Fun Activities for Your Wedding Reception
Whether you are planning an event at your reception or you want something fun to keep your guests laughing and having a good time, you will want to have some form of entertainment to make your wedding memorable.
Some couples like to be sure that there are fun photos of their wedding while others like to base their reception around music. The following ideas detail some new and some time-honored traditions for fun activities during your wedding reception.
Mr. and Mrs. Quiz
The Mr. and Mrs. Quiz is always a fun go-to for reception entertainment. Husband and wife sit facing the guests while an emcee asks basic questions about each other. You are both provided with a small whiteboard and marker to mark an answer to a question. You might be surprised by the answers your new spouse gives about your driving abilities or shoe size, while your guests will get a laugh.
Fun with Cameras
Providing a digital or Polaroid camera and an erasable message board in a special space at your reception can give your guests an amusing activity while giving you some great memories or moments you might miss at your wedding. Since you probably won’t have time to speak with every guest that comes to your wedding, setting up a small 8×12 inch message board next to a camera and having your guests write special messages or wedding wishes to you and taking pictures of themselves holding their written message will give everyone a chance to wish you well.
If you want to provide a more familiar photo experience, photo booths are available to rent for special occasions. Having a photo booth is a good way to ensure that you’ll get pictures of everybody, because people of all ages and walks of life enjoy photo booth pictures. When the fun is over and you’ve been married for years you will still have pictures of six of your younger cousins cramming into the booth or your great aunt making goofy faces. If you want your guests to be able to mix things up a little, put a basket of props outside the booth that contains mementos from your life with your partner or funny costume pieces.
The dollar dance is a time-honored tradition in which guests give a dollar or more in cash to the bride or groom and share a dance with them. This can be a fun way of getting small donations towards your honeymoon or starting your new life with your soon to be spouse. There is no pressure for guests who don’t want to participate, however, it is a good idea to let them know there will be a dollar dance in the wedding invitation, so that they can decide ahead of time how much they would like to donate.
“Marry-oke” otherwise known as wedding karaoke, is a unique and fun way to celebrate your marriage and entertain your guests. Whether your friends and relatives are musically inclined or not this is one form of entertainment that will keep them laughing and having a blast. Depending on what your guests choose to sing, it is likely that several songs will make good dancing songs, so those that aren’t singing will be equally engaged. Most DJ’s will have a wide selection of music so that many guests will find something fun that resonates with them. Be sure you have someone video-taping because you won’t want to forget your uncle singing Britney Spears.