Post # 1
My fiance and I are having our wedding reception at a pub. There is no room at all for dancing (about 100 people in a small room, mostly standing) and the more I think about it, the more I think all of my guests will be disappointed. We wanted dancing, but we are on a super-budget and the pub was free as long as we spend so much money. We are going to pay for two drinks per person (then cash bar), plus some pretty good food. Does anyone have awesome ideas that don’t require spending much money?
Post # 3
I would still play music. People can dance around their tables! Or just soft jazz as background noise.
You can also arrange some games, like I Spy, Mad Libs, etc that don’t take up much space.
Post # 4
When there is no dancing, guests are more than happy for a chance to mingle without the need or desire for other entertainment, especially when it is out of your budget. No need to stress since they will be fine and it does not reflect badly upon you at all. Background music is not necessary and some people will be glad there isn’t any so they don’t have to yell or go outside to be heard by whomever they are chatting with.
Post # 5
@UXOR: I’m not having dancing either. Fiance & I will be having a day time wedding (not an evening one). We’ll be feeding folks lunch, planning on allowing some time for everyone to chat, and having snacks, cake, a bar… the usual wedding stuf, but without dancing.
If you’re really very worried about “entertaining” your guests think about waht you and your friends or family do on a typical evening when several of you get together. I’m going to guess you probably don’t higher a DJ and have a dance party. 😉 It’s unlikely that your guest will need any entertainment other than the company of others.
Post # 6
I wouldn’t worry about finding entertainment other than defiinitely having music playing. I personally would be happy just having a drink (or two) and mingling. I don’t think there is need for games or anything!
Post # 7
Most people will be happy for the chance to see other relatives and far flung friends that they only get to see at weddings. If you like, put some cameras and a photo scavenger hunt on the tables, or some trivia games, etc.
Post # 8
We didn’t have dancing, just people chatting while some music played in the background. I got some awesome feedback about the reception. People loved that the music wasn’t impeding conversation and people just a chance to relax with good food and catch up.
Post # 9
I recently went to a wedding that was in a pub with no dancing and it was a lot of fun. It was on a weekday afternoon so people we not trying to get hammered and dance the night away. There was music playing the whole time for ambiance but no dance floor and no party music. Plus the pub had excellent atmosphere! They had a photobooth as something for guests to do, and an incredible array of finger foods. Honestly, you don’t need a ton of activities, it was really nice to be able to have a conversation with friends without having to yell over a DJ and worry about getting in the way of people dancing.