Wedding Reception Ideas

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The wedding is one of those special days that should only come along once in a lifetime. So how do you make it really stand out and how do you make the wedding reception shine.

Here are a few ideas

1. Hire a castle.

A castle can be an amazing backdrop for a wedding. It is steeped in history and tradition and can make a great backdrop for a wedding. It will make the wedding pictures really stand out. For my wedding we booked the Great Hall at Caerphilly Castle and organised our own outside caterers. Itmade for a very memorable day. The only downside was that we had to be flexible on the day and so we booked a Friday as the day for our wedding.

2. Have a reception on a boat

A boat makes a great venue for a wedding reception and has a great novelty factor. It has the added advantage that the scenery changes as you go along. My bother booked a boat for his wedding and we were able to cruise along the River Severn.

I would imagine that you would need to be careful of taking a boat out to sea in case any of the guests get sea-sick.

3. Hire a country house

Fo a really intimate wedding you could take over a country house for a wedding. If you plan far enough in advance you could get exclusive use of the house including accomodation for the night before and the night after.

4. Book some entertainment.

A magician can add a nice touch and can be a great way to amuse the kids. Booking a band can be a nicer touch to booking a disco. If you want you could always book a tribute band. Where possible I would suggest that you always get the chance to watch the band or the magician in action before you book them. Watching a video tape will not do this for you.

5.  French Chateau

A French Chateau would make a pretty impressive venue for a wedding.  You could book a chateau and combine it with a holiday away with all of your families and friends.

6.  Football stadium

If the groom is a big football fan then you may want to look at booking the stadium (or a hospitality box) for part of the stadium.

Any other ideas? If you have any other ideas please drop them into the box below and we will add them onto the site.


Published On: 5th Aug 2010

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  1. Show slideshows of your childhood memories at your reception.

    Anonymous 23 Nov at 2:25 pm
  2. Adding that little extra something to your Wedding Entertainment can create the WOW factor and ensure your guests are talking about your special day for years to come… and it doesn’t have to break the bank!

    Here are 5 top tips for a wedding to remember:

    1. Hire a Live Band. Although DJ’s may be cheaper, nothing will get the party started quicker than a professional, energetic, live band. Most also include a DJ option for between sets and after the show to keep the dance floor packed all night long!

    2. Entertain your guests between proceedings. While the Bride and Groom are having their pictures taken a table Magician or Caricaturist can help keep your guests relaxed and the atmosphere fun and light hearted.

    3. Add a centre piece to your reception. Ice Sculptures, Vodka Luges and Chocolate fountains are perfect for providing a great talking point.

    4. Choose a theme. You can still have a traditional wedding but add a twist! Always dreamed of running off to get married in Las Vegas but worried what the family might say? … Why not bring Las Vegas to them? Hire a fun casino, bring in a Rat Pack band, name the tables after famous casinos, or go the whole hog and have Show Girls serving the drinks.

    5. End your special day with a bang! Fireworks are a perfect end to a perfect day.

    Anonymous 4 Dec at 4:52 pm
  3. have it at home you can then have as much people as you wont it will be cheaper and it can finish wat ever time you wont ! ..

    Anonymous 7 Mar at 4:11 pm
  4. Anonymous 10 May at 2:25 am
  5. Choose from a range of professional musicians and bands to enhance your wedding reception, including string quartet, vocal ensemble, jazz singer or harpist

    Anonymous 17 Oct at 8:01 pm
  6. The wine on the tables can have a picture of the happy couple on the label. A good quality shot from the engagement photos will make a lovely feature.

    Wine labels 21 Dec at 6:48 pm
  7. Carival games with stuffed animal prizes (doubles as your favors). Or you can give away other types of favors as the prizes.

    Gwen 13 Apr at 5:12 pm
  8. I am putting ivory heart shape cards on guests seats, with a small pen the idea is for them to write a toast to us. as they leave the ceromony they will be handed a red balloon with ribbon to attach message to. All the balloons will be released at the same time. should make great photo.

