Your wedding reception is a way for you to thank and welcome your guests after your wedding. Your friends and family are here to celebrate this special day with you and your partner. As the host, you want to make sure that your guests enjoy themselves and take back with them beautiful memories of this day. Here are some wedding reception ideas that will make your day truly memorable.
Your reception does not have to be held in any place extravagant or expensive. If your guest list is small, you can have an intimate reception with a catered buffet at home. If the weather is nice, a reception in the garden can be lovely. You can rent tables and chairs if you need extra seating. Your friends and family will be in a familiar place where they can kick back, relax, and party on. Another meaningful reception venue might be the restaurant where you and your partner had dinner on your first date, if it is local and can accommodate a large party.
Some of your guests might not know the details of how you and your new spouse got together. Therefore, why not treat them to a little slide show of your lives? Compile photos of you and your spouse chronologically from the time when you were babies to the present. Some of the photos will probably contain images of some of your friends and family members. They will enjoy seeing how they played a part in your early relationship.
An easy way to make sure that you have photos of all of your guests is by putting in a photo booth. Photo booth services usually include a set of props with the rental. Your guests will have lots of fun dressing up with the props and taking photos of themselves. They will get a set of photos as a memento, and you will have a digital copy for your memory book.
For a whimsical touch, put in a “candy bar” at the reception. This is just a table with large bowls of various types of small candy of your choosing and a stack of pint-size, colorful paper bags. Your guests can help themselves to filling up a bag of candy and enjoy them throughout the reception. Put out a good variety, like chocolates, jelly beans, gummies, etc. A photo of the children filling their bags will sure to light up your wedding album.
If you have a small flower arrangement at the center of each guest table, surprise your guests with a game. Before the guests arrive at the reception, place a special sticker under one of the chairs at each table. Near the end of the reception, when you or your spouse makes the final speech in thanking your guests for coming, tell them to check under their seats for a special sticker. Whoever has the sticker can take home the centerpiece.
Your wedding reception should be a time when your guests can have fun in celebrating this special day with you. These wedding reception ideas will allow you and your new spouse to show your guests how much their presence mean to you.