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15 activities for your guests to enjoy at your wedding reception

15 activities for your guests to enjoy at your wedding reception


Written by Katie Byrne


Keep everyone happy all day long with these brilliantly no-fuss ideas

 

During the post-ceremony/ pre-reception time

#1 Outdoor area? Think garden games! Who can resist the siren call of a plus-size chess set...?

#2 Finder's keepers: hide cheap faux wedding rings (easy to source via eBay or toy shops) and task younger guests with the job of finding them, under the eye of a responsible adult. Have prizes available for everyone who takes part.

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#3 Give guests the option to create their own cocktails - or, for a cheaper alternative, lay on bowls of fruit and the option of Pimms or Prosecco so they can customise their very own classic tipple.

#4 Encourage guests to take lots of their own photos, using your wedding hashtag; make it obvious by printing it on your Orders of Service.

#5 Create a quirky photo area - think a photobooth, but without the walls!

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At the wedding breakfast

#1 Put a jar of ice-breakers in the middle of each reception table to get guests chatting in those in-between-courses lulls.

#2 Create an interactive food station for kids - allow them to create their own wedding feast (think something basic like pizza bases, which can be decorated with optional toppings). 

#3 Provide guests with fill-in-the-blank sheets - for added lolz, get people to pass their sheet along after each line for a true team-effort.

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#4 Arm younger guests with disposable cameras and lists of photos you'd like them to take. 

#5 Similarly: at each place-setting, give guests a list of challenges for the reception. For example: say hello to someone new, request a song from the DJ, hug the bride and groom, and so on! 

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At the wedding reception

#1 Think interactive with your buffet: opt for snacks that can be decorated or dipped, before being devoured!

#2 Create 'zones' for different groups of guests: for example a chill-out zone where older guests can relax (think comfy seating and snacks), or a gaming zone for a bridesmaid-vs-usher Rock Band showdown.

#3 Fill any spare surfaces with board games: think quickies like Scrabble or Connect 4, rather than the never-ending story that is Monopoly...

#4 Instead of (or as well as) a traditional guest book, opt for something interactive too: think video messages, a fingerprint tree, a 'splash' station...

#5 Create a brilliant floor-filler playlist to keep guests dancing all night long. 

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