Post # 1
I’m having a late afternoon lunch reception at a restaurant, how do I make it fun for everyone when I’m not having a DJ. Any suggestions. I’m used to having dinner parties at my house with a large crowd and always have fun, just not sure how it works in weddings.
suggestions? The restaurant is reserved for 3 hrs.
Post # 3
@Ms.BlueEyesDC: Why not have a magician circulating doing close magic? We did that and some of our guests have talked about nothing else!
Post # 4
I think a lot of people at weddings are happy just to catch up and talk to othe guests, especially if people are in town for a short time. I think just giving people a chance to mingle will be enough.
Post # 5
@SpecialSundae: I’ve considered something like this as well. Can you tell me a little bit more about how it worked at your reception?
Post # 6
- Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo
I agree. Don’t make it too structured so people have time and space to walk around and chat. That’s really what’s fun about dinner parties, the company. Maybe open up mic after toasts so people can share a fun memory?
Post # 7
I’d have fun just chatting with other guests. I don’t think you need any other entertainment.
Post # 8
People are loving photobooths these days!
Also you could consider having a fun food area like:
- decorate your own cookies/cupcakes
- make your own smores
- mashed potato bar
- mac n cheese bar
Also think about having little conversation cards or even someone with a camera that goes around asking questions to guests while filming- it will be silly and you’ll have a great keepsake!
Post # 9
@Ms.BlueEyesDC: ah, late afternoon: alcohol would be appropriate.
Don’t get me wrong, I am all in favor of pretty afternoon weddings with cake and punch, but if you want me to stick around for full 3 hours and “have fun” please I beg you, have some wine there. I’ll even pay for it, don’t mind that.
I also like that you are NOT having a DJ and forced, directed “fun.” yay! Mingling, seeing friends and talking about how you the bride look in your gorgoeus dress would keep me occupied. A magaician? perhaps others would like that, me not so much.
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
Booze. Booze. Booze. And a photobooth.
Post # 11
@lealorali: there will be sangria
Post # 12
As others have suggested, I think set up “activities” that allow guests to mingle and move around and they have the choice to do whatever they like. At our wedding (garden wedding, afternoon tea reception in the garden), we’re setting up lawn games like badminton, bowls, croquet, etc. There will also be a dance floor and guests can wander around the garden (it’s a pretty lovely property), and we’ll also have activities set up for kids (colouring, games, puzzles, and so on).
Post # 13
No dj = background music, please! There’s nothing that changes an atmosphere like music.
What’s cool about DIY music is you can really limit it to songs you, FI, and your crowd will enjoy.
Proof in the pudding: I recently drove my mother, teenaged brother, and elderly grandparents from L.A. to Las Vegas. We spent the first 2 hours bickering/in awkward silence.
After our gas stop, I took out my ipod and started playing my jazz and gospel music. We ended up driving into Sin City praising the Lord, singing out loud, my ornery grandfather in (joyful) tears, and finally enjoying each other’s company!
I know weddings and road trips don’t have much in common, but I swear by music.