(Closed) Saturday Brunch Wedding…Dancing?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

From the weddings I’ve seen, if you have people who want to dance, they will dance. The open bar and DJ will definitely work in your favor.

The last wedding was night time, but they chose to do an iPod playlist and cash bar, but people were itching to dance, so there was dancing. It all depends on your people.

 

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I would definitely dance, but you might have to ask your DJ to stick on the classier side. I don’t know what your taste in music is, but I wouldn’t do too much booty shaking at that hour… but I’d definitely like some more old-timey upbeat jazz or something, and I would definitely dance!

I bet a waffle bar would be fun, too. One or two kinds of waffles, like plain and chocolate chip, for example, with a whole bunch of toppings to choose from.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We had a Saturday brunch wedding! Honestly, no one danced though. We did a first dance and that was it. However, we did not have a full bar, just beer, wine, bloody Mary’s, and mimosas. Also, we did not have a typical DJ, we had a friend do the music through his computer. It was also a sunny day with a patio at our venue and a lot of people stayed outside, so maybe some of those factors will make a difference. 

Our menu was very typical brunch food. We had a ham, smoked salmon, eggs, fruit, salad, potatoes, french toast, etc. We also did coconut shrimp and something else for passed apps after the ceremony. The food was really good! 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I would definitely dance but Fiance and I have been taking lessons all year so now we look for opportunities to dance.

I think you have to look at your guest list to decide how much of a dancing crowd it is. The major factors that influence dancing are a) the guest list b) alcohol and c) music that people like. I think time of day is also a factor but a lesser one. If you have game guests, an open bar and good music, there will be dancing.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

With an open bar and a DJ I think people will absolutely be dancing, regardless of the time of day!  I know I’d be out there!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We also had a Saturday lunchtime wedding and people didn’t dance. We had put together an iPod playlist so they could if they felt up to it, but people ended up just socializing, which was fine. Also, our wedding was outdoors, so that may have changed the vibe a bit. I think your ideas of dimmer lighting, etc. sound good if you want to encourage dancing.

Our menu was lunch food, so no advice there. But we did have an ice cream cart, which people loved. I like the waffle bar idea!

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

I’ve been to a brunch wedding, and yes, people did dance. A lot of that will depend on the music, and the bride & groom- if you two, and your bridal party are dancing, others will join!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would definitely dance, and breakfast food is my favorite kind of food, so I would be super happy AND dancing. 

And I second the idea for a waffle bar. God. That would be the best wedding ever.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think it could work, but I’d choose my playlist carefully.  Think more upbeat and fun songs like party stuff from the 60’s – 80’s and lighter love songs from the last 20 years as opposed to super sexual songs or a lot of hardcore gangster rap.

The food sounds awesome!  Love brunch! 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

eeeeeek!! That’s my worry too! And our venue is all windows so I know if it’s bright people are more self conscience. ( I’m praying for a rainy day!). Our plan is to have drinks flowing right away and a great band!!!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Bump! Would love to hear from others who did this !!

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

If there is good music, I’ll dance!

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would not get your heart set on having a “regular wedding just during the daytime”. As a wedding photographer, who has photographed numerous daytime/brunch weddings, no one ever dances. I mean that in all sincerity, not to be mean (as I actually think morning weddings are lovely and low key). You might have a handful of people dance, but the majority won’t. Something else to consider, most people will also not stay that long. You have to keep in mind, even a heavy drinker/partier isn’t going to raging hard during the daytime.

It’s important to remember that sometimes the things we think we’re doing to save money, end up being a waste of money in the long run. Having an early wedding, and putting the money saved into an open bar and DJ might sound good – but it becomes a waste if people are dancing/drinking. KWIM? 

In the end, plan the wedding you want to have, I just think it’s important to have realistic expectations. I’ve been to weddings where the guests are generally a rowdy bunch, yet everyone stayed tame and there wasn’t much dancing – definitely a surprise to the couple who assumed their reception would get crazy! 

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