(Closed) No Dancing No Dinner Wedding Reception

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

This sort of event is appropriate for the afternoon but it would not be okay to hold an event in the early evening and not serve dinner.

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

When you say early evening, what time would that be?

If I were doing this I would skip the appetizers and just serve burgers and hot dogs with some veggie burgers as well. People can have something substantial, especially when drinking.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

My cousin had a heavy appetizer wedding and I heard great things! I know they had a ton of food though. It was mad men/cocktail hour themed. I think as long as there’s a lot of food it will be okay 🙂

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

This is fine, as long as the appetisers are heavy enough to be a full meal. I’d also include some more substantial items like pizzas and burgers as you cannot have an open bar without serving a meal.

Post # 6
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Honey bee

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Samantha Beck :  Did you make sure already that the cost of heavy apoetizers for 200 people is not more expensive than actual entrees? My friend was originally planning on doing this but was quoted more for appetizers bec they are more labor intensive so she ended up doing a buffet. But if that’s the style you want and money is no problem, then I guess it’s ok.

Post # 7
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Newbee

I think this is totally fine if this is how you want to have your wedding! My only concern is that it may not give the guests what they would want and many people might leave early if they are not having fun or are super hungry. I, personally, would probably not enjoy the reception that much because I’m not big on cards and board games- but again that is just my personal opinion. That being said, the people you are inviting may have totally different opinions than mine as to what a fun reception might be.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

In the afternoon would probably be best, people can have a had a late breakfast/early lunch before attending and then leave the reception before ‘dinner’ time.
Just make sure you have a clear timeline set out, for cake cutting, speeches etc
A photobooth is probably a good call.
If you have 200 people, you will possibly need more active games too- giant lawn games of jenga?

Some people may be confused, expecting dancing etc but your guests should all know you and understand what you are like.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

It sounds ok except it might be a lot more expensive to serve enough appetizers to feed 200 than you realize. Definitely compare costs first. If you’d like it to be early evening a full dinner should be served. Totally ok for a mid afternoon event. What you’ve described works for me bc I’d rather play monopoly than dance any day. Don’t see how anyone would be confused by lack of dancing when you won’t have a dance floor? Jenga is a nice suggestion!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Definitely a know your crowd situation. Personally, I’d skip this party or end up leaving early because there’s no ceremony to see and, with 200 guests, there’d be no chance of really seeing the bride and groom. I’m not super keen on board games and if everyone’s playing games, it would be difficult to mingle. I’d either skip the reception and take out the bride and groom for a celebratory dinner in the future or I’d go, avoid the game playing, and leave as soon as I started to get hungry for dinner. I’d definitely say afternoon is good timing, to avoid a mass exodus around dinnertime. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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Samantha Beck :  I’d go to this wedding reception for sure!! I think 2pm – 5pm would seem like a good time frame. Here are some more games to consider: Mexican train dominos, skippo, catan, munchkin, ticket to ride, Yahtzee. 

I hope it works out!! 

Post # 12
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Helper bee

My only concern would be enough food for each guests. Especially since there will be an open bar. 

All else sounds fun!

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Open bar with only finger food is usually a bad idea.

 

Honestly this sounds more like it’s being planned for you than for the guests. You’re thinking of inviting 200 people over to watch a PowerPoint loop about you but with a crowd that big, you’ll only get to spend a moment each with most guests, and while you’ll give them booze, you don’t want to give them a full meal. I think if people aren’t going to have a ceremony to feel involved with, you should cut the guest list to the point that you’ll be virtually guaranteed to have some quality time with each guest, and give them a proper meal. Also reconsider the dancing ( which can be done to an iPod). You personally may not like to dance but if your guests will enjoy it, you should consider it.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

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Samantha Beck :  I really enjoy board games and would probably have fun with that type of activity at a reception.  At the same time though, I’d prefer you held off on expenses like a photo booth and a personalized slide show and instead fed me dinner as your guest, even if that meant you had to cut the list in half.  It just doesn’t sound like enough to keep me there more than an hour or so.

Incidentally, we don’t dance either, but we still played music via a computer and speakers and our guests (and ourselves) did dance a half hour or so – it doesn’t need to be a special setup to have it available.  Also we brought board games because the weather was going to be bad and no one touched them (though our guest list was significantly smaller).

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

You’re going to need sooo many appies for 200 people and not serving dinner but having drinks. Thats going to be really expensive. What about doing stations? You can do appies and do like a carving station and mashed potato bar or something.

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