Fun Ideas for Wedding Receptions

Fuel the festivities with these great ideas

By Heather Grenier

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Everyone wants their wedding reception to be memorable. This means planning a reception in which your guests will have fun and will remember how much fun they had, even years later. There are many ways to plan a fun reception, but here are a few ideas to make sure your reception is memorable.

Fun dances

Play great music with a good beat to get your guests up and dancing. Getting everyone involved is the best way to make sure your guests have a fun time at your wedding. Try special dances such as the Conga, Electric Slide and Macarena to get your guests on their feet. Use special props such as Mexican hats and maracas for guests to play with while they dance. Talk to your DJ or band leader about special dance tunes that he may know that have succeeded in getting guests onto the dancefloor.

The newlywed game

There are no newlyweds newer than the two of you, so playing your own version of The Newlywed Game is sure to be fun for both you and your guests. Before your wedding, have the maid of honor ask each of you a set of questions separately. She will then write your answers on poster board. During the reception, the DJ or band leader can serve as the host of the show while you and your new spouse sit and answer your questions.

Other dances

There are some special dances that the couple can choose to have at their wedding. One of these is the anniversary dance. All married couples are supposed to get up and dance. The emcee then announces that any couple married for a certain amount of years or less must sit down. Of course, the newlyweds will be out first. This continues until the final couple is left standing. Having been married the longest, this couple can receive a special recognition such as a gift certificate to dinner. The money dance is another option. Guests give money to the couple in order to dance with them for a few minutes. Some brides and grooms allow the money to be pinned to their outfits. This is a great way for couples to have a chance to dance with their guests.

About the Author

Heather Grenier is a freelance writer and a contributor to DexKnows

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A folk dance, usually performed at Jewish weddings, where guests hold hands and dance in a circle together. The wedding couple is sometimes raised by friends and family on chairs.

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