Bands and Djs are great, but if you want to wow your guests think outside the box. Dueling Pianos are interactive and a sure way to get everyone up and having a good time.
Aerial Champagne Chandelier
If you're going to pour champagne why not pour it from the ceiling by and aerial artist? This is by far the most unique reception idea that will leave your guests awe struck. There is only one company that offers this, and they have a Chicago branch!
For a unique and delicious treat for young and old alike ask your caterer about creating a s'mores bar. A rolling cart with a type of sterno allow guest to roast their own marshmallows.
A magician or variety entertainer are sure to keep your guests entertained and guessing. It's the perfect addition for your cocktail hour.
Mix Up the Order
Who says you have to cut the cake during the reception? Why not have parts of your ceremony extend through the entire reception? It's your day; feel free to be unique.
A live character artist drawing guests at your reception will never be forgotten. It will likely be framed and talked about for years to come.
Aerial Champagne Chandelier
If you're going to pour champagne why not poor it from the ceiling by and aerial artist? This is by far the most unique reception idea that will leave your guests awe struck. There is only one company that offers this, and they have a Chicago branch! http://www.aerialrevolution.com/shows2.htm
Have the DJ ask your guests questions about you and your fiance and see if you can leave them stumped. Better yet, have him ask you and your fiancee questions about each other.
Giant Outdoor Party Games
What's better than Jenga? Giant outdoor Jenga. Break the ice and get the party started with some good old fashioned party games with a new twist.
Pre-Ceremony Cocktail Hour
Why not? Plan on having 30minutes before the ceremony for guests to enjoy some cocktails and orderves before your ceremony. Then you'll know they are concentrated during the ceremony and not trying to bolt to the bar after.
Ceremony Wine Box & Love Letter
Write love notes to each other and exchange them during the ceremony without opening them. Place them in a box with wine. Years later when things aren't as perfect as the wedding day you can open the box and remember how much you love each other.
Love letter link
It's the most beautiful ending to a ceremony I've ever seen. The butterflies come almost frozen in envelopes. Take them out of the cooler a couple hours before the ceremony. By the time you're ready to process down the aisle they are ready to be released by your guests and fly away. They will often linger or land on guests for great photos.
Put a stone on every seat. During the ceremony ask the guest to wish on the stone everything they wish for the new couple. Ceremoniously have them passed forward and placed in a jar for the couple.
Rolling Hot Dog Cart
Who doesn't love a hot dog stand? Soak up some of the alcohol at the end of the night with a traditional rolling hot dog stand. Your guests will love it.
Have a few cocktails and get a tattoo- at leas this one will come off. Have your guests remember your special day by hiring a removable airbrush or henna tattoo artist. Put your unique stamp on it by offering a signature tattoo or letting guests chose their own.
Cigar Rolling Station
Add a little class to your wedding by offering hand-rolled cigars. Your guests will love watching the quality and craftsmanship that goes into rolling a good cigar.
Pre Wedding Video
Leave your guests entertained by making a unique video of your and your fiance before the reception. It's a great modern alternative to the growing up slide-show. Hire a professional or create something yourself. Years from now you'll be glad you did.
Get the Pups Involved
Dogs make the best ring bearers and oh so cute photos. It's worth hiring your neighbor to take them home after the ceremony.
Sign Something Other Than A Guest Book
Find something unique for your guests to sign. Try the top of a picnic table of metal signature photo frame. Instead of signing a paper mat your guests engrave on a metal mat. Think of something you'll want to cherish and look at in your home.
You have to get favors anyway. Why not give something they'll keep forever? A Photobooth is sure to be a hit at your party. https://jrowenco.com/photobooth/