A wedding without entertainment is like champagne without a toast— fun and bubbly, but missing something. Your reception is likely going to be the biggest party you’ll ever throw. Why not pull out all the stops? Here are seven entertaining ideas to get you started.
Dance the Night Away
A wedding DJ has the power to make or break a reception, so hiring one who knows how to read a room to make sure everyone’s having fun is essential. Not all guests’ musical tastes are created equal. Your bridesmaids may be able to whip and nae nae all night long, but the DJ should throw in a few classics too, so older guests feel included. The DJ serves also serves as your MC, so personality is key. Friendly, inclusive, and able to keep things on schedule are important attributes to keep in mind when deciding who to hire.
Enjoy the Show
Having a live band at your reception is sure to wow the crowd. Bands bring an energy to the celebration and real emotion to their performances. Even guests who don’t like to dance will appreciate a good show. Remember: booking a band typically requires a longer lead time (about 6 months in advance), whereas DJs can be booked closer to the wedding date.
Strut Your Stuff
Fabulous and formal? Frisky and fun? Whatever your dance mood, it pays to be prepared before your big day. Typically, couples start practicing for their first dance three to six months before the big day. It’s a fun bonding experience for fiancées and totally worth it to see everyone’s jaw drop when the music starts. You could also consider hiring an instructor to teach guests a group routine at the reception. It’s a great way to get everyone involved and something they’re sure to remember for years to come. Hello, flash mob!
Candy Station Recreation
What’s that? You’re not really a cake person? Don’t worry, there’s a place for you in the sweet wedding world, too. Instead of a three-tiered tower of fondant and edible flowers, bring in a candy buffet master to turn a vintage sideboard into a candy smorgasbord for you and your guests. Not sure where to start? Learn how to hire a candy buffet pro and what the perks are—such as providing dessert and a take home favor for guests all in one fell swoop.
Raise a Glass
Every party (including your wedding) is better with a bartender. Bartenders set the party tone, keep rowdy guests from getting too “celebratory,” and make sure everyone has a great time. Purchasing your own alcohol in advance can help keep the booze budget under control. Hire a bartender to create two signature drinks—one that represents the bride, one the groom—and serve them throughout the cocktail hour and reception. Fun fact: 90 percent of Thumbtack couples host an open bar. Cheers to that!
Capture the Moving Moments
You’ll cherish your wedding video, we promise. The making of it is actually part of the entertainment for guests, as they get interviewed in mini-segments to share love tips, funny stories, or words of wisdom. Your day will pass in such a blur, you’ll love to look back on the cinematic highlight reel (and share it for all the world to see on social media!).
A wedding photo booth delivers plenty of bang for your buck. One of the biggest trends of the year (that isn’t showing any signs of slowing down), photo booths offer tons of entertainment possibilities. From classic props (think kisses and mustaches) to interactive elements (like a graffiti wall or kissing booth), your guests will have a great time. And best of all, your wedding will live on in perpetuity on your their refrigerators in the form of cute and quirky photostrips long after the big day is done.