Is there anything more romantic than standing in front of everyone you have ever cared about and professing your love and commitment to your significant other? After vows have been exchanged and you’ve had that first kiss as a married couple, it’s time to celebrate!
The Treasury on the Plaza team is sharing some fun wedding reception ideas to help you make sure your party is unforgettable. If you want your guests to be talking about your wedding long after the party has ended, here are some fun wedding reception ideas to consider:
- Pick the Perfect Wedding DJ or Band
- Bring In a Live Painter to Capture Your Wedding Reception
- Hire a Balloon Artist
- Plan a Choreographed Dance or Hire Professional Dancers
- Make Sure Your Bar is Fully Stocked
- Pull Out All the Stops With Special Effects
- Switch Up Your Look!
The right entertainment options can ensure that you have a super fun wedding reception. Our staff is here to help you find those perfect finishing touches that will make your wedding reception absolutely unforgettable. Here are seven fun wedding reception ideas to get you started!
1. PICK THE PERFECT WEDDING DJ OR BAND
Step one in making sure guests have fun at your wedding reception is to make sure that they stay out on the dance floor all night long! Choosing a band versus a DJ for your wedding reception entertainment is typically up to personal preference. Our advice is to find a DJ or band that has wedding experience, understands your taste in music, and is a good match for your personalities.
Many experienced DJs and bands can make changes to their setlist to accommodate your needs, but some have a specific style of music that they specialize in. If you and your guests want to dance to bachata all night, you probably want to stay away from a band that only specializes in classic rock!
Besides being in charge of wedding reception entertainment, your DJ or band also acts as your Master of Ceremonies. As the “MC,” they will make important announcements and help you stick to your wedding timeline. If you want to have a fun wedding reception, this is a step you absolutely want to get right!
2. BRING IN A LIVE PAINTER TO CAPTURE YOUR WEDDING RECEPTION
Have you ever been to a wedding where an artist was sitting there painting during the reception? While it might seem like watching someone paint is about as much fun as watching paint dry, we can assure you that your guests will love it! After all, The Joy of Painting has been off the air for almost three decades and Bob Ross is still a household name.
Not only does a live painting make a unique guest experience for your reception, but you also get a really wonderful keepsake that you can display after your wedding. We have seen some amazing artists paint incredible portraits for some of our Treasury on the Plaza couples, capturing iconic moments from the night, right there for your guests to see.
3. HIRE A BALLOON ARTIST
There was once a time when you would only consider a balloon artist for a children’s birthday party, but trust us when we say that this isn’t someone walking around in clown makeup whose job is to keep the kids entertained while the parents try to enjoy a night out. With balloon artists like Twist of Fun! popping up with unique and fun wearable creations, this new trend is being embraced by many brides and grooms.
Weddings can sometimes be a little too formal. Everyone is dressed to the nines looking great, there’s the pomp and circumstance of the ceremony, the parent dances, the toasts, and so many different formal elements of the evening. Sometimes, adults just need a little reminder that it’s ok to have fun. A balloon artist at your wedding reception can do just that. Plus, it will make for some hilarious and incredible pictures!
4. PLAN A CHOREOGRAPHED DANCE OR HIRE PROFESSIONAL DANCERS
There’s a reason why organized dances and well-known songs are so popular at weddings. Sometimes guests need a little bit of inspiration to show off their best moves out on the dance floor! Lead the way by planning a choreographed dance with a few members of your wedding party who like to boogie. This is also a great opportunity to involve your family on your wedding day. Or, hire professionals to dance to your favorite style of music or perform a dance that is special to your cultural heritage.
5. MAKE SURE YOUR BAR IS FULLY STOCKED
Dancing juice, liquid courage, social lubricant…whatever you want to call it, a little bit of alcohol can go a long way towards letting your guests let loose and have some fun. Here at The Treasury, we like to take having fun with your bar to a whole new level. What is more fun than visiting a bar inside of an old bank vault?! We also have some amazing bar packages, created to give you a head start with choosing the perfect selections that will help get your guests out on the dance floor. Looking for something more unique? Talk to our team about customizing your bar with specialty cocktails!
6. PULL OUT ALL THE STOPS WITH SPECIAL EFFECTS
When you really want to turn up the fun factor, it’s time to give ’em the ‘ol razzle dazzle! There are some incredible options out there for special effects at your wedding reception. Here at The Treasury on the Plaza, we offer several different Hollywood Special Effects Packages. Couples love the romance of “dancing on a cloud” for their first dance with a fog machine. Special upgraded lighting can transform your wedding reception from an elegant dining experience to a nightclub at the touch of a button. One of our favorite options in the Hollywood Packages is the “cold sparks.” These non-flammable sparkler fountains add a spectacular grandeur to reception entrances and exits!
Hollywood Package special effects lighting | Photo by Bow Tie Photography
7. SWITCH UP YOUR LOOK
Your wedding day is your time to shine and feel your best. We love when our couples switch up their look for fun or function for the wedding reception. Many bridal fashion designers are creating gowns that can transform throughout the day, with elements like removable sleeves and overskirts. Some brides also have a reception dress (or jumpsuit!) that they can change into for dancing. When you feel fabulous and comfortable, no one will be able to keep you off that dance floor!
We hope that these fun wedding reception tips and ideas will help you plan an event that your guests will be talking about for years to come! As long as you put love and personal touches into your reception, you really can’t go wrong. We can’t wait to see what new ideas you can come up with!