(Closed) I afraid our reception could become boring?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
3720 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I think it could be a fun 2-3 hour reception. I wouldn’t stay all night, but it would be fun and think it will be memorable. 

You might want to add something a little savory to cut down on the sweets. Nothing fancy or expensive, but a couple blocks of cheese and two boxes of crackers or some fruit would go a long way in making people able to stay longer (I know a ton of people get sugar headaches and get grouchy/leave early– if there is cheese and crackers, that helps to balance).

You didn’t say why you are having a dry wedding, but if it is because of budget, I would consider a champagne toast– Trader Joe’s has a $5 sparkling wine that tastes like a $25 bottle. At $1 per person for adults, that isn’t bad. That or have some kind of limited, cheap alcohol option (sagria, wine, or punch) to help make it a little less awkward. Having attended a lot of work parties, I find that spending a little on alcohol does go a long way in getting people to stay. If you are having a dry wedding for a non-budget reason, that is totally fine and can be a lot of fun too.

Post # 4
553 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

If your reception is going to be short, like 2 hours, then it’s fine to not worry about the dancing, and especially if it’s in the afternoon. Lawn games are a great idea, and I’m seeing more and more of this at receptions, but do skip the board games. I went to a lovely wedding recently where there was not a big meal, just heavy hors d’oerves, but what ended up happening was the bride and groom spent so long taking pictures that everyone had eaten all of their food, visited with everyone who was there, and we weren’t sure what to do from there. They came in about an hour and some change after we had gotten there. A relative sang a song to them and they cut the cake. We all had some cake and thought it was all over so we left. I felt so bad to see pictures later of them doing a dance together and just more pictures in general…everything was really sporadic too. None of this ruined anything about their wedding, it was a wonderful day for them, but I now have these feelings of guilt like I was rude for not staying longer, but I really had no idea what was going on..and honestly, we were getting a little bored :/

So, just make sure you guys don’t spend the majority of the reception taking pictures and the guests won’t get bored. But, if it’s a light reception don’t be surprised if a small handful of folks dip out. Don’t stress about it on the big day because you and your hubby, and the family are going to have a blast. That’s the moral of the story 🙂

Post # 5
492 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I think I would have fun there if you included alcohol. No dancing… no food… Even if you just got a keg or something, it would be cheap but make me lose a little inhibition. I like the idea of the games and dessert. 


Add alcohol.

Post # 6
901 posts
Busy bee

8pm is dinner time. I have never been to an evening wedding where dinner was served before 8pm. Honestly, I think you should have more food or your guests will be starving and want to leave. There’s also the issue that some people, like myself, don’t eat sweets.

Also, yes, I do think it will be boring if it’s dry. I think the only way you can get away with doing this in the evening is if you do it later and you serve at least beer and wine and maybe sangria like someone else said.

Skip the games and all that.


Post # 7
4520 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I like the idea of lawn games! If you do board games, I’d only use ones that can include a lot of people/big teams… like Apples to Apples? 

People who don’t want to play can just sit around and talk, too — that’s plenty exciting in its own right!

ETA: I agree with those who are saying to hold the reception during the day time. Is that possible? Lawn games and stuff are more of a day time thing. You can still have desserts & little savory snacks.

Post # 8
3686 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

If you don’t plan on having dancing, I would have this be an afternoon reception. Have the ceremony at 1pm, have the reception go until 4 or 5.

Post # 9
1599 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

You can still play music to liven up the atmosphere. Even if there’s not a designated dance floor, people may still find room to dance if they really want to.

I think lawn games for outdoor receptions are an awesome idea. You could do horseshoes, croquet, corn hole … and that one where you throw the golfballs tied to a rope over a pipe thingy. lol sorry, I have no idea what the name of that game is.

As far as alcohol goes, if you really want to have something, go for wine and beer only. Or just some champagne. Sangria is also great. This will help keep costs down.





Post # 10
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We are having alcohol and dancing, but I’m someone who, as a guest, generally finds dancing awkward and not much fun. (I think it will be more fun as the bride, where you know everyone there.)

We’re having a photobooth and a games area (no kids, for adults). We’re having a TV with a Wii (won’t be turned on until after dinner), a life-size Jenga that Fiance bought, and probably a game like Apples to Apples with lounge furniture. That lets people who don’t like to dance have a few options of other things to do.

I’m also keeping it (relatively) short and letting people know the end time. Obviously some will leave, but I hope by putting the “streamer send-off” at 10:45, people will be encouraged to stay until that. We’re having an entertainment menu on the back of our food menu at each place setting. Our wedding is at 5:30, directly into reception with dinner probably starting about 6:30, then all the fun stuff starting around 7:00 – 7:15. Reception ends at 11, so it is long enough to get around, but not so long that it goes on forever. I know one reason I leave receptions early is because I’m like “I don’t want to wait until 2 AM to see the bride and groom leave.” If I knew they were leaving at X time, I’d be more likely to stay.

That’s all just my take on it from another person who isn’t huge on dancing!

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