5 Unique Wedding Reception Ideas Your Guests Will Love, Because You Want Your Big Day To Stand Out

Looking for awesomely unique wedding reception ideas that very few of your wedding guests will have experienced before? Look no further! Here is a list of activities that you and your guests are unlikely to have seen at any wedding, on any Pinterest board, or on any wedding blog. They are so unique (and crazy fun), that I think it's safe to say your wedding guests will be talking about any one of these ideas for years to come — which is exactly what you want when planning your reception.

Weddings are always fun, but after a while, many receptions tend to blur together. And while it can be nice to incorporate a few traditional elements into your reception that you usually see while making the wedding rounds, you want your party to reflect your personality. After all, if you're going to spend all that time and money putting together your celebration, you want to make sure the payoff is worth it — with a wedding bash no one will ever forget. The best part? Having a memorable wedding reception doesn't have to be an epic production. It's simply a matter of paying close attention to the details. So without further ado, here is a list of five super creative reception ideas to make your wedding reception stand out from the crowd.

1. Silhouette Drawings

Impress guests by hiring a silhouette artist to create keepsakes on the fly at your wedding. Everyone will oooh and ahh as they watch the silhouette artist wield an itty bitty, teeny tiny pair of scissors to craft a perfect paper silhouette of each of your guests. With silhouette drawings, you not only provide your guests with a unique entertainment activity, you also send them home with a valuable keepsake. And better yet, these one-of-a-kind favors are likely to end up framed and hung on guests’ walls at home rather than crumpled up and forgotten in travel bags and purses.

2. Wedding Painting

Another creative option is to hire an artist to paint your wedding day as it’s happening. Everyone loves peering over an artist’s shoulder who is painting in the park, and it’s no different at a wedding reception. Lucky guests may even find themselves immortalized forever in the painting of your wedding day.

3. Temporary Tattoos

On the opposite end of the artistic spectrum is the good old, low brow temporary tattoo. We all loved them as kids, and let’s be honest, we all love them still… especially after a glass of champagne or two. Create a custom tattoo for your wedding, and send your guests home with a reminder of the wedding they won’t soon forget.

4. Reel Viewer

Another childhood favorite that’s bound to be a big hit and conversation starter at any wedding is the reel viewer. Create a viewer that contains pictures of you and your partner and even your guests. These will have guests viewing pictures together and feeling an awesome sense of nostalgia all night long.

5. Fashion Illustration

This one really blows my mind, and I'm lucky enough to have a few friends who are just oh-so-fashionable and could absolutely pull this off at their upcoming weddings... and I hope they do! Guests love feeling fashionable and fabulous at a wedding, and a fashion illustration artist will do just that. Check out fashion illustrator Denise Fike, because she’d be a high-couture hit at any wedding.

So there you have it: five unique wedding reception activities that you and most of your guests have likely never participated in at a wedding. Remember this though: Don't choose a wedding reception activity for the sake of being unique alone. Choose one because in some way it reflects the interests or values of you and your partner. If it does, you, your partner, and your guests will appreciate your unique wedding reception all the more.

Images: Cronin Hill Photography; Vesna Longton; StickerYou.com; Image3D.com; Denise Fiske