8 Things to Do at Wedding Reception Besides Dance

8 Things to Do at a Wedding Reception Besides Dance – Wedding Planning Help for Couples and Planners

Are you looking for some fun and unique things to do at your wedding reception besides dance? If so, you’ve come to the right place! In this post, I’ll share a few of my favorite ideas that will keep your guests entertained all night long. So whether you’re looking for ideas for your own wedding or not, read below for vendors and other things to do at a wedding reception besides dance.

Open Bars with a Twist

There’s usually a bar or two set up at wedding receptions, so this is the obvious choice…but why not make it a little more unique by setting up beer pong or flip cup tables for more group fun?


If you’re looking for ways to keep your guests entertained at your wedding, why not consider hiring impersonators joking / taking photos? Singing Elvis? Dancing Michael Jackson? They can be a lot of fun and really get the party started. Plus, they can help break the ice between guests who don’t know each other well. 

zephyr lodge wedding


Similar to impersonators walking around, magicians going around tables doing sleight of hand magic tricks is a great way for people to naturally gather and be more social. These are always fun to see up close!

Photobooth / Videobooth

Photobooths are one of the most popular additions to a wedding. Photo / video booths are always a lot of fun and provides a great way for guests to capture memories from the wedding and acts as a nice souvenir for guests to take home.

Sketch Artist

Another fun unique idea is to have a caricaturist there. They can quickly sketch out your guests as they arrive and it’s always a lot of fun to see the final product. It might be a good idea to hire two different artists, since they take several minutes per person.


Sport games are always a hit no matter where, but including them in weddings (basketball, air hockey, punching bag, etc) is a good sign people will have a good time. They are social and give you a chance to cool down after the dance floor!

Lawn Games

Jenga and Cornhole are two of the most popular lawn games out there…with good reason! They are fun and social activities that work for people of all ages. One of my favorite photos was taken with a Jenga tower, so I’m a little biased…but the natural reactions when the tower falls makes for some awesome images also!

Jenga Outdoor Art Club Wedding


EVERY PARTY SHOULD HAVE A PINATA! I mean…what better way to bring smiles to everyone’s faces by breaking open a pinata filled with goodies?! I’ve only seen this once, but from that 2017 wedding until now I have always hoped to see another one at a wedding to give other  things to do at wedding reception besides dance.

ralston white retreat wedding groom hitting a pinata blindfolded as the bride is laughing behind him with the crowd


Well, there you have it! Eight fun and unique ideas for things to do at wedding reception besides dance to keep guests entertained. Hopefully this will give you a few new ideas as you plan your own wedding reception, and help to alleviate some of the stress that comes with planning a party for hundreds of people!

Which idea is your favorite? Let me know when you CONTACT ME to discuss your wedding in more detail. 


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