14 Unique wedding reception ideas

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It is always the goal to have fun after the wedding ceremony and throw a great wedding reception party. From the moment, you arrive at the venue through the speeches and the meal, to the cutting of cake and first dance, the dream wedding reception is a time for celebration as well as reflection. Here are 14 unique wedding reception ideas to make your wedding reception memorable.

1. Serve a variety of cocktails once your guests arrive at the reception.

Upon entering, they are greeted by background music. This combination of the entrance, the decorated reception room, and music will set the first, and lasting, impression. They will mingle and await the arrival of the wedding party.

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2. One unique and delightful way a couple can enhance the fun is by having a candy buffet at your wedding reception.

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3. Small and intricate details can make or break the look of your wedding setting.

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4. Photo booths are always a hit with the guests.

When props and costumes are provided, hilarious photo memories of the big day are right there for the happy couple and guests to share. Such photos offer a marvelous contrast to the photographer’s formal wedding portraits, and make great party favors for guests to swap and take home with them.

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5. Add a string of white lights to create a more romantic ambiance.

Those lit up trees and branches illuminating through the night will add a dreamy-like romance to your overall wedding reception decoration.

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6. Local food truck vendors can be hired to arrive at a pre-appointed time

To serve different types of specialty foods. Anything from tacos, to specialty desserts, to cupcakes decorated with the bride and groom’s new monogram, to breakfast foods if the party is planned to run late into the night.

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7. Present a slideshow

Pictures of you and your partner slideshow where it shows photos of yourselves from being babies until your present looks. This will provide a good laugh and a conversation to every table. This could be a good talk-about for every guest.

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Big screen slide show at this outdoor event was an amazing idea! The hanging lights and gorgeous table create a magical and very romantic setting!

 

8. Fun Wedding Games

You can have some games too that will break up things and give your band or DJ a break. For example you can ask guests to write down a fun memory that they have of the bride or groom. Then you can call upon people during the wedding reception to share those that they have. This is a great way for all of your guests to learn more about the couple and to have a bunch of laughs in the process.  Bring in some “big toys” – arcade games, etc. for party fun

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9. Fun seat wedding lounge

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10. A chef’s station offers guests the option of having a dish prepared especially for them.

Specialty salads, soups or even fresh local cuisine make a big impression on guests, and everyone gets exactly what they want to eat.

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Celebrity Chef Tyler Florence helped craft a family style feast at this Durham Ranch wedding.

 

11. Give each reception table a name for example your visited placed.

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12. Ice cream station/bar is another great alternative.

Ice cream  will not only satisfy the kids and the adults who prefer non-alcoholic refreshments. This idea is perfect for outdoor weddings or summer wedding receptions.

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13. Group dancing is a great strategy to make everyone get involved such as the Stroll.

The Hokey Pokey, and the Bunny Hop to name a few. It would make everyone laugh while dancing. It brings smiling faces to guests even if they don’t know each other. The more ridiculous the dance is, the better chances of everyone to enjoy it.

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14. When you are ready for the night to be over

Don’t just rush your guests out the door. Send them off with a lasting impression. Have a fireworks display, choose a final song for all of your guests to dance to, and thank everyone with a favour as they leave.

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Keep in mind that setting the right mood to create the look you want for your wedding does not need to be costly. Just let your imagination run wild. By being creative you can surely come up with a lot of unique ways in making your wedding reception decoration adorable on your very special day!

Looking for more wedding ideas for reception

If you’re looking for more wedding ideas for reception we’ve got plenty don’t worry,Have a look at our wedding reception ideas and you’ll get a plenty of what’s on offer these days.

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Photo : Ruth Eileen Photography  | Signature cocktail, “The Whiskey Smash” : Brian Samuels Photography | The “Tispy Palmer” : Hunter Ryan Photo | Meaghan Elliott Photography  | Lisa Rigby Photography  | Blue Bottle Photography | Photo booth : Heidi-o-photo  | Photo booth : Nadia Meli | light : Whimsical Wedding Le San Michele photographed by Heather Hawkins Photography | Light :  Gina & Ryan Photography | Del Carmen Wedding : Emily Blake Photography | Food truck : Danielle Capito Photography | Slideshow : inspiringpretty | White Iilac IncElisabeth Millay  | Bocce ball rules – cute sign : The Nichols | fun games : Jillian Mitchell |  Hay wedding lounge : Adriana Klas | Table names : Vicki Grafton  | Celebrity Chef Tyler Florence helped craft a family style feast at this Durham Ranch wedding : megsmith.com, Event Planning by lauriearons.com | Table names : Clary Pfeiffer | Ice cream : Andrea Sproxton Photography  | Heather ParkinsonJose Villa Photography  | Dancing : Closer to Love Photography  | Fire works : Rico & Rachel Castillerojessbarfield |  LightedPixels Photography

 

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