Post # 1
I wanted to ask a poster this question, but it was in another post and I didn’t want to start a post within a post…
I am not having dancing at my wedding in July. The reception will probably be fairly short, but I do not want guests to get bored after the meal. Instead of everyone just sitting around, I thought it would be nice to have something for them to do after the meal and before the cake. Does anyone have any ideas? I saw an idea for a guest book where the guests fill out pages and you later attach their picture with it and I thought that was a really cute idea. Other than this, I’m not sure what else I could have available for them. Any ideas?
Post # 3
I’ve seen weddings where people had various games going on (chess, board games, etc.). It was sort of a Victorian sitting room type deal and reportedly everyone had a great time.
Post # 4
Maybe a photo show or video montage? I haven’t ever been to this type of wedding so I can’t speak from experience..
Post # 5
We are going to have some games and maybe a magician…
Post # 6
We’re not having dancing either – but our reception is shorter and we are thinking of having a magician, too (great minds must think alike noritake22). FI’s boss hires a magician who does strolling magic every year for their Christmas party and it’s so much fun and an awesome ice-breaker. Everyone gathers around to wonder what the hell just happened
We’re also going to try and follow in Mrs. Pug’s footsteps by still having things on a schedule – cut cake, toasts, etc. so the night has some structure. She played the Shoe Game would would probably be fun.
Post # 7
If there is no dancing, guests mingle the entire time.
Post # 8
I don’t know what your budget is or what you are planning but some extras like a photo booth, a cigar roller, or a candy buffet will force people to get up and move around, mingle, and do something with the time they have.
I also agree that putting out some board games at each table would be super cute. Especially if you can find games from when people were younger and maybe put certain games at certain tables to reflect the age group of that table.
Post # 9
How about a caricture artist?
Post # 10
I am not having dancing at my wedding either. We are playing a slideshow at the beginning of the reception and we also rented a photobooth to keep everyone occupied.
I went to a wedding last month that was Paris themed and she had a cotton candy machine, balloon artist, and a popcorn stand. Creative ideas. There was no dancing there either but it was still fun.
Post # 11
I too am wondering how to fill gaps, we are not having dancing, there are also only 22 of us, so none of the above mentioned activities would work either as there arnt enough of us, and its only a 6 hour wedding. thats both the Ceremony & Reception. after we have eaten we wont be throwing people out, they are welcome to stay for drinks etc, but the reception will be over.
i think just table hopping and chatting is all we CAN do, and generally just enjoying each others company for a few hours.