Post # 1
So my fiance and I have decided that we don’t want to do the traditional bouquet and garter toss. The garter toss is just awkward to me because I don’t want him pulling the garter off me in front of my entire family. Also, I think the bouquet toss makes some single gals feel uncomfortable about being called out. What are some other things that we could do during the reception? I don’t want people to get bored and leave if we only have dancing for entertainment.
Post # 2
We didn’t have a garter or bouqet toss, either, but I didn’t have other reception games. We had an open bar and a good DJ — everyone was dancing the whole night, or catching up with family they hadn’t seen in a while. I don’t think you need other entertainment.
If you aren’t having an open bar, then you may need to add other things to keep people engaged, like a photo booth or a candy bar.
Post # 3
We didn’t do either and didn’t add anything extra. Like a PP said we had an open bar, good food, amazing music – you don’t need much more than that. I also never thought of them as entertainment and was more often bored with the bouquet and garter toss – much more so than with just dancing.
Post # 4
We didn’t have the bouquet or garter toss, either. Like JiminyCricket said, we had an open bar and a good dj. We also had cigars and a photo booth.
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2016 - Old Lake County Courthouse
have all married couples come to the dance floor. Whomever been married the longest, that lady gets the bouquet. cute and a great way to show elders in the room some love.
Post # 6
We aren’t doing either of those, and are not doing the married couples dance. If you have recent divorcees or recently widowed family in the crowd, it can often cause more pain than happieness. My parents split recently, and we just lost FI’s grandpa, so that’s a no go for us. We are doing DJ, open bar, and a photobooth.
Post # 7
We had mad libs cards instead of a guest book. We got some very sincere ones… and a few that were obviously done after hitting up the open bar lol
We also did the shoes game with our DJ. Our guests LOVED it! They had never seen it before at a wedding (and neither had we!). It was a blast.
Post # 8
We did the shoe game which went over really well. We got some awesome crowd shots of everyone laughing. We tried to do Mad Libs as well, but most of our guests never filled them out all the way so we just got a bunch of lists with words. We had coloring for the kids and that was a big hit.
Post # 9
According to Wedding Bee, we’re trashy heathens…because we DID do the bouquet and garter toss! (Which many people did get up for and seemed to have a good time doing!) In addition to that, we also did a little game (which was intended to last longer than it did!). We had the DJ announce the game right after the ceremony, basically he would be playing songs off a popular movie soundtrack throughout the night (mixed in with other music of course) and the guest that guessed the soundtrack, won a prize chest with the movie, little trinkets and some booze. Well, two songs in…one of my friends went to the DJ and said I know what it is! It’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” and so that wasn’t much competition, though I thought it was a cool little thing to do. And bonus, all the music off of the soundtrack was pretty fitting and people enjoyed it!
Post # 10
Omg I want mad libs at my wedding so bad! Fiance kinda shot down the idea but I’m still thinking about it…did you find yours on etsy?
Post # 11
We are not doing both either! what I am going to do is a love song dance for all the couples who are married, and will tell the people that people who have been married for 10 years, have to sit down.. 15 years have to sit down, 25 years, have to sit down.. the one who stays on the dancefloor is the one who is married the longest, and they will receive my bouguet 🙂 Goodluck!!