(Closed) Early afternoon reception ideas – no dancing/alcohol

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@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
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Honey bee

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 # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

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
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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 # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

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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
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Sugar bee

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
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Honey bee

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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 # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I would probably opt for bocce, horseshoe and corn hole outdoors. 

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