If you’re anything like me, you want to plan a wedding that is totally different than any wedding you’ve ever been to. You want your guests to have a blast and remember your wedding forever, right??? As a Kansas City wedding photographer, I’ve seen quite a few weddings. I know what works and what doesn’t work, so I wanted to put together a list of 3 ways to guarantee a fun wedding reception. Follow these simple rules and your guests will be talking about your wedding day for years to come!

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1. Get on the dance floor

Arguably the most important rule of them all. If you want your guests to have fun, make sure you are having fun! If your guests see you on the dance floor, they are more likely to join you. When it comes to planning a wedding, everyone wants to have the most epic party, but it’s not always easy to get out there. I know you want to catch up with those out of town friends, but try to at least start the night on the dance floor. That way I’ll get some epic shots of you dancing and your guests will know that the party has officially begun.

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2. Play a game

Within the last few months, I’ve noticed a trend in wedding receptions. More and more couples are choosing to have several different activities lined up for their guests to enjoy. While I don’t recommend doing all the games, having one game will give your guests something to entertain them while they hit the bar. My favorite game is the scavenger hunt game! Every DJ plays it differently. I’ve seen it done as a way to earn your food for the night (winning table gets to hit the buffet first). I’ve also seen it just for the sake of pure entertainment.

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Essentially, it’s like a game of musical chairs. Six of your guests will come to the stage and be instructed to run into the tables and grab something. The DJ could instruct you to grab something as simple as a tie or as complex as an undershirt. The DJ might ask you to find a driver’s license from out of state or, my personal favorite, something women wear that you cannot see. Use your imagination on that one. Regardless of what the DJ asks, your guests will all be having a blast. I feel like I laugh most at receptions when the scavenger hunt game is played.

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If you don’t have the type of crowd who likes participating in the action, the shoe game is also a fun alternative and much quicker! With the shoe game, your DJ will ask you and your new spouse questions like who is the best driver, who said I love you first, who is the best cook, etc. The goal is to match answers and I’ve seen some really hilarious responses before.

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3. Keep speeches short and sweet

Nothing makes a wedding less fun than having to listen to an hours worth of personal stories. Limit the number of people you ask to give a speech and then limit the amount of time they are able to talk. My husband and I actually joked about having our DJ start playing the Jeopardy theme song if someone was talking too long. Ask your maid of honor/best man/father/mother/whoever to put together a speech that will last no longer than 5 minutes. By the time you get through all your speeches, your guests will have only been waiting 30 minutes most and they are fully ready to get the party started.

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Bonus: Do something totally and uniquely you

I can’t tell you what to do here because only you know you. Think about you and your future spouse. What do you love doing together? Do you love playing games? Maybe add a board game corner. True story, we considered doing this. Do you love the outdoors? Have a firepit and some yard games. Do you want something so completely awesome and different? Maybe you should rent a bouncy castle! Find what makes your relationship special and flaunt it!

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Hope you enjoyed this list of 3 ways to guarantee a fun wedding! What did you do to make your wedding unique? Tell me in the comments!

Want more wedding planning advice? Check out my article on what to do first when you’re wedding planning here!

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  1. I describe my style as real and vibrant. I focus on bright colors and incredible sunsets. I will force you to break away from your reception during sunset for pictures. You won’t regret it!
  2. I’m a huge animal lover. I own three cats and volunteer whenever I can at an animal shelter. If you ask if you can bring a pet to your engagement session, you will become my new best friend.
  3. I’m a newlywed, so I understand the wedding planning struggle!

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