(Closed) small reception no dancing

posted 4 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
7673 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

lena_k_29:  I don’t know where in the world you are, but here in Australia, weddings without dancing are fairly common. It’s just like a big dinner party. There are always a few speeches (traditionally 3 speeches) to tie the reception together. In other words, if your guests are used to socialising, “entertainment” may not be necessary.

Post # 3
715 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I agree with aussiemum1248:  . I’m in Australia and plan to do just this.

Post # 4
799 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

What do you mean small reception? We had 42 people at our wedding and we did not have dancing.

For entertainment, we hired a 3-piece band that played while guests arrived, during dinner, and afterwards while guests drank and mingled. This included a bass guitar, keyboard player, and singer (who acted as our MC). In all honestly, no one missed the dancing because the elegant dinner really set the tone for the event (alcohol helped as well). The band also allowed for us to do a first dance and a father/daughter dance which was nice. 

I knew someone with a boat reception – they had a wonderful dinner, open bar,  guests mingled on the deck afterwards, talking, listening to music, it was very nice and intimate.  


Post # 5
1243 posts
Bumble bee

I went to a brunch wedding a couple years ago that had no dancing and no “entertainment”, and seriously, it’s one of the best weddings I ever attended. The food was phenomenal, and the people were interesting, funny, and engaging. We really just ate, drank, and talked all afternoon. 

Post # 6
472 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

This sounds like my wedding! We were “supposed” to have dancing, but aside from the traditional dances, no one really danced (this was a 40 person afternoon wedding). It was still awesome! We just had music playing from an IPOD and we talked and laughed. Very personal and relaxed.

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