(Closed) Fear of Guests Being Bored at Reception

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2588 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I read this somewhere on WB (no idea who said it or where it came from): “You’re providing the entertainment. It’s their job to have fun.” If you have music, people will find a way to dance. 🙂

Post # 4
1871 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’m doing a brunch and I totally know what you mean! One piece of advice I got was that your guests will follow YOUR lead–so if YOU are bored and stressed, they will be too. So accept the wedding for what it is–a feast with no dancing and enjoy it! They will too.

If you are really that worried, we’re starting our brunch with a 45-minute cocktail hour of something we’re calling “3 Bs”: beer (FI is a brewer so we’re doing beer tasting), bocce ball, and badminton. I’ve also seen people do ping-pong, pinatas, candy bars and one wedding around Christmas that had tree-trimming to give people a little something special to do. And you can always set up a photobooth.

But even if you don’t do all that, people will still have a good time, even if it’s just punch, cake, and some lively conversation 🙂

Post # 5
1079 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Our guests were perfectly happy talking amongst themselves, although we did have music and dancing.

Post # 6
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

We didn’t have dancing, and everyone said how much they loved our wedding. I think they just enjoyed mingling, especially b/c lots of them barely get to see eachother. One guest even said that she didn’t realize there wasn’t any dancing after we were talking about our wedding later on, so I guess it didn’t matter or seem weird at all!

Post # 7
2532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think you will be fine and have nothing to worry aobut! Its true that guests take the lead of the bride and groom – if you are mingling and having a great time then everyone else will too! Also, definitely have some music on in the background and if people want to dance somewhere they will find the space! You could also set up disposable cameras on each table with an “I SPy” game – its from Martha Stewart and I also just saw a post about a bride who did it at her wedding and said it was a hit! You could also have little trivia cards about you as a couple on each table. Think of it just as a large house party – if people were not dancing at a house party no one would think it was weird and no one would be bored! They would just eat, drink, talk and flirt – which Im sure people will do at your wedding!

Post # 8
440 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have the same fear for our reception or time before the reception starts when we take photos. We’re doing a fun escort card thing, the escort cards have the guests name & a City. then they find their table with the associated landmark that my Fiance painted. (eg, Paris, France & he painted the Eifle Tower or New York City and he painted the Statue of Liberty)

Another thing I decided was fun wedding crossword puzzles at each seat while they wait.

All the while, music will be playing so hopefully they’ll have fun 🙂 I’m sure a lot of people will be watching us take pictures too (since it’s close by to the reception)

Post # 9
581 posts
Busy bee

I’m sure everyone will have a good time.  It is not your job to entertain them.  If I know someone in attendance, it’s a great opportunity to catch up on what’s been going on.  If I’m just meeting someone at my table, it’s a wonderful opportunity to meet a person from another facet of the bride or groom’s life.  And, there is always someone to wactch!.  All-in-all a good time.   Don’t worry.

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