(Closed) reception with no dancing? any ideas for reception activities?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
8446 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@August2013Bride:  We’re doing the shoe game in lieu of a first dance.  You could also set up games like cornhole, or bocci ball if your reception is outside.

Post # 4
43 posts
  • Wedding: July 2013

Same here, I am having a backyard wedding, space is small, but we will have a Karaoke, I think that will be fun after they all get boozed up.

Post # 5
750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2001

board games, photo booth, yard games, comedian, band, wine tasting, toasts, trivia contest about you and husband, small fireworks show, smores station. I saw on tv one wedding where the guests got a name of a popular love song a their table and as a group they went to sing it to the couple. Maybe think of an activity that you and your fiance love doing together. For example: If you love painting set up a small painting station with an instructor managing it. 

Post # 6
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@housebee:  +1 I like the idea of the shoe game

Post # 7
1 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

I am planning a reception without dancing also.

Neither my fiance nor I really like dancing, and in our case, it would feel exceptionally awkward to dance in front of our parents & families who aren’t dancers either.

That said, we have hired a really great jazz trio – you can’t really dance to jazz, and because it’s calming and not too loud, it facilitates mingling & conversation.

Our reception is in an old mansion in South Georgia, and will have small cocktail tables, and serve alcohol so that it feels more like a cocktail hour. These too will facilitate conversation.

I’m also considering leaving old-timey games, packs of cards, and old books around our cocktail tables so that people can have laid-back things to do. My family members are NOT exhibitionists, so this seems to suit us. Hope this helps!

Post # 8
2095 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We are having a seated dinner at an upscale restaurant. There will be cocktail hour, dinner, cutting cake then we’re off. We are having a small wedding and we wanted it this way…quiet and intimate with people enjoying great food and relaxing. 


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