Post # 1
Has any brides out there had a reception with no dancing? I am. There are a couple reasons for it. First off, I have been having some health issues and mobility issues, and I cannot dance anymore (I once loved to and still do and can’t wait til I can again!). I MAY be able to slow dance with my fiance, I am not sure. But we just skipped the whole idea of the dance for this reason, and also, future husband is not a dancer. Also, the wedding is super tiny and I don’t really see the point. I will only have about 22ish or so guests. We are having a nice sit-down dinner. Background music. The majority of the guests are older folks and will not dance anyway. I figure the only ones that would be dancing would be this one friend of mine, and I would dance with her if I could but I cannot dance now. Does anyone think this sounds boring? I am hearing more and more about no-dance and no-alcohol weddings these days (we are also not having alcohol because we both do not drink, and because it’s extra money that we really cannot afford). I just don’t want my reception to seem boring. Does anyone have any ideas of little fun things to do at a reception (besides bouquet toss and all of that, because I am not doing that). I would just love some ideas of a little acitivty or anything to make things a little more interesting :o) thank you!!
Post # 3
@August2013Bride: We’re doing the shoe game in lieu of a first dance. You could also set up games like cornhole, or bocci ball if your reception is outside.
Post # 4
Same here, I am having a backyard wedding, space is small, but we will have a Karaoke, I think that will be fun after they all get boozed up.
Post # 5
board games, photo booth, yard games, comedian, band, wine tasting, toasts, trivia contest about you and husband, small fireworks show, smores station. I saw on tv one wedding where the guests got a name of a popular love song a their table and as a group they went to sing it to the couple. Maybe think of an activity that you and your fiance love doing together. For example: If you love painting set up a small painting station with an instructor managing it.
Post # 6
@housebee: +1 I like the idea of the shoe game
Post # 7
I am planning a reception without dancing also.
Neither my fiance nor I really like dancing, and in our case, it would feel exceptionally awkward to dance in front of our parents & families who aren’t dancers either.
That said, we have hired a really great jazz trio – you can’t really dance to jazz, and because it’s calming and not too loud, it facilitates mingling & conversation.
Our reception is in an old mansion in South Georgia, and will have small cocktail tables, and serve alcohol so that it feels more like a cocktail hour. These too will facilitate conversation.
I’m also considering leaving old-timey games, packs of cards, and old books around our cocktail tables so that people can have laid-back things to do. My family members are NOT exhibitionists, so this seems to suit us. Hope this helps!
Post # 8
We are having a seated dinner at an upscale restaurant. There will be cocktail hour, dinner, cutting cake then we’re off. We are having a small wedding and we wanted it this way…quiet and intimate with people enjoying great food and relaxing.