Wedding Entertainment Beyond the Dance Floor

Like many couples planning their wedding, you’ve likely spent countless hours thinking about the flowers, the decor, the music, and the food, all in the name of creating an unforgettable celebration. But what about those guests who may not want to dance the night away? While it’s easy to get caught up in the idea of a packed dance floor, the truth is that not every guest will necessarily be itching to show off their moves. So, what can you do to keep everyone entertained? That’s where we come in!
 
We recently reached out to wedding professionals and our readers for their favorite non-dancing wedding reception entertainment ideas, and the results were nothing short of inspiring.
 
From lawn games to photo booths, and everything in between, we’ve got you covered with some truly creative and unique ideas. Read on to discover the best ideas for wedding reception entertainment that will make your celebration truly unforgettable.
 
Photo Credit: Pixel Pod
Photo Credit: Colette Kulig

Lawn Games for your Wedding Reception

An outdoor wedding and lawn games are a true match made in heaven! Lawn games and other outdoor activities are a fantastic way to entertain your guests and create a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. Classic games like cornhole, giant Jenga, and croquet are always crowd-pleasers, and they provide a fun and competitive element to the celebration. You can also incorporate themed games that match your wedding style or interests. For example, if you’re a sports-loving couple, a mini golf tournament or a friendly game of soccer would be so fun! A few of our readers sung the praises of  Burlington Axe Throwing as a unique activity for guests. As the name suggests, guests would put their hand-eye coordination to the test by trying to throw axes at a bullseye target. (Get ready for laughter and friendly competition!)

Live Wedding Painting or Custom Wedding Sketches

Live painting is a captivating form of entertainment that allows your guests to witness the creation of a work of art in real time! (This can also double as a memorable wedding favor) Whether it’s a beautiful portrait of the newlyweds or quick sketches of guests, watching an artist bring a blank canvas to life is a mesmerizing experience! We highly recommend Lucas K Barrett and Hope Sharp Art for your wedding rehearsal dinner or reception.

Interactive Food Stations

Interactive food stations (and bars like Salt & Bubbles or Vermont Mobile Spirits!) are not only delicious but also provide entertainment and a memorable experience for your guests. We’ve seen an increase in couple’s opting for food trucks during their reception or as late night food offerings. If you’re looking to scoop up something sweet, many of our readers recommended an ice cream truck! Ben & Jerrys, Sisters of Anarchy Ice Cream and Palmer’s are all delish options. While on the topic of desserts, we also love Crazy Cotton Candy Lady, who does live spinning of unique cotton candy flavors during your wedding reception. (Talk about a fun and yummy guest favor!) A s’mores table from The Vermont Marshmallow Co. is another great interactive option that will keep guests fueled all evening long!

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Photo Credit: Crazy Cotton Candy Lady

Table Top Games or Scavenger Hunts

For couples looking to bring some nostalgia to their big day, table top board games are a great option! You can place a few on each table or dedicate an area in your reception space for them. Card games and puzzles are also great options for guest looking to to take a break from dancing.

One of our readers, Krista, reached out with her own spin on a game… a scavenger hunt! She and her husband designed a series of “puzzles” that people found when they got to their table for the evening, each leading them to different areas of their venue. The end result? A chest that opened with puzzles for guests to take home as a wedding favor. So fun and unique!

Crafting or Coloring Area

This idea is perfect for couples who want to provide a relaxing activity for their guests. Whether you’re looking to create personalized favors or offer a more hands on way for guests to unwind, a DIY crafts or coloring station is sure to be a hit. Don’t forget to provide plenty of colored pencils, markers, and crayons or paint for guests to use. If you have a lot of younger wedding guests, this is a great way to keep them entertained as well.

 

Photo Credit: Sisters of Anarchy
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Wedding Photo Booths and Floral Walls

If there’s one thing guests love just as much as celebrating newlyweds, it’s a good photo opp! Photo booths are a wedding mainstay and for good reason. They offer a fun and interactive experience for guests of all ages, and they provide a unique opportunity to capture memories from your special day. We highly recommend our friends at PixelPod who specialize in immersive and fun photo booth set ups.

Guests can take silly and creative photos with their loved ones, creating unforgettable moments that can be treasured for years to come. For couples looking for a custom backdrop that matches their wedding theme, look no further than  Day of Rentals. Day of Rentals provides high quality flower walls for weddings and events. They are great as ceremony backdrops, photo booth backdrops, sweetheart table backdrops and so much more. 

