posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
1833 posts
Buzzing bee

Not a fan. Keep the dancing going with good music.

Post # 3
7413 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Are your family and friends the type to rent out a karaoke bar for events? Do they enjoy that kind of stuff?

This would never fly with my family or friends, but one of my friends’ family is karaoke crazy.

Post # 4
2618 posts
Sugar bee

Personally I love this idea. 

Post # 5
72 posts
Worker bee

Bad karaoke can put a major damper on dancing.  Is this a risk you’d be willing to take at your wedding?  You could instead have your DJ play a song that you and your fiance sing to at some point during the night.

Post # 6
1713 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Fi really pushed for this,  but then I thought about all the people we were inviting,  it wasnt just our friends(who love karaoke) it was also family and friend who dont love it. I imagined karaoke at my reception and pictured one really bad singer after another and decided it wasn’t worth putting everyone through that.  We’ll reserve karaoke for our parties at home. 

Post # 7
704 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I would LOVE that. Most of my friends don’t dance but I could see people doing Karaoke and having lots of fun with it.

Post # 8
6810 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

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hvmarchant :  nothing would make me leave a wedding faster but an all out fight. I am just barely comfortable singing in front of my closest friends so definitely wouldn’t participate. And even less do I want to hear a bunch of tone deaf, likely drunk guests I don’t know doing it. If you must have karaoke get a separate room for it or go somewhere for an after party. 

Post # 9
983 posts
Busy bee

I had karaoke at my first wedding. It was not a hit. 

Post # 10
427 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

My fiance actually runs a karaoke show each week, and we often go to karaoke night at other bars for fun. A lot of our friends are people we know through the karaoke scene, and we’re inviting a number of them to our wedding. Some have asked us if we’re doing karaoke at our reception, and they seem shocked when we tell them we’ve decided against it. However, our reasons are:

1) It will end up being like any typical Friday night for us and many of our guests. We want to do something different from what we normally do. (This is probably not the case for you, since it sounds like karaoke would be more of a novelty for you and your guests.) We’re also afraid that no one except our regulars will be interested in participating, in which case it will REALLY be like any old Friday and the rest of our guests will be bored. So if you decide to do karaoke, take into account how many total guests you will have and what proportion of those you think would be interested in doing this, or at least would be entertained by it. For us, we’re inviting over 200 people, and while a good 30-40 of them are people who regularly come out to shows, that still leaves 150 people who may be too intimidated to participate and will probably be more bored than amused. Know your audience.  

2) Karaoke can take up a lot of time. Think of how long an average song is (3-5 minutes), plus you’ll need a minute of transition time between each singer. Basically, each singer is taking up 4-6 minutes of time, so you can fit maybe 10-12 in an hour. On popular karaoke nights, you can be there from the time karaoke starts at 9:30 or 10 and be there until the bar closes at 2, and only get to sing once or twice, because there’s 30+ people in the rotation. So again, if you decide to do this, I’d suggest making a rule that each person only gets to sing one song, since you still want to leave time for dancing. Then try to figure out about how many people would be interested, and allot ~5 minutes per person. So if you have 20-25 people interested, 2 hours sounds about right. Note that also, since most of your guests are probably not karaoke regulars, they may be too intimidated to do a song by themselves, so you will probably get a lot of groups instead. So people will probably be chiming in on multiple songs with their friends anyway. 

I’d recommend doing it later at night, like around 9 or 10, so that people who want to dance get some dancing in first. Hope this helps! 

Post # 11
88 posts
Worker bee

Personally I would not recommend having karaoke at a wedding.  There are so many people that don’t enjoy listening to karaoke. I know that I am one of them.  If I went to a wedding that had karaoke then I know that would ruin my fun.  I think that it would be best to just let the DJ play his music and let your guests dance and have a good time.

Post # 12
2513 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

No. And I actually like karaoke at bars. But not at weddings, it would be cringy to me. 

Post # 13
1023 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

I love karaoke, but I would never have it at my wedding. I think people are too divided on it, I know a few friends who hate karaoke. I wouldn’t want to exclude certain people who do not enjoy it.

Post # 14
1650 posts
Bumble bee

I love karaoke, but it will make people uncomfortable. Pass. 

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