6 Ways to Make Your Reception More Fun

The itinerary for a lot of weddings is relatively predictable. After the ceremony, there’s typically dinner and dancing, and possibly a toast from the best man that’s cringe worthy. There’s nothing wrong with being traditional, but what if you want more?

Making your wedding more memorable for you and your guests doesn’t have to be expensive; it just requires a little creativity and openness on your part. We put together a list of activities for you to choose from to make your wedding less textbook and more “playful.”

Play Giant Jenga

Normal sized Jenga is fun, but for an outdoor wedding, Giant Jenga could be a blast. Instead of engaging in friendly small talk about how they know the bride and groom, guests have the opportunity to engage in a little friendly competition.

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Fun cocktails paired with a hula hoop contest may help your guests loosen up, especially if you want to get your money’s worth out of the dance floor all night long. Guests may need the kids to show them how it’s done initially. (image via Tulle and Chantilly)

Lip-sync Battle

You’ve seen it on Jimmy Fallon and it’s hilarious, so why not bring that kind of energy to your wedding? Some of your guests may surprise you with their skills! Check out Emma Stone’s performance for inspiration.

Have a Sack Race

Obviously, if guests are dressed too formally, this isn’t an option.  Having a sack race would be ideal for a casual outdoor wedding. While this activity is certainly unique as far as post wedding activities goes, it is also extremely cheap because you only need sacks and a few energetic volunteers.

Keep ScoreScoreboard

Keep track of who wins the most games (bridesmaids versus groomsmen). Even if your guests don’t choose to participate directly, they can still cheer on their favorite “team.” (image via Element of Elegance )

America’s Best Wedding Dance Crew

This activity may take a little planning and a whole lot of rhythm. Again, you could make it bridesmaids versus grooms. Each “crew” can showcase their best moves while providing ample entertainment for your guests in the process.

These are all just merely suggestions to help you switch up the traditional wedding agenda and possibly obtain some hilarious videos for Facebook! For more ideas and inspiration, visit our Pinterest page.


Real Wedding: Kindra and Phil

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Kindra and Phil celebrated their wedding on September 21, 2013 at their family farm. The couple chose Splashdrop Photography to capture the special day. Infused Catering provided the meal and Sugar Leaf Bakery created the delicious cake for the reception. Shannon Custom Floral designed all the arrangements, including the stunning bouquet, and decorated the reception tent. The yummy S’mores bar was designed by Social Graces. Kindra bought her beautiful gown from Normans in Downtown Springfield.

Here’s a sample of the gorgeous day!

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Valentine’s Day Crafts

Valentine’s Day is a great day to spend with a special someone in your life. Whether it is the love of your life or your best girl friends, there is always something to do on Valentine’s Day. An adorable trend that has been going around is a Valentine’s Day themed wreath. Wreaths aren’t just for Christmas anymore!

These wreaths are super easy to do and a fun way to craft with your family or friends. You can use a stencil to trace out the “X” and “O,” or you can use twigs and ribbon. Either will keep the the theme of Valentine’s Day.

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All you need to do is create the “X” and “O” however you want, then hot glue them to your choice of ribbon. Hang the finished wreath on your door to show off your Valentine’s Day creation!

On A Personal Note…

Hey, remember us?!?

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We are wedding planners, however, we are Megan and Becca outside of the wedding world who have other jobs, church, close families, husbands and babies.  We love what we do but we have other loves in this world.

With that said…

We’ve been a little busy with our 2014 brides in the last couple of weeks and therefore, the blog has suffered.  Thank you to our devout readers who still keep coming back daily to see us.

Because of you, we feel so blessed.

We also feel blessed about our 2014 year.  We are almost at our max weddings and that makes me ever so excited.  Because of the said loves, Social Graces only takes on so many weddings a year.  We want to give time and energy to each bride.  Your wedding is not a number or a date to us.  You are our BRIDE and are so very special.  We like to spend time with you, help you research, keep our minds fresh and still have time to play with our babies. 🙂

Did you catch I said, BABIES!?!

Well, you’ve all been introduced to my little ones, Zeda who is now 4 and Mr Ezra who came early on the morning of an event.

but now…

We welcome Megan into motherhood.  That’s right, MEGAN!

If you don’t follow her personal blog you can get caught up on her journey here.

Tonight she flies to meet her sweet little guy, Elijah Thomas White in Phoenix.

This has been a whirlwind to say the least so join us in praying for this perfect new addition.  If you feel led, here is a way you can help.

Thank you for your love and support.  Of course there will be a party related to this new love.  Saturday, December 7th, we are going to have a silent auction with Nik and Meg’s closest friends and family.  If you would like to donate an item, gift card or service you are more then welcome to.  Please contact me at becca (at) eventsbysocialgraces (dot) com for more details.