(Closed) No Drinking – No Dancing – It’s gonna be boring!

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Can you hire some other entertainment instead?  A magician?  Dancers?  They even rent out casino tables (like craps, blackjack, roulette) and you can play with fake money and have a prize that the person with the most fake chips wins.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I went to a beautiful wedding that was held in the mid afternoon with no dancing, and I had a great time.  I don’t think they did anything special in particular to pass the time.  They did have an afterparty at a rooftop bar where you could have drinks or just soda, your option. I thought that was nice.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

We did that, and it wasn’t boring! Our guests sat in groups with their friends or family, and socialized over good food. It was only 2, 2.5 hours though, so nobody had too much time to wonder what next.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think you can definitely still have fun. Think about all the parties or BBQs or realy anything of that nature–a lot of those have no drinking, and I’m sure most did not have dancing. Still fun though, right?! I don’t know what your theme is or anything, but I have seen super cute carnival themed weddings where there are games and things set up. They always look so awesome and fun. 

Just take the day to enjoy your friends and family. I think they will just be glad to be there celebrating with you. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We aren’t drinking or dancing at our wedding either and I’m worried about the same thing…I’m hoping everyone will just socialize and have a laid back time. We are doing it in the afternoon though so hopefully no one is surprised by the no drinking and dancing. I’m interested to see what other people suggest to do…

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

What about a contra dance?

Its old fashioned folk dancing, with fiddle or banjo music, very conservative – but actually lots of fun!

 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think that having a morning or afternoon wedding is a good idea. I think that this way people’s expectations of drinking and dancing will be lessened; however, I do think that you should still have some sort of music for ambiance.

Your reception will not need to be as long as some other other receptions, I think that figuring out your timeline (of entrance, cake cutting, speeches) will be key to keeping people engaged.

I don’t typically like slideshows where they turn off the lights and you have to watch it quietly, but I think that it is nice to have playing during speeches or maybe when the cake is served.

A photo booth would also add something for your guests to do.

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We’re doing that too. 

We’re going to have dinner music/ live entertainment (friends playing accoustic guitars) 

 Then we’re doing a movie. I know it sounds weird (and some people might leave, but thats okay) Fiance and I are big movie buffs, and we go on Friday night date nights every week (and we’ve been dating for 5 years) Our Wedding will be no exception… it’s a Friday night too 🙂

I’m planing on having a popcorn machine, toasting with jones sodas, and movie theatre candy as favors. 

We’re going to watch the Princess Bride.. (It’s romantic, about marriage, and has enough action for the guys.) 

Our theme is going to be “Join us on our first date as a married couple – Dinner and movie on us!”

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@mandigrl04:  That sounds like a lot of fun!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@mandigrl04:  That sounds like a lot of fun!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’d suggest a morning or afternoon reception, so people are less likely to expect alcohol and dancing.

If your religion prohibits dancing, presumably it also prohibits watching dancing, and gambling?

People will mix and mingle, eat their food, drink their beverages, and still have a good time without the drinks and dancing.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I went to a friend’s wedding at a small location. No room for a dance floor. They were saving money, so no alcohol. They rented a karoke machine, and had a first song together before all the guests joined in.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2012

We’re doing games for our reception; there are tons out there. We’re doing the shoe game and also doing a surprise awards ceremony for the people who have helped us out with the wedding planning. That way it’s interactive and makes our guests feel important.

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