No dancing allowed at our venue. HELP.

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Yard games, like bocce, horseshoes, frisbee, laddertoss, large jenga, etc etc.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

We *are* having dancing, but our alternate activites for guests who want a break could work for you: bocce ball, croquet, volleyball (still debating this one; unlikely people will play in their nice clothes, but it’s available at our site), fire pit + s’mores making, candy/snack bar. Basically, give them activities and lots of food and treats! Cornhole and kubb are two other fun games you could put out for people. For the kids, why not print out some color book pages? They could also be given bubbles or soft tossing balls (I’d avoid hard balls or frisbees unless you make sure they use them far away from the other guests). Don’t stress, I’m sure it will be great! People will be having fun talking to each other and eating. Just don’t be sad if some people leave early-ish, because that’s one thing I could see happening in this situation. Either way, you are going to have a beautiful day, don’t worry too much over this! 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

board games or card games. If you want to be trendy, you could also try a photobooth. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Chapel on Base

We are date twins.  What about adding DIY food stations?   Popcorn is yummy and fun add toppings that can be added.  Fairly inexpensive too.   Serving mashed potatoes tune it into a potato bar with cheese, chives, bacon, sour cream etc.  We are having a nacho bar for appetizers which I another suggestion. 

PP mentioned the games I was going to suggest.  Games are a fun activity the most people can participate in.  

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

kelli7421:  Doesn’t allow the people of the church to dance, or just not on the property?

Could you have the tent somewhere else if you want dancing?

If not, I love the bonfire idea!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

PP’s have suggested the games that I was thinking.  Maybe you could hire someone to paint the kids faces.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

kelli7421:  We went to one with games recently. There were card games and connect fours on the taller cocktail tables. There were also horseshoes and ladder tosses in the grass. The best was: bean bag tosses set up that had brides and grooms painted on them and the bean bags said his/hers and mr/mrs. Super cute. 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

kelli7421:  Use ladders to help decorate they’re ‘in’ right now. You can also use old doors and whatnot to create outdoor photo ops.

makeshift gazebos with lumber and fabric would be nice.

Wooden boxes and crates

shepard hooks

Put up posts if they don’t mind

Don’t forget the off!

Hope this helps!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

kelli7421:  I think you just let your guests wing it as they mingle, but they usually pair off for teams. My DH and I played each other and we also played other couples. For the card games it seemed to be mostly families playing together. If there is no dancing at all (this one was mixed), I would suggest having your DJ announce/get people involved and maybe even one organized game to get the mood going if numbers are not too large to do so.  

I have also been to a wedding where there was no dancing, and to keep people engaged, they did a kissing game. Basically all of the couples at the event, young and old, had their names placed on cards by the bride and groom and the DJ pulled names out of a hat and announced them. The couple had to stand up and do a fun kiss and the bride and groom had to copy whatever they did. People seemed to have fun with it, and didn’t know about it ahead of time so it was a fun surprise. I thought it was a little strange for a moment there when some younger people got a little too mushy/into it bc it was a dry, religious wedding so it seemed a bit juxtaposed to me, but it was still cute and funny (and thinking back maybe it is actually safer at a dry wedding. Lol). If you know your crowd and the church wouldn’t have a problem with that or anything, it might work well. 

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