Most modern couples are looking for ‘a little something extra’ when planning their wedding ceremonies and receptions. They want unique wedding reception ideas that their guests will talk about for years to come, and something that makes their big day feel like the event is something that can’t be duplicated – it’s uniquely theirs.
This could be something as simple as a signature drink or something as bizarre as swapping the getaway car for a pair of saddled ostriches. We wouldn’t suggest the latter for your big day, but we do have this year’s top 10 recommended original wedding ideas to help you get inspired.
Feel free to take these photo worthy ideas for your own, or use it as inspiration to come up with something completely different.
High End Lounge – You Didn’t Invite Guests, You Invited VIPs
Create an out of the way space where your guests can step away from the hustle and bustle of the reception. This can be either inside or outside of the venue. Either way, make sure to include enough classy rental furniture for a small group to sit, a few surfaces to place their drinks, and enough decor to make any angle interesting. Lighting is also very important in this space.
You’ll want it to feel like a refuge from the party, so low-lighting is appropriate. You’ll also want to try to make sure that the music is a soft background sound so that conversation comes easy. The real key is to focus on comfort and glamor so that guests feel like true VIPs.
Out Of This World Activity – Expect The Unexpected
Outdoor weddings provide you with the opportunity for some unique entertainment. Many couples are providing unique experience for their guests, especially when children are involved, and this is your chance for some stellar photos.
Plan a few unique things to do at your wedding reception like hiring a hot air balloon, or something simple – yet fun – like renting an oversized trampoline. You can mount a camera in the balloon basket for great reaction smiles, or get a high frame per second camera to capture every instance of the bouncing and laughing on the trampoline.
Signature Cocktail – Shaken Or Stirred
Spice up your interesting dinner ideas with unique signature cocktails. If you give yourself enough time, you’ll be able to find a combination of alcohol that perfectly compliments you as a couple, create a label that goes with your wedding theme, and bottle enough to send a bottle home with your guests as a wedding favor.
The best signature cocktails not only taste great; they look great too! Put some extra consideration the color of the beverage, the glass it’s served in, and replacing the umbrella with something unique like a sprig of thyme or a (carefully cleaned) peacock feather.
DIY Centerpieces – Keep Them Entertained While They Wait
The best wedding ideas and memorable moments aren’t something you do, it’s something you experience. Create a craft corner where guests can congregate as they arrive. It’s normal for early birds to have to sit and wait awhile as the seats fill up. Instead of letting them fend for themselves give them something fun to do.
Provide an abundance of flowers and other centerpiece items, along with a clear example of what the end result should look like and let them have at it. If you feel like you don’t want to risk the centerpiece to your guests, you can always provide the same style of entertainment with a DYI corsage and boutonniere station. Either way, they’ll walk away feeling like they participated in your big day.
Unique Babysitter – Keep The Kiddos Smiling
For an A+ evening you’re going to have to come up with a few creative wedding ideas to occupy the kids. The easiest way to do this is to keep them in transition throughout the night so that they don’t have the chance to get restless and cranky.
Provide lots of snacks, a few activities they can wander to at their own pace, and some structured entertainment. A coloring station will do nicely, but keep in mind that they want to participate in the big day too.
You can have them create a small portion of the wedding favors or – if budget and space permit – hire a choreography to teach them some basic dance moves. Bring the kids out after the First Dance to put on an adorable wedding receptions dancing show for the grown ups.
Memorable Guest Book – Something A Little Different To Remember The Day
Signing the guestbook is a standard thing to plan and a good keepsake, but it’s not one of those wedding ideas worth bragging about or including in your wedding photo album. Shake things up by swapping out the book for something creative.
Invite your guests to sign a wooden block and add it to a giant Jenga tower. Or, print a custom puzzle of husband and wife and have your guests sign the back of a piece.
Both of these examples are more interactive than the norm and make for great photos to add to your album.
Stellar Seating Chart – Something Unique At the Venue Entrance
The first thing your guests experience at the wedding reception is usually the seating chart at the entrance. Start things off on the right foot with an entrance that shines with your wedding reception themes.
Not only should the chart be unique and memorable, each table should be clearly identified and unmistakable. Some couples are evening assigning a sub-theme to each table so that there’s absolutely no confusion.
Use flower, ice, glass, fire, or anything else that will draw attention. But, also make sure that names are large and legibly enough for guests of all ages to read with ease.
First Dance Fun – Drop It Like It’s Hot
The first dance is always a romantic moment that makes everybody swoon. Since you already have everyone’s attention, make their jaws drop with a confetti drop when the big moment happens.
This – one of our favorite ideas for weddings – is versatile. If you don’t want to dirty up the dance floor reserve your confetti for the getaway. People are being advised to steer clear of throwing rice as an environmental concern. So, giving your guests a handful of confetti to toss is a breath of fresh air and totally fun for everyone.
Lavish Lighting – Overdo It
Nothing brightens up a wedding reception like over the top lighting. No matter what your vision is, throw in some candle, a chandelier, or some artistic rope LEDs and we guarantee a more beautiful result.
Looking for even more wow?
Invest in a Hollywood-premier style set of spotlights to mark the entrance of your venue. Or, move the entertainment indoors and set light projectors to mimic falling water or dancing stars. Not only will this look gorgeous, you’ll also be surprised at how much energy it injects into the party.
Musical Exit – Make A Splash With A Live Band
Last on our list of unique wedding reception ideas is a grand exit. Set yourself up with a mini Mardi Gras complete with brass band and enough beads and confetti for your guests to cover the walk way.
With all of this fanfare, make sure that your getaway car is parked a little further away than usual so that your band can get through a song or two. If you’re not a fan of brass, swap the trumpets for some classy violin, or get a rock band to play your favorite song. If you’re hosting an outdoor event, beach balls and some tin drums will do.
Regardless of the music you choose and the items your guests toss, live music is a surefire way to enhance the moment when you’re happily ever after begins and create some brag worthy memories.
You don’t have to break the bank to create a unique wedding reception that your guests will talking about for years to come, you just need a standout feature and a little creativity. Take our advice and inspiration, and get to work on your one of a kind entertainment.