Post # 1
I don’t know why I’m panicing about this, but I am. My fiance and I do not care for wedding dances, so we’ve decided to do away with it at ours. I’m 31 and he’s 37 and we just feel that most of our friends and family would be ok without the YMCA and chicken dance at this stage in our lives. Instead, we’ve opted for gormet dessert stations, coffee bar (lots of syrups, kinds of coffee, etc), cocktails, and a jazz duo that takes requests. I was thinking that the dessert stations, coffee bar, etc will get people out of their seats and minglining, but now I worry that there will not be enough entertainment. My wedding will be fairly small, approx 70 people, and “short” meaning that the ceremony is at 5:30, cocktail hour from 6:00-7:00, dinner 7:00-8:30 then the desserts and live music 8:30-10:30. Is this enough entertainment, or should there be more? If so, what are your suggestions? Thank you!!! PS the venue is small, so there isn’t much room for dancing anyway.
Post # 3
We decided not to have dancing at our wedding because it just really wasn’t important to us. We’re having an outdoor wedding (with cover) and space was also a consideration…but bottom line dancing just didn’t fit with our vision.
We’re lucky enough to have a venue that offers swings, volleyball, and horseshoes…so there’s lots to do. Plus FOOD…there will be food which is going to eat up a good chunk of time.
Personally, I think it sounds like you’ll be alright, but what are people going to do during the live music from 8:30-10:30? I would think they will expect to dance and music is being provided. You could have slow dancing only for those who feel like?
and just an FYI…you’ll get asked about 110 times a day by the same 7 people what your first dance song will be. …and you’ll get the “look” (you’ll know it when you see it) when you tell people you’re not having dancing at your wedding, and no its not for religious reasons. Sigh
Post # 4
@kermie: The live music is pretty much just going to be background music since it’s just a duo and not a full blown band, but maybe there could be a small space for dancing. I was also considering a photo booth and setting out baskets of cards, games etc for those that would like something to do other than eat desserts, drink, and listen to music! Thanks for your input!
Post # 5
@franica07:I’ll be there!
I was going to suggest poker or some other kind of gambling related game. I’ve seen it at one other wedding and it was a HUGE attraction (there wasn’t even cash involved)! Obviously not for everyone, but a cool entertaining idea.
Post # 6
We’re having a short reception (4 hours), so we’re not having a specific dance floor. We’ll do the traditional special dances, ’cause those are important to us (first dance, father/daughter, mother/son), and the music will be on all the way through, but we’re having a mingling-style reception, too. : )