Help! Average age at reception is 50+. Is it doomed to be boring?

posted 3 months ago in Reception
Post # 16
7087 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

arosebyanyothername :  

It’s quite offensive.  And a clear indicator of a narrow perspective.  

The OP would have done well to have invested a little time researching the 1980s, at the very least.  Not exactly a tame generation.

And I suspect the OP would be quite shocked if I posted some of my favorite bands.

Still kinda sad about Chester Pennington’s suicide.

Post # 17
361 posts
Helper bee

Bloody hell – 50 is not old!!  Very offensive xx

Post # 18
1364 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

I can say that the main people leading the dancing at my wedding were my 60 year old uncle and his 55 year old wife. As well as my friend’s ~60 year old Mom (and my friend and her siblings). My Mother-In-Law (50s)and her sister got out there too – they were rocking out to Beyonce. It was a blast for the rest of us who were just following along!

Post # 19
1364 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

Oh and 80s, 90s, and early 2000s were the biggest hits 

Post # 20
4 posts
  • Wedding: June 2018

I am having a 50 person wedding and 27 of the guests are older. I personally find older people are often more exciting! My 62 yo mom and her best friend will absolutely no doubt be the first person on the dance floor, whereas my 17 year old cousin is way to embarassed to dance. I think it will be totally fine.

Post # 21
3624 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Depends on the people, just like with any age bracket really. At my wedding there was a whole mix on the dance floor. My 50-60+ parents and my aunt and uncle were totally breaking it down on thedance floor! Even my 90 year old grandparents danced. 

Post # 22
7896 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2016

The over 50 crowd can get straight up rowdy. I’ve been to enough corporate holiday parties that would shock you. 

Post # 24
299 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Well, that was quite a brain fart. When reading your title I thought, “I miss having grandparents around”, and then quickly realized.. my own father will soon be 62! Apparently my brain still thinks I’m 12. 50 isn’t old! My goodness, lol. You sound young, so I’ll cut you some slack. But I am over here silently giggling over the thought that people over 50 enjoy smooth jazz. Your reception won’t be boring. I promise. You will have people that want to dance. Actually, I probably know more younger people that are reluctant to get out on the dance floor because they are still self conscious. If you happen to have a lot of people that are a few decades older, consider yourself blessed. Not everyone has that. I would love for my reception to be filled with my grandparents and plenty of “old” people. I don’t think you really have anything to worry about. 

Post # 25
6531 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

In my experience is has less to do with age, and more to do with personalities. If you have a genearlly lively crowd, you should expect they will want to drink/dance. If on average your crowd is a bit more reserved, the open bar and band isn’t going to get them up.

I’m photographer 150 person weddings with the guests mostly in their 20’s who sat around doing nothing….meanwhlile I’ve photographed second weddings for people in their 40’s & 50’s that had 50 guests and danced until the very last song. It all has to do with knowing your crowd.

Post # 26
480 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

LOL maybe you’ll have some ‘Real Housewife’ types who drink too much, don’t wear undies and tear each other’s weaves out. That should make it less ‘boring’.

Post # 27
625 posts
Busy bee

I think that you are over-worrying about this.  In my experience, the 50+ crowd are among the most fun at weddings!!

Post # 28
114 posts
Blushing bee

50+ (actually 65+) are the best party people. First of all people in their 50’s grew up in the 80’s with Michel Jackson, Madonna and Metallica. What is more fun than 70 yo uncle Jerry on the dancefloor dancing with everyone?

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