Beat Eat-and-Run Scenarios at Wedding Receptions

Beat Eat-And-Run Scenarios At Wedding Receptions
Beat Eat-and-Run Scenarios at Wedding Receptions

We all know the “eat-and-run” scenarios in weddings: some of your guests will just wait until the wedding reception’s dinnertime program and leave once they’ve had their meal. It’s a dilemma most brides- and grooms-to-be strive to beat.

Visitors have their own reasons for leaving so early. It is, however, only natural to want to avoid them walking out of the location and missing out on the entire program you prepared. After all, you’ve worked hard to pull off this wonderful occasion; you want your guests to see it till the end.

Fortunately, there’s a way (or two) to convince them to stay.

Look for Unique Kinds of Entertainment

Does your wedding planning service include entertainment? If not, it’s time to add one.

A photo booth is one of the best ways to entertain your waiting guests. In an age where selfies and Instagram posts are popular, your guests who love to take pictures or pose will surely stay. Apart from the wacky moments they’ll share in the booth, they’ll enjoy the instant on-hand souvenir they can take home.

You can also have games at the venue. For spacious event places, have your guests play games like lawn bowling, croquet, or other engaging ice-breaker activities. They can do this while they wait for you to arrive in the reception hall.

Tease Them With Snacks

Apart from the pictures, what’s another thing your guests will love?


Satisfy their cravings post-wedding ceremony by offering delightful snacks they can look forward to after taking photos or playing some games. Serve finger foods like nachos, grilled cheese sandwiches, and French fries. Throw in the crowd favorite pizza to ensure guests will stay until the send-off.

A dessert table full of s’mores, cupcakes, candies, and chocolates is another way to entertain your guests. Mini-bars will also keep the conversations going as they drink their favorite cocktails with their fellow guests.

Surprise With a Performance

Pique your guests’ interest in your reception by surprising them with a special performance. This can be something you and your spouse cooked up with the groomsmen and bridesmaids. Wedding musicals, duets, or even a play — keep them entertained by entertaining them yourself!

Another option is to have the host teach the guests a simple dance while you’re doing a quick photo shoot. Complement this flash mob by dancing the same way during your entrance. It’s a clever way to involve the guests as they welcome you to the reception.

End with an After-Party

The celebration doesn’t have to stop once you’ve cut the cake. An after-party filled with more food, drinks, and fun. End the day by instructing your wedding guests to join you as you dance with your spouse.

Hire a DJ to drop the beat at the end of the party. Let them play today’s hottest hits and all-time favorites that will keep everyone dancing on their feet.

You and your wedding planners worked hard for your special day. Follow these suggestions to make sure your guests will enjoy the wedding until the very end!

If you have more questions or want us to plan your big day, get in touch with us today.

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