much as for you:
– have a photobooth- hire it out, do a DIY one on your own. You photographer will have great suggestions for you. Guest LOVE photobooths. (ask about OCL’s roaming photobooth!)
– give your guests a scavenger hunt: look for the bride and groom kissing, a red rose, an abandoned glass of champagne. I’ve seen one couple give a fantastic prize to the guest who finishes theirs first an yells out a designated phrase like “CRESSIDA AND IVAN FOREVER!”. It was pretty hilarious!
– do a snowball dance: the bridal party dances, then goes and grabs a guest. Those guests grab another guest, and pretty soon, everyone is up and dancing.
– tell fun stories about each other in your toasts.
2. Set a great ambiance:
-hire a band or a DJ that’s more than just background music- a good D.J will know how to get a crowd going.
-ask for music recommendations to get your guests dancing, or their favorite cocktail or appetizer if your caterer is open to requests.
-consider uplighting creat an ethereal or club like atmosphere. Uplighting is also an inexpensive way to make a reception venue go from drab to fab. The right lighting and music combo sets a celebratory atmosphere, while making guests feel comfortable. http://www.rentmywedding.com/Rent-Uplighting.html is great affordable resource!
3. Keep things moving along, but with plenty of time for mingling
-set the stage by making the rounds of the tables with toasting glasses during the meal. Encourage people to dance and have fun! Hug! Celebrate! Merry make!
-ask your DJ to announce activities a few minutes in advance so people know what’s coming next.
4. Let guests into your relationship:
-post a pictorial history of you both so that guests can know when you had your first kiss, your first date, or how your groom proposed!
Enjoy these suggestions! I hope they’ve helped you to think about how to make your reception one awesome party! As always, I’d love to be a resource for you! feel free to drop an email and ask about the things I’ve seen, because I’ve pretty much seen (and photographed) it all!