Post # 1
So we’ve picked our venue, and we’ll be having a plated dinner at one of the nicer hotels in town. However, while we’re not skimping on any food items, due to religious reasons we are not serving any alcohol at all (not even for purhase). I know that a lot of guests feel like an open bar is basically what makes the wedding, so I’m looking for other ideas to make the evening “fun”. I personally think music and dancing is what makes an event for me, but I’m interested if people have any other ideas. Performers? Dancers? Photobooth? Anything else? I don’t really want to spend lots and lots of money as the food and venue is already consuming a lot of our budget, but I’d love some suggestions!
Post # 3
@szaerpoor: you should definetely have a DJ if you’re not having an open bar 🙂 it’s sad that people think that way but if there’s no bar you should make sure there will be someone encouraging guests to dance.. also photobooths are really fun, went to a wedding this summer and I loved their photo booth, everyone had lots of fun taking pictures in it.
Post # 4
I’ve been thinging about things to because I have some non-alcohol drinkers coming to my wedding. Here’s some of my ideas…
photobooth, silhouette artist, candy/ice cream bar, belly dancers
Post # 5
Generally, if people don’t dance then they mingle. Most guests don’t really care that much for other types of entertainment.
Post # 7
@Ember78 I disagree. It depends on the crowd. Everyone I know loves belly dancers and photobooths. They’re pretty common at our parties/weddings.
Post # 9
Why dont you try hiring a table to table magician.
If you choose the right one, your wedding can be the talk of town
Post # 10
At our wedding (last night!), we had a bar, but the other aspects that I think people really had fun with were the DJ (he did a good job gauging the crowd and playing songs that people got really into) and the photobooth. The booth was a HIT – there were people in there goofing off all night, right up until the photographers had to pack it up to leave.
Post # 11
Thank you all for the suggestions. I was wavering on the photo booth just because having unlimited printing was pretty expensive, but I figured it could qualify as entertainment, favors, and a guest book, so I finally justified the cost! Our venue also has an outer area outside of the main ballroom that is used for cocktail hour – after the cocktail hour is over we were thinking of having backgammon set up … it sounds so random I know, but old Persian people love to play backgammon so I thought it might give them something fun to do. I haven’t decided yet if that’s really cute, or too distracting.
Post # 12
We’re going to have some music, but also hiring a magician and hopefully a tarot card/palm reader. That may not work for some crowds, but I grew up in a family that loves that sort of stuff and my fiance’s family is very laid back. I went to a wedding with a photobooth and it was great!!
Post # 13
You could also do a photo scavenger hunt–put disposable cameras on each table and a list of things to take pictures of like “someone from Ohio [or whatever state most out of towners are from]” “a piece of cake” “someone dancing their feet off!” — this gets people up and moving around and forces the picture taker to interact with the taken.