Post # 1
My FH and I are NOT dancers. Or, rather, we dance, but in a very embarrassing and not at all festive kind of way. Our families don’t dance… our friends don’t dance. So it makes no sense to have dancing be a focal point of our wedding reception.
We’re quite geeky, and we’ve considered the DDR/various dance-related video games as an alternative. However the logistics of that in most venues is… well, iffy.
So, has anyone NOT had dancing, a live band, etc. but still had a successful, entertaining reception? There will be dinner (BBQ!) and cupcakes, but I’m so afraid that people will eat and then sit around being totally bored until it’s time to go.
Any alternatives to traditional reception activities are welcome!
Post # 3
You could put board games out… or card games. Something that the tables can do as a group that’s still fun, but doesn’t involve getting jiggy on the dance floor 🙂
Post # 4
We are not dancers either, but we will be doing the first dance, FI will dance with his aunt, instead of his mom because his mom isn’t going to be able to make it, and we will also be doing the father/daughter dance. Other than that dancing will be at a minimum; however, we are having a DJ that will play some music just in case other people want to dance. Mostly we will just be visiting with each other and catching up. If you want to provide some entertainment for your guests, you could have some games set up; depending on your venue. If it is outside, you could set up horse shoes, croquet, bochi ball (sp), and maybe a few other interactive games. If it is inside, you could set up things like charades, the how well do you know the bride and groom game; maybe a scavenger hunt using cameras (the guests could take pictures of things to do with the wedding). You could hire a magician to come in for a bit. Maybe a photo booth with lots of props. Those are just a few ideas to get you started.
Post # 5
I have been to a wedding and they did not have dancing. Instead they hired a cigar roller (I guess they were cigar fans). The men loved it and everyone else just had cocktails and mingled.
Post # 6
We didn’t have dancing and everyone had a great time just eating and socializing with each other. I do like all the ideas about outside games and alternative entertainment but we did great without any of that and just had the toasts and cake cutting besides dinner.
Post # 7
I have considered getting a photobooth– it’s expensive, but I LOVE the idea, and I think we’d end up with amazing (and very silly) photos, especially if we provided props. That would be something to do…
So it’s really okay just to have people mingle?
Post # 8
@jedipwnces: Have you considered a DIY photobooth? We had a very small number of people there although it was a random group that hadn’t mingled a lot and they were absolutely fine just socializing. Our reception was about three and a half hours long from cocktail hour through the end of dinner (probably slightly longer). We also had our guest book (handkerchiefs they signed that will be made into a quilt) and our guests were all drinking.
Post # 9
I think if you are not dancing, but still want music you should definitely look into a really good live band. Bands provide entertainment, but are not solely for dancing like a DJ would be. You could also hire a dance instructor? Let everyone dance goofy & be embarassed together. But I’m sure you have those stubborn guests (like everyone) who absolutely refuse to leave the chair for anything but food.
Post # 10
I am doing dancing (AND a photobooth!) 🙂 But I know friends who didn’t have dancing — They instead had big group games at the reception. They said it was perfect for what they wanted 🙂 So that’s another idea!