You’ve just tied the knot, so now it’s time to celebrate! We all want our reception to be a hit, but what are the tricks? These five ideas will differentiate your party from any other, giving you and your guests a night to remember. Checkout our list of simple wedding reception ideas to get your imagination running wild—but not your stress levels.
5 Simple Wedding Reception Ideas:
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Easy DIY wedding décor.
Once you’ve found the perfect venue, it’s time to customize the space. If you’re having a barn or outdoor wedding, burlap can transform into a number of DIY decorations. Create banners with white paint, no-sew table runners, or even chair sashes. Is your site glamorous? Candles, candles, and more candles! Decorate the holders with glitter in your wedding colors. This inexpensive and easy décor will add a festive touch to your space and make it your own.
Fun party games for the kids to play.
If you’re inviting children to the big day, make sure your reception is kid-friendly. Having party games
is a great way to get the celebration started, and give the little ones something to do—and the adults may just join in. Lawn games are an easy place to start. Jumbo board games, ring toss, croquet, cornhole…Pinterest proves the options are endless. If your big day is indoors, place a paper table cloth over the kids’ table and let them decorate it with washable markers. Have board games available or low-mess crafts. Their projects can also serve as their favors.
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Keep the dance floor full.
I believe a great wedding reception has a packed dance floor at all times. But how do you make this happen? It’s not as easy as hiring a great DJ (although that helps); the key is an amazing playlist. Make sure the night is filled with songs for every generation
. To guarantee your list has a bit of everything, add a song request space on your RSVP’s! I also recommend avoiding as many organized dances as you can. If you have a mother/son, father/daughter, wedding party, and dollar dance—well, when do the guests join in? Get everyone involved as soon as you can.
Late night snacks.
Even if your dinner is delicious, the party goes all night! Provide your guests with a simple late night snack to keep their energy up. Mini grilled cheese sandwiches, milk and cookies, or even pizzas are exactly what they’ll be craving. Tell your guests there will be an evening pick-me-up to prevent early exits.
Give your guests a sweet gift to take home.
Favors are definitely a must-have these days, but they can be expensive and extremely time-consuming. Instead of spending a lot of money on useless trinkets they’ll throw away in a few weeks, invest in a photo booth. Your guests will enjoy taking silly pictures all night and having the photo strip to take home. Machines usually print two, so there’s your guest book! Another cheap favor is food. Bake your grandma’s famous cookies or create a candy buffet—sweet ideas in more ways than one. These five simple wedding reception ideas will help you have a personalized, memorable party. Share your own unique tips in the comment section!