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The “Why do people hate weddings” thread here has inspired me to really think about how to make our reception fun for our guests.
We will have a headcount of up to 40, four kids, and no mother-ofs but two fathers-of. The cruise is two and half hours and everyone must be off the boat an hour after we dock (we’ll leave about 45 minutes after docking). Ceremony will be brief (10 minutes tops) and there will be a plated lunch.
Kids are getting binoculars and the adults unlimited wine and beer. The space isn’t too conducsive to a dance floor, but there is a private deck and the restrooms are nearby. We will have an iPod for music.
So–if you’ve been to weddings, what has been fun? We were hoping that being out in the water would be pretty entertaining.
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Post # 4
Aww, this is pretty much what we’re doing. But it’s a 4-hour timeframe (1 of which will be the cocktail hour and we won’t be there) so a 3-hour cruise and I’ve been thinking lately about whether that’s enough time. I’m gonna read Anise’ link and come back later, lol.
ETA: ok, I’m back. My wedding is not a show. Got it.
To answer the original question, we will be having most elements of a “normal” reception including speeches, cake cutting, open bar, dancing and a meal. We were planning to DJ with an iPod (I’ve been compiling music for months) but only recently learned that the boat actually has room for a DJ so I’d prefer to make that investment, stop screwing around with the playlist and also have him double as the emcee. I was going nuts trying to time the playlist juuuust right so that certain songs could be playing at certain moments and no one would have to physically be manning the device. However, if you’re not having dancing, I don’t see why that would really be an issue. Just compile some songs you like, and either throw it on shuffle or group them however you like (i.e. slow music for first 20 minutes, classