Post # 1
I am not having dancing at my wedding reception, because of religious belief but I don’t want my guests to be bored!! Does anyone have ideas to keep the guests entertained like specific games and activities???
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
We are doing fireworks at the cake cutting instead 🙂
Post # 4
What time if the day is your reception? How long after the meal do you expect guests to stay around? This would help with knowing what activities to suggest.
Post # 5
@colleen_olivia: I am curious and I mean no disrespect whatsoever, but, what religion doesn’t allow dancing at weddings? And why?
Anyway, depending on what level of formality your wedding is going to be there could be any number of fun activities to do at your wedding instead of dancing. I know that there are games that the newlyweds can play… like where they sit back to back with one of each others shoes in their hands and somone asks a quesions like “which one of you is the better driver” and you hold the shoe you pick in the air and see if you guys agreed or not. Kind of a clean version of the newlywed game.
I am sure there are a ton of fun alternatives! Good luck!
Post # 6
@colleen_olivia: stirpper? i kid i kid!
um i always enjoy theatre…perhaps you could have some interesting short scenes and monologues?
Post # 7
Have a luncheon! No one expects dancing at a luncheon! And it gives you LOTS of time with your new hubby on the wedding night!
Post # 8
I’m Pentecostal and it’s a very conservative religion, while I wouldn’t be opposed to dancing, I don’t want to cause any strife with anyone else
Post # 9
@colleen_olivia: I’ve been to quite a few weddings without dancing. Usually if people aren’t into dancing, they are used to keeping themselves entertained by talking and socialising. Also the speeches/toasts tend to tie the reception together.
I don’t like the idea of games, it seems kinda childish to me.
Post # 11
is BINGO a problem as well? That’s fun for all ages.
Post # 12
Is your reception outdoors?
We were going for an outdoor wedding and reception initially but had to change our plans due to growth in guest list (that always happens, doesn’t it?). We were going to have games for all ages as well. Cards, horseshoes, bean bad toss game aka cornhole, and so on.
It’s always easier to entertain people outdoors. But if it’s indoors, coloring books for kids and maybe puzzles. I am all for card games as well since people tend to get competitive. Or you and your girlfriends can come up with bridal shower type games that you can play with everyone.
Post # 13
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@SweetartMD: It’s really common in the Bible Belt.
Post # 14
Thanks! I love being more informed! 🙂
I have been to a ton of weddings were there is no dancing (and some where there is and no one dances)
I think people LOVE to mingle and it should be fun without it!
Post # 15
The weddings I’ve been to without dancing have had an open mic.
Post # 16
@SweetartMD: Most of my family are Old Regular Southern Baptist and, depending on what church you belong to, some view dancing as sinful (along with women wearing pants or makeup, cutting their hair, etc). My grandfather is a preacher at a local church and I can remember my mother talking about her wedding day and how much it would have meant to her to have a father/daughter dance, but my gramps wasn’t having any of it 😛 We’re West Virginia, also and, in our area of Appalachia, it seems to be a common thing.
However, I no longer live there and my gramps and a couple family members will be the only ones attending from my side. We’ll be having dancing, but I don’t expect them to participate.
OP, I agree with PPs, that have said for people who usually don’t ascribe to a culturally distinct wedding tradition, like dancing, they will not miss it, per se. I think games would be a great idea