Ideas for Wedding Reception Entertainment

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Wedding receptions are a time for celebration. While all receptions are intended to celebrate the newly married couple, the type of entertainment at receptions varies greatly depending on the bride and groom's style. There are a variety of ways to entertain guests at any style of reception including music, performers, photo booths and slide shows.

  • Hire a band or a DJ to entertain guests. When selecting a band or DJ, consider the type and variety of music you are hoping for, the size of the reception space, and the budget allocated for reception entertainment. Remember that the type of music being played will set the tone for the reception and often plays a strong role in how guests behave.

  • Hire professional dancers to perform a choreographed piece at the reception. After the performance, have the dancers interact with guests and teach them dance steps.

  • Put together a slide show of photos of the bride and groom. Photos can include childhood photos or can begin with the couple's courtship. Assemble the slide show on a home computer and burn it to a DVD, or hire a professional to assemble the show. Many wedding photographers offer this service for an additional fee. Set the slide show to music, and play it once for everyone to see, or do not use music and let the photos run continuously throughout the evening.

  • Hire a caricature artist to set up at the reception. Guests can pose for drawings and leave the wedding reception with a custom wedding favor.

  • Rent a photo booth from a party rental company, and set it up at the reception venue. Encourage guests to take two sets of pictures when they pose in the booth. Guests can take one set of photos home as a wedding souvenir and leave the other set of photos as a keepsake for the bride and groom. For extra fun, place a basket of props like hats and feather boas next to the booth. Encourage guests to get creative with their photos.

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