(Closed) Activities for Guests, or Just Let ’em Mingle?

posted 11 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
5493 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

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
75 posts
Worker bee

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
3162 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
1205 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

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
997 posts
Busy bee
  • 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! 

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