If you’re anything like me, then you love a good wedding reception.
There’s certainly something about a wedding that seems to get everyone going, whether that be parents and grandparents that may have had a little too much to drink hitting the dancefloor or just the general optimism that is always in the air.
However, no wedding reception is complete without some memorable wedding reception entertainment. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about trying to find some wedding reception party ideas because we have a comprehensive list of traditional and modern ideas that you can implement throughout your special day.
Our ideas include all of the following:
- Photo Booths
- Traditional Dancing
- Memory Lane Tributes
- Desert Buffets
- Casino Hires
- Chocolate Fountains
- Firework Displays
- Glow Shows
- Wandering Acts
So without further ado – let’s get into it.
#1 Book a Local DJ
A DJ is quite possibly the most obvious choice for some wedding reception party entertainment. However, they always seem to go down well. Armed with some classic party tracks and a collection of modern singles, there always seems to be something for everyone.
Verdict: A great choice if you are desperate for some entertainment. Always guaranteed to get your guests involved and please everyone.
#2 Photobooth Hire
In recent years, the inclusion of a wow factor Inflatable LED Photobooth hire has become hugely popular. Gone are the days of the old fashion metal cased frames that take one Polaroid shot. Using the latest technology including digital SLR’s, instant printing, social media share, HD video and much more. We provide wedding photo booth hire in Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire, London, Greater London, Hertfordshire, Northamptonsshire, Buckinghamshire and many more areas. It’s a great way to get the entire guest list involved.
Verdict: A great modern alternative to wedding photographers with a great range of props and fancy dress equipment that are guaranteed to brighten up your evening and create some great memories.
#3 Get Your Dancing Shoes On! Traditional Dancing is Great
If you want some wedding reception party ideas that are guaranteed to get everyone moving, then going down the route of some traditional dancing will certainly almost guarantee it. It’s a great way to get the older guests involved too – if your grandparents are anything like mine, they simply will not be able to resist a cheeky dance with their grandson/daughter.
Verdict: Not actively used as often as it once was, but it is a great way to keep some traditional themes within your day and the grandparents will absolutely love it.
#4 Memory Lane Tributes
Now this is something that seems to be more popular across the pond in the states but it has started to become more popular here in the UK too. You can add a personal memory to each guests table to add something a little different to the day.
Verdict: A fantastic way to add a personal touch to any wedding day or reception. It’s great if you want to keep your guests involved in the day, making them feel part of your fantastic memories.
#5 Desert Buffets
We love food. Period.
A very American term, but a good one to sum up this next point. Everyone loves a sweet after a nice meal. Why not line up a selection of your favourite deserts during your reception? It’s an easy way to get guests interacting and mingling with one another too.
Verdict: Great if your guests and bridal party are known for having a bit of a sweet tooth. Use deserts from your childhood to really capture your own and guests imagination.
#6 Casino Hires
We attended a wedding show recently and surprisingly one of the most popular wedding reception party ideas was a Casino hire group. We went to a reception a little over a year ago and they had a Casino hire for a couple of hours and it went down brilliantly.
Naturally at wedding receptions, it tends to be the ladies that prefer to get up and have a dance, so it’s only fair that there is an alternative to the dancefloor for the guys. Although, we did discover that the Casino went down a treat with absolutely everyone!
Verdict: Not an obvious choice for party ideas but a proven successful one nevertheless. Hire packages often include common games such as Blackjack, Poker, Roulette and more.
#7 Chocolate Fountains
Here in the UK, we are a nation of chocolate lovers.
Believe it or not, we have even been known to enjoy fruit too. So why not consider combining the two? Chocolate fountains usually combine your favourite fruity treats and sweets with either a dark, milk or white chocolate bowl of chocolatey goodness.
Verdict: A great introduction for any wedding reception party but it can become quite messy. If you intend to use this – make sure that you don’t get any on the wedding dress!
#8 Firework Displays
This was used at a wedding we went to a little over 3 years ago now. The bride had arranged a personalised firework display to be shown in the evening to act as an “opening ceremony” for the reception.
It was fantastic, it looked great, sounded great and was a catalyst for a fantastic evening for the couple.
Verdict: Can be quite a pricey addition but certainly worth the money you pay. If you do decide to use a firework display, remember to request using your own music if you want to add a theme. It’s a great way to add a personal touch.
#9 Glow Shows
Spandex, fire and glowing apparatus. What more could you want? A gymnastic glow show is something that isn’t used too much as wedding receptions. However, for that reason alone, it provides a great surprise for your guests and will certainly add something a little different.
Verdict: A really great alternative for a wedding reception entertainment idea. Guaranteed to “wow” your guests and provide some great entertainment for your evening.
#10 Wandering Acts
We mentioned one of these acts on a recent post on corporate party entertainment ideas that you can read here. Silhouette carving acts are something that you would be foolish not to consider at your wedding reception.
Acts such as this aren’t seen too often and can provide an element of personality to the day as well as a personal memento to take away from the day.
Verdict: A really great, unique act. Very good for those wedding receptions that want to create something different. In addition it’s a great act to have that allows you to physically take something away from the day.