The typical program for a wedding reception consists of announcing the bridal party and close relatives, the couple's big entrance and words of prayer or toasts, followed by dinner and activities like cutting the cake and tossing the bride's bouquets.
The best man isn't the only person who can give a speech. The father of the bride, the maid of honor or guests who want to say a few words can also give them.
A singer can serenade the bride and groom's first dance and when the bride and groom dance with their parents, or a musician such as a harpist or guitarist can play during the cocktail hour.
Spring and summer weddings in beautiful outdoor settings like the ocean or along rivers lend themselves to having a fireworks display during the reception.
Take advantage of the crowd with games such as scavenger hunts, trivia questions related to the couple and having the bride and groom blindfolded and then guess his/her spouse by feeling other people's hands or faces .
Have a spare photographer on hand to take pictures of families and couples who would like to have a professional photo of themselves from the event, which they can download from a website after the reception.
Bands and disc jockeys aren't the only entertainment options for a reception. Elvis impersonators, magicians, fortune tellers and stand-up comedians can also amuse guests.