Post # 1
Our dj has a karaoke package at no extra charge. My family and their friends LOVE karaoke and have them at their regular parties. In my head, it’s going to be real fun and a complete hit or awkward and a complete disaster.
One of the things I’m worried about is if we do have it, I don’t want the guests to be too into it, and be distracted from the reception happenings. When would be the perfect time to start the karaoke? Should it be after all the wedding reception rituals are done? Or maybe just have a karaoke contest as a wedding reception game?
Has anyone done karaoke at their wedding or one they attended before? How did it go? Is karaoke even fitting to a wedding?
Post # 3
I think it could be fun. But I see a potential problem in that, once people start in on karaoke, I think the dancing will come to a screeching halt. If the people doing karaoke are bad that is especially true. I had that dilemma too. Is there a way to have karaoke but limit it? Say two songs an hour? Or karaoke from 9-9:30, and 11-11:30?
Post # 4
I completely agree with Tanya123!
Post # 5
At our wedding, we asked a friend of ours to play the guitar and harmonica and sign Piano Man for us. The crowd got into it and had a great time – the reason we asked for this was when we were in college, every party we went to featured a Piano Man sing-along (my husband and I met in college) and we figured it was only fitting to have it at our party! Our friend went on as dinner was slowing down; after the song was over the dance floor opened up.
If you’re going to do this, it might be wise to do it during a time when everyone is seated (dinner) or mingling (cocktail hour). That way the dancing doesn’t have to stop (no one really dances to (bad) karaoke) and you still get to do it!
Post # 6
Kt, I was thinking of cocktail hour too! We can’t really have alcohol served at our reception venue (cause it’s the church fellowship hall and it’s not allowed). I’ve been worried that guests will have nothing to do for an hour and a half while we take pro pics so karaoke would be a good substitute. I’m thinking we could have karaoke towards the end of the night too, when things are slowing down…and my dad can hog the karaoke. He’s not a complete bad singer…just not so good, but funny…I wouldn’t want ALL the guests to suffer through an hour of that! 🙂
Post # 7
Karaoke could be fun, but it will definitely take away from the *wedding* feeling. If you have a karaoke crowd, then it might be ok, but people will stop dancing and sort of crowd around. And no matter how much you plan in advance, you can’t really just turn off the machine when you decide that you’ve had enough karaoke. People might want to continue, or might turn it back on when you walk away. So just make sure that you think it through, and that you won’t be too upset if it ends up taking over most of your wedding.
Post # 8
I was looking for an "it depends" option. It sounds like your families are very karaoke oriented, and so this would be a way to highlight that part of your personalities. I think the idea of cocktail hour and end of reception is great!
Post # 9
I think it should be done at the end of the reception. That’s what we did and it was a hit. Our wedding started at 1pm and ended at 2am because everyone had a great time singing.
Post # 10
We’re doing karaoke! I have several karaoke games for Playstation, and I’m going to gocco karaoke lists to put on all of the tables. My brother is DJing, and we’ll set it up so he can easily switch from playing music to the karaoke game and back again when people feel like singing.
I’m not crazy about dancing, so I like the idea of having something that I enjoy. It really wouldn’t bother me if people are just hanging out and talking/drinking after dinner rather than dancing, and I’m not too concerned about losing the "wedding feel." We’re a very untraditional couple as it is!
Post # 11
I loved the wedding I went to where they did a mix of karaoke and dancing. Someone would sing karaoke, then the DJ would play two or three fun to dance to songs. It was such a hit!!
Definitely wait til the end to do this. People are drunk, all the quiet people have left, and the party animals can get down!
Post # 12
As much as I love karaoke, I won’t be having it at my reception. We have to have a dry reception because of the venue and it’s a little hard for most people to sing in public without a little liquid courage!
But I’m totally psyched to go to a friend’s karaoke reception in a few weeks. I think it will be rockin’!
Post # 13
I think as an afterparty, karaoke is perfect. But during the reception, I agree with some bees above that it may take away from the reception feeling.
Post # 14
Now that I think about it, I don’t know how into dancing most of our guests are…not so much, I think. Maybe a little.
Lmariea, we are having a dry reception too. But thankfully, my family and their friends sing karaoke (shamelessly) without any alcohol in them at regular parties. I’m just worried about the FI’s family for the most part. But since we’re going to have it afterwards (and possibly the cocktail hour – haven’t decided yet) most of the uptight, no fun relatives should be gone. 🙂
Post # 15
Love the idea. I think MightSaphire’s suggestion is great. If your DJ controls it you can have a good mix. Do 2 or 3 dance songs followed by a karaoke song. It will keep things interesting and get everyone involved… so fun!