Post # 1
Our wedding venue is a historic landmark, and does not allow dancing, which is fine with us- our guest list really isn’t full of dancers anyway. We’re having an early evening dinner, beer and wine, cake, and background music. However with no dancing, I don’t want people to feel bored and stuck at their table. Anyone have ideas of interactive things I can have available to make things interesting for my guests? Our venue won’t allow us to bring in a photobooth and there isn’t really space to set up a faux one, so that’s out:( Here’s what I have so far:
thumbprint “guest book” tree
memory table (to peruse old family wedding photos)
I thought about doing a candy buffet, but I have a LOT of pre-teen girls coming to our wedding.. I’m afraid they’ll be all hopped up on sugar, and there won’t be much candy left for the rest of the guests.
Anyone else have ideas?
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2010 - Philippe Park
Wow! That’s tough. Our venue is also a historic landmark, but they pretty much let us do whatever we want. Photobooth, tent, dancing, alcohol, whatever. You’ve got good ideas so far. How about instead of a sit down meal, do food stations? That will get people up and walking and mingling.
Post # 4
Maybe some form of photo scavenger hunt… Here is the one from Mrs.Bee. I think it’s such a cute idea and would give all the guests (young and old) something to do, and LOTS of pictures for you! Double whammy!
Post # 5
Typically if there is no dancing, people are more than happy to mingle the entire time without outside entertainment.
Post # 6
The scavenger hunt thing is really cute! That’s definitely on the “to consider” list. Thanks for the ideas, girls!
Post # 7
I am doing the same type of deal – I might have a few dances, but the emphasis will be on background music and mingling. FI and I love board games, so we are actually going to set up a few board game stations so people can play together and get to know one another. I think it should be fun! How many people will be at your reception?
I also plan to have some photo albums there for people to look through. I think most guests will be happy to mingle with the appies and drinks we will have available!
Post # 8
we’re not having dancing at our wedding. i’m not really worried about it, i know a lot of our guests don’t get to see each other very often so i’m sure they’ll be happy to get to talk and mingle.
Post # 9
You could also have game tables out with Scrabble, Chess, Checkers, Dominos or any other fun group game. Then, the people have that as an option to entertain themselves. I’m sure you could set it up really cute with little signs and stuff to make it look nicer than just game stations.
Post # 10
oh, you guys have made me feel much better about it! I was worried people would be bored.
Valhalla, we’re expecting about 80-90 people. Our venue is a restored mansion in the downtown area of my hometown. It’s a really neat building, more of a home than a banquet facility, so people will be able to wander around and check out the different rooms. We wanted something with some ambience and great food, and this is definitely the place!
Also, I forgot to mention that at each guest’s place setting will be a menu outlining the dish they chose for dinner, but will also have a game on it.. each person will either get a scavenger hunt for items around the mansion, or a mad lib, or a crossword puzzle along with a personalized pencil in our wedding colors. Simple but fun and hopefully a conversation starter.
Post # 11
I think people will talk and take pictures. It would be nice if someone set up a video camera to do cameo’s of all your guests wishing you their best. Obviously it will be a shorter reception than one with dancing but who cares. It sounds elegant
Post # 12
love the scavenger hunt! do they allow you to have fireworks? that may be really fun or you could have a slideshow of the best fourth of july’s (looking at your wedding date), weddings, picnics, etc. do they allow you to use the grounds? perhaps you could have horseshows, sand bag tosses etc… how long is the reception?