(Closed) Intimate wedding

posted 13 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
468 posts
Helper bee

What’s the feel of your wedding?  Not wanting dancing doesn’t mean you can’t have music. Could you set up lawn games like croquet or badminton?  And don’t underestimate how much people will just talk and socialize– some of our guests stayed until the very very end of our reception, and never hit the dance floor- they just chatted.

Post # 4
746 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

You can certainly have whatever you want.  37 people is actually a pretty good group (I used to plan company events for my old company and that’s about how many people there were with wives, etc.).  You can absolutely have music, start dancing, others will follow.  If you think a buffet is too much, do a nice seated dinner.  Theme/location ideas would also help with ideas.

Post # 5
143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I agree with Snowflake.  Tell us a bit more about your venue and atmosphere.  We had a small wedding at a family home and my best friend is having a small wedding on a hobby farm in August so I may have some tips or a perspective you find helpful

Post # 6
1407 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m not sure if this is what you have in mind, but my hair stylist had a very small, intimate ceremony with only parents, brothers & sisters & best friends present. Immediately after the ceremony, they sat down to a delicious family style meal. After dinner, they met up with a larger group of family and friends, though it was still small-ish, at another venue for drinks & dancing.

I know my hair stylist is a sort of shy, laidback person and that a big fancy ceremony & reception with all eyes on her would have been too much, but this way, a larger group of people were able to celebrate with them in a more casual way.

Whatever you choose to do, it will be lovely 🙂

Post # 7
207 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

In a previous life, we had 25 guests, and once the music started, the dancing followed. The party took on a life of it’s own, and at least your bar bill won’t be so big! Go ahead and have fun with it!

Post # 9
296 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Go for it!  We had an outdoor ceremony with an indoor/outdoor reception (dinner outside, with dancing inside) for 45 and we all had a fabulous time.  The dancing was great, but we were very careful with the music, picking a range of music that was accessible for guests of all ages (big band/swing for dinner, motown and disco/80s for post-dinner dancing).

Post # 10
7 posts
  • Wedding: July 2009

I agree with missm.  And, since you have such a small wedding, it would be easy to customize the music so that it would fit the people who are coming.  If the people who are coming are the type who like to dance, then if you have music, there will probably be dancing.  There doesn’t have to be a formal DJ telling people to get up and dance.

Post # 11
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2019 - City, State

My family uses any excuse to play music and dance. We had about 24 at my brother’s engagement party and everybody was up cutting the rug.  Even when a few people left, the core of family members was still doing the electric slide and soul train line and conga line. We just tore it up!

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