Post # 1
FI and I are planning on a smaller wedding. We are having just our immediate families siblings, inlaws, nieces, nephews, parents, and grandparents. They put our guestlist at right around 40 people since we both come from big families expanding it beyond this would go WAY beyond what we are looking to spend on a single party. We already decided on a ceremony at a small chapel that my parents were married in. Then we were thinking of going to Maggiano’s, a local italian resturant, for the reception. This would involve a private room, with full meal and alcohol for 4 hours. I’m not quite sure what to do beyond that. We were thinking ipod for music and having one of my older nephews who djs run that. The space has a dance floor, but since its not going to be a traditional big family wedding I’m having troublee picturing what everyone is going to do.
Has anyone else had a nontraditional, possibly nondancing wedding?
Post # 2
Your wedding sounds like it will be nice. If you want to have the dance floor (you can do a first dance) I say go for it. You don’t have to play ‘party’ music, of course.
Post # 3
doeydo: I like the idea of doing a first dance together! I guess my concern is that I should have something else to entertain everyone since its just food and optional dancing, rather than the traditional big dancing bash our families usually do. I really want to be low key, but I also don’t want it to turn into a drawn out dinner.
Post # 4
I think people will socialize. Adults are usually pretty good at entertaining themselves.
But if you’re really concerned:
Will you still have toasts/speeches? Cake-cutting?
What sort of activities would you have at a non-wedding party? Those might be appropriate here.
And you will be leaving for your honeymoon at some point, so you have an exit.
Post # 5
We’re doing something similiar. We are having 44 guests in a private room at Del Frisco’s. Full meal and bar. We’re hoping guests socialize. Both of our fathers are giving a toast sometime throughout the night. My brother has prepared a speech. We’re still doing a cake cutting (but no garter or bouquet toss).
We also hired a 3-piece band to entertain guests while they mingle and eat. We’re doing a grand entrance/first dance and than after dessert the father/daughter dance.
Post # 6
Our reception was a very elegant and beautiful “high tea” , we had 21 guests and everyone talked socilized and enjoyed the high tea. We also went and sat at every guest table for a bit and also took pictures.
We didn’t have any alchohol with the exception of mamosas, but everyone was driving back 1.5 hours so it was for the best.
Post # 7
Bump (I like this thread, no ideas to share yet but this is how I plan do to my reception too).
Post # 8
We got married in Scotland and with only 9 guests. It was a very formal sit down dinner. No music, just enjoyed everyone’s company.
Post # 9
librarygirl85: This sounds perfect! Thank you for sharing