Post # 1
After dinner, my 13 guests will be returning to our ceremony location at the refection pool, just outside of the inn. There is a covered sitting area and outdoor fireplace there. I bought 72 floating candles to put in the refelction pool. I will also have a BOSE system and iPod out there.
With such a small crowd, I just don’t know if anyone will want to dance. I definitely want to have my first dance and have music playing, but I’m wondering if there are any other activities I should have planned.. or even just available in case everyone gets bored.
I just keep picturing everyone standing around and being awkward.. I’m stressed about it!
All ideas are welcome! Thx
Post # 3
Decor ideas are also welcome
Post # 4
I think people will sit around and visit. If you have music playing some people may dance. I don’t think you need to worry about it. They will figure it out.
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Post # 6
Wow, Richard Gere! That’s great.
I am sure you will have a photographer, so that person can take family shots, etc. Be sure to have your guests hold up glasses for toasting. You should have an MC of some kind (even a “ham” of a friend) to welcome the guests, announce your dance, do a toast, do the tossing of the garter/bouquet, do the cake cutting, and, of course, invite your guests to dance. You should be able to rent a portable dance floor and if you have that, people will want to dance on it as opposed on top of concrete.
Have some chairs in small groups, with small tables so that they can sit and chat. Set up a bar or banquet table with a spiked champagne punch and plastic champagne glasses so they can help themselves.
Have noisemakers, like wedding horns and blow bubbles (do a search at http://www.orientaltrading.com) which would be fun photo ops, and have your bridal party share their best memories of you and your FI (not more than 5-7 minutes). Have appropriate background music for each happening. If you write a nice program out, you will see that the couple of hours will fly by and everyone will have a great time.
At the end, have your MOH and Best Man hand out the favors and have someone bring around the sign-in book for your guests to sign.
Post # 7
Ask Richard Gere to come and sign autographs.lol.People will probably mingle and entertain themselves.Will you have a guestbook of some sort?
Post # 8
I just want to say, your venue looks gorgeous, particularly for a smaller, more intimate occasion. That reflecting pool is awesome. I don’t have much advice for ways to keep people entertained, but I think as long as people are somewhat acquainted it shouldn’t be an issue. Will everyone know at least a few other people there they can converse with? Will you be providing any kind of food or drink while you’re out there? I think if people have some kind of refreshments and music they should be able able to mingle and entertain themselves, or at the very least just sit and admire you and your new husband!
Post # 9
This is a gorgeous venue! I was thinking sparklers on top of the bubbles/wedding horn suggestions for photos. I think it’s going to be really lovely!
Post # 10
@LiseRamosMorales: Thank you so much. so do you think I shoul dhave my toasts out there instead of at the dinner table? I just assumed they would take place at dinner, but that is a good suggestion!
@kellmerr: I really hope Richard is there! Talk about a photo op!
@lunabella: The two families are meeting for the first time. Eeek! I’m so nervous.