Post # 1
Hey everyone – I would love your thoughts on an issue I am having. To cut down costs we are having an afternoon reception. Our food Per person is stil $25 due to their minimum, but we are going to try and do something fun. The outdoor ceremony at a gazebo is at 1pm, with reception following at ballroom at a historic hotel. I love the ballroom for it’s character – exposed brick wall, original tin ceilings, beautiful chandliers. Since it is an afternoon wedding, we will not really have much dancing I don’t think – it is mostly going to be family friends, family, and then our close friends – we will probably have about 120 people there. Any ideas on "entertainment" for the guests or how the reception should flow without dancing? I thought the caricature artist idea was cool – anyone have one at their reception?
Also, we are trying to decide between a live band and a DJ. The environment I was like would be classy, romantic music, like some Frank Sinatra, some big band, Michael Buble, etc (but definitely not booty dancing music)
Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated! I don’t want our reception to be boring – I want it to be fun and personal!
Post # 3
I think live music would be really nice, since you don’t need any particular upbeat dancing songs, you know? You could have a great little trio and it would really add to the ambience. I also liked the idea of the caricature artist (and might have one at might reception, too!). You might try to have a few couches around for people to sit and talk, since there will be a lot of that going on. Lots of pictures of you and some of your guests (maybe as kids?) would also be fun topics of discussion.
Post # 4
Small, say 3-4 piece jazz band. Could play the song you dance to, and maybe some slow dancing here and there for the guests. Maybe a vocalist too. Would be very elegant.
I like the caricature artist idea! A bit more elegant than the "photo booth".
Post # 5
how about some wedding games? if you search for "shoe game" on weddingbee, you should be able to find a few posts on how the game works.
our friends hijacked our wedding entertainment plans by forcing us to play the following two games. it turned out to be super fun and hilarious!
a) blindfold the bride and line up a bunch of guys in a row of chairs. have the bride touch each guy’s leg and identify which one belongs to her groom.
b) blindfold the groom and line up a bunch of girls in a row of chairs. have the groom touch each girl’s hand and identify which one belongs to his bride.
hope that helps!
Post # 6
The caricature idea is really cute but I would be worried about time – it usually takes a little bit and not sure if guests would want to stay still for that time. I think I like the photobooth idea better but perhaps offer some props (mustaches, wigs, glasses, feathers, hats etc.) to add a little fun.
I’ve been to a reception that didn’t have a dancefloor and I thought it was still awesome! I guess because there was just soooo much food that we didn’t even notice there wasn’t a DJ or music. Perhaps you can offer a dessert buffet or cookies/candy buffet for your quests.
Post # 7
A lot of people are having silhouette artists at their weddings.
Post # 8
I would totally suggest a photo booth. I went to an open house at my reception location and they had a lot of vendors there. There was a photo booth and my Maid/Matron of Honor and I had soooo much fun taking pics. I just booked my photo booth today for my own wedding. I would totally suggest the photo booth.
Post # 9
If folks don’t dance, they mingle.
Post # 10
Oh man, my vote is for live band all the way….That can MAKE a party (if it’s a good band, obviously!)
Post # 11
This is fairly prevalent problem our brides grapple with trying to come up the perfect idea for their afternoon reception. The right variety trio or (a fourth added piece sax? vocalist?) usually makes the afternoon move well especially if they have experience to be able to control volume and perform from sophisticated jazz, as people mingle, to more upbeat, popular tunes later in the day. We have several great bands to use for this type of reception.
We have had brides ask for a Casino Blackjack table as something off-beat and different. (Especially if they are heading to Vegas for the honeymoon!)
A band that specailizes in a certain type – for example, a great Bluegrass Band, a German Folk Band may be just the ticket too!