Post # 1
So we’re planning a morning wedding and brunch reception. There won’t really be dancing–I mean, people can dance if they want, but there won’t really be club/dancey music or anything (no scolding necessary for not having dancing, we’ll get enough scolding IRL:) ).
So we figure it might be fun to have a black jack table going on for a fun activity the guests can enjoy. Instead of money chips, we’ll have something cute like candy (or something else, I don’t know).We could get little personalized decks that match the invitations or something, so it wouldn’t “look” very casino-y. With that in mind, do you think it’s possible to have cards without it screaming “casino theme”??
If so, any other ideas for fun little activities OTHER than dancing?
Post # 3
When will they be doing this?
If I were a guest at a morning wedding with brunch, I would expect to be leaving around 1 or shortly after brunch and cake. I wouldn’t expect there to be entertainment or to stay for it.
Post # 4
@PaperQueen: would you be bored though? I wouldn’t, but I’ve heard people say that a wedding without some kind of entertainment is boring :/
Post # 5
@gromble: No. I’m there to watch you get married, eat, and talk to other guests. Since it’s an early wedding, I wouldn’t stay long. I’d move on with rest of my day.
Post # 6
@gromble: I think too many couples worry too much about entertining their guests. For centuries, people have celebrated marriages by sharing food and drink, socializing with the other guests and congratulating the couple.
Post # 7
People don’t need constant entertainment at a wedding. They’ve come to a wedding. Not a circus!
Also, at an morning wedding with a brunch to follow, people are unlikely to stay so long that boredom could ever be a factor.
Post # 8
@gromble: We had a luncheon, also with no dancing! People actually really liked how convienent our wedding was for their schedule. They were still free some of the afternoon and all that night!
We didn’t provide entertainment beyond food and drink. No one was bored. They ate, drank, talked, and left! It was about three hours long.
Post # 9
I agree with PP’s, unless it’s like, a BBQ or something I’d expect to go see you get married, eat brunch, chat with people and then go home.
Post # 10
I don’t like to dance so I would very much enjoy playing cards at a reception! I think it’s a good idea especially since you are having a morning wedding and people probably aren’t likely to stay all day. I’m sure there will be some people who aren’t really interested in playing, but those who are can mingle with other guests while they play for a little bit, congratulate you, then leave. I get bored at receptions watching people dance all night, but I’m there to celebrate with you – you don’t have to entertain me 🙂
And no, I don’t think it is too “casino-y”! Especially if you add some wedding flair like you mentioned – but even if you don’t, I wouldn’t start thinking casino theme until I saw something like this.. lol
Post # 11
Another vote for YOU DON’T HAVE TO ENTERTAIN ME
Your Wedding is the ONLY reason I need to come / be there… I can figure the rest out for myself (how to socialize, make small talk etc)
IMO, Weddings aren’t an “Entertainment” Occasion, they are a Family / Social Occasion, people should realize that and KNOW how to act etc.
Save your money for something else that truly is important (lol, like the Honeymoon)
Post # 12
Thank you all for your feedback, I’m feeling better about the whole thing.