Post # 1
Our guest list is around 60-70 people, with around 50-60 of them being family. Included in this number are 7 young children and 3 younger teens. The majority of the other guests are middle-aged.
We are thinking of having a brunch/daytime wedding and forgoing the typical wedding atmosphere. My Fiance is pretty sure his family would like dancing (if we had it), but I am pretty unsure about my family. I don’t really feel comfortable paying $750 for a DJ to have 15 people on the dance floor. My Fiance and I are not big dancers either.
A dinner reception without dancing seems a little…well… awful, so I figure with a brunch reception, no one would really expect a lot of dancing or a big party scene.
But now I’m wondering if we would be planning the most boring reception ever… Our food would most likely have a few “stations” (like with omelets or carved meats), so that would at least get people up and moving around. Does anyone have any other ideas that we could incorporate? The reception would most likely be held in a traditional ballroom, so lawn games aren’t an option. We are not 100% opposed to the idea of a DJ, but we’re already concerned about people dancing at night, let alone during the day.
Any ideas on keeping guests from falling asleep?
Post # 2
First of all, at a smaller wedding where most people know each other, they really seem to enjoy hanging out and chatting. Second, you can rent speakers and make a playlist if you want to dance for cheap. Or if you do want lawn games, there are those that don’t cause a problem indoors. I bought cannonball drop to play with my students; it’s goant kerplunk. I’m sure other things fit the bill too.
For what it’s worth, my wedding had 34 guests and mostly we just chatted away. There were other options but people didn’t want them. We danced maybe a half hour to a playlist and my brothers in law hijacked the computer to line dance a bit as well. People know how to entertain themselves and people like me would by far prefer your pleasant brunch to listening to loud dance music they don’t like all night.
Post # 3
We did a brunch daytime wedding. We did not have a DJ. We made a playlist with enough music to last the length of the reception and had that playing in the background. We did a first dance and many guests did dance for a bit afterward, but it wasn’t awkward when people weren’t dancing. Brunch weddings tend to be short and sweet so I don’t think people will be bored.
Post # 4
don’t kill yourself over this. Guests will be able to entertain themselves with pleasant conversation. Lawn games and a fun playlist will go a long way too. Maybe a photo booth too if you really feel like you must provide more entertainment.
Post # 5
We had a brunch wedding and few people danced and it was just fine! We actually had a live band but most of our guests preferred catching up with one another rather than dancing. I think you’ll be just fine!
Post # 6
Brunch sound like fun! You can still have good music. Waffles made to order with toppings, a Bloody Mary bar, Mimosas, desserts…if you have good company, good food, good music, good drinks and a comfortable environment everyone will have fun.
Post # 7
I went to a smaller brunch wedding and loved it! There was no dancing, though there was music. The food was served family style at each table, and there were no games. We all talked with each other and just enjoyed the food and ambiance. We all had a great time