What things have stood out to you as a guest at other weddings that you loved and wanted to include in your own wedding that may or may not be uncommon in your circles? An unconventional food/beverage setup? An alternative toy toss rather than a bouquet toss? Something else entirely?
These were some of the extras/ fun things we added for our reception:
- Instead of table numbers, we did table names. Each table was named after something special to our relationship (place we had our first date, where we met, where we got engaged, our dogs' names, etc.). I designed images on Canva that had the name, pictures the went along with the name, a short description of why the name was special, and then at the bottom we included a note about our hashtag and how to use the WW guest app to share pictures.
- I made us a custom logo (also on Canva), and we had it projected on a wall, on our cocktail napkins, and on the table names.
- We did signature drinks based on nicknames we have for each other.
- My side are Steelers fans, so after my dad did his welcome toast, my mom came up and presented my new husband with a terrible towel to welcome him to the family and Steelers Nation.
- We took dance lessons for our first dance. I don't think anyone knew we could dance (or maybe I was just struggling to walk in my dress all day 😂), so everyone lost it whenever we'd do a big turn or lift.
- My dad and I bonded over me playing softball growing up, so after the father-daughter dance we had our DJ cut to "Centerfield" by John Fogerty and did a softball toss. I got a ball custom made with a message on it for him too.
- My husband REALLY looks like Clark Kent, so when he went to do the garter removal, he revealed his Superman shirt underneath his dress shirt. He also did a "jacket swap" with the guy who caught it (similar to the jersey swap some NFL players do at football games).
- A good number of our guests were from Ohio, so we played "Hang On Sloopy" (the state song) and everyone did the arm motions (similar to the YMCA, but spelling OHIO).
We also did table names instead of numbers so that it did not feel like we were ranking people. The names were cities each or both of us had been to. We found some cheap but very decent acrylic frames on Amazon and put pictures of us at those cities with the name photoshopped onto it. Our guests thought it was fun and some even went to look at what the others were.
I threw out a bunch of random ideas to my hubby to be such as:
Ice cream/sundae barCandy barOpen bar (alcohol) Fireworks CornholeHorseshoesDance floor Karaoke Bonfire I don't want everyone to sit around bored playing guess this about the bride/groom. I hate those kinds of games they're boring in my opinion and no one knows those things ever anyway. Haha