(Closed) Must there be dancing?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

If you don’t want dancing then there doesn’t have to be dancing. However, if your Fiance would like it, perhaps a little bit after? You don’t have to dance. Just tell people you’re exhausted from the whole wedding experience. Wives should understand, and if others don’t, well you don’t have to explain stuff to them.

Post # 4
1294 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Honestly, it is you and your Hubby’s wedding day. If you guys decide that dancing isn’t neccesary, then there isn’t much anyone can do about it. 

It may also depend on what time your reception will take place, and if you are serving alcohol. All in all, as long as your food is good, people are mingling and having a good time. and there is dessert (lol) you should be fine. 

Are you having any kind of music to set the mood? I enjoy music, even if I am not dancing. 

Post # 5
5096 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We didn’t have dancing, and everyone seemed to have a great time.  The wedding was at my mom’s house, partly in the backyard but mostly inside, since it started raining. As missfroggy said, we had amazing food, dessert, drinks, and a great group of people. There was lots of talking and mingling. The evening was basically a catered cocktail party, and the place was buzzing the whole time. I couldn’t believe how fast the evening flew by!

Post # 6
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I went to a wedding with no dancing. No first dance, no dance with the mom/dad. I didn’t even realize because I was too busy eating and mingling with everyone. If you do not want dancing, you do not have to have it.

Post # 7
3182 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

It might be strange to skip dancing if your whole reception was in a ballroom with a large dancefloor in the middle or something like that, but for the type of event you have laid out I think you are fine without it!  Sounds like fun to me, I’d rather mingle than dance anyway!

Post # 9
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have been going back and forth with the same thing. My venue is a historic house and they do not allow dancing in the house but you can rent another place that you can dance in. I just do not have the money in my budget to rent the other place and then have it decorated and all so I have opted for no dancing. I have keep having people ask me if we are going to dance but being practical I just cannot afford it. I know that I know that I will miss not having a first dance or a father-daughter dance but other than that I do not dance either. 

Post # 10
417 posts
Helper bee

@Natalieh86: agreed!

I second what natalieh86 says!  If you were having a formal wedding in a ballroom I would say you defintely need dancing! However, your wedding seems like it will be fun and laid back! I think its fine to skip dancing and have everybody enjoy the BBQ and mingle with eachother!

Post # 11
1041 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I gage how fun the wedding is by how much I danced lol. But if you and your guests are not into it then it should be fine. But i would offer some other activity to keep guests entertained.

I dont see a problem with having the dancing inside and seating outside. Those who want to dance can go inside and thhose who want to chill can sit outside.

Post # 12
4824 posts
Honey bee

People like to dance, but if the dancing is inconvenient (IE is far from the bar/tables/food) then many may not even dance. Without dancing people will still have fun, but they will also leave earlier than if there wasnt dancing likely so be prepared for it to end a bit earlier than usual not long after they are done eating.

Assumption: this isnt at your home. If its at your home people who are closest to you will tend to hang in a more traditional BBQ setting.

Post # 13
4485 posts
Honey bee

Dancing is never required and many weddings skip it entirely and no one misses it. Not everyone likes to dance, and those who do are generally able to have a great time if it isn;t there. Receptions that don’t have dancing will be mingling affairs and people are perfectly fine with that and won’t leave early.

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