(Closed) How to Not have a boring Reception

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

book a good DJ or entertainment. Someone that will play things the majority of your crowd will enjoy!

Post # 4
Bee
2362 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

Good music!  If it’s good music, people will dance, and dancing always creates a fun atmosphere.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

The best receptions I have been to had GREAT music (DJ or Band, either is great as long as they understand how to effect a crowd with music).  An open, welcoming atmostphere is helpful, especially if guests can walk around and mingle.  Having the bar in a close by but seperate area can really encourage people to get up and walk around, enjoy the venue, chat with other guests.  I like to feel like I can explore during a wedding, if I want to take a break from dancing for a few minutes, I can go to a seperate or outside area.  I think having lots of personal touches can add a lot to a wedding.  People like to feel that they are celebrating YOUR marriage, not a generic wedding 🙂 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think the major things are DJ/band, food, and drinks.  Also, a decent sized dance floor and a setup where people can mingle.  We were at a wedding reception last year where the tables were crammed so close together, we felt trapped!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

i agree with above comments.. MUSIC MUSIC IS #1 for me as a guest. Also food/ drinks & reception set up.

I went to my friends wedding last year and unfortunately because of the room, the dance floor was tucked in the corner of the room and it was cumbersome to weave around the tables to get to it. Nobody really danced except the people that were at tables right next to it… i also couldn’t see anything that was going on (first dance, cake cutting, garter toss) and felt disconnected as a guest.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Do a funny first dance 🙂

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2008

@Rosiebear … I misread your quote at first and thought you said “an open bar”….yes, an open, welcoming atmosphere will do it:)

I just went to a beautiful wedding last weekend and we had a BLAST dancing the night away. The entire event was amazing, but my vote is fabulous music all night long!

Post # 10
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Helper bee

Like the other ladies said, MUSIC and dj is the biggest part. ALSO, the layout of the reception can make a huge difference too. You don’t want your dance floor at one end of the venue and people isolated at the other end at their tables. Put the dance floor in the middle if you can.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

FIRE DANCING! Hire specialists to wow the crowd.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

my venue is a park for hte VR and the reception.  All that is allowed there is beer, booo….

so the park closes at bout 6-7… THEN we are hiring a party bus to hit some of our favorite dive bars around hte valley:)  will be fun!  thinking it will be over about midnight…

🙂

 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I wish I could delete that now, we are going to vegas… woohoo:)  gonna have a vow renewal with elvis, and then a hosted open bar and hors d’oeuvers reception. Looking forward to it!  So, how was your ereception?

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I obsessed over this and contemplated photobooths, candy bars, and lots of things to make it exciting. In the end, here is what it took.

Alcohol.

Music.

…yeah, it’s really that simple! I thought my wedding was the exception because the crowd wasn’t mostly younger people and mabe no one would dance, but I was very (happily!) wrong.

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