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8 Tips to Keep Your Guests Entertained at Your Wedding Reception

8 Tips to Keep Your Guests Entertained at Your Wedding Reception

The best wedding receptions are the ones that energize and entertain the guests you have invited. Involving your guests isn’t a hard task; it simply takes some planning on your part. Follow these suggestions and your reception will be talked about for years!

bride and groom walking into wedding reception

1. Be present.

Your guests have gathered to celebrate your wedding day with you. Visit with your guests before dancing begins, so they aren’t waiting for a moment to share their well wishes. When you are ready to party, so are they.

bride and groom dancing at wedding reception

2. Make the reception room the place to be. 

If you are having a dessert bars, photo booth, slideshow or other entertainment, have it placed in the reception room. Anything that pulls their attention from the party room will be a party distraction rather than a party enhancement.

bride dancing at wedding reception

3. Dance, dance, dance. 

Your guests take their cue from you and the music selections. If you want your guests to have a great time dancing, be sure that you do too!

professional wedding DJ

4. Mind the volume. 

Hire a great wedding DJ who is experienced and focused on creating a great party atmosphere – not blasting your guests eardrums. It’s a good idea to move tables and chairs away from speakers and seat older guests further from the sound equipment. No one wants to be overwhelmed by your wedding music.

framed seating arrangements

5. Consider your seating arrangements.

Take time to carefully plan your seating arrangement, placing guests at tables with others they know. They don’t have to be fast friends, just acquaintances or people with some connection. Seat out of town guests with people that have similar interests. You can turn place cards into conversation starters by having them match another guests or even have trivia questions about the bride and groom printed on the cards.

bride and groom's first dance

6. Respect guests’ time.

While everyone loves to see the bride and groom share a special dance, your guests are also looking forward to dancing themselves. Start the dancing at your wedding reception with the traditional dances and then ask your guests to join you. If they spend too much time waiting for their turn to dance, guests become frustrated.

bride and groom party reception

7. Play the favorite reception songs.

Playing a group favorite that’s easy to sing along and dance to can be a fun way to use your wedding music to involve your guests and their requests. Communicate with your wedding DJ about any must-play or do-not-play songs.

MORE: Follow Mike Staff Productions on Spotify to get all top wedding songs in curated playlists. 

packed dance floor at wedding reception

8. Allow group dances.

Group dances allow shy guests to hide among the crowd and can instantly pack your dance floor. You may not personally be a big fan of “The Hustle”, but it’s likely that many of your guests are. Play a variety of wedding music, something for all guests.

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