Post # 1
Originally I was thinking of doing an outdoor wedding with the reception in a park enclosed shelter. Things progressed to a full blown formal reception in a hotel with a full meal, dancing, etc. But when I picture my wedding, I really do like the first idea better. My concern is that my guests (expecting around 100) will be bored if there is no dancing and we are stuck inside (end of April in Michigan, the weather could be beautiful or awful). At a later afternoon wedding with a full meal and beer/wine, will you be bored without dancing? I was thinking we could do lawn games if the weather is nice, but if the weather is terrible, what will the guests do? We still want to cut the cake, play a game related to us, and socialize, but would you be bored and hate that wedding? I’m just not a big dancer and would not miss it at all. We could rope off a small area for dancing? What do you think?
Post # 3
We had dancing, but most of our guests hadn’t seen each other in a long time so it was mainly the kids playing around on the dancefloor with the occasional crowd and everyone just socialized. It was perfect for our group 🙂
Post # 4
It all depends the crowd you will have. Are they lively? Would they want to start dancing after a couple drinks? Are they laid back? You have to factor all those things in. Personally, I love dancing and so does my family. We are having an intimate wedding also (about 20 ppl) and I will have a small dancing section. To at least have a first dance, and for everyone elso who wants to dance. But if your guests are laid back, they probably won’t care.
Post # 5
I was married this past April and the reception began at 5:30 with no dancing and no alcohol. Everyone mingled and chatted. It worked out great, BUT that was the because of the crowd. We’re a little older.
I think it would be fine if you have the right crowd. If you are in an enclosed shelter you can still have a dance floor, just be sure to arrange the tables accordingly. If you just don’t want dancing be sure not to have the reception last too long otherwise your guests might get bored.