When it comes to wedding planning, the ceremony is great, but let’s face it, the party is the main event! Everyone smiling and celebrating the happy couple. The food, the dance offs, the cake! It’s everything you spent months or even years agonizing over, trying to get perfect and plan down to the last tiny detail. So why not get some inspiration on how to make that event the event that everyone talks about when they look back on your day?! We found some really fun ideas to keep the reception fresh and fun for everyone! So grab your partner and Grandma from her seat and dance a little, celebrate, you just got married!
Well, they’re not really secrets—just super-solid ideas.
Sure, the ceremony is the most important part of the day for you and your partner, but the reception is what your guests are most looking forward to. Make the reception celebration memorable and personal, and plan a night your guests won’t forget. Still looking for your dream reception space? Check out all the venues in your area here.
Arrange Seating Assignments Thoughtfully
It sounds obvious, but it belongs on the list: Seat guests with people they’ll know and get along with. A well-thought-out seating chart leads to great conversation, which leads to a great dance party, which leads to…well, you get the idea! So seat your high school track teammates near your college running buddies, and put your tween cousins with other kids their age rather than their parents (and keep track of it all with our seating chart tool).
Give Out Party Favors
Don’t forget that a reception is a party! Let your guests know that it’s okay to cut loose after a formal ceremony by passing out fun wedding favors at the reception. A few of our favorite ideas? Funky masks, sunglasses or Silly String.
Keep the Toasts Short (and Prep Your Toasters)
As meaningful and wonderful as toasts can be, it’s really all about quality over quantity. So direct anyone who is speaking in advance to keep their speeches to two minutes max and ask them to share any other long stories at a prewedding party like the rehearsal dinner.
Have a Game Plan for Kids
To keep the little ones entertained throughout the night (and to give their parents an opportunity to hit the dance floor), have an area specifically for them. In a separate room, arrange for a babysitter who can set up movies for them to watch and games to play. Or designate a couple tables just for the kids and pack them with coloring books, crayons and small toys.
Jazz Up Your First Dance
All eyes will be on you during your first dance, which means it’s the perfect opportunity to shock your guests. Imagine starting with a slow dance to “At Last” and then suddenly switching to a fast, sexy Latin dance or a jazzy swing step. It’ll totally throw your guests for a loop and set the tone for a lively dance party.
Plan an Interactive Food Station
Great food makes great celebrations, but customizable food (so that everyone gets exactly what they like) is even better. A mac-and-cheese station, pasta bar or grilled cheese station where people can choose their own toppings and sauces will leave you with happy, well-fed guests ready to have a good time.
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