Post # 1
We’re now having a small wedding (45 guests MAX), and so we don’t plan to have dancing. I’m hoping for an elegant dinner party type of feeling, but we’re still going to want to do things like a cake-cutting and a candy buffet.
What the heck can we do to keep people occupied/entertained so people stay past 7pm? Lol.
All ideas welcome!! Thanks in advance 🙂
Post # 3
Board games, fireworks, and a treasure hunt are all on the to-do list for my wedding. Since it’s also somewhat budget (my parents agreed to pay for everything, not realizing that, hey, I might invite someone other than my nuclear family and that I wanted (what is to them) an expensive dress ($600)), I decided paper tablecloths would be the most cost efficient, and then I can put crayons on the table so people can draw if they’re bored. And what’s wrong with dancing at a small wedding?
Post # 4
@OttawaBride2011: i just saw the conversation starters on the blog page!
r u having a DJ? or an emcee? my friend has emcee’d a few weddings and will be doing a “Bride/Groom” trivia game as the guests watch on/laugh etc. 🙂
Post # 5
@cyneswith: All good ideas! Nothing is wrong with dancing at a small wedding, we just won’t have the space 🙂
Post # 6
@missjyc: I saw those too and am seriously considering it!! We aren’t having a DJ, but we’ll probably have an MC. We’ll also have 5 toasts/speeches (MOH, Bridesmaid or Best Man, my parents, Future In-Laws, and us). I like the idea of trivia!
Post # 7
I’m not sure if it goes with the vibe of your wedding, but at my (outdoor, afternoon) wedding we had a table with old school board games like Dominos, Jenga, pick up stix, etc. that guests could bring to their tables to play. We did it mainly for the kids since we did have dancing, but actually a lot of adults played them too! FYI, if you do decide to go this route, Jenga was by far the most popular option, so I’d stock up on a few of those. Michaels had them on sale for $2 each awhile back, and thrift stores are great places to look for all kinds of games.
Post # 9
We’re going to have games. Instead of calling numbers to get to the buffet, we’re having a trivia game, if the table gets it right, they get to get the food, if they don’t they have to wait.
We’re going to play the newlywed game, where you take off one shoe and give it to the groom and vice versa and the MC or DJ asks questions like this:
- Between the two of you, who has the most cash on them?
- Between the two of you, who is the biggest flirt?
- When you were dating, who made the first move
- Who’s a better cook?
- Who said “I love you” first?
- Between the two of you, who has the wackiest family?
- Who’s the better driver?
- Who spends the most time in front of the mirror?
- Who’s in control of the remote?
- Who’s in control of the cheque book?
- Who’s most likely to have dessert for breakfast?
- Who’s going to be doing most of the yard work?
- Who wears the pants in the family?
etc. and we’re going to have a musical chair/scavanger hunt thing. I refuse to have a boring wedding =) My aunt was telling me at her friends wedding who also happened to be a wedding planner, she had a lot of games at her reception and she had a lot of little prizes to give away that made it fun. I want to do something like that but I’m still working on the fiance haha
Post # 10
The shoe game sounds like fun. What about a caricature artist or magician (or clown if you aren’t creeped out by them)? Do you have any room for a lounge like seating arrangement (mingling after dinner will likely help)? If not, maybe finding other ways to encourage minglling–we are doing trivia cards, and some of the questions only FIs family will be able to answer, some only my family will be able to answer, and some only our friends will be able to answer. The first table to get all the answers will get a prize.
But really, if you think of your wedding as a great dinner party, you know that you don’t NEED a lot of entertainment. Great food, great company and the chance to share in your joy will likely keep everyone happy.
Post # 11
We had a 70 strong person wedding and didn’t do dancing or reception games. People were having a great time catching up with old friends and meeting new ones – sometimes it’s nice to just do that 🙂
Post # 12
The MC would be a good option to keep people around.
There is a pass the napkin around the table game I have played before.
There is a trivia game with the bride and groom sitting back to back and raise the shoe (sorry thats a bad description).
Trivia “moo cards” on the tables including trivia about bride and groom, wedding party, family, location of venue, hometown, etc.
Post # 13
@MissBabeski: OMG those are the two games we played at my wedding! They were a blast, especially the musical chairs/ scavenger hunt!
we played ours in the french style- between dinner courses so people just ate all night! then the dancing started after.
We also Had my husband’s accapella group sing. They are incredible! and *ahem* for rent for weddings if you live near the pacific nw.
A lot of universities have singing groups who could perform, and live music is fun! I wish I had a good video from my wedding but here is one of them from another time at a competition (they won)
This was seriously such a hit at our wedding. I would look into University groups or if you are interested PM me and I can tell you all about the ones I am familiar with.
Post # 14
we’re having about 100 ppl at our wedding and it’s a church so no dancing or booze and we’re on a budget too so games and stuff for us *we’re also just serving cake and a coffee bar*
we want to play the shoe game but I think it’d be more fun if the guests answer the questions. i think we might set up some dominos or checkers to keep some of the guests such as my grandpa entertained.
also we’re going to have a scavenger photo hunt with lists of pics taped to disposable cameras and we’ll select a winner once we get all the photos back *plus we get cool photos*
also we’re considering opening gifts at the wedding bc i like to thank ppl in person for a gift vs just a thank you card. i’m always super appreciative of any gift *even if I don’t like it I’m touched that someone thought enough to get me a gift so no akward moments there lol*
hope this helps
Post # 15
We’re not having dancing either (lunch reception) but are thinking of a DIY Photobooth as part of the activities for guests.
Post # 16
were having a cigar roller and either an old time photbooth or a caricaturists! You could also have questons like who’s been married the longest or how people met?