Post # 1
Evening, ladies! 🙂 And gents, I guess, since there are a few on the board.
I was just wondering what you guys did to make your reception fun? I am starting to think about what to do for ours, and I am starting to get really nervous. What if our music sucks? What if nobody will dance? What if people don’t want to play games? What else is there besides the shoe game? Surely we won’t be playing the Macarena hahaha.
My FI and myself are doing mad libs for people to fill out a la Pinterest because we thought it would be fun. We are also having an open bar complete with beer, wine and liquor. We are having a game table with Cards Against Humanity, Killer Bunnies, Settlers of Catan, and are still trying to think of others — our group of friends are HUGE into games, and we all go to a game night together every other week. :3 We also are not having a DJ, a friend of FI’s is going to be MC and we’re using our laptop and the venue’s sound system. Don’t worry, we’re researching “traditional” wedding music and making a big playlist for the mother/son father/daughter dance, cocktail hour, etc.
Someone suggested the shoe game, which I thought could be really fun, and of course the garter/bouquet toss shenanigans.
But what else is there? Our reception, due to our venue, is only supposed to be 4-4.5 hrs or so, and with the way everything is timed, it will be over pretty early in the evening – roughly 7:30. I know that’s kind of lame, but our outdoor ceremony had to be before dusk, so that’s just the way the timing worked out with set-up/break down times.
Did anyone else have a reception that was over fairly early like ours? What other tings could we do to make it more fun and interactive and to bring our guests together?
Post # 3
Booze and good music are the only ingredients you’ll need!
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@icanhearyousmile: Four hours is going to fly by. You have plenty already and honestly most of the games probably won’t get touched. It’s a wedding. Everyone will be busy eating, drinking, dancing, and trying to talk to you and the groom. Relax.
Post # 5
I had a lot of fun at one at a previous wedding & the one at my wedding was a hit.
Post # 6
@MrsTVLover: +100. Exactly what I was going to say! Can you have outside lawn games and such? Since it ends at 7:30 I sounds like it’ll be ceremony, little time for games, dinner, cake, over? So it’s not like your guests will really have time to be bored!
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club
Good music is sooo key!
The best weddings I go to have upbeat music and good food.
Also, seat people with other people they know. I went to a wedding the other day and had to sit at a table with no one I knew because there was no seating chart. I ended up leaving early because i was sooo uncomfortable.
Post # 8
@MrsN14: I can’t do lawn games, the venue is a public park and my reception area is lined with brick. xD Plus they are super anal retentive about their precious blades of grass. It’s scary, actually.
I am starting to wonder if I should even bother with the games table. I’m going to talk to FI tonight. Maybe we can just have a basket of games that people can take to their tables and play instead of a whole separate table.
@MrsTVLover: Any suggestions for music? It’s the thing that is stressing me out the most right now!
Post # 9
Wow…I think your list is pretty impressive! You definitely have a lot covered! I’m sure everything will go great 🙂