Reception with no DJ: How to entertain the guests?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Uur reception space is large and mostly outdoors, so we will be having yard games, but that doesn’t sound at all functional for your space! xD

Are you having any toasts? That will take up another good ten or twenty minutes. You could also set up a slideshow with music of your Love Story with baby pictures and stuff to entertain guests. 

I have seen wedding with puzzles and games, and I plan to set up an Apples to Apples table at my reception, but that’s mostly for the kids. 

You may just want to settle for a shorter reception with your lovely dinner, the traditional cake cutting and such, and wonderful conversation.

You could put conversation cards on the tables, but if your guests are mostly familiar with each other, that might not be necesary.

When my uncle got married, they had a small reception, so we all went around the table and stood up to talk about how we met the bride and groom. It was cute and funny. They also had their reception in a restaurant. 

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Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

leprechaura:  We did the shoe game instead of a first dance at our wedding which was a lot of fun.  I also printed up guest libs for my guests to fill out and we had puzzle piece escort cards (the guests would put the pieces together at the table).  One thing that was not in the budget for me, but that I think is incredibly fun, is a photobooth.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We don’t expect much dancing at ours either.  We will do the shoe game, toasts, cake cutting.  We will have a first dance and probably parent dances as well (you don’t need much space for that!).  Our reception is also on the shorter side at 3 hours.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I was going to say cards against humanity, but if your guests would raise an eyebrow at the topics, maybe something like taboo or apples to apples? Just something fun to put out at the tables.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Do they really need games?  Are they all going to be strangers?  I am usually just fine hanging out eating and talking for 2 hours or so without any wedding related things going on.  I think you will be fine really! 

Some small ideas that might work fine wihtout capturing everyone’s attention

1) have a jar marked wth 5, 10, 15, 20 and peope write little words of advice for you guys to open on your 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th wedding anniversaries.

2) create a photo album of you guys incluing baby photos, first day of school photos, dating and engagement and all that.  Then it can be passed around the table.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I love the idea of playing games my husband and I are renewing are vows and having a small reception after no DJ or wedding type stuff as its not a wedding ..then I am like what do we do sit around and talk which we so could do?? But who doesn’t like games !! I went to a reception where each place setting had lil anwers if your anwered matched up to the question you won a prize it was nothing big just wine But I thought of doing three gift baskets and giving those as a game !!! That might be a idea who doesn’t love games and prizes !!! You also do a facts about the bride and groom but have them guess if its the bride or the groom that is huge fun !!! Thanks for great thread and hope your Day is amazing 🙂 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

leprechaura:  my husband and Are doing it for are reception an it will be very funny to say the least !! The other idea i saw was having each guest have a leaf as there place card have them sign it and then pin it to create a beautiful family tree you can hang in your home also fun to do !!! And makes the guest make the guest book instead having just a guest book tucked away this you can keep on a wall to enjoy years to come !!! 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

It may not be what u were looking for, suggestion-wise, but we had a short reception that included only a first dance, served dinner, cake cutting, toast, and exit only. No games, no tosses, no dj and no dancing. A 4pm ceremony and still had enough time for pics, hors deserves etc and we had plenty of time for the reception necessities and still ended by 8pm.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA

I’m not really a game person or a puzzle person, so if I went to a wedding where the reception was full of games, I probably wouldn’t participate. It’d feel a little forced – “Tee hee! SO FUN!” Just let your guests chat amongst themselves and stay entertained that way.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

It’s a dinner. Ppl will eat, drink, talk, hang out. No activities are needed and they might leave a bit earlier, but no activity would make them stay longer. It’s like a big dinner at a restaurant, ppl talk and eat. 

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