Post # 1
I am getting married in two weeks and I am having reception stress! We are not doing many of the typical reception rituals and I am worried that people will get bored after hours of music/dancing with nothing to split it up. We are doing a first dance, mother/son dance, and father/daughter dance. We are also having two toasts.
However nothing related to the garter or bouquet toss are happening. We are not doing a dollar dance or anything of that nature either.
Anyone have ideas on how to break up the reception?? Thanks!
Post # 3
We didnt have any of that stuff either and our guests werent bored at all. We had one toast and a first dance. We also opted to do an anniversary dance which sort of “opened” up the dance floor for the rest of the night.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
As long as the DJ/band is good, I don’t think you need to “break-up” the dancing. Embrace your dance party, girl!
Post # 5
We’re not doing that stuff, either.
To be honest, I plan to break up everything by having a photobooth on hand – we figured dancing, eating, and drinking would be right up everyone’s alley, and a photobooth would be a fun distration. We’re going to go through Groupon or LivingSocial to try and find a good deal.
Honestly, all of that “reception” stuff takes all of 30 minutes together anyway – you’re not impacting the night much by skipping it.
Post # 6
@crocodilerock: We skipped all of that. If you’ve got a good DJ reading the crowd, your guests won’t be bored. If anything, breaking for some of those traditional reception events can halt any momentum you have going.
Post # 7
Just play good music and your guests will not get bored. We did the garter and flower toss but together that might have taken 3 minutes so it was not a huge event. Just keep the music flowing.
Post # 8
@crocodilerock: We did the same… and people loved the nonstop dancing! I wouldn’t worry about it – most people get bored watching the rituals.
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club
@Bostongrl25: What’s an anerversary dance?
@crocodilerock: Are your guests big dancers? If yes, you’ll be fine. 🙂
Post # 10
The DJ calls all married couples on to the dance floor for a slow dance and basically says “all couples married less than 1 day step off” and so on, so the longest married couple is the last one standing. It was our grandparents and a very cute moment!
Post # 11
I think those dances and toast are more then enough. I don’t think any wedding has to loaded up with activities. If you have good music and food your guest will be fine.
Post # 12
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
As long as the DJ is good you will have no problems. We didn’t do any of that extra stuff, and everyone had a great time!
Post # 13
Wow so glad to hear confirmation that our reception won’t be boring! Our DJ is indeed good and our guests will probably dance all night, so maybe no need for any rituals.
We do also have a photobooth where people can take breaks and have fun if they so choose.
Post # 14
@crocodilerock: we are doing the hora (since we are jewish) and the anniversary dance instead of garter and boquete tosses.
Post # 15
@Bostongrl25: We also did an anniversary dance (in lieu of the bouquet/garter tosses). Our grandparents also won (even though my grandpa was grouchy and decided to leave before the dance so my groom had to sub in) with 63 years! We presented them with a big bouquet of flowers.
@crocodilerock: It’ll be fine. And to be honest, even after the first dance, father/daughter dance, mother/son dance, bridal party dance (we did the chicken dance as a joke), anniversary dance, then cake cutting at some point… You’ll be sick of planned activities interrupting your fun! haha. People will amuse themselves by chatting, dancing, mingling, eating, drinking, etc. Don’t worry about it.
Post # 16
You’ll be fine without those aspects!
We didn’t do a bouquet/garter toss either. I can’t remember the order of things (it’ll be whirlwind, I tell ya), but the toasts, cake cutting, and the 3 special dances all got lumped into one big thing. The rest of the evening was dedicated to having fun and general dancing with our guests.
Frankly, no one missed that other fluff. Our DJ was fabulous and kept everyone moving, and everyone had a blast.