How to Create a Unique, Memorable Reception Your Guests will Love
Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life. You want your guests to enjoy your special day as much as you do. When planning your wedding reception, keep the following ideas in mind, and your guests will be sure to enjoy the day and remember the event for years to come.
Activities for Younger Guests (and the Young at Heart)
Your guests might bring their children to your wedding, but that doesn’t mean your wedding has to be filled with screaming, unhappy toddlers. Providing activities to keep the little ones busy during your reception is a simple task that will keep the children occupied, make their parents feel welcomed, and keep your reception free of unwanted distractions and potential destruction. Providing activities such as coloring books will entertain the children and provide cute, little keepsakes for your guests or even for you. Keep it classy by making the activities wedding-themed or by choosing crayon/marker colors that accent your reception’s color scheme.
Hire a Catering Service
One of the most important and anticipated elements of your wedding reception is the food. It may not always occur to you, while wrapped up in all the planning and celebrating which precedes the wedding, that if you want your guests to stick around for the whole reception you’ll have to provide them with something good to eat. Too often, reception hosts will offer only hors d’oeuvres or desserts, leaving the guests wondering why they took the time to dress up and travel to a long venue which doesn’t provide food. Have your reception catered with enough food to provide an actual meal for each guest—the type of food served depends on you, but you should take into account what your guests will be comfortable with. An events organizer with a BBQ catering service in Fort Worth says that reception guests tend to enjoy food that they can eat while they move and mingle, like sandwiches and kebabs, over foods which keep them seated and stationary. Keep this in mind when looking for a catering service, if you want your guests to socialize and participate while they eat.
Photo Booth / Photo Guest Book
Let your guests create spontaneous memories at your wedding reception. By renting a photo booth or providing a Polaroid camera at the entrance to your reception, guests can take memorable photos for you to keep in lieu of a writing in a guestbook. Guests will enjoy themselves, and you and your groom will have more than a book of signatures at the end of the night.
Alcohol isn’t the only thing you can serve at the bar at your wedding—alternative bars are becoming very popular at receptions. Confetti bars, with selections of ribbon, decorative papers and glitter, allow your guests to choose how to decorate the table and dance floor, while candy bars offer a variety of chocolates and candies for guests to take home as a gift. A cake bar is perfect for guests who can’t decide what flavor they fancy, and an ice cream sundae bar will give guests a fun way to create their own desserts.
Make your wedding one of the greatest memories your guests will ever have. Creating a unique reception will not only make your wedding stand out, but it will also ensure you and your guests have the time of your lives.