Post # 1
Here’s the details… We’re having a rustic afternoon/evening outdoors wedding with a folk band playing the reception, and I’m not really sure whether or not people will want to dance. It’s not exactly dance type music, and the reception will be ending at 9 (and we’re afterpartying at the hotel bar). The venue is mostly outdoors, but there’s a barn type space that is usually used for dancing. We’re planning to have some lawn games like horseshoes, bocce, cornhole, badmitton, etc., and we’re also having a fauxtobooth.
skip dancing altogether?
have a first dance, and then let people join if they want to?
not have a first dance, but have a dance area available for those that want to dance?
have more games/activities to suppliment lack of dancing?
How important is dancing to you at a wedding? Should we hire a DJ, instead?
Thanks for your opinions, bees!!! 🙂
Post # 3
There wasn’t an option for “have a first dance and have a dance area available to those that want to dance.”
That would be my preference as I really enjoy dancing at weddings and I would miss seeing a loved one’s first dance.
However, it is your special day so do whatever will truly make you & FI happy.
Post # 4
I think the question should be, how important is dancing to you?
Do you want to dance? Does your FI? Will your guests enjoy dancing?
I kind of like the first dance and let people join in if they want.
Post # 5
Honestly, I feel absolutely neutral about dancing. I could take it or leave it. Most of the guests are the same. Lots of people danced at my sisters wedding, as it was a very traditional evening, hotel ballroom, open bar, big band reception that went till Midnight. I’m just thinking that people won’t really be in a crazy dancing mood because we’ll be outdoors in beautiful weather, it’ll be early evening, and we won’t have hard liquor (due to the venue). However, I want to provide dancing if people will be into it, but if everyone will probably sit around visiting, I don’t want to stress over it. 🙂
Post # 6
Well, if you want to provide this and keep your bluegrass band (which I love!), what about having dance songs on an ipod with a speakers? This way when the band has set breaks, you can put on the iPod.
Post # 7
I think people look forward to dancing, so I think that you should have it as an option. And I think maybe you might regret it if you don’t. It really is fun and I think the first dance is special too…but it’s up to you and what you want 🙂
Post # 8
It doesn’t hurt to have it available for anyone who wants to. 🙂
Post # 9
I went to a super casual outdoor wedding where they didn’t really do a first dance or anything, and it was just fine. They had rented a small dance floor so some people got out there and the kids danced, but I never felt like anything was missing from the wedding because they didn’t make a big deal out of the first dance. As long as there is a place that people can dance if you want to, then I say you do what you want and if you guys suddenly feel the need to get up and dance, then go for it!