(Closed) No Drinking or Dancing – Ideas for other fun activities?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

You could do the shoe game, where you each hold one of your shoes and one of your FI’s shoes, then the emcee asks some questions like “Who is the messiest” and you have to hold up the corresponding shoe.  Just make sure there aren’t too many questions or it could get a bit long and boring!  It’s usually cute when it isn’t too long though.

Post # 4
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Just a suggestion (since I see you have other reasons that just price) but if those are the less important issues for you, what about a cash bar?

Otherwise, I went to a company Christmas party where they had set up games at each table. Crib, battle of the sexes, scrabble, whatever.

Post # 5
1158 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think what you have planned will be fine.I am doing the same thing.

Post # 6
1844 posts
Buzzing bee

There is this adorable picture going around pinterest there is a sign that says something about not liking dancing and there are a bunch of old school board games shoots and ladders, candy land, scrabble, risk, monopoly.

I Totally want to do a guest scavenger hunt if I can get my act together. Mainly they are for kids, but it could be made fun for adults too. I love the picture scavenger hunts with things like “Take a picture of a brides maid laughing” “take a picture of people hugging” “Take a picture of a baby and parent dancing” things like that. you could have polaroids if they were in your budget and you could keep the cameras or use them a favors.

Sorry I am not very creative untill your wedding is outside, the most fun wedding I have ever been at had crocet (thats not how you spell it but there are long hammers and striped balls that you hit through tunnels)

Post # 7
6123 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

A photo booth will be great!


I am totally a visual person and completely uncreative, so I scoured the internet once upon a time for ways to add a personal touch to a reception:


Your RSVPs could be fun little Mad Libs like this which are displayed at the reception for people to read.


You could have a cute little book at each table that are entitled:

  • “Ways to Say I Love You”


  • “Creative Date Ideas”


  • “Cute Baby Names” (if you plan to have kids obviously)


  • etc. 


Have a “leaf your name” guestbook tree which you can display in your home.


Cut out heart shapes on colorful paper.  Have jars that read 1 year, 5, year, 10 year, 20 year.  Have guests write special messages with regards to each anniversary for you to open and read on that annversary.


If guests are pretty scattered (state wise or country wise) have a fun little map with push pins to visually demonstrate where everyone comes from.  I was going to do this for my wedding.  I’m a big map person.


Post # 8
1375 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

You could have a few mad libs at each table, either in book form or ones you made up that pertain to you and your Fiance.

Also, it might be fun if, since you aren’t able to spring for alcohol (TOTALLY fine, btw) to have interesting juices, gourmet sodas, and/or mocktails.

Post # 9
4518 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think what you’ve already planned sounds lovely. People are going to have fun just talking to each other! I wouldn’t worr about arranging games or other activities to entertain folks. I’ve been to several lunchtime weddings like this (no dancing, and if there was alcohol, I didn’t drink any), and they were fun. 

Post # 10
2067 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I was also going to suggest the shoe game ๐Ÿ™‚ and various board games could be spread around if you like board games… And I love the idea a PP had about books/pages at the tables (ways to say I love you, date ideas, baby names, etc…) – Maybe you could make a way for everyone to have a chance to fill these out… Have them on a table with the guest book or something… That would be really fun ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
2067 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Also, we had a dry wedding and it was perfectly fine…. Our circle of friends really doesn’t drink… In fact, we were one of 3 weddings in our circle last year and all were dry.

My Fiance (at the time) and I went to a 4th wedding last year (I was a BM) and it wasn’t dry, although many of our friends who attended the wedding don’t drink (The friends at that wedding all met at Bible college haha)… Anyways, it was really uncomfortable because there was drinking… And people got totally DRUNK… As you can imagine, it was awkward with that circle of people haha ๐Ÿ™‚

So… My point is, stick to your guns/stay in your comfort zone with this… Don’t be persuaded otherwise ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 12
3374 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Oooh I love the shoe game that a previous poster mentioned. It works best when the questions are interesting. Questions like “who does the dishes” aren’t as interesting as “who kissed first?”

Post # 13
389 posts
Helper bee

Get a beautiful punch bowl and make a fresh fruit punch and put plastic or glass martini glasses around it.  Do slice in lemons, limes, oranges, and freeze strawberries in your ice cube trays.  This feels like they are really “drinking” a spirit but without alcohol!  You could also call your local school or if you are having teens at your party from your church, have them get pom poms and do “cheers” for the Lord – they can practice two nice routines for entertainment during dinner.   Order a large checker set that can be placed on the dance floor after dinner and the teens and adults could play.  See http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=giant+checkers+set&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=7257569767&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=16749492901417742965&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&ref=pd_sl_4fvdzijtxn_b


Good luck!!

Post # 15
558 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@nkatsa:  I AM HAVING THIS TOO. It has me worried that ppl would think my wedding is boring. So I am keen to hear what the other Bees have to suggest. CONGRATS on ur engagement and Wedding!

Post # 16
635 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

A friend of mine did this. No one complained, and my friends are heavy drinkers. It just wasn’t a super long reception- 2hrs max, and we did an exit for them. The drinkers just went out afterwards. My wedding will be dry- and no dance floor. But it’s on a Sunday and at 2pm. I hope they can just chat and be ok.

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