Lip Sync Battles or Karaoke 

Karaoke or an epic lip sync battle is a fantastic way to get your guests up and engaged in the entertainment. We especially love this idea for the second half of the reception or during your after party. Whether you have a love for singing or simply enjoy watching others perform, this interactive activity is sure to create a fun and memorable experience for everyone! Pro tip: don’t forget to break out the camera for this one.

While gathering with friends and family to celebrate is fun in and of itself, we hope these ideas inspire you to infuse some creative wedding entertainment into your own big day!

 

For more wedding planning advice and inspiration, check out our Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide. You’ll have instant access to industry insider tips and spreadsheet templates to make planning your wedding easier and more fun.

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Unique Wedding Dessert Ideas to Make Your Special Day Extra Sweet

Wedding desserts are one of the most exciting parts of any wedding reception. They offer a sweet ending to a beautiful celebration and are a great way to show off your personality. If you’re looking for some fun and creative wedding dessert ideas, then pull up a chair (and maybe grab a snack) because we’ve rounded up  totally drool-worthy and unique wedding dessert ideas that will make your special day even more memorable.

Cronin Cakes & Sweets

A Show Stopping Cake

Nothing says “wow” like a big, beautiful wedding cake. Whether you go for a classic or edgy style, keeping the spotlight on a single show-stopping cake can make a big impact. As Jessica of Cronin Cakes & Sweets  says, “I love the idea of showcasing a large, tiered cake with ice cream!” (We concur – yum!)

Whether your style is classic or edgy (check out that black cake by Blue House Bakeshop) spotlighting a single show-stopping cake is a stunning choice!

Cronin Cakes & Sweets
Cronin Cakes & Sweets
Friday Harvest Bakery & Goods
Blue House Bakeshop
The Goose Chase Cake Design
Blue House Bakeshop

Dessert Displays & Towers

If you’re looking for variety, dessert displays and towers are a great way to go. From towers of cream puff or macarons (loving that ombré design by Friday Harvest Bakery & Goods!) to dessert tables with cupcakes in various flavors, there are endless options to satisfy your guests’ sweet tooth. Plus, these displays make for some seriously Instagram-worthy photos.

Friday Harvest Bakery & Goods
Friday Harvest Bakery & Goods
Cronin Cakes & Sweets
Sweet VT Treats
Blue House Bakeshop

Thematic Dessert Displays

Your dessert table is a great place to really play with your theme and have fun with it! Dessert is inherently fun – why not really go for it with a theme that lights you up? 

Check out these whimsical nature-inspired displays by The Goose Chase Cake Designs, featuring meringue mushrooms, butterflies, and other thematic details. “My advice to couples is think about items they love and incorporate them into your cake,” says baker, Sarah. “I like to think of a cake as a blank canvas and sugar as a sculpting medium, which means the sky’s the limit as to what we can do!”

The Goose Chase Cake Design
The Goose Chase Cake Design

Donut Walls

Who doesn’t love donuts? Donut walls are a unique and trendy way to serve dessert at your wedding. You can choose from a variety of flavors and toppings, and your guests can help themselves to as many as they want. Donut walls make for a great Instagram-worthy photo-op, and they’re sure to be a hit with both kids and adults.

Blue House Bakeshop

Ice Cream (Or a Full Blown Sundae Bar!)

An ice cream sundae bar is a classic dessert that will never go out of style. This is especially a popular option for steamy summer weddings! Whether you bring in an ice cream truck to scoop and serve (a fun interactive event!) or set up a sundae bar, guests will be delighted to cool off with a sweet treat. 

Sisters of Anarchy Ice Cream offers a delicious farm-to-spoon taste of Vermont with their premium ice creams. “We either grow or source all of our ingredients from our own berry farm or other VT farm partners – it’s a true taste of Vermont!” They offer both scoops and make-your-own sundae bars with homemade sauces, cookies, and seasonal fresh berries. “The sundae bar is truly experiential and wedding guests have raved about it. Even if you are planning to have a cake, ice cream is the perfect complement!”  

