(Closed) No Dancing?

posted 11 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
625 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I would have music playing so if people want to dance they can but if not then it doesn’t feel awkward for anybody. Are you guys not having a first dance?

Post # 4
8943 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I don’t think that people will notice a lack of dancing at an afternoon/brunch reception.  Probably people won’t hang around at the reception for very long after the wedding if there isn’t food or something.

Post # 5
798 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’ve been to a brunch reception before with only two planned dances (the Hora and Gay Gordon- yes, I’ve been to a Jewish/Scottish Anglican brunch wedding reception).  The brunch was awesome.  

For the rest of the day a bunch of guests went to a bar for the afternoon…I was in the bridal party and we had some drama, so we needed to come down with some beer and wings.  🙂  

The only thing I would keep in mind is that this makes your (Bride and Bridal Party) morning SUPER early…like 5 am early.  Also, while the couple did put that brunch would be more of a 11 am kind of thing and for guests to plan their breakfasts accordingly on their invites, they were also late….really late.  People were SUPER hungry…no food during the “cocktail hour” while photos were being taken = really hungry guests.  People brought in Doritos.  There were some complaints.  If you make sure there is a lot of food and drink this won’t be a problem.

Sounds like you have a great plan!

Post # 7
2492 posts
Buzzing bee

Tons of people skip dancing at their weddings and no one misses it because they are socializing instead. With an afternoon wedding, I wouldn’t expect it anyway.

Post # 8
983 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’m having a brunch reception without dancing. I don’t think people will mind, and I think in the end, whatever you can offer them will be appreciated.

We’re having our party at a private home also and it’s more casual, so some of the things that we’re doing which you could think about for yours are: bocce ball, badminton, and maybe a pinata for the kids (but admittedly, those things would change the tone of your event). You could also do croquet, ping-pong, a wine & cheese tasting before the meal…Either way, I think that people will have a great time just breaking bread together. Some people might even be relieved not to have to dance at a wedding!

Post # 9
2896 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’ve been a guest at a wedding without dancing and it was still a great day (and I LOVE dancing). The thing that made it wonderful was that the B/G made sure to come and see each table, spend time visiting with them and thanking them for being there, etc. It made it a more personal/intimate occasion. Also, things wrapped up rather nicely/there was a clear time when things were ‘over’ and guests were no longer expecting something (cake cutting, bouquet toss, etc). Many guests appreciated that since it was winter and there was enough time for people to return home before it was too late, so there wasn’t a need for a hotel. I think that as long as there’s a clear ‘plan for the day’ guests will know what to do/what’s coming next. 

Post # 10
5280 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

We’re doing a brunch wedding. The wedding starts at 10 the brunch at 11. There will be little dancing for us. We may do a first dance, may not. Dunno and we’ll kind of wing it lol. The kids will have activities. There is a park adjacent to the venue and they will have a bubble machine to play with… I will also have a kids table with coloring pages for them…

We are also doing donuts, hot chocolate and coffee for the guests as they arrive because I think that an early wedding will have them skipping their breakfast.

We are doing a brunch with a bunch of breakfast foods, but we’ll be tossing in extras like lasagna and salad, and a beer bread and dip.

Post # 11
313 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’ve been at weddings without dancing, and some were fun and others were less so. I personally love to dance and am disappointing when weddings have no dancing, but that is the prerogative of the bride and groom–there are a lot of things that some people like to do that other people don’t have at their weddings!

The one no-dancing I went to that was a little odd was one where they still had a band, but no dancing. We kept on expecting dancing to start, but it didn’t!

Post # 13
1301 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014


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