Post # 1
So my fiance and I are having a small, more intimate wedding. We are getting married on the beach at VA Beach, and will be having our reception at The Hilton Oceanfront, in their Courtney Terrace room…. which as it suggests, has a nice outside terrace area facing the ocean. Our budget is small, and our wedding is going to be small as well. I doubt we will have over 25 people in attendance, 30 at most I’m sure. Our wedding is an evening one: ceremony is at 6;30. And we will head back to the Hilton to use this room for dinner/etc. After, we planned on maybe doing some of our own celebrating along the boardwalk, etc. I’m not sure yet.
I am pretty lost as to what we should do about the music. I don’t want to be tacky, and I want to make sure my guests are entertained. Our room fits 40, and we also have an extra room or two for anything else we will need. I don’t think dancing will be popular among my guests, as most are family members that are a bit older. What is often done at small weddings/dinners? Do you have any ideas?? I need to keep budget in mind, but I don’t want it to be boring! Any ideas??
Thanks so much! I only have about 6 months to the wedding and I have so much to do!
Post # 3
I’m having a super small wedding with 26 people. We’re bringing in a Bose for a first dance and mother/father son/daughter dance. But that will be it for the dancing. Everyone is older and so other than slower dinner music, nothing else will be played. Might some people get up to have a slow dance? Maybe, but it’s definitely not a focus and not something I’m overly planning for. I’m guessing with everyone coming from out of town they’ll all be sitting around talking, eating and drinking.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Our wedding (32 people, including us) was styled and organized as a dinner party rather than a traditional wedding reception. We served a 4 course plated meal with beer and wine pairings, so the dinner service style really encouraged conversation and lingering around the table. After dinner we offered cigars and scotch outside, and guests chatted and had a great time. We did have an IPod playlist playing in the background through our venue’s soundsystem, and Mr. LK and I did have an impromptu first dance, but no official dancing was planned.
Post # 5
Our wedding is going to be about 20, with an average age somewhere in the 40s due to a lot of older relatives. We have a sound system (that comes with the venue) and we are going to run ipod playlists with classical, jazz, folk, etc. We plan to have a first dance and a parents’ dance, but I don’t care if anyone dances after that or not.
Post # 6
You may be surprised. A lot of my older relatives were tearing it up on the dance floor for hours.
We had around 50 people come to our wedding. We did a small dance floor with lots of chairs and tables around so that people still had the option of sitting/mingling if they didn’t want to dance. But most people spent the whole night dancing!
Post # 7
Thanks so much for your help so far, everyone!! It’s nice to hear what other people have done in similar circumstances. I definitely think all of your suggestions are VERY manageable. I can do these things and everyone will still have fun!