(Closed) Alternatives to typical reception rituals? Help!

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
3943 posts
Honey bee

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
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • 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
2533 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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
1227 posts
Bumble bee

@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
1332 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
4337 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@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
1077 posts
Bumble bee
  • 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
3943 posts
Honey bee

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
3569 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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
2958 posts
Sugar bee
  • 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 # 14
8693 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@crocodilerock:  we are doing the hora (since we are jewish) and the anniversary dance instead of garter and boquete tosses.


Post # 15
727 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@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
474 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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.

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