Post # 1
Okay, we’re having an early afternoon reception. There will be no music/dancing. Also we will not have any alcohol there. We won’t be serving a meal, only the cake and an assortment of cupcakes (maybe a candy buffet?), as well as beverages. There will around 50 guests, family, close friends, etc.
I need some ideas for entertainment. I am so nervous about it being boring, but I’m having a hard time thinking of things we can do that aren’t going to break the bank (We’re both in the military and don’t got a lot to spare, it’s a wonder we’re having a wedding at all.).
Post # 3
@carpediembaby: WHAT IF YOU PLAYED SOME OLD HOME VIDEOS OF YOU AND YOUR GROOM AS KIDS… THEN DID A SLIDE SHOW OF YOU BOTH GROWING UP AND THEN TOGETHER.. SET TO MUSIC? AND OFCOURSE SOME FUNNY GAMES WHERE YOU EACH HOLD A GUY AND GIRL DOLL REPRESENTING YOU GUYS AND SIT BACK TO BACK WHILE SOMEONE ASKS QUESTIONS LIKE.. WHO HOGS THE REMOTE? ETC.. AND YOU RAISE THE DOLL YOU THINK.. EVERYONE ALWAYS THINKS THOSE ARE CUTE..
Post # 4
I am not sure what you could do really. I would expect people to hang for an hour before they depart and it would be tough to find something that would keep there much longer.
Even if you had something and it started early theyd probably leave the same time.
Is there a reason no music? Even a few CDs?
Post # 5
I like the slide show idea…. except that I literally have two photos of myself before the age of 16.
Post # 6
Have you thought of just playing some background classical music? Our wedding we played oldies and classical and only had slow dancing. It went great 🙂
You can play games you would normally play at a shower, for example the game where you sit back to back and take each other shoes and have your guests ask questions instead of having questions ready.
Will there be kids? you can set up some kids games I’m sure the adults will join in as well!
Maybe you can call him something else rather and a “reception”.
I have so many ideas! lol
Post # 7
I had an early afternoon reception with a dessert buffet and no alcohol…and I actually thought people would dance. Ha. Luckily I had a back-up plan, and once I noticed that people were starting to trickle out we played the newlywed game/shoe game (this guy’s website tells you all about it: http://www.dj-tips-and-tricks.com/wedding-game-shoe-game.html). It really made people laugh.
We also had a lot of couples at our reception, so instead of throwing the bouqet for single people we had all the couples dance and the longest married couple got the bouqet. It seemed to be another fun way to get people involved.
Post # 8
To answer the question… there is a possibility for some background music (Sinatra probably since I’m hopselessly stuck in that era). But it is not something to be relied on, and knowing the crowd that will be there, there won’t even be a hint of dancing. I’m a little nervous about games, because I’ve been to two weddings where they completely flopped and no one was interested. So if you have any ideas for getting people involved or how you pulled it off, I’ve love to hear.
Post # 9
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why arent you having music? I have no suggestions ….just wanted to say good luck and we cant wait to see pics! 🙂
Post # 10
I don’t think you need to ‘entertain’ anyone. These are adults (and maybe some kids) who can entertain themselves. Talking and mingling are activities, and ones that good guests should participate in.
A cake and punch reception is only going to last a few hours at most, and people can definitely make their own fun during that time.
If there are kids, it is really their parents responsibility to mind them and keep them entertained/out of trouble.
Post # 11
if you’re not having dancing for the guests, are you going to have a first dance between the two of you? or a fauther/daughter dance? if you are, it might be fun to have a “funny” dance. have you seen the videos where the fauther/daughter will bust out a medley of different funny dance moves? i feel like those are really entertaining. you could do also do it with the two of you instead of you and your father?
Post # 12
Alcohol is never required and countless weddings don’t have a drop and it’s not missed at all. If there is no dancing, guests are thrilled for a chance to mingle with each other. They don’t really gravitate toward other entertainment than that. The wedding blogs paint a different story but most folks in real life have not seen those at all.
As far as having a first dance at a non-dancing reception, from a guest’s standpoint, it is awkward. I went to a wedding last year sometime that did this and everyone talked about how odd it was to them and that the couple should have either allowed dancing for everyone (even though it was not allowed by the church where the reception was held) or none at all and skipped the first dance and father/daughter dance.
Post # 13
Is this indoors or outdoors? What about cornhole, bocce ball, or horseshoes? Or board games? You could set up a photo station with a digital camera or a polaroid camera and have people take pictures of themselves with props. I saw a rockband wedding on a blog once…something like that could be fun. Or a newlywed game type trivia game?
Post # 14
@kate169 _ I love the polaroid camera idea. The venue we’re holding it at is an old country gathering hall, so we will hold the reception it in the main hall. Along the side though, are sitting rooms. We’re going to set up a sitting room as our own photo room. Guests will come in write us a note on a white board have their picture taken with a polaroid. Then they deposit their pictures in a box that we will take home & open later. We came up with that based on your suggestion, haha.
Also to all,, their will be no children (youngest will be my 18yo sister). I understand that these are adults, but I don’t want people to remember my wedding/reception as ‘Oh well we said hi to them and left, it was okay.’ Please understand that I want there to be some thing more!
Also we’re going to do the newlywed/shoe game, with our twist. We’re going to invite guests to come up with their own questions for us, which will be gathered up and asked by my sister (no WP!).
So those two main ‘events’ plus our cake cutting, and mingle time, I think it should be okay.
Post # 15
I went to a reception once where there was only a very modest venue, a string quartet, some lite finger food (very lite) and then the cake & punch. It was a small ceremony. It was perfectly fine — because we knew and loved the couple and knew that this was what they wanted and could afford.
People hung around and chatted until the couple got back from photos, we cheered them in, and they went straight to the receiving line. Everyone wanted to get in line to greet them, and it went slowly b/c the wedding was small enough that they had time to talk to everyone. Afterwards, they cut the cake. I can’t remember if they danced or not. But the entire reception didn’t really last very long, and that was fine. We cheered them out as they walked out and drove off, then went back in and chatted some more with old friends and left. It wasn’t boring and I doubt that anyone questioned it or complained. Just modest, elegant and simple.
Post # 16
I would probably opt for bocce, horseshoe and corn hole outdoors.