So you're planning a micro wedding here in the Sarasota or St. Petersburg area and want ideas for entertainment for your reception. If you're looking to make your wedding reception a fun, festive, and unique experience that your guests will talk about for years to come check out these ideas for your non traditional Tampa Bay wedding reception. These ideas work especially well for small outdoor weddings with space to spread out to allow for social distancing but can easily be used for indoor weddings as well.
1: YARD GAMES
It’s a classic game thats easy to set up and and load of fun play!
Thanks to its size, this game is fun and functional, zoning the different outdoor spaces for drinks, photos and play.
Everyone classic block-stacking game Jenga! The traditional tabletop version adds a dose of fun but you can also have large a life-size set of blocks that your guest play and then easily build again!
If you have enough space having bocce ball area is a great idea. All you have to do is just set up balls and score cards and let your guests play to their hearts content.
This one is probably my favorite, I'm generally bad at it but it's so much fun! You can personalize the boards by having your monogram on them and your wedding date. Then you can have them for your own back yard when you entertain in your own home.
2: INTERACTIVE GAMES
The shoe game
The bride and groom take a seat in front of their guests, sitting back to back. Each has one of their shoes, and one of their partners. The couple has to answer the following questions simultaneously by holding up the shoe that corresponds with their answer. Though your guests won't be playing, they'll be throughly entertained and laughing as they see how you answer. You can include questions like:
Who said I love you first?
Who made the first move?
Who has car gas tank usually needs filling?
Who is the better dancer?
Who’s a pickier eater?
Whose more organized?
Who is more likely to be running late?
Who is the better cook?
Who is the better driver?
Who would last longer on a deserted island?
A Photo Booth
There are so many ideas for photo booth stations and even some wedding vendors that specialize in photo booths. They will bring all kinds of props, fun backgrounds and of course your guests gets copies of the photos as well!
Bride and Groom trivia
At each guest's seat, leave a sheet with a variety of trivia questions about you as a couple. The questions can a combination of multiple choice, true/false questions or fill-in-the-blank, whatever you like. Your guests then fill out the questions and later, the host or DJ readS off the answers. It's a hilarious game to play and see what people come up with.
3: "DO IT YOURSELF" FOOD STATIONS
I love the idea of fun food stations that allows your guests to customize their dinner. Some ideas would be a taco bar, artisan burgers, fancy grilled cheese options, popcorn bar, or ice cream Sunday's. The possibilities are endless when it comes to food! You could still have a wait staff their to help them make the perfect plate if you want to cut down on the possibility of germ transference (with Covid-19 cases on the rise)
4: LIVE MUSIC AND DANCING
If you aren't planning a traditional wedding reception and aren't hiring a DJ this doesn't mean your wedding has to be void of music all together. You could hire a string quartet, harpist, jazz band, singers, etc. If you wanted to kick up a notch hiring ballet dancers, or ballroom dancers for some fun entertainment.
Whatever you feel like fit your couples style for your dream micro wedding then by all means go for it! It's your wedding plan it the way you want to!
Nina Bashaw is a St Petersburg, Florida based fine art photographer
that specializes in senior portraits, personal branding,