(Closed) Reception with no dancing

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Newbee

I’m not having dancing at our wedding either!  It is just going to be about 30-40 people and the majority of people don’t dance.  I like the idea of having a running slideshow of photos/or movie montags.  I’m focusing on good food and great conversation. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I would definitely have some kind of music playing.  What about a piano player or string quartet for background music? A photobooth would be fun, but with great food, drinks, music and special people, I don’t think you have to have activities to entertain people.  They are there to celebrate your day and enjoy each other’s company. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

What about placing games around the room, like Pictionary, Cranuim, and Apples to apples?  All of those games get people interacting with each other, and they are easy to learn to play.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

We’re not going to have dancing at the reception proper, because it’s at a "fine dining" restaurant and there really isn’t any room. So we’re focusing on the food and drink, but we will have background music. I’m treating it like a big dinner party, so I’m relying on our chatty friends to keep the fun going. Now, I decided recently that we’re going to do some sort of after party at a local bar with dancing, because we really do all love to dance and act like fools. LOL You should see the very bad dancers we have for friends. Makes for a fun night all the time!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’m not expecting any dancing, either. I’ll have around 30 guests at my wedding. We’re having music, food, and drink, and I’m also expecting the guests to keep the conversation going. I know a lot of my extended family rarely gets together, so I know everyone will have fun. We’re also doing a trivia game about us and our city. It’ll be short — probably 10 questions — but that will be fun too!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I don’t know if this would fit with your mood or not, but it might be fun to set up some ‘mini-toasts’. For example, every time someone wants the bride and groom to kiss they share a funny story or memory about one or both of you.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Oh, one more…I was recently at a wedding with a little Advice/Memory book for the bride and groom on each table. The idea was for the married couples to leave advice on being married or singles to leave memories. That really got people talking and interacting!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We’re having a brunch reception with no dancing. We’re also having an after party with dancing because FH & his family absolutely must have dancing for it to be a wedding! We are having plenty of speeches in lieu of dances & the bouquet & garter tosses, and we are also having a smoothie bar which I think will get people up out of their seats and talking with each other. Another thing we’re doing is having a horse feeding station, since we live on a farm. 

Anyway, growing up in the Church of Christ religion, I went to plenty of dancing-less receptions. Some of them were a little boring, but plenty were creative and fun! I think if you are thoughtful in your planning, it can be really special and different. If you reinvision your reception as an intimate, elegant dinner party or a relaxed, mingling cocktail hour, no one will miss the dancing and will instead remember how unique it was! I much prefer conversation, laughter, and a relaxed atmosphere without a strict "cocktail hour, dinner, dancing, cake" timeline, anyway. So my biggest suggestion would be to not try to have a "typical" reception minus the dancing, but instead plan something that dancing doesn’t really fit into – for us, this was a brunch, but for you, it could be a delicious gourmet dinner, or a cocktail party peppered with plenty of funny toasts.

 

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