Post # 1
Hello, i know this is a contentious topic, but for a few reasons we are going to have a dry afternoon reception at our Church’s fellowship hall. I know some guests would prefer a more party atmosphere, but that isn’t an option for us. What are some ideas to help them still have an enjoyable time? I am shooting for a more casual reception that is shorter, and am going to be serving brunch food and cake. Ceremony at 1pm and short reception from 2-4. (Most of our guests are local). Right now I’m thinking some cards for my family (huge into cards) and yard style games. Possibly look into hiring someone to do charicatures. Little interactives like writing a destination we should visit and dropping it into a bucket. Any other ideas?
Post # 2
I had a pretty relaxed wedding and honestly no one cared that much about activities provided (and while beer was available, were not the types to get drunk). We had a frisbee and football to toss around that got used for a half hour maybe. We had games no one touched. People are pretty good about entertaining themselves when they are around friends and family. If I were you, I’d provide the simple stuff but anticipate it won’t be used much. I’d skip the artist, your wedding isn’t the state fair.
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2019 - City, State
Your ideas about games already sound great! Maybe you can consider a photo area as well such as a photobooth or you can even diy that yourself if you have a Polaroid or something of that sort. If you do not have party favors yet you could consider something interactive such as a candy station.
Post # 4
As a non-drinker, I’d be totally fine as long as there’s food. I could take or leave the games.
Post # 5
Honestly I wouldn’t really plan anything and I wouldn’t worry about games. I don’t think any of your guests will be expecting activities and will more than likely be expecting to come have some cake/punch/food, say their well wishes, and head on home. In my experience as a wedding photographer people probably won’t even touch them. With super casual and short receptions like that they almost always just say hello, eat, and then go home. I’ve had so many couples try all sorts of things over the year – games (board/cards and group games), coffee bar, cornhole, etc. You might see a few people play cornhole at an outside reception but other than that they never really do much with the other stuff.
Post # 6
I’ve been to a few dry church weddings and didn’t need any type of entertainment. Both of the receptions had DJ’s and played music for people to dance and those that didn’t want to dance mingled and talked with one another. I don’t think you need anything other than food and drinks. Just make sure you have plenty of both. I just attended a dry wedding a few weeks ago and alcohol wasn’t needed to have a good time. It was an evening wedding and people were up dancing. They couldn’t wait for the music to start. We had a good time.
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2019 - Tacoma, WA
Personally, I find games and activities at weddings to be a little cringey. They give me the feeling of a kid’s birthday party, school carnival, or backyard barbecue, rather than wedding celebration, but that may just be me. I would much rather wander around enjoying conversation with other guests (without worrying I’m interrupting their game or being expected to jump in and participate), wish the new couple well, enjoy some food, and then head out.
That said, you know your guests best. If they’re the type of crowd that may enjoy games, you should totally do whatever will work best for them!