(Closed) Boring reception?!?!

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

You know — I was really worried ours would be "boring," too, even though we had a DJ. We didn’t have a photo booth, we didn’t have a candy buffet, we didn’t have live entertainment — but it ended up being great. We had so many friends and family together who were happy to see us and each other. Lots of people danced, but those who didn’t just enjoyed good drinks and good food. So try not to worry too much about it.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I am a bit concerned about that too but I don’t care if I’m the only one dancing up there. My FI doesn’t even really dance. I’m going to have a good time even by myself! I am having a DJ though so he can help me coax some others out to dance with me.

Even if you don’t have a DJ, you could still do the cake cutting, the garter toss, the bouquet toss, etc. There’s some pretty fun song ideas out there for those events so you can time them on your iPod playlist and I’m sure people will get in on the action. You could have a bridesmaid or groomsmen help announce these too.

I’m also going to do a games/arts & crafts table for all the non-dancers and kids. His family has a lot of die-hard Sequence players (board game) so I’m going to have a couple games of that and maybe some card games there like Uno, poker, maybe a few others. I’m also going to have some coloring books, crayons, and some puzzles for the kids.

Additionally I’m doing a DIY photobooth with a digital cam + photo printer to use with our guestbook. I’ll have some costume props there so the guests can have fun with that and then use those comment bubble stickers to decorate their printed out pictures and put them in the guestbook.

DJ or no DJ, game table or no game table, I think the people that come to your wedding will be happy just to be there and excited to help you celebrate so I wouldn’t worry about it too much.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2009

See if you could get someone to be like a DJ, my fiance’s sister just got married, and there was no DJ, so once everyone ate, they talked and started leaving since there really wasn’t anything to do. Keep an eye out for when people are done eating and start your dance right then.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We’re not having any dancing either, but we are having a board game themed wedding, so our centerpieces will be board games. A lot of brides and grooms set up game tables seperate from the dining tables to give guests something to do.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I was very concerned about our reception being boring as well.  We don’t drink or dance, so we didn’t have either of those things at our reception. In fact, we didn’t do a lot of things at our wedding.  During the receptions (we had 2- a cake and punch immediately following and a dinner following pictures off-site), we had only visiting among our guests occurring and have received so many compliments on everything.  I was worried about not having the bouquet or garter tosses and dancing, but as it turns out, it was not an issue.  Our guests had a good time enjoying the food and visiting with each other, and we’ve not heard any complaints over those things that were lacking. Looking back, it was perfectly us. 

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’m having a live band and am STILL worried mine will be boring…  maybe it just goes with the territory!  I mean think about it… how many times have you ever been responsible for entertaining (in my case) 200 people for 5 hours!!  Not an everyday situation… so I think its only natural that we will worry about people being bored.  My FI doesn’t dance (although he is trying ballroom dancing for me!) and only some of our friends dance, so we’ll see.  But I agree with hcritton, even if I’m the only one dancing, I’ll have fun!!!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

i’m also worried the reception will be boring/ people won’t dance. i agree with @April2010 that maybe its everyone’s worry because we all usually don’t plan an event to entertain people and we are considerate brides that care about our guests having a good time 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I recently went to a wedding that was supposed to be held outdoors but was moved indoors (due to inclement weather) literally about 45 minutes before their ceremony.  The DJ didn’t have any room to play his music and there was NO dance floor.  Although not many people danced, I still had a good time because I was there with friends and we talked and caught up the entire time.  I think you will fine!

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper

Can you think of things your guests will appreciate?  A reception does not need a DJ to ‘exciting’, but I think some music (even if it’s just background music) would be nice.  Think about who is coming and elements they (and you) will enjoy.  I know we’ve all been to plenty of weddings where the music/DJ made the wedding terrible.  

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

My greatest fear (next to it raining [our wedding is outdoors]) is a boring reception, because it is such a fear I feel the need to have the whole kit and kaboodle (DJ, photobooth, dessert buffet, etc. etc.). Truth is though… people will have a good time if they are surrounded by alcohol and people they love.

Since you are having a more intimate wedding and have not hired a DJ why not bring games or cards for people? Despite everything else I think I am going to purchase a few smaller games that people can play if they want and a few decks of cards – everyone loves cards so maybe you could just provide that?

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