(Closed) I am so so so terrified that my reception is going to be the lamest thing ever!

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1115 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Don’t sweat it!  Relax, your wedding will be just as it should be.  Maybe you won’t have a full dance floor all night and there won’t be any dirty dancing  BUT on the other hand you might be able to spend more time visiting and chatting with your guests.  Everyone’s wedding is different. And you even said you aren’t much of a dancer so why do you think it will be lame if not many people dance?  Don’t worry about it, your wedding will be great with or without club like dancing 🙂

Post # 4
836 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@mimsmims7:  I worry about this, too, to be totally honest. Not about the dancing, because I know my family isn’t the dancing sort, and neither is his, but just the being lame factor. But then I think about it — really think about it — and the personalities involved might not be the dancing sort, but they are the type to sit / stand around and talk and reminisce and have their own brand of fun. There will be people who haven’t seen each other in ten years, people meeting for the first time, etc., and tons of great food. I don’t think that a lack of dancing is going to make or break your reception. If you invited all the right people — people you love and who love you back — then I really don’t think it can go wrong!

Post # 5
11734 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’ve never been to a wedding where the dance floor wasn’t packed! My sister’s wedding was very few young people and the dance floor was crazy all night long!  Make sure you play music tailored to the crowd!

Post # 6
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

At our wedding (just last weekend) we were in the same situation as you.  Neither of our families are big on dancing and there weren’t many young people. 

We did the obligatory first dance, then the father/daugher and son/mother dance at the same time, to finish the formal dancing we had a generations dance (longest married couple got my bouquet).  The rest of the time we just spend mingling, circulating and eating.

When the older people went home there were like 20-25 younger people that stuck around.  We changed the type of music and partied!

You don’t have to party and dance the whole time. Your guests will have a great time chatting and getting to know each other if that’s what they’re comfortable doing.

Post # 7
1728 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

if you are concerned about non dancing..first off make sure DJ plays danceable songs..and even line songs everyone can dance too..doenst have to be boring old electric slide..

also maybe some other kind of entertainment? a singer or dancer?

we have a lot of people that wont dance so we are having a santa( instead of photo booth).. we are also having cameras at each table..and mini table games, and our table # are actually going to be xmas& wedding related books with lots of pictures and stories

Try to add other things they can do..ever think of the wedding shoe game?


Post # 8
9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

If you know pretty much everyone doesn’t dance, then don’t have dancing…what’s the point?  Spend that money on a photobooth or something.  

Post # 10
1713 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Some people dance some people dont but whoever does has to grab people and drag them over. No my wedding was not a TV wedding were you swear it was a bride in a club but it was a blast. We actually had a pinata which helped loosen things up… Adults had to drink a shot to have a swing and it was full of adult appropriete candy (salt water taffy). We also had a kids and teen pinata which was fun as well. It isnt traditional but it was the best part of the evening. I dont drink like ever (maybe a shot a year) and I had 3 blue whales that night I was tipsy at the end lol.

Post # 11
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I dont’ understand why people feel the need to have dancing. If you don’t like dancing, adn you don’t think your guests will like it, then why don’t you try to think of some other activity for your reception?

Do they like karaoke?

Would they like a talent show?

Would they like some kind of contest?

Most people can get into a good competition!


We are not having any dancing at our reception, but we do have a pool table in our private room and we’ve reserved 4 bowling lanes adjacent to our room as well!!!

Post # 12
1148 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Can you do something like a slideshow to get people talking…maybe a goofy dance like the electric slide that everyone knows?  What about a dance contest or a trivia game?

Post # 13
264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

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@Tangled:  I totally agree. If your guests aren’t dancers and you and your Fiance aren’t dancers, why try and force the issue? I went to a great wedding with no dancing, but there were lots of different groupings of seats so people could mingle and converse comfortably, buffet style and passed hors d’ouvres all evening so people kept getting up and moving around for food and joining new conversation groups. With good friends and family gathered (and presumably alcohol flowing) people will probably have MORE fun just being able to mingle comfortably rather than if there is an awkward empty dance floor all night long.

Post # 15
1713 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

OMG old people actually know how to dance youd be surprised grandpa who has a hard time walking might shed 40 years instantly if the right song comes along. My 57 year old uncle and his wife dance up a storm its a blast.

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