Post # 1
My fiance and I don’t have just tons of friends so the majority of the guests at our wedding will be family members. We are getting married in a gorgeous lodge that has space for us to do just about anything we wanted. Neither one of us really enjoy dancing and I know our families aren’t into it either. Also, we have thought about opening the bar at our reception but my fiance’s family is very religious. We will be serving hor dourves after the ceremony but I’m just afraid that my guests are going to be bored or leave as soon as the ceremony is over. After paying all of this money to prepare, I would want people to stay longer. Are there any suggestions out there as to what I need to do to keep my guests entertained? We also haven’t decided on what time of day we want to have the wedding so suggestions on that would be helpful too!
Post # 3
You don’t have to have anything to entertain your guests. They’ll entertain themselves. People will be mingling, catching up with family they haven’t seen, and just generally have a nice time. That being said, I totally understand why you want to make sure they have fun. I worried about that, too, because my guest list was pretty much middle aged and up (plus about a dozen kids under 18), and not really big dancers. We did have a live band, which was awesome because a lot of people just hung out to enjoy the music and visit with one another. We did have some games, as well. Because we had a mostly outdoor venue, we set up Corn Hole (similiar to a bean bag toss), and had hula hoops, bubbles, and card games. Our guests played with the games during the cocktail hour, and for the rest of the time mainly just hung out and enjoyed the venue. We had a handful of people getting their groove on all evening, too, which was nice because my husband and I had lots of fun dancing.
Post # 4
Our’s is on a Sunday, and in a renovated barn, so it will have a slightly more casual feel than a traditional wedding. I have the same worries you do about my family not dancing. Most of our families don’t drink, either (though we will have beer/wine for those who do). We’ll have a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres and beer/wine. We decided that we’ll set up games like giant jenga, cards, etc. on the cocktail tables in the bar area for those who don’t care to dance. There will also be kids at our reception, so I think they’ll appreciate non-dancing/drinking activities. I don’t know how this will go over, yet, but that’s our plan ATM! HTH!