Post # 1
I’m looking for some good ideas for a fun reception. I am so terrified that we will spend all this money and everyone will leave within an hour! I thought about a DIY photobooth but we are looking for additional things as well.
Some ideas we’ve came across are:
having a “Dance Off” with a small prize (good for the younger people!)
I’ve also seen people do a Wii station where you have another contest. (havent really looked into that much)
and of course just dancing
We’re not really sure if the people we are inviting are big dancers (I’m not a big one) and we dont want people just staring at eachother for hours!
Any good ideas? We’re pretty much open to anything! Our wedding is very casual and we want to have fun!
Post # 3
Good food/drink and a dj who plays good music is really all you need. Keep in mind that some people are just not dancers at all and prefer to mingle while everyone else is dancing.
Post # 4
I think if you have a really good DJ you have the fixing for a great reception. Even if people don’t want to dance, they can still appreciate good music. Just like when you’re at a bar and you don’t necessarily want to dance but you enjoy listening to the songs. I love the idea of the photo booth and the smores (omg now I want them). They will be a hit I’m sure. The dance off is hit or miss so I think I’d play it by ear. Plan for it, and if you notice that lots of people are dancing and they may be willing to participate, then you can do it. That would be a riot to watch!
Post # 5
Why are you so afraid people are going to leave? I have been to weddings that are like an all-out dance party, and others where there is no dancing at all – and people stick around, because they are chatting to family and friends, getting to know new people, eating delicious cake, and celebrating your wedding with you! I’m not sure you need to tempt people to stay with too many gimmicks, you wouldn’t do that at a regular party and I think your guests will have plenty to keep themselves occupied 🙂
Post # 6
The number one thing you can do to get other people to get up and dance/have fun is to lead them in the effort!! Recruit your best gals and as soon as all the scheduled dances are over, get out on the dance floor. No one likes to be the first one out so if you are already out there, it will help break the ice so to speak. People danced like crazy at our wedding and almost everyone stayed until the very end. We even paid for an extra hour (which was not cheap) because people were having such a good time!!
Post # 7
I’m not so much afraid they will leave (i was half joking but my jokes dont transfer well via internet lol) I just want to have fun ya know?
Post # 8
I agree with the others that great music is most important. Non-dancers (I’m a big dancer!) seem to still enjoy watching others dance and chatting with other guests. I agree that you don’t need contests, etc. to entertain. Just good food, drinks and music seems good enough to me!
Post # 9
Aside from a DJ, cocktails, food, a photowall we also had a cigar roller and an outside lounge area set up for our guests. Alot of guests werent dancers and like half way through the wedding ( I was so busy partying) I wondered outside and I was amazed just how much attention the cigar roller had gotten – especially from the male guests. It was really nice & went with our old havana theme quite well. We paid $250 for 75 cigars and 3 hours of service. Well worth it but you have to consider if you have an outside terrace to place it and were it wont bother other guests who dont smoke.
Post # 10
I went to a wedding where in the middle of the reception, the DJ asked the bride and groom to come forward. They were seated back to back and exchanged 1 shoe (so each person had 1 of each shoe). The DJ then asked questions about the couple and they held up the shoe of the person who was the answer (IE – “Who has the crazier family?” – they held up the brides shoe). It was a really cute game!