(Closed) no dancing or alcohol allowed at reception venue??

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Honey bee

Most guests are happy to socialize as entertainment. Many weddings do not have any dancing or alcohol and guests still have a great time. Did you know that these rules were in place before you booked the venue?

I have been to weddings where alcohol was not allowed at one venue but then everyone went to a different location afterward (not an afterparty) for the dance portion. No one thought it was strange at all and the place was packed with the same guests as who attended the ceremony.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Our venue does not allow alcohol either, but we were thinking about having a photo booth as something extra to entertain. Are you allowed to have music playing? It might be nice to have something going on in the background.  

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Note on your invites that there is a buffet, so people can be moderately hungry.  An afternoon wedding, I wouldn’t expect dancing.  Just socializing.  You might consider a few ice-breaker-like games on the tables (I’m having games because, from experience, neither of our families are big on dancing.)

Post # 7
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Honey bee

Just say “Dinner reception to follow” which applies even with a buffet. No need to be specific on how the food is served as they will find out when they arrive. There is no need to mention anything about dancing or alcohol either since your guests should be happy to receive whatever hospitality you are able to provide without complaint.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Well like @cyneswith said, you probably could just mention the buffet. I do not think it is necessary to have the “no dancing” part on the acual invite. It may be something you could mention on the wedding website if you are making one or maybe spread by word of mouth? I am not sure of what info is appropriate for an invite because we have not started ours yet. Good Luck!

EDIT: I second what Ember said!

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m not doing dancing or alcohol either. It’s not our style. Ours is more of a family dinner. We’re going to let people know in advance and it’s in the early afternoon so I don’t think it will be expected 🙂

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

You can definitely have fun without alcohol or dancing.

I’m curious though – why don’t they allow either?

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I wouldn’t expect dancing at an afternoon wedding. And honestly, your guests will be happy just to mingle and eat.

You can also up the ante a little bit by giving the food a touch more oomf in that you can have a special drink bar (like a hot chocolate bar) or an ice-cream station, french-fry station, candy buffet etc. Those “serve-yourself” type things are fun and give guests something “to do.”

Our wedding is going to be a brunch outside and it’s very casual. But, for the sake of some ideas, we are going to do: badminton, bocce ball, a beer tasting, and perhaps a pinata for the kids. But I’ve also seen rather formal weddings on blogs that have included ping-pong. A photo-booth as PP suggested is also a great idea–especially if you can add in some props or something and you might consider doing a *short* slideshow. But keep it light–I think the more you “schedule” activities (comedians, magicians) it becomes more like a kid’s birthday party.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@Ember78:  I disagree with this one.  If you’re having a dry wedding, you should probably make mention of it on the invitation so guests aren’t unpleasently suprised when they get there.

OP, are you getting married in the movie “Footloose”?  I kid, I kid! 🙂  I second the other’s advice about having games (if it’s outdoors, you can have a lot more freedom with this) as well as a hot chocolate bar, candy bar and other things to keep your guests occupied. @JennyW’s ideas are great.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Have nice background music ( keep it low so they dont mistake it for dance music and start cuttn’ some rug in the middle of the room -minus the dance floor LOL) Have assigned seating so you can strategize for conversation. Four couples at each table? Put two from your side and two from the grooms side or two couples that know each other and two that dont .Be sure to go to each table and say things like -Aunt Betty did you know that (grooms) cousin likes to crochet as much as you?That will get them started talking about a common interest. You can do this at all the tables and the conversation is sure to flow.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Have nice background music ( keep it low so they dont mistake it for dance music and start cuttn’ some rug in the middle of the room -minus the dance floor LOL) Have assigned seating so you can strategize for conversation. Four couples at each table? Put two from your side and two from the grooms side or two couples that know each other and two that dont .When you go to each table say things like -“Aunt Betty did you know that (grooms) cousin likes to crochet as much as you?”That will get them started talking about a common interest. You can do this at all the tables and the conversation is sure to flow.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We didn’t have dancing or alcohol at ours either.  I didn’t make a point of mentioning it on the invitation, but I did mention it in the FAQ section of our wedding website.  Our reception ran from 5-9pm and we found that most people stayed until nearly 9pm and just had fun mingling and eating!  🙂

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