1. Food Trucks

People love options and people LOVE good food. Hire a couple of food trucks to set up shop outside of your venue and watch guests go crazy over the late night snacks. This will instantly refuel your friends and family and prompt a ton of foodie Instagram pics.

2. Confetti Drop

I can guarantee the only person who won’t like a confetti drop at your wedding is the one who’s cleaning it up. Confetti is like magical paper: the cost is relatively low and it has an enchanting effect. You can also use fresh flower petals or balloons, whichever you prefer.

3. Selfie Station

Set up an iPad in front of a large chalkboard and encourage guests to draw and take creative photos. You can also make your own cardboard Instagram cutout and ask your photographer to pass it to guests throughout the event.

4. Amazing DJ

No pressure, but a DJ can make or break your wedding reception. You don’t want someone shouting into the microphone all night, but rather someone who can manage the flow of the party with ease. Choose a DJ who just gets you and accepts your disdain for group dances.

5. Keep The Drinks Flowing

Fact: a guaranteed way to get your guests up on the dance floor is tequila. Pair shooters with miniature tacos and pass them around the dance floor to keep guests dancing for a few more hours.

6. Invest In Props

Oversized sunglasses, feather boas and beads are inherently fun, but when combined with a few margaritas (see above), these props are even better. They’re also great for kids in attendance!

7. Have A Photo Booth

It’s important for a wedding reception to have one attraction or ‘wow’ factor and a photo booth is a good option. This will be more expensive than your DIY selfie station, but photo booths have become incredibly popular.

8. Shot Station

Don’t ask us why or how, but there’s a bond that instantly forms when you take a shot with someone. In the interest of making two families become one, set up an all-you-can-drink shot station, complete with multiple different recipes, chasers and citrus wedges. Bottoms up!

9. Flip-Flop Station

Attach tickets to the back of guests’ place cards and set up a flip-flop station to relieve tired feet. Your guests will love getting their new kicks and the dancing will continue long into the night.

10. Live Entertainment

Having live entertainment at your wedding brings energy and excitement that other elements cannot and the Colin Cowie Weddings team has officially seen it all! From cabaret dancers, flamethrowers, walking tables, aerial dancers, fireworks, you name it.

11. A Nightclub

Keep your reception going long into the night with a chic lounge setup beside the dance floor. Provide bottle service to guests and use the traditional nightclub sparklers when bringing bottles to the table. Your guests will love the special VIP attention!