Think of your guests a little like sheep. Wedding guests will do whatever the bride and groom do. You lead, they follow. If you spend your reception rockin’ out on the dance floor, they’ll follow. If you spend your reception smoking outside, sitting at a table chatting, or hiding out in the bathroom, your guests will do the same.
Most people want their guests to have a great time at the reception, and focus on getting everything perfect to make that happen. But the key is not how awesome the band is, how many people are there, or how much booze you serve. I’ve seen all kinds of receptions – parties without alcohol and those with open bars, receptions where an iPod is the only music source and some with amazing 8 piece bands, weddings with fewer than 50 people and those with more than 500 people. None of those factors impact how much fun everyone is having.
The key to an awesome reception is a bride and groom setting the example of having a great time. That will make or break your party. So plan the party so you will have fun. Then allow yourself to enjoy it, rather than worrying about how much fun your guests are having. I guarantee your guests will follow.