Ahh, the wedding reception. You've made it through planning the wedding ceremony, now you have to think about the wedding reception. In addition to deciding whether you will have a buffet or seated dinner, you have to also think about how you will entertain your guests. You may be thinking, hey, its a reception, we'll just have dancing, garter toss, toasts, and call it a night, right? Well, in the past you may have gotten away with this, but its 2014, and your guests are expecting more than just a DJ and the latest tunes to keep them occupied.
We've got some pretty cool alternative wedding reception ideas that will keep the youngest to the oldest entertained and feeling happy they were able to share your special day.
1. Lego Building Station - For your younger guests set up a special Lego Station to get their creative juices flowing. Kids are natural builders and by incorporating lego's to the reception they will be able to release some of the energy that was bottled up during the wedding ceremony in to creating a unique masterpiece. Having a special treat for those who create something will be an extra incentive for the kids to participate.
2. Custom DIY Photo Frames - What could be more fun than glue and glitter? Kids and adults alike love to display their eye for art by decorating photo frames for your new home and the hundreds of candid photo's from the wedding ceremony and reception. Hobby Lobby or Michaels or your local thrift store is a great resource to purchase frames. Materials that could be used to decorate the frames include craft stones, glitter, crayons, ribbon, glitter, popsicle sticks, flowers, the possibilities are endless.
3. Slow Motion Video Booth - Unlike your traditional photo booth, the "SlowMo" Video Booth captures your guests shenanigans in real-time, with immediate playback in slow motion. Most booths come with top of the line lighting, cameras, equipment, props and loads of music to make lasting videos for the bride and groom to keep forever. Details Nashville are the experts in Slow Motion Video Booths, serving Atlanta, Miami, Washington, D.C., and New York. Other cities are available, please visit their website for more information and pricing.
4. Caricature Artist - Everyone loves to get their picture taken, so having a caricature artist onsite at your wedding reception is a sure winner. This can also serve as a wedding keepsake for your guest. A good resource for finding Caricature Artists in your area is www.aboutfacesentertainers.com. They have a listing of artists by state so you can find one near you that suits your needs.
5. Treasure/Camera Hunt - Almost everyone likes a little mystery, and adding a treasure hunt to the list of reception activities is sure to pay off. A treasure hunt is a great way to get the younger crowd to interact with the older guest by partnering them together in teams. A treasure hunt might be more successful during the spring and summer months at venues that have open outdoor spaces. Be sure to check with the venue management ahead of time for approval and a map to create your customized treasure hunt. If you opt for a camera hunt which can be easily done indoors, make sure you have plenty of cameras on hand to give to guests.
Receptions are held to celebrate your union as husband and wife. When planning this special time make sure you have fun. Don't be afraid to be creative and think outside the box. Whether your reception is formal or informal you can incorporate your personality in the details. For more ideas and resources check out the following websites:
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