As videographers shooting weddings across Melbourne over many years, it’s fair to say we’ve seen a lot of weddings in our time and picked up a lot of great ideas along the way.
One thing that doesn’t change is a couple’s desire to have a wedding that guests will rave about for years to come. Dresses, wedding venues and catering can all attract compliments but planning an event that your guests will actually enjoy is what will set your wedding apart.
As one of Melbourne’s leading wedding videographers, we’ve captured so many amazing wedding receptions over the years. You can spice up the night in simple yet creative ways that you and your guests will love.
Here are just five of our favorite wedding reception ideas:
1. Hire a Photo Booth / Selfie Station
This should be a must-have at every wedding reception as it allows your guests to blow off a little steam between the speeches and formalities. Your booth supplier will manage the setup of your booth and pack everything away when the day is done. You can choose a theme or add in a variety of fun props to get the creativity flowing. It’s a surefire way to keep all your guests entertained plus they can take their pictures home as a unique souvenir of your wedding.
2. Lawn Games
Wedding ceremonies can be intense. Encouraging guests to kick off their shoes and enjoy some outdoor games at your reception can be the perfect way to unwind. From bocce, croquet and the classic ring toss to giant versions of Noughts and Crosses, Jenga and Connect 4, the options are endless. Just be sure to check that your venue allows games on the grass before you get your game face on.
3. Ice Breakers
Guests are often seated at a table with people they don’t know. Break the ice by filling a jar with interesting conversation topics or questions for your guests to answer. The possibilities are endless. “What is your favorite memory of the groom,” “describe the bride in one word”, or “what’s the best piece of marriage advice you’ve ever heard”, are just some ideas. Guests can even write down their answers for the couple to keep.
4. Ice Cream Carts or a Whisky Bar
Ice Cream carts are perfect for summer weddings and can be a charming surprise for guests. Having a retro theme? Hire an old-school ice cream cart to enhance the vibe.
In the cooler months whisky bars can add a glamorous touch to your reception. Curate a collection of fine whiskies complete with ice, soda and beautiful tumblers to serve and you’ll be sure to impress.
5. A Guestbook filled with Polaroids
This is one of our favorites as it’s such a beautiful and unique keepsake for the couple. Set up a guestbook and have your guests snap a cute photo of themselves to paste into the book. They can add a funny caption or some pearls of wisdom alongside their photo for you to read later. It’s not only fun for guests but it gives you a souvenir to cherish for years to come.
All of these ideas add richness and character to your wedding videography too.
Of course if you’re yet to hire a wedding videographer, let’s chat
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