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Our Top Secrets for an Amazing Reception

When it comes to your wedding, you want to step away from the boring, traditional ideas you’ve seen time after time. You want something that will make your wedding reception stand out and make an impact on your guests. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best ways to transform a boring wedding reception into a fun affair everyone will love. For a fun and exciting reception everyone will love, follow these top secrets to make sure your wedding is unforgettable.



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To allow guests to take a variety of photos, set up several different photo booths around your reception. Each can have a different theme with props and a backdrop to match. You can include masks, signs with quotes, costumes, and other props to help people get into the spirit. The themes can be anything you’d like including beach, superhero, love at first sight, or holidays. For an extra special touch, set up each photo booth to represent a different phase or event in your relationship with your fiance. Include one that matches the setting of your first date, the first time you said “I love you,” your proposal, and other important milestones. This will let your guests become a part of your story in a fun and meaningful way!


Ice cream bar

While cutting the wedding cake is a classic moment, there’s nothing more fun than an ice cream sundae bar for your guests to enjoy! Set up different flavors and toppings to let each guest craft their picture perfect sundae. Create a “menu” sign with ideas to inspire the more timid of your guests. On the menu, you can include a special sundae designed by your fiance and yourself. Like a signature drink, guests can create your wedding’s signature sundae, or mix and match to create whatever dessert they like.


A good playlist

Nothing ruins a good reception like a poorly made playlist. You can include some of the more traditional classics, but make sure the playlist reflects you and your fiance as a couple. You can include your favorites or songs that have special meaning to your relationship. Remember to pick some great upbeat dance songs so that everyone can groove the night away to your awesome music. Choose songs that everyone knows, even if you might think they’re a little bit cheesy. It’s a great way to get everyone involved in dancing, even if you’re not thrilled about the selection.

Candy bar


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Take a page out of Willy Wonka’s book with a whimsical candy selection at your reception. Make sure to include your favorite and your fiance’s favorites, along with other candies that look great next to one another. You can select candies that fit your color scheme and even special order custom candies to fit your reception. You can create custom M&Ms with your names and wedding date, and offer small pouches for everyone to take home. Everyone will appreciate the sugar boost to keep their energy up while they dance and socialize. Make sure you save some for yourself to keep as a special memory of your big day.


Wedding favors

One of the best ways to make sure your guests remember your wedding fondly is to give them a great favor to take home. Think outside the traditional ideas and think of something that reflects your relationship. Flower seed bombs, chic sunglasses, or even a small box of donuts are all great options. When in doubt, ask yourself, “Would I be excited to get this as a wedding favor?” If the answer is “No,” try another idea.


RSVP song requests


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The best way to make sure your playlist is fun for all of your guests is to have their input! Take their suggestions into consideration when you make your playlist. Of course, you can choose to veto some options, but make sure you include a large portion of your guests’ favorites. You can have a special section of the night when you announce that you’ll play guest selections, and people will love guessing who suggested each song. If any close family members or friends suggested particularly meaningful songs, you can announce this at the reception and thank them before playing it. Whatever you do, make sure you include a large number of requested songs. Remember that the reception is for your guests to have fun, too!


Make your grandmothers your flower girls and give them a show stopping entrance

This charming idea will give your wedding a lighthearted feel, and your grandmas will feel special to be included in this way. Help them make a dramatic entrance as flower girls using music and lights. Play a special song selection while each one enters, and let them play up the idea while they walk down the aisle.


Serve drink coasters where people can write words of advice for the bride and groom


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Make the most of your drink coasters by making them an interactive part of your reception. Allow your guests to write on their coasters with advice for your marriage. You can set up a display for your guests to show off their advice once they’ve written it, or allow them to slip the coasters into a private box. Either way you’ll love having handwritten advice from all of your friends and family, and your guests will appreciate being asked for advice.

Follow these secrets to make your wedding reception into a fun party for all of your guests. You can pick one or two of these ideas, or combine them for the ultimate wedding reception. Remember that whatever you choose, you can customize these ideas to fit your taste and your wedding theme, colors, and venue. Don’t be afraid to let your personality show through every decision you make. After all, it’s your big day!

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