Post # 1
We are having a brunch reception with no dancing. I have thought that for a late morning outdoor reception, having a delicious brunch, catching up with friends and family, and enjoying the lovely day should be enough of an "agenda" for a 3 / 3 1/2 hour reception. We will have a Polaroid photo booth as our "guestbook" so that will be an activity for guests.
Still, my mom thinks we should have things for them to "DO". Without dancing or a formal agenda, do you think they will be bored?
Post # 3
like what kind of activities? I’m always weary of activities at weddings because i think it trasforms the lovely wedding into a company retreat or bar mitzvah.
Post # 4
if the brunch is outside…what about croquet or other lawn games…think of the shots of the bridal party playing that game
Post # 5
May I ask why no dancing? Is it a budget issue? I’ve personally never been to a wedding with no dancing, but then again I’ve never been to a daytime wedding so I don’t know if that’s a standard thing for that time period.
As for activities, hmmmmmmm. I don’t know what I would want to do. The Polaroid booth is a super fun idea, but that won’t take people very long. Would I be bored? I guess it depends on how many people I knew there. If your wedding is small – just family and close friends – and everyone pretty much knows each other well enough, then I think it’s fine to just mingle and enjoy the food and the day. If not, though, people might be expecting something extra.
Post # 6
You could have one activity to appease your mom. There have been several mentions of trivia cards, a crossword, or even Mad Libs! I think there was a post on Pro about programs with these kinds of games on them.
We had trivia cards and spent some time talking with our guests about the answers. I also wanted to do mad libs but we decided that too many games would make it feel more like a shower or a kid’s party rather than our wedding reception. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and we had no "planned" activities other than chatting and enjoying everyone’s company.
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2010 - The Pierre Hotel
I agree with the above posters – if you’re not really feeling activities but your mom would like them, a good compromise would be those "quiet" activities – such as trivia, lawn games, madlibs, etc. That way, those who want to participate can, and those who want to mingle can do so as well. Good luck!
Post # 8
We’re not having dancing for a few reasons: 1) I feel like a brunch isn’t a "party" atmosphere, 2) we’re having an evening party where there will be dancing and 3) I have quite a few family members that are opposed to dancing for religious reasons & I want them to be able to take part in the reception.
I agree that trivia games and that sort of thing can be too shower / birthday party like. Lawn games aren’t really my family’s style, I can’t imagine many people I know playing croquet. I was thinking about old fashioned board games like checkers? That would make for cute pictures.