The ceremony is emotional. It’s all about the vows and union of two people who love each other very much. Though an important part of your wedding day, but the celebration begins once the reception starts. Great food, good music, and plenty of company, everyone is ready to congregate and have a good time. Adding a few fun, personal, and unique touches to the occasion ensure that your reception is the celebration it was meant to be. Here are some cool ideas.
Sparklers for the Speeches
Bottle sparklers are a fun addition to your wedding reception. Just when it’s time for the bridal party to give their speeches, have the wait staff bring out your chosen bottles of champagne and turn off or dim the lights. The sparklers give off a really nice effect and can even be fun for the kids.
The Right Tunes to Jam To
Having a few slow, romantic songs for your wedding reception is fine, but if you really want to get the party jumping you need to have the right tunes to jam to. Talk with your DJ ahead of time to come up with a playlist that can appeal to all ages. A really great idea is to have line dance music like the Cupid Shuffle, Electric Slide, and Cha Cha Slide. These really break the ice and get people on the dance floor.
Creative Food Stations
Lots of couples are moving away from the traditional reception meals (beef, chicken, or fish) and have moved onto food stations. Even if you’ve decided to go with traditional appetizers and entrees, you can add to the festivities by incorporating a few food stations. Allow your guests to make their own ice cream sundaes or s’mores for a sweet treat!
The reception is all about fun and entertainment so why not wow your guests with some special effects. The bride and groom’s first dance can be in the center of the ballroom floor using a smoke machine. As the bridal party is introduced, consider a fun idea like a confetti cannon!
Keep the Kids Entertained
If children are allowed to attend your reception you don’t want to forget about keeping them entertained. Set up an area for arts and crafts or arrange for them to watch a few movies they’ll enjoy. You’ll want to make sure you have a few friends or family members volunteer to oversee everything.
Want to get fun pictures of your guests? Rent a photo booth and watch everyone go wild. Have a few props available for them to use that are related to the theme of your wedding. Mardi gras masks, Hollywood glam hats and feathers, or summer shades are very popular.
Your wedding day only happens once (or so you hope) so why not make it a day to remember? The reception is really the time where everyone can let their hair down and have a good time. A few little details can go a long way in making the occasion fun, exciting, and one that no one will soon forget.