Sisters of Anarchy
Photo Credit: Sisters of Anarchy
Sisters of Anarchy

Personalized Sugar Cookies

Cookies are the perfect grab and go sweet treat (as you make your way back to the dance floor or catch up with friends). Plus, when they’re as beautiful as the creations by Sweet VT Treats, they double as favors and decorations! I think decorated sugar cookies are a fun way to have a more personalized dessert item at your wedding,” says baker, Karli. “There are endless amounts of designs to choose from: some popular options being a simple Vermont shape, the newlywed’s name, and their wedding date. Some other popular designs that people are ordering this year are: college alma mater logos, photos of pets, or personal wedding logos.” 

Sweet VT Treats
Sweet VT Treats

Finding a Vermont Wedding Baker to Bring Your Unique Wedding Dessert Ideas to Life

Is your mouth watering yet?! There are so many creative and unique wedding dessert ideas that your Vermont wedding baker can help create. You can pick one or combine a few to create a dessert spread that your guests will love. Get creative and have fun with your dessert choices to add a sweet element to your already sweet day! 

GET TO KNOW SISTERS OF ANARCHY ICE CREAM

Farmer Bob and Becky, aka Mother of All Anarchy, take their ice cream seriously. They started Fishers Brothers Farm in Shelburne to ensure their ice cream would include the freshest ingredients. But don’t let their dedication fool you; this couple is all about having fun with their brand. 

Take the name Sisters of Anarchy for example. The business got its quirky name from Becky and Bob’s three daughters, described as creating a “hurricane of anarchy” from a young age. “We believe than an interesting life, particularly one lived with three strong-willed and accomplished young women, encompasses a great deal of chaos,” says Becky. Read on to learn more about their family and the great ice cream they’re known for!

How did Sisters of Anarchy start? How did you get into wedding catering?

We started Fisher Brothers Farm in Shelburne 2016 with the express purpose of growing the flavor ingredients (six types of berries, grapes, and peppermint) for our premium, farm-to-cone ice cream made at our farm. 

Sisters of Anarchy Ice Cream has done hundreds of off-site events every year. As couples tasted our ice cream at events, they began asking us to serve at their weddings, either as a complement to a traditional wedding cake, or in place of it. We love catering weddings and seeing a couple begin their life together. 

Wedding couples and guests also love that they are able to mail order Sisters of Anarchy Ice Cream for delivery anywhere in the US!

What’s your favorite thing to do in VT? 

We are big fans of hanging out on Lake Champlain and of the many gorgeous swimming holes around the state.  Our favorites are Dorset Quarry, Bolton Potholes, Warren Falls, and Bristol Falls. A nice afternoon hanging out with friends followed by a visit to our farm for a cone of Sisters of Anarchy Ice Cream is ideal! (Bonus: these are perfect weekend activities for wedding guests!)

Any tips for couples for planning their wedding desserts?

Vermont is such a unique and beautiful wedding destination. We think it’s special when a wedding reflects both what the couple loves and incorporates elements unique to VT: the venue, the flowers, the craft beer, the farm-inspired catering, and, of course, the dessert. 

The dessert should be something special that you can only find in Vermont, whether Sisters of Anarchy Ice Cream or a cake from an amazing local bakery.

How would you describe your products/brand?

While other brands talk “farm-to-cone,” we are the actual farmers! We grow nearly all of the flavor elements ourselves to make our delicious ice creams. We also believe that ice cream should taste like the ingredients used. For example, our blueberry ice cream “Crystal Blue Persuasion” tastes like fresh blueberries.  Raspberry beret…yup, it tastes like fresh raspberries. 

But don’t worry, we have more than just berry flavors. Our signature “Chocolate Anarchy” makes chocolate lovers swoon.  

What inspires your work?

Our inspirations are multiple. We love bringing the absolute best product to our customers whether at our farm, their wedding, or delivered to their door by mail order. We also are deeply committed that ice cream should be fun, and we love having fun with our customers. Whether bantering with customers, discussing our music-inspired flavor names, or writing cheeky copy for social media, ice cream is a small luxury to bring joy. We also love a challenge and doing something that others doubted could be done.

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding? 

We love watching all the guests celebrate the couple on the dance floor! It’s so fun to see family and friends come together and enjoy the best parts of life.

What’s a fun fact about yourself?

Farmer Bob was previously a windsurfing model, and might be the only farmer in VT who won an Emmy. Becky was the handstand walking champion in Connecticut when she was a kid. She still occasionally will walk on her hands to stay in practice.

 
Thank you, Becky and Bob! Learn more about Sisters of Anarchy on their vendor profile