Every bride and groom want to treat their guests to a fabulous evening of fun and celebration, but it can be difficult to keep the excitement going hour after hour, especially late into the night. But with a little creativity and planning, you can incorporate some very memorable details that will keep guests entertained from the moment you say “I do,” until the last song is played on the dance floor.
Here are 5 expert tips you can use to create a high-energy wedding reception that no one would dare call boring!
- Take advantage of unique rental items
One way to really incorporate the element of fun into your wedding is to wow your guests with some unique rental items like cotton candy or popcorn machines, a red carpet entrance or dazzling chandeliers. These items can help set the tone for your entire reception and make your wedding stand out from all the rest.
- Make meal time interactive
We have all been to countless sit down dinners where everyone is served the same exact dish. Make your wedding dinner more fun by allowing guests to take an active role in the action. Think family-style dining, fondue fountains at each table or food stations scattered around the reception that encourage guests to mix and mingle – not sit stagnant in one chair all night. This will also help guests get to know each other which will lead to a more personal celebration the rest of the night.
- Creating an appealing dance floor
If creating a party atmosphere where everyone hits the dance floor for hours is part of your dream wedding vision, then you’ll want to be sure to select the perfect size and style of dance floor to attract your guests! A dance floor that is too small, not well defined or placed in an obscure part of your venue won’t make guests want to lace up their dancing shoes. Be sure and talk with a wedding expert who can help you choose the right dance floor for your reception.
- Be strategic with your play list
The music you play throughout your reception can have a huge impact on the tone of your wedding. If you want to create an upbeat and energetic atmosphere, be sure and reflect this in your choice of songs. Throughout dinner you’ll want to have easy-listening music for guests to enjoy while they eat and talk. But as soon as you’re ready to get guests moving toward the dance floor, you’ll want to pick a mix of songs that are popular today and popular from the average decade that your guests grew up in. Who doesn’t love a good throw back? Most importantly, make sure to communicate the “feel” you want to create with your playlist to your DJ!
- Space out your surprises to keep guests around longer
Finally, make your wedding a celebration that your guests will talk about for years to come by incorporating various surprises throughout the night. It’s important to space out the surprises so that they add a burst of energy and excitement right when things may be dying down. For example, after an hour or so of dancing, bring out a Sno-Kone machine for guests to cool down and replenish their sugar rush. Not only will these surprises create a fun, lasting memory, they will also encourage guests to stick around a bit longer to see what else you have planned for them!
What other details have helped to make a wedding you’ve attended fun and exciting? Share your suggestions by commenting below!