Post # 1
I’m having a small (I’ve been told to use the word intimate though, lol) wedding with about 25 people total coming – including the bride, groom, and bridal party. We’re not having a band or dance floor at the reception – we’re only having dinner and cake and pictures on the beach – so I’m worried that my wedding is missing something and that people are going to try and find a reason to leave early (not that I expect our close friends and family to walk out mid reception).
Is there anything shy of pin the tail on the donkey that we can do to keep things interesting?
Thanks for your input!
Post # 3
Are you doing a garter toss/bouqet toss? You could still do it even though it’s an ‘intimate’ wedding. You could have some fun beach games that arn’t so ‘carnival’ to keep people entertained.
Post # 4
@LangLang1020: Our was small, no dance floor and dinner and cake only, people hung around to the bitter end, cause we were all jawing at each other having a great time! No worries, your wedding sounds perfect!
Post # 5
I would think if you are having an intimate ceremony/reception that the people who will be there are the most important people in your lives. So to me, I would think that just hanging around and catching up will be plently to keep everyone occupied. I wouldn’t worry about trying to find something for the guests to do.
Post # 6
Very true – everyone invited is very close to us and very important to us, so we’ll probably spend the whole evening talking.
Beach games sound fun, too. We’re planning on incorporating our guests into photos, so hopefully that will bring some enjoyment.
Thanks everyone! 🙂
Post # 7
Ours is very similar. I think cutting the cake is always fun. And just catching up with each other. Speeches might be fun too if you want to have them. If you want to have games of some sort I’m sure google might have ideas, but that might seem less wedding-like. Plus if you’re at the beach garter/bouquet tosses might be a good idea like Birdee106 said.
Post # 8
+1 to PP – people will be having so much fun just talking you don’t need much else. A small dance floor (so it won’t feel empty) or a little lounge area so people won’t feel stuck at their tables, and you are set! BTW, as we started planning our small wedding, vendors kept referring to it as a “boutique” wedding -which cracked us up at first, but then we found out that as soon as we said “boutique” vendors would start nodding like mad and know exactly what we were doing. We still find it hilarious, though. Enjoy yours !!
Post # 9
We had a small wedding at a B&B. Unfortunately, it rained, so people didn’t get a chance to play croquet or do any of the other outdoor activities we had planned.
I had a sort-of get-to-know-you Bingo game, but my mom just handed the cards out and didn’t explain what people were supposed to do, so people just crossed off the items that applied to them instead of finding other people to sign off on them. But I was so frazzled the morning of that I forgot to bring the prizes anyway. That had been mainly for the benefit of out of town guests who wouldn’t know anyone else, but most of them ended up not being able to come, so whatever.
We performed a tango dance for everyone (that was the only dancing that day) and people seemed to think that was neat, especially since a lot of them didn’t know we danced and hadn’t ever seen a tango performed.
The B&B staff also gave our guests a tour of the house, which they seemed to enjoy a lot, since it was a historic location with a lot of unique artifacts inside.
A friend of ours just randomly started giving people art lessons. Unexpected, but fun! For some reason, he had brought all his sketch pads and good pencils and pastels with him. People were trying to sketch each other and the centerpieces and the house and everything.
But mostly people were just happy to talk and mingle and take photographs and eat. 🙂 They all told me they had a lot of fun and that it was the best wedding they’d been to all summer. I think people have more fun in a small crowd than if you have hundreds of people who don’t know each other.
Post # 10
Why don’t you take an IPod docking thingy with a playlist of songs. People could then dance on the beach if they chose. It might be nice also to have some instrumental music for during dinner.
Post # 11
@Pamelor55: I think the iPod for music is a great idea. You could all just sit back, relax, and enjoy time spent together celebrating your marriage. Are you allowed to have a bonfire? Perhaps roast some marshmallows?! That sounds so yummy!
Post # 12
I wish we could do more beachy activities like bonfires (I really wanted a smores buffet), but our date is just before the end of turtle season, so we can’t have any lights on the beach.
It’s for the turtles, though, so I’m ok with it. 🙂
Post # 14
Those Mad Libs are an awesome idea! 😀 I wonder where they came from…
Post # 15
You can get those wedding mad libs things on Etsy. I’ve seen them from several different sellers there.
Post # 16
@LangLang1020: I got all these pics from workers on etsy……I LOVE ETSY more than Ebay lol