Ways to Keep Your Guests Entertained During Cocktail Hour

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Ways to Keep Your Guests Entertained During Cocktail Hour

Cocktail hour is a golden opportunity to show off your wedding styling, serve up delicious drinks and treats, and let your guests mingle and make new friends. But after a few too many snacks and some light banter, your guests can start to feel like a bit like they’re experiencing deja vu. To make sure cocktail hour is a blast for everyone from your junior bridesmaids to your most distinguished guests, here are seven ways to keep your wedding guests entertained during the cocktail hour.

1.Spark the Conversation with Conversation Starters

To get the party started, consider setting out conversation starters at each table. This can be a shared game or fun facts about you and your fiancé too. This will help guests who don’t know each other find common ground and conversation topics quickly, so they can start building relationships and making memories.

2. Display Live Entertainment

Whether it’s a juggler, a mime, or a roaming magician, adding a spot of live entertainment to cocktail hour will energize your guests and get them into the festive spirit. Live music or a DJ can also be a great option to pick up the pace slightly and add the perfect ambiance for your guests to really let their hair down.

3. Get Them Moving with Interactive Games

We all know that games can be a great ice breaker and let guests interact in a fun and effortless way. From charades, to guessing jars to a scavenger hunt, a few engaging activities can get your guests out of their chairs and interacting with each other in a light-hearted and enjoyable way.

4. Enjoy Magical Photobooth Fun

Nothing gets guests talking quite like a photobooth. Whether it’s a classic style booth with props and accessories, or an open style with an ore-set backdrop. Guests will be queuing up to record their fun-filled memories and snap up souvenirs to keep as keepsakes.

5. Sip on Succulent Signature Drinks

Adding signature drinks is a great way to inject a touch of zest into your cocktail hour. With everyone from your groomsmen to your grandparents swapping stories, there’s nothing quite like the hilarity that ensues once the drinks are flowing.

6.Relax with Hilarious Wedding Mad Libs

Continuing with the hilarity, a Mad Libs table can be an absolute hoot and get everyone having a great time. Targeting the traditional wedding and telling it in a comedic style, it may even provide you with a few anecdotes for your evening speeches.

7. Encourage them to take the Party to the Dance Floor with Dance-Offs

As the evening draws in, if you are putting on a reception party featuring a band or a DJ, get your wedding guests ready to mingle on the dancefloor with some fabulous dance-off’s. Bring out your inner divas, have a blast as your bridesmaids and groomsmen get to it, and let the evening pick up pace before dinner is served.


Your cocktail hour acts as the gateway to your reception, and the start of a memorable night. By incorporating some of the ideas into your evening, you can make sure all your guests will be warmed up and in the mood to party all night long. Furthermore, hiring a sought-after DJ from EliteDJ.ca (serving Toronto, Mississauga, Hamilton, Burlington & Guelph, 416-477-2829 or sales@elitedj.ca) can add the perfect touch of magic to your wedding celebration, so that all your guests will have the time of their lives.


1.What are some good ways to keep guests entertained at a wedding?

A great way to keep your wedding guests entertained is to provide them with fun activities, such as interactive games, live entertainment like a clown or magician, a photobooth, fun drinks and snacks, and hilarious Mad Libs. These activities can help your guests mingle, let loose, and enjoy your special day.

2.What is a nice way to start a wedding reception?

The cocktail hour is a great way to start off the wedding reception and get your guests in the right mood to party. Consider setting out conversation starters, adding some live entertainment, or providing some interactive games. Hiring a DJ from EliteDJ.ca (serving Toronto, Mississauga, Hamilton, Burlington & Guelph, 416-477-2829 or sales@elitedj.ca) can help get your guests up and dancing right away.

3.How do I make my wedding reception extra special?

An excellent way to make your wedding reception extra special is to have a signature drink and offer some fun treats. Consider having a signature cocktail, like a champagne-based drink or a fruity spritzer, or maybe some mocktails for your non-drinkers. You can also provide tasty snacks, such as mini burgers or tacos, as well as desserts, like mini cakes or sweet treats.

4.What are some unique activities for a wedding reception?

Unique activities for a wedding reception can include anything from a giant Jenga or Connect Four tournament, to a casino area with roulette or poker tables. You could also set up a temporary escape room, a photo scavenger hunt, or a karaoke station.

5. What should I look for in a wedding DJ?

When searching for a wedding DJ, you should look for an experienced and dependable DJ who can customize the music to suit your special day. Your DJ should have a wide range of music to match your event style, as well as have all the necessary sound equipment to get the party started. For a dependable and experienced wedding DJ, look to EliteDJ.ca (serving Toronto, Mississauga, Hamilton, Burlington & Guelph, 416-477-2829 or sales@elitedj.ca).

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