(Closed) How Much Entertainment?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
  • poll: What should we do?
    Nothing extra is required : (11 votes)
    44 %
    Fire performers : (2 votes)
    8 %
    Fireworks (indoor) : (1 votes)
    4 %
    Extra croquet set : (3 votes)
    12 %
    Other extra lawn games : (4 votes)
    16 %
    Magician : (4 votes)
    16 %
    Pinatas : (0 votes)
    Other ideas (please describe) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    1755 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @Rachel631:  Is there any way you could do photos earlier and have the DJ start after dinner?  I’m afriad that having dinner and speeches, then having to wait for another hour and a half might really make your party lag.  Generally people want to get on the dance floor as soon as they’re done eating.

    Post # 4
    Member
    332 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @Cappugcino:  I agree. Is there anyway you can do a majority of your photos earlier and have the DJ start right after dinner?? Or why can’t the DJ just start while you are doing photos? I can understand wanting a few photos after dinner with the pretty sunset, but a 1-1.5 hour lag between dinner and the dancing seems like a LONG time. I fear that people would actually go home!!! You have a lot of entertainment already it seems, but if you absolutely have to have that gap in between, it does seem like you will need to have a show of some sort to entice a lot of people to stay.

    I’d say fireworks are a no-go because fireworks and people drinking doesn’t really mix, but if professional is setting off fireworks that could be good. But like you said, it probably won’t be dark enough at that time.

    I’m not really excited about any of the options except the fire performers which actually seems a little over the top, plus you said it was expensive. 🙁

    Post # 7
    Member
    332 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @Rachel631:  Okay, gotcha about the DJ/venue dilemma. Bummer! Can you put iPod music on during the lull just to keep up the beat? 🙂 Otherwise, I think you’ll be fine. You are right that free booze usually keeps most people around. haha!

    Post # 8
    Member
    9501 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Could you have other music played during that hour?  People with music and drinks are usually okay to entertain themselves.  I like the garden idea…could you put out signs that say “after dinner please feel free to explore the gardens and play games while we setup for dancing.”

    I think you need something though because 1.5 hours is a looooong time.  Is there any way you can get the gap shortened down to under an hour or so?  45 min seems more reasonable.

    Otherwise you could always put up a cute little timeline near the bar that informs people what they should be doing and so they will know when to come back for the reception.  If I was there and didn’t know…I might not know there would even be a DJ coming!  That could make some people consider leaving early.  How do they know to stick around for the evening buffet and DJ?  They might think the dinner is all you are having.  As long as I know there will be a DJ coming I could entertain myself in the gardens for an hour.

    Post # 11
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    332 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @Rachel631:  It sounds like you have a good amount of games already, but if you don’t mind and it’s not too much extra work/money, go ahead and add more games. But I think most people might prefer to stand around just watching others play anyway. At least that’s how I am at a party. If I have a drink in my hand, I’m just fine watching others play. And if it’s nice out, I’m CERTAIN the non-lazy people will definitely will not be able to resist walking around the gardens to kill time. They will love seeing the sights.

    Post # 12
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    9501 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @Rachel631:  Yeah…I would put up a cute sign with the timeline of all the events (it’s easy to miss little things on the programs because guests just usually glance at it) so people know what they should be doing.

    I would add a few croquet sets and lawn games.  And make sure there is some seating available too!  Even people who don’t/can’t play games and sit around and socialize and watch other people play games.  I like watching others play games.

    Post # 14
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    332 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @Rachel631:  We were considering a few lawn games for our welcome dinner but once I started looking into purchasing “giant” versions of popular games, they were terribly expensive unless you wanted to DIY. Some examples, were giant Jenga (made of wood blocks), giant tic-tac-toe, and giant checkers.

    Pinatas is a cute idea and would get people involved as long as they don’t go too nuts. You would have to brainstorm how to hang them and a person to stand there and hold the rope to move it around while they swing at it. I would just be so paranoid about a worst case scenario – someone getting hit with a bat accidently…. you just want to prepare for the worst to happen on your weddding day, especially with alcohol and 80 people around in one space.

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