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Five Fun Ways to Keep Guests Entertained at Your Reception

Ways to Keep Guests Entertained at Your ReceptionWhen planning a wedding every bride remembers the basic elements such as vows, venue, floral design, catering, music, photography, and a wedding send off. However, in the whirlwind of planning all of these details, many couples forget to plan activities to keep their guests entertained during the reception!

To ensure that your guests have the time of their lives, you may want to consider some fun activities to keep them entertained all night long. Here are five of our favorite fun and unexpected wedding entertainment ideas that will guarantee your special day is an event your friends and family will be talking about for years to come!

1. Classic Board Games

Setting up a table of your favorite games—such as Checkers, Yahtzee, Life, Connect Four, or Jenga—will provide fun entertainment options for children and adults alike! This is an especially nice gesture for guests that are uncomfortable dancing, unable to dance, or have small children to entertain.

2. Photo Booth

A photo booth will keep your guests entertained from cocktail hour until your grand send off! In addition to being a great way to keep guests busy, a photo booth also gives your friends and family a sweet memento to remember your wedding that can double as a party favor! We love these fun photo booth ideas from Martha Stewart Weddings including a sailboat set, fun props, and a photo booth bus. 

3. Art

Setting up art supplies like markers, crayons, and colored pencils on each table alongside paper tablecloths or placemats is a creative way to keep your guests busy while they enjoy cocktail hour and wait for food to be served! You can even collect the placemats at the end of the night to save for a scrapbook memory of your big day.

4. Word Games & Puzzles

Another idea that we love is placing wedding-themed crossword puzzles, mad libs, and word searches on each table! These activities are a great icebreaker for guests that haven’t met before- and will ensure plenty of laughs for all. You may even want to consider incorporating wedding-advice mad libs into your guestbook which will give you hilarious messages to review after your special event.

5. Lawn Games

If you are planning an outdoor wedding, lawn games such as bocce ball, croquet, cornhole, and badminton will add a playful touch to your reception. These options will keep friends and family entertained while also providing a fun photo-op for your photographer!

Taking the time to set up special entertainment options for your guests is a gesture they will appreciate and remember. These five fun ideas will ensure your friends and family have a wonderful time at your wedding from the moment you say “I Do” until the grand wedding exit!

We’ve got some more fun ideas for keeping kids entertained at your wedding as well. Check them out!

Want to ensure the fun continues into your send off? Wedding sparklers are a fun, interactive exit option that will keep the party going for your guests even after the party’s over. If you are looking for quality sparklers, we’ve been in the business for almost 20 years, and have a wide selection of sparklers including both 36 inch sparklers and 20 inch sparklers that will add a touch of magic to your event!