Need reception advice!

posted 1 year ago in Reception
Post # 2
692 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

Is your church set up to do a slide show? That is always fun! 

Post # 3
2948 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

turner1510 :  If you’re guests wouldn’t be much into dancing anyway, they will probably be more than content with just mingling for a couple of hours. Do you have it in your budget to do a fun food bar or anything? You could do a popcorn bar, sno cones, candy buffet, etc. 

Post # 6
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

I would skip the dances if there is no dancing. Those dances usually “open” the dancefloor, so it seems weird to do these dances if no one else is allowed to dance. 

I also hate the shoe game and other “weddingy” games, but that is me lol. Besides that, I think a dry lunchtime wedding sounds very nice! 

Post # 7
1615 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

We had a dry wedding with no dancing because we don’t drink or dance and neither did 85% of our guests. We had the reception in a courtyard of an antebellum house. I treated my wedding as a garden party and that’s what it felt like. We had plenty of food and desserts and had a harpist/violinist playing in the background. People just kind of sat around and talked.

Honestly, most weddings I’ve been to have been dry with no dancing because my family is pretty baptist and most of my friends are too. I was in a wedding that had dancing and I felt like it was rough trying to get people to dance because many of her guests were also traditional.

I don’t find weddings like this boring. I actually much prefer ones like this. As long as you feed me yummy food, I’m good! I wouldn’t expect people to stay long though (2-2.5 hours max).

Post # 8
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

turner1510 :  Is a lot of the family/guests from the area? If not, migling/catching up will probably be more than enough specially considering the time of day. 

If they are all from the area, I still wouldn’t want to overdo it with games and tons of desserts and things, unless your wedding is like a carnival/fair theme? It’s difficult to know when/where to stop (I’m worrying about the same stuff too!) but just gotta remember a wedding isn’t like a regular party; people don’t necesarily expect to be entertained and the venue itself is a clue of what to expect.

Post # 9
1884 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I think it sounds lovely.  A lot of time,  it’s nice to visit and mingle.  We’re having a dry wedding too,  but we’re also doing dancing (darn it,  I tried to get out if it but it made fi happy). We’re inside,  so we’ll supply board games instead of lawn games and arent doing wedding games,  like the shoe thing or throwing the bouquet.  I’m sure your guests will enjoy having the chance to celebrate with you no matter what activities you plan as well. 

Post # 14
1615 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

turner1510 :  Same. I mean the majority of my guests were expecting a dry/no dancing wedding but Darling Husband had a few family members who I know drink and probably expected a better party but as you even said, can’t please everyone! But I think some people underestimate how fun a party can be without those two things. As long as you have good atmosphere, good company, and good food, you can have fun. It won’t kill someone to be stuck without alchohol or a dance floor, I promise. But regardless I think you should have the wedding YOU guys want. No what you feel other people want.

Post # 15
374 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I don’t think it sounds lame. The best wedding I ever went to played the shoe game, and also a game where an object was called out and each table had to try to be the first person to find and bring the object to the head table. The games took place in between each course as it was a (very long) seated dinner, but it was different and everyone joined in and had a great time.

I find dancing very dependent on the people and the music playing. If your crowd isn’t big on dancing then I think your plan sounds better and that people will enjoy themselves.

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