19 Interactive Reception Amenities Your Guests Will Love
What's the secret to a memorable wedding reception? Anything and everything that keeps your guests (and you!) talking, smiling, laughing, dancing and eating—in no particular order. No one wants their guests in their seats all night, so check out these interactive reception ideas that will make people have fun and talk about your wedding for years to come. Make these ideas your own and incorporate them into your reception.
1. Date Night Ideas
Let everyone contribute their two cents with a date night suggestion. Place this next to your guest book so friends and family participate in both.
2. Quilt Signing
Everyone will have fun reading the messages from other family and friends. In addition to a guest book, this is a fun twist on signatures from your guests.
3. Photo Booth
This is a classic amenity that never gets old—everyone loves a photo booth. Plus, digging through a box of props always creates some laughs.
4. Framed Signatures
Instead of a traditional guest book, have guests sign their name and slip it through a slotted picture frame. Then hang it in your newlywed nest.
Encourage everyone to take polaroids of each other throughout the reception, and then invite them to pin their photos on a photo wall.
6. Surfboard Signatures
For the beach-loving couple, replacing a surfboard for a guest book is a no-brainer.
7. Handmade Frames
Create a cutout of a photo frame and brand it with your wedding hashtag. Throw in some costumes and let your guests go wild.
8. Build-Your-Own-Dessert Bar
One word: s'mores.
9. Play on Words
No, these aren't recipes! Get creative to spice up the look of your guest book, like this bride who incorporated her work as a baker into their guest book.
10. Wine Bottle Notes
Choose a wine that will last until your first anniversary so you can reread the messages from your friends and family while you celebrate.
11. Post Cards
Ask everyone to choose a postcard and sign the back. Store them in a vintage travel suitcase to take your theme to the next level.
12. Reception Games
This bride hand-painted a game of Jenga for guests to play during the reception. But that's not your only option: Cards, oversize checkers or anything from your childhood work too (and, bonus, it will be a big hit with kids).
13. Message in a Bottle
Ask your guests to share well wishes or advice and put their message in a bottle. It's perfect for a sandy beach celebration.
14. Guest Map
Not only will this get your guests out of their seats, it can double as décor in your home. Ask guests to pin where they live on a map. It will be a fun conversation starter for guests.
15. Key to Success
Invite your guests to share their key to success with you and your partner.
16. Antique Keepsakes
Have everyone sign gorgeous plates with gold messages. The collection can be saved for special occasions or displayed around your home.
17. Lasting Love
This is one way to make your guests remember your day forever (just kidding!). A temporary tattoo booth is a totally unique concept that'll have your guests excited.
18. Wine Barrel Signatures
For the vino-loving couple, a mini wine barrel branded with your names and wedding date adds a subtle, personal touch to the typical guest book.
19. On-Site Poetry Writer
Provide an amenity that's interactive and personalized and will be a hit your guests. This couple even had a writer create custom poems based on one word.