Post # 1
I’m not a drinker or a partier. Neither is FH. At least 90% of my wedding guests are the same way. My dance floor, if I even really have one, will probably only be used for the first dance.
So, that being said, I’m having a 2pm, outdoor, apps and desserts reception in a tent. I’ll probably have some beer and wine and maybe champagne for toasts, but no hard liquor. I’m okay with having a relatively short reception, but I don’t want people to leave out of boredom. But I just can’t figure out what to do at a wedding that’s not an all-night party. I haven’t been to a wedding since I was in high school (maybe) and all the ones I see on TV are just not our style.
Anyone have any suggestions?
Post # 3
@mepayne: What about a down home Georgia classy barbeque? Cute cornhole, horseshoes, bocce games. I once went to a wedding where they served Shrimp and grits and martini glasses with slaw, pork bbq, baked beans, mashed potatoes layered with a cornbread garnish.
Post # 4
I’m not sure if this will go down well, but I like party games. From childhood style ones to more adult ones, I think they’re really fun, great to involve people and a good alternative to alcohol.
It might be a way to use up the dance floor and keep people entertained?
Post # 5
What would you normally do with your family and friends if you werent at a wedding? Use that as inspiration instead of things that aren;t your style. Make it about you guys.
Post # 6
You could do a slide show of your lives and include family members/friends in it. If either of you have lineage from another country maybe you could get dancers/singers that specialize in dance/songs from that country. For example, if one of you is Irish you could get some of the Irish cloggers to perform.
Post # 7
I agree with the party games idea. I think that’s the only thing I would do if I were having that type of wedding.
Post # 8
Yeah, something would be good. My brother’s wedding was a Sunday afternoon inside a church in January. There was no dancing or anything… after cake, guests basically left. They did the garter/bouquet, but my SIL was pretty pissed. She was like “Why did everyone leave??” But… there wasn’t anything for them to do really =
Post # 9
I have trouble understanding why so many brides worry about entertaining their guests.
For decades if not longer, couples have had weddings without dancing or games. People love to socialize, catch up with friends and family , eat, drink and make merry.
You could have a trivia game on the tables for people to do. It also serves as a mixer for people to get to know each other.
You need to know trivia about your guests. You can have things like ” I won the gold medal for backstroke in high school.” The guests have to find out the name of that person.
Post # 10
If you haven’t been to a wedding in awhile, maybe some people will surprise you! I am not a dancer at all, but have been known to shake my booty at weddings on occassion.
Post # 11
Even if you’re not partiers or dancers, I suggest still playing some slow dance music. When people go to weddings they want at least one dance with their significant other.
Other things to pass the time:
the shoe game
a performace, (hired professionals)
Post # 12
I went to my FI’s cousin’s wedding last summer. It was a backyard wedding under a beautiful tent. There was a BBQ as well as dancing, a bon fire, and.. a mechanical bull! It was SOOOO much fun.
Post # 13
I’m not a big drinker or partier but I still like to dance at weddings (even dry weddings). Do you think your guests would dance, if you have music?
Post # 14
@kerensa: Probably not. Maybe a few slow dances, and the kids will probably dance to anything we have playing (and I do plan on having music playing regardless), but that would be it.
Post # 15
@mepayne: Your guests may surprise you. My husband and I don’t drink, or really dance. We had a small wedding on my family farm in the afternoon. We also served beer and wine, no liquor. Everyone danced! For hours. It was a blast.
Post # 16
- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
We are nixing alcohol other than a champagne toast, and dancing. We’re having a really nice meal at epcot on the water’s edge, and our cake cutting under the fireworks.