Post # 1
We are having a small wedding (about 50 people) with a reception in a fairly small room, definitely not enough room for a dance floor. We will be having some sort of music playing in the background, but will probably not be having dancing.
We are attempting to stay on theme — which is Jazz Age/Art Deco 1920s. We are not doing a speakeasy/gangster theme though, more of a high society look preferably.
We need ideas for activities to do at the reception that are not too goofy, but will be fun enough that people won’t be wanting to go home right after the dinner.
I should also say, there will probably be alcohol as well, and while I would like dancing it just doesn’t look like it’ll happen because of the space alloted.
Post # 3
What about an interactive guestbook? Something like a wish tree or each guest painting a heart on a canvas? Will you be doing a garter/bouquet toss? Personally I would be very happy just having a nice meal and mingling afterwards. Maybe do some big group photos to get everyone on their feet and then mingling with each other?
We’re not having a dancing reception either. I’m thinking of having a small play area for the kids and an interactive guestbook but we’re also having a more “cocktail reception” and not having a sit down dinner so the whole feel of our reception will be more laid back and relaxed. And our friends are pretty pro at mingling so I have no worries that people will get bored!
Post # 4
I think a more cocktail feel will be fine. YOu could food on platters being served and casual lounge type seating instead of tables and chairs. This will enhance a laid back mood. YOu could even do something as simple as wine, different cheeses, and crackers…. A WINE TASTING!!! This will go with the jazz theme and you can have a live jazz band!!!
Post # 5
What about enlisting a younger guest to pass out favors on a tray around their neck, a la cigarette girl?? That’s pretty high society to me!
Post # 6
Their are a couple of things that you can do instead of dancing. You can set up a photobooth. Those are tons of fun for the guests and can keep them entertained for a while. You can also try Karaoki or fortune tellers…
Whatever you decide to do make sure you have plenty of good food and maybe some booze and a little back ground music. If you keep guests happy with lots to eat and drink chances are they will not miss the dancing!
Congrats and good luck!
Post # 7
Since we have so many friends who haven’t met and family as well, we wanted to spark some interesting conversations so we made a fun game with a prize for the winning table. On everyone’s place card we printed a peice of information from another guest that shared a similar “something” to the other guest. The guests jobs were to find the person they shared that experience, name, alma mater, etc…with. The idea came from my sisters wedding where two of the guests…completely unaware grew up in the same town in SWEDEN! We thought that was a riot. So we are pairing people based on those types of similarities. The table that gets all the correct “couples” together and has their picture taken wins. Such a nice social way for people we love to get to know each other.