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10 Cool Ideas For A Unique Wedding Reception

So much work goes into planning a wedding that you’ll be completely forgiven if you’re all out of ideas when it’s time to plan your wedding reception. While some nibbles, drinks, and music would go down just fine, a run-of-the-mill wedding reception probably isn’t what you had your heart set on.

Getting married is one of the most important things you’ll ever do. And it’s only right that you follow the ceremony with an incredible party that people will be talking about for years to come! So you can leave an amazing impression and throw a legendary party you’ll be proud of, here are 10 cool ideas for a unique wedding reception to inspire you.

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10 unique wedding reception ideas

1. Lawn games

If you’re throwing a summer wedding, lawn games are an excellent way of keeping your guests entertained while enjoying the mild weather. Giant Jenga, skittles, quoits, croquet, petanque, and even tug of war are all great ideas.

Drag performance

2. Drag performance

Liven up your wedding reception with an extravagant drag performance. They can be your compere for the evening, put on a performance, or simply mingle with guests. Just don’t be too put out when you’re no longer the star of the day!

3. Retro fairground rides

If your wedding venue has a lot of outdoor space, make the most of it and have a mini retro fairground. Classic rides like horse carousels, swing carousels, and bumper cars are guaranteed to go down well.

Quirky champagne servers

4. Quirky champagne servers

Instead of having someone hand out champagne to your guests in a regular way, have them wear it in a dazzling champagne dress. Your guests will never have seen anything like it before!

5. Magician

Magicians aren’t just for children’s birthday parties. Hire a talented magician who specialises in close-up table magic and no one will want to leave their seat!

Bouncy castle

6. Bouncy castle

Feel like a kid again by hiring a bouncy castle for your wedding reception. Whenever you see a bouncy castle, it’s often only for children. But on your wedding day, you’re in charge and everyone can bounce as much as they like.

7. Silent disco

If you want a DJ, but you still want a unique wedding reception, consider hosting a silent disco. The dance floor will be filled with people grooving to the same music, while anyone who doesn’t want to dance will have great fun just watching.


8. Bonfire

A bonfire is a fantastic option for an autumn wedding. Provide guests with blankets to keep the smoke off their clothes and have plenty of marshmallows available for toasting. Throw in some boozy hot chocolate and you’re set.

9. Caricaturist

A caricaturist solves 2 problems at once — they’re fun entertainment for your guests and they also provide them with a cool wedding favour your guests will actually want to keep. To make sure everyone gets a picture, it’s best to only have a caricaturist when you have a small number of people at your reception.

Vegas-style entertainment

10. Vegas-style entertainment

Go all-out with entertainment that rivals the best clubs in Las Vegas. From singers and dancers in spectacular costumes to acrobats and contortionists that leave guests oohing and ahhing, you really can’t go wrong.

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