(Closed) Reception activities?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We had yard games set up for people to play (cornhole, ring toss, and ladder golf) which got a lot of use through cocktail hour as well as the reception. 

Not sure if that would “fit” or not but our guests seemed to love it. A lot of them also just mingled and chatted until we got there.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

If you’re not going to have a cocktail hour, just start the dinner.  Do your pictures beforehand.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Of all the weddings I’ve been to there has either been a cocktail hour (we had fruit and cheese for ours) or the guests have just gone ahead and had dinner when they got there. Both ways have worked out fine.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

You could have appetizers or something.  Set up a photo booth, have a movie playing for kids. Is there music?  dancing, dance competition…

Around here, some people dont do a cocktail hour.  They have their ceremony, and while bride n groom have photos the guests just really go home or something….

You could have tea and coffee and some sweets…

Theres lots you can do to entertain them. and I really dont think the guests would leave. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Yeah, I don’t know how long people will stick around, but I think games at weddings are a little like a kids birthday party.  You’re going to have to host some food, at least, so people will mingle and wait for you.  Honestly as a guest I would be annoyed.  You should really do ALL of your photos beforehand except the ones with the bride and groom.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

do your bride groom photos the day after or something? I have no idea.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I was recently had a rehearsal dinner, which was so large it felt like a wedding reception, and they did have Bachi Ball (not sure about spelling there) and horshoes set up outside for when we were all cocktailing and catching up. We played and really enjoyed it. This set up of this rehearsal dinner was a lot like a wedding reception so I think it could totally work if you are going for a fun, relaxed feel. In fact, my fiance wants us to do the same thing for our wedding reception. Since I’m more about keeping things fancier, on the cocktail attire side, I’m not as gungho about it, but if that’s what he wants then we will have it! I think it’s a great idea, especially if you are inviting kids to the wedding, and for those who don’t partake, well it doesn’t really get in the way of things or anything.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

You can still do your photos ahead of time you’d just have to have someone making sure the Bride & Groom don’t see each other. My fiance’s brother did that for his wedding- they took all the wedding party pics, bridal portraits, & some family pics before the ceremony- just had someone watching & switching out the Bride & groom in between pics. Then after the ceremony they did the entire family pics & the bride/groom pics. It worked out well & the pics afterwards only took about 30 minutes. 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Musical entertainment; a cool violinist? Something different.

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