5 Ways To Make Your Reception Unforgettable

Happy Friday! The wedding I blogged yesterday had SO many awesome reception details, so I wanted to share this post again. If you want your guests to stick around at your reception, you've got to have a few fun things for them to do! If you need any extra ideas, check out yesterday's post, because Jessica + Brett's reception had it all! Have a great weekend! xoxo

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At every wedding, there are always a few people who leave before the reception... or at least right after dinner. When it comes to planning your reception, you want to make sure you have plenty of fun things to keep your guests entertained so they'll stick around! You know you need music, a cake, a bouquet and garter toss, and maybe some cocktails, but there are so many more options for making your reception super fun and memorable for your guests!

Here are five ways to make your reception unforgettable.

Games
At The Barn, our lawn is perfect for gaming. We have cornhole boards (if you don't know what cornhole is, it's the tossing-the-bean-bag-through-the-hole game ;). It's also the perfect place for a game of horseshoes, or just hanging out around the fire pit. Another good option for a reception game that's actually funny and entertaining... the shoe game

Russell Photography, from Emily + Mark's wedding. Even the bride and groom enjoy playing a few games on the lawn! :)

Russell Photography, from Emily + Mark's wedding. Even the bride and groom enjoy playing a few games on the lawn! :)

Build-Your-Own Snack Bars
If you're anything like I am, you're probably endlessly entertained by build-your-own snack bars. S'mores are always popular, as well as flavored popcorn bars. A candy bar is ALWAYS a good idea, especially when it's color-coordinated and displayed beautifully!  Other ideas I love for build-your-own bars: ice cream sundaes, ice cream floats and trail mix. 

Twin Town Studios. Nikki + Scott's pink candy buffet was pretty AND delicious.

Twin Town Studios. Nikki + Scott's pink candy buffet was pretty AND delicious.

Shingleur Photography. Tang + DJ had a root beer float bar, and the cups doubled as favors for their guests.

Shingleur Photography. Tang + DJ had a root beer float bar, and the cups doubled as favors for their guests.

Stephanie Parsley Photography. Samantha + Danny's trail mix bar was creative, and it made for the perfect favor!

Stephanie Parsley Photography. Samantha + Danny's trail mix bar was creative, and it made for the perfect favor!

Photo Love Photography, from Ashley + Derrick's wedding. The popcorn wagon is always a big hit!

Photo Love Photography, from Ashley + Derrick's wedding. The popcorn wagon is always a big hit!

Shingleur Photography. Lindsy + Keith's s'mores bar was cute and super delish!

Shingleur Photography. Lindsy + Keith's s'mores bar was cute and super delish!

Kid's Tables
Weddings typically aren't much fun for kids! You can keep the children at your wedding entertained (and their parents stress-free) by having a kid-friendly table filled with games, coloring sheets and crayons. They'll love you even more if you provide kid-friendly meal options, like mac and cheese!

From our Instagram. One of our kid's tables from a Christmas party at The Barn... so fun!

From our Instagram. One of our kid's tables from a Christmas party at The Barn... so fun!

Guest Questionnaires
Set up a table with small questionnaires for your guests to fill out. Ask your guests to write a few words of marriage advice, or ask fun questions like, "What should we name our kids?" or "Where do you see us 10 years from now?" Reading the answers after your wedding will be so fun! 

Melissa McCrotty Photography. At mine + Richard's wedding, we asked our guests to leave a word of advice or a wish for us on a little tag and then hang it on our unity tree, which we watered during our ceremony!

Melissa McCrotty Photography. At mine + Richard's wedding, we asked our guests to leave a word of advice or a wish for us on a little tag and then hang it on our unity tree, which we watered during our ceremony!

Late Night Snacks
Your guests are going to be hungry after all that dancing. Provide your guests with delicious late night snacks a couple hours after dinner. Choose finger foods that aren't super messy and are easy to eat. Any food in mini form is always irresistible... Think mini burgers, mini tacos, mini cookies with mini glasses of milk, or those tiny grilled cheese sandwiches with shot glasses of tomato soup! I also love the idea of having a food truck or an ice cream truck show up during your reception! 

Kimberly Brackins Creative Portraiture. A shortcake bar like Jaclynn + Tyler's would be the perfect snack after the cake has been devoured. ;)

Kimberly Brackins Creative Portraiture. A shortcake bar like Jaclynn + Tyler's would be the perfect snack after the cake has been devoured. ;)

Lexy + Jeremy's milk and cookie bar... Who doesn't love late night milk and cookies?!

Lexy + Jeremy's milk and cookie bar... Who doesn't love late night milk and cookies?!

What do y'all think of these ideas? What ideas would you add?

xoxo,
Kelsi