Most wedding receptions follow this script: Cocktail hour, dinner, dancing, cake, go home.
But that doesn’t mean your wedding has to!
If you’re not into dancing or you want to shake things up a bit, you don’t need to worry that your reception will be boring or a disappointment to your guests. There are tons of ways to have fun without kicking up your heels.
Change the Timing
Dinner and dancing go together perfectly if you’re planning an evening wedding and reception. Schedule your wedding for earlier in the day, and there will be less of an expectation that there will be dancing. Brunch and lunchtime weddings are becoming increasingly popular.
You can also shorten your wedding reception to a cocktail hour with appetizers and/or desserts. Just be sure to let guests know that no meal will be served.
Then, take that morning or afternoon wedding outdoors. A daytime, outdoor wedding lends itself to lawn games, which can get your guests talking, mingling, and laughing together. Some popular wedding lawn games are:
- Ring toss
- Bocce ball
- Giant lawn versions if popular games like Jenga or Yahtzee
- Scavenger hunt
If you’re going this route, let guests know the plan so they can dress accordingly or bring a change of clothing or shoes.
Inside wedding? Break out the board games!
Mix Up the Menu
Add special treats onto the menu at your reception, no matter where or when you’re having it. Dessert bars, sundae bars, and nacho bars get guests snacking and talking. Food trucks are a trendy – and fun – food option that is sure to surprise your guests. If beer and wine are your thing, bring in an expert to conduct beer and wine tastings with your guests.
Put on a Show
If games aren’t your thing, hire an entertainer! Magicians, comedians, or professional singers make for great wedding entertainment. Murder mysteries are another way to get your guests up and talking at your reception as they work to find out “whodunit.”
Think Outside the Box
This is your wedding day, so share the things that you love most. Here are some other fun activities to consider:
- DIY craft stations
- Photo booth
- Artists like caricaturists, dancers, silhouette artists, etc.
- Fortune teller or Tarot card reader
- Seasonal activities like caroling, pumpkin carving, or a haunted house
- Alternative location like a bowling alley or skating rink