No dancing, no alcohol

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Is it indoors or outdoors? is there a sitdown dinner or cocktail? alot of things can change what you can do.. im going to set up crotet in the gardens where we’regetting married and i love that idea of hiding the micky mouses! but not micky mouses. I thought this sounded fun too

 

http://www.bridalguide.com/blogs/bridal-buzz/the-shoe-game

Post # 4
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Busy bee

The shoe game?

Family Feud?

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Just being honest, but if I were a guest at a wedding with no alcohol AND no dancing, I wouldn’t really want to play or watch games. Have you thought about making it like just a very nice sit down dinner with music playing? What about hiring a string quartet or jazz band to play music while people just socialize at their tables?

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@juliejanelle: My first wedding had no alchohol and no dancing, but we had a good time because we had some musicians in the crowd who were willing to start somewhat of an experimental/participative music ‘jam’. People who were musical led the ‘jam’ while people who weren’t musical played percussion instruments, spoons, and even a jug. 

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I’ve been to weddings without dances and alcohol.  They had open mic.  People could sing a song, tell a story about the couple, etc.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@MrsPadlock2B: Yes, actually, if you have no musicians, you could hire a couple of them to do something similar…maybe even combine it with the open mic idea. The last wedding I was at, they had a sort of ‘contest’ where the tables had to come up with songs to sing for the couple that contained the word ‘love’ or something like that…it was pretty funny and fun 🙂

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

My DJ actually just posted a beautiful video from a dry faith based wedding he did this weekend and everyone was dancing and having a blast! I was raised catholic but I looked forward to the fall dance every year growing up. Are you sure they wouldn’t like dancing or is it against your religion? I only ask because you may be surprised. You definitely don’t need booze to have a good dance floor. You just need a good DJ.

Post # 11
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Helper bee

make it a quick reception. don’t drag it out longer than it has to be if there is no alcohol or dancing.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I’ve been to many no dance/alcohol weddings, and they are always lovely! If most people are not expecting or used to alcohol/dancing at the wedding, then it shouldn’t be a problem :). Sitting and socializing, a slidesow, music, appetizers or dinner, a candy bar, wedding games like the shoe game, bouquet/garter toss, an open mic for well wishers as well as small speeches by the best man and maid of honor, etc. The time fills up quickly. I went to one Adventist wedding where some if the groomsmen and bridesmaids took some classic ballroom classes and offered to teach people to dance! It went over well because it was very wholesome and classic (no explicit songs or themes or lewd dance types) and everyone got involved. Even in typical weddings with many adventist attending (meaning alcohol and dancing included), the focus is never on that aspect and I never see a lot if dancing/drinking anyway, it’s always on the couple, which makes it really special. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee

juliejanelle :  if I were you I’d have a lunch or afternoon tea reception then it would be finished at a good time for the guests and you to leave. The reception need not be longer than 2-3 hours then you won’t need or have time for games etc.

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