Friday, January 23, 2015

More Alternatives rather than Dancing for a Wedding Reception

I hope the tips posted in the last blog either provided future bride and grooms with a few concepts that they may incorporate into their wedding reception, or at least got their creative brains churning. Below I have shared a few additional concepts that Top Notch has seen in wedding receptions to entertain guests. Granted, the below concepts may be catered to certain themes, and venues which may contain outside patios, terraces or backyards, but let's face it, as a North Carolina DJ, avoiding small time, country themed weddings is inevitable! Therefore, if the above description fits your wedding planning ideal, feel free to read on for further tips and activities for your family and guests to enjoy on the“Big Day”

  1. Cornhole- Yes, Cornhole may seem more like a game that should be played while tailgating rather than on the wedding day, BUT, recently the game has become very common to play at different events and in various scenarios. Top Notch has in fact deejayed countless events including weddings where Cornhole was offered for guests to enjoy and it always seems to be a hit! In fact, one can even make special “Wedding theme corn hole tables” or Top Notch has actually deejayed a particular wedding where the groom was presented with Cornhole tables immediately after the ceremony as a surprise present from his newly married bride. Guests can play during cocktail hour or after dinner when the dancing and partying begins. Cornhole is a great alternative for dancing, especially for males who may lack rhythm.
  2. Group Shoe Game or Newly Wed Game- Similar to the Newly Wed/shoe game mentioned in the previous posts, however this particular activity has a twist. For the Shoe Game, instead of the bride and groom answering the questions regarding their relationship, the group of guests in attendance initially is offered to answer the questions. Guests can even be divided into groups or teams and a score can be kept. In contract, the Newly Wed game involves the bride and groom as well as 2-4 additional newly married couples. They are asked a handful of questions concerning their relationship and the couple who knows their partner the best wins! Both games have been a tremendous success at past Top Notch DJ events
  3. The Kissing Game- It's a common tradition at weddings for the Bride and Groom to kiss every time a guests clinks a glass. Once other guests catch on, this concept can spread fast, and next thing you know it, guests are clinking the glasses on a repeatedly basis, and the Bride and Groom can be irked from locking lips continuously on demand. In order to avoid this scenario, one can make guests participate in a game to earn a public kiss between the bride and groom. Guests can be delivered Hershey Kisses which they must turn into the bride and groom quietly to requests a kiss, or a basket/punch bowl of actions can be placed in the center of the dinner table, and guests must perform these actions publicly to earn a kiss from the bride and groom. Action suggestions to place in the basket/punch bowl can be anything from “Sing us a melody of your favorite love song”, “Do you best move on the dance floor”, etc.
  4. Board Games- Some may say this is crazy, meanwhile others call this idea fantastic. It all depends on the mood and theme of your wedding. Have you ever been to Cracker Barrel and played the Peg Board Game to kill the time, simply because it's there on the table? The same concept applies here. Place a fun board game at each dinner table for guests to play during cocktail hour as they await the Grand Entrance of the Bride and Groom. Games will usually initiate conversation between guests that may not know each other but are seated together, and guests at tables can even trade games from table to table if they wish. This idea IS NOT common, but I certainly have seen it used for particular wedding events.
  5. Who's That?- Warning: This activity will take some time and research. Prior to the wedding day, pictures should be collected. Place pictures of the bride and groom's family, friends, or even pictures of guests at the table where they are seated. The attendees can then take guesses who deciphering who's exactly in the picture. The guests at each table who is able to detect the most members of the family can win a wedding souvenir or prize.
  6. Photo Booth- I don't think an explanation is needed concerning the idea of this one, however I will say that Photo Booths at weddings are becoming extremely popular and Top Notch fully encourages this idea at any wedding. Photo booths can help “break the ice” before dancing, and the wacky costumes, and wardrobe accessories seem to always put guests in a fun mood which can set the tone for the rest of the evening


As stated above, these ideas may not fit appropriately for every wedding, but are certainly a few ideas to consider while planning the wedding. Top Notch is always available to answer any questions or to discuss further details of any of the above mentioned concepts if anyone is interested. Happy Wedding planning guys!

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