(Closed) Dance-less reception?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2017

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amsecchi:  I’m in the opposite boat – I want a brunch wedding but I also want people to be able to dance but don’t want it to be awkward if they’re (mostly) sober in the middle of the day. 

That being said, I say nix the dance floor and people will dance on the grass if they so desire. If you want to encourage them to dance, put on dance music and/or have a first dance or father/daughter dance so they know it’s okay. People will follow your lead about what’s acceptable. 

Post # 3
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Rock Island Lake Club

You don’t need a dance floor to dance!  If you want people to dance though, I would make sure there is a clear designated area for them to do so.  And of course, ask the DJ to play fun songs.

Post # 4
2729 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I think the whole setting sounds really beautiful and I don’t think dancing is a necessity at a wedding. I’m picturing a casual, cocktail-type of reception with jazz music playing and people walking around chatting. However, I don’t see this lasting more than 2 hours before people get bored and expect some entertainment/dancing. If you’re switching from a jazz band to a DJ I would automatically think “Oh! Time for the dance party to start!” but when the bride and groom remain seated and no one’s dancing, I’d be pretty confused. It is very possible people will just start dancing regardless but I’d worry about people tripping and getting hurt.

So I would say either host a dinner reception with literally just dinner and dessert and end early. Don’t hire the DJ at all and just have the reception end when the jazz band is done.

Or cut costs somewhere else and rent a suitable dance floor.

Post # 5
1385 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I say 3! That’s what we are doing, AND in February 😉 Good luck, it sounds like it will be magical either way!

Post # 6
815 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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amsecchi:  If YOU TWO don’t care so much about dancing, then dont have the dancefloor…. People can still dance as long as there is some sort of free space!

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