Wedding Reception Ideas – Marissa Manzanares Photography

If you’re searching for wedding reception ideas, you have come to the right place! From classy set-ups, to games and heartfelt toasts, there are several ways to entertain your guests (and yourselves!) on your big day. In this post I’ll include several real-life examples of wedding reception ideas that some of my couples have done, and you can even Pin the ones that inspire you the most!

When it comes to wedding receptions, the focus is typically centered on the entertainment. If you’re hosting an exclusive event, maybe you’re considering having live music play in the background while the guests mingle. Or maybe you’re having a family-friendly celebration and want to set out activities on certain tables. Or have outdoor options for games! Regardless of how you are planning to celebrate, there is a myriad of ways to have the perfect wedding reception. Scroll for some amazing ideas!

Wedding Reception Idea #1 — I mean… you could just dance all night!

Reception Idea #2 — A Fun Food Station… like a Popcorn Bar!

Wedding Reception Idea #3 — For a more rustic feel, a self-serve sweet and peach tea bar!

Idea #4 — Place cards for guests (with favors attached)

Idea #5 — A doughnut wall (with/without cake cutting)!

Wedding Idea #6 — Movie night! Watch a slideshow about how you met

Wedding Reception Idea #7 — A Family Dance; dance with 5-6 of your family members in a beautifully coordinated “first dance”

Reception/Send-Off Idea #8 — Make it extra fun with a bubble machine!

Needing wedding venue inspiration? Click this link here to view my Journal post about Wedding and Reception Venues!