(Closed) Receptions Ideas Where Dancing is NOT the Focus?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 4
4824 posts
Honey bee

I think all your ideas are good.

Is it day or night? That will make a big difference.

I do think you need music, but it doesnt have to be dancing music. Music helps people relax, have fun and get in the mood to celebrate.

Post # 5
217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I am doing an iPod reception, but to get ideas my RSVP had this on it: I promise to dance if you play this song: ______________

I have gotten so many different selections–it is going to be awesome!  My Fiance HATES dancing, and we BOTH hate being the center of attention, so we are hoping this helps.  

You could also put board games (sorry, jenga, scattegories, etc.) as centerpieces for people to play!


Post # 6
70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I haven’t really asked about it yet, but I am planning on setting up a bunch of cocktail tables near the bar, so that if people don’t feel like dancing, they can hang out and mingle in the bar area. Sitting at the dinner tables is hard because you’re far away from everyone and it’s usually hard to hear. I figure these tables will make it easier for people to talk to more than just the one or two people next to them, if they don’t want to dance.

Post # 7
1351 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I like all these ideas. Especially the board games. I actually hate to dance, and Fiance can’t dance so I haven’t decided if we’re going to spend $600 on a DJ. Whenever I watch Four Weddings, I always see them judging people so harshly as their wedding being “boring” if ppl aren’t cutting a rug on the dance floor Undecided

Post # 8
1614 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

You could also have differnet games setup at each table for people to play…jenga and what not…

Post # 9
4324 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

I did the game route at my reception. During cocktail hour, there was a “Minute to win it” station, where people could participate if they chose to, but it wasn’t necessary. So many people had rave reviews about it– we offered little prizes as an incentive to play. Nothing huge, but enough to get them excited to play.

During the reception, we had dinner-time trivia— questions were asked throughout the dinner, which alleviated a lot of awkward dinner-time conversation among people who didn’t really know anyone at the table besides their date.

After dinner, we had short 20 minute bursts of dancing, but played bridal-party family feud ( A HUGE hit!) followed by more dancing, cake cutting / toast, and ending the night (after a little more dancing) with the Newly Wed game. It wasn’t ALL dancing, but honestly, during your own wedding, you WANT to burn off some energy, and it won’t even matter if you’re the center of attention. I guarantee you will have far too much fun to even notice.

Good luck!

Post # 13
4324 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

@vermontia: I do! It might help if you asked me specific questions, and I can be more succinct in helping you by answering exactly what you want to hear about. Send me a PM.

Post # 14
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

We’re having a cocktail-style reception; we’re doing iPod music (just playing songs from mix CDs we’ve given each other, with a few non-love-songs thrown in), and we’ll be having a first dance/father-daughter dance/etc., but the focus won’t be on the dancing. People mingle! They’ll talk! I think that the fact that we’ve having a ‘shorter’ reception helps, too. : )

Post # 15
390 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

My fiance and I have the same feeling about the dancing.

We decided to have an afternoon wedding.

We are going to have a frank sinatra singer for entertainment.

Of course we are still having a sit down fare as well as open bar, just not a dj and dancing.

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