Planning your reception is a very personal, exciting experience. It can be challenging to plan an event that has some traditional components so everyone feels comfortable, but that also includes persona touches that make the event extra special.
There are a number of creative ideas that can be incorporated into a reception to make it memorable for everyone. Your first consideration for a great reception should be the food. There are plenty of places that make a plate of grilled chicken, salmon or beef, but if you really want to wow your guests, consider something out of the norm on the reception menu. A wedding catering service might suggest BBQ catering. Serving casual foods like this or like burgers or Italian food is an excellent way to put your personalized stamp on the reception menu.
Continue the unique flavor of your reception straight through to dessert and set up a candy and ice cream sundae buffet. Guests can still enjoy traditional cake after the bride and groom cut it, but they can also satisfy their sweet tooth with hot fudge, caramel, chocolate bars, sprinkles, lollipops, gum drops and a variety of other sugar-filled goodies. Kids love this idea of course and you can even send your guests home with goodie bags filled with candy.
To make the event fun for everyone, consider playing a few games during the reception. You can distribute a quiz about the bride and groom for guests to fill in and offer prizes to those who know the most about the couple. Include questions about you as individuals, as well as about you as a couple. This gives both the bride and groom’s sides of the event a fair shake at winning. Prizes can range in price and size, so consider bottles of wine, gift cards or items associated with the couple like a brunch out together in the future.
Another way to keep the evening rolling is to feature entertainment in addition to dining and dancing. A lot of couples are hiring performers like magicians and professional dancers to give guests something to enjoy before they begin eating or while they are taking a break from the dance floor. If the entertainment performs before dinner, you can have everyone focused on the main area of the dance floor, right from their seats. This is a great way to pass them time between guest seating and the food being served to everyone. If you plan the entertainment later, once the dancing has begun, find an area of the reception off to the side for the performance.
Finally, end the evening on a high note. Send guests off with freshly baked cookies and a glass or milk or shot of a milkshake. This is a great way to thank everyone who shared their evening celebrating your nuptials. You can make the treat kid-friendly and offer everyone a carton of milk or make it more adult and give everyone a single shot of a milkshake spiked with a creamy, sweet alcohol or liqueur.