At one time, a typical wedding reception needed nothing more than a small group of musicians to keep guests entertained. Today, however, DJ’s and wedding singers aren’t enough to make your wedding reception any different from the five (or so) weddings everyone has to attend every year. Work with your caterer to create a variety of entertaining activities for everyone at your wedding.
For the kids, you should consider a play zone. For a reception space with an outdoor area, you might want to rent a small playground to keep the kids active. If you have more than ten kids coming to the wedding, consider hiring a balloon artist, magician, or face painter to keep the kids engaged.
Instant camera and portable photo booths are also a popular way for your guests to create a custom keepsake. While disposable cameras have been a wedding table staple for three decades, art supplies are showing up on reception tables as a way of encouraging guests to create a gift for you or souvenir for themselves.
For a , offer a guided wine tasting or group dancing lesson. Some hosts offer guests the chance to compete in an American Idol-like competition for anyone willing to sing, dance, or perform stand-up comedy for the crowd.
In the end, a wedding reception is a party. And while the day should celebrate the new couple, the reception should include a variety of ways to keep the guests entertained. Most catering companies have strong connections with local entertainment and will help you create an unforgettable event.