    So excited b2b 28 May at 6:56 pm
  9. Why not deck out the garage for the reception. I read in the paper today that a couple did this to save money.

    Richard 11 Aug at 7:44 pm
  10. Make things simple and relaxed for a summer wedding by getting married at 2 pm then having a high tea rather than an expensive formal dinner. Think about what high tea at The Ritz hotel is like and you will get the idea. Lots of pretty sandwiches on cake stands served by waitressess in frillt pinnies, small fancy cakes and of couse tea and champagne. Someone I know spent the year before getting married hunting through car boot sales aquiring a mismatch of pretty china to use. You could add garden flowers in vintage vases, bunting, fairy and tea lights. You could even play some traditional fete games like cocnut shy, pin the tail on the donkey etc All very Britsh and you would enjoy your day with the guests being relaxed

    Melinda 21 Aug at 7:00 pm
  11. Hire your husband-to-be a sports car for the day after your wedding. He will love you forever!

    Debbie 25 Nov at 7:18 pm
  12. Feel on top of the world by having the wedding reception high above a city.

    There are now more tall buildings with fantastic function suites and excellent facilities for hosting a reception. You can get an idea of this from the interactive demo feature on Big Sand’s website.

    If you are in London, have a look at the BT Tower and the walkways at Tower Bridge. Abroad, the Sky lounge at the Burj Al Arab is one of the best that I have seen and now, the Burj Khalifa is so tall that you may even see your house from up there.

    (N.B) You will need to confirm your guest list to ensure that no one has vertigo.

    Big Sand - steel band hire 8 Jan at 8:05 am
  13. Great post. Short and to the point and packed filled with some excellent tips and advice about wedding receptions.God wedding reception just reminds me of my bride wedding speech i had to do at mine….

    bride wedding 22 Jan at 1:40 pm
  14. Get a caricature made and this can be pout in a frame with a wide mat (glass added later) so people sign on the mat. This means you have a wonderful piece of art with people’s well-wishes there to see, not in a book stuffed away in a drawer.

    Caricature King 14 Jul at 1:31 am
  15. The idea of a country house is a wonderful one. There are many country manors available for hire just a short drive from even the most urban areas of England. You can recreate the days of Pride and Prejudice to create a beautiful day to remember.

    Neil 21 Jan at 4:49 pm
  16. The reception is the very first party that you attend as a married couple and it needs to make a sensational statement.

    The sound of steel drums has party written all over it and for this reason many more brides are looking for steel bands and steel band music to create a great atmosphere at their wedding reception. All you have to do is find a good steel drum band with a great service and see what an amazing difference it makes.

    You can find Big Sand Steel Band on facebook and hear more live samples of steel band music; follow our journey with regular updates if you “like” the band.

    Big Sand 26 Jan at 8:34 am
  17. With more and more people getting married abroad (especially in the Caribbean, they like to come back home and recreate a piece of that moment with family and friends, with a wedding reception party to reflect this

    St steelasophical, we are seeing a trend in this use of our Caribbean music services, and having the advantage of offering not only a steel drum band, but also a Caribbean mobile Dj too, with backdrops, lighting etc … it all helps to allow the new Mr and Mrs to share they day all over again

    The added value of using a large LED TV monitor to show and share pictures of the wedding is proving to be a big big PLUS

    Steelasophical 10 Oct at 9:24 am
  18. Have a magician entertain your guests.
    Have your wedding video in 3D

    Lewis 26 Oct at 11:16 pm
  19. It’s all about mixing it up and being a bit different.

    Live music of varying types is always an option, but this is a very common idea.

    Why not hire a circus performer or clown? This acts to break the ice and people love this type of thing. The great thing about the clown is that they can entertain any bored children as well as adults.

    Plus – who’s going to forget a firebreather? Just make sure they’re performing outside!

    Jon 4 Jun at 11:38 am
  20. Hire a caricaturist: This is one of the trendy ideas which is applicable in any party.Caricature is an art of making a funny face. It is like a cartoon drawing of your own face and body.

    Kalpart 24 Oct at 10:01 am