5 Fun Wedding Reception Ideas

Looking for memorable and unique wedding ideas for your reception? We’ve found 5 alternative budget-friendly concepts that will make your big day more personal and entertaining for you and your guests. The newlywed couple should showcase their personalities during the reception, with the intention of celebrating and bringing family and friends together.

At Sandals, we understand that your love story is unique and special… and your wedding should be, too. That's why we've replaced wedding packages with Customisable Weddings, making a very personal experience a personalised one for you. We've added all the extras to make your special day even more extraordinary. So tell us your dream, and we'll bring it to life. Our wedding organisers have brought the below to life in our Caribbean resorts, but these can be created at any wedding reception.


This offering is a firm favourite in our all-inclusive resorts. After all, you’re getting married in the Caribbean, so why not give your big day that authentic flair? Alcohol tasting can be both entertaining and educational for your wedding guests. A rum expert could be on hand to provide facts and talk your guests through the tasting.


This wedding idea is perfect for those planning an outdoor reception. Or, A help-your-self s’more bar is a cosy, interactive way for your guests to create their own dessert.  This tasty treat could be in place of a dessert bar, or could even be a fun activity during cocktail hour.

TIP: Why not include benches and blankets around the s’more bar fire pit? This will allow guests to enjoy the moment and get to know each other under the stars.


Ensure your guests won’t have to miss a beat by providing flip flops for those in heeled shoes. This kind gesture allows party-goers to continue dancing through the night in comfy footwear and also prevents people from stepping on hazards. They make a sweet destination wedding gift and can be used throughout your luxury stay in the Caribbean.


Swap out your traditional hors d'oeuvres for something unique to you as a couple. Food always makes an event rememberable (and try to avoid having hungry guests!)

We may be a little bias but our 5-Star Global Gourmet™ sushi is amazing! During your cocktail hour, serve up some taste unusual food combinations to assist your choice of drink. Our Customisable Wedding options allow couples to work with our culinary team to design a bespoke appetiser selection and menu.


Celebrate the big day with a bubbly toast with a fruity twist. Hosting a make-your-own mimosa bar is a fun way to allow guests to create their own alcoholic beverages. Provide guests with lots of juice, fresh fruit and glass décor, so they can really make it their own. It’s a simple and fun change for the traditional bartender!

Whether you're hosting your wedding in the UK or abroad, we hope you have a wonderful time celebrating your love. Your wedding reception is the perfect way to bring the two families together, as you start a brand new chapter of your life.

We hope you found this blog post inspiring and we would love to hear your unique wedding activity ideas in the comments below! Follow our Sandals Wedding team over on Instagram for some stunning wedding tablescapes, jaw-dropping locations, and more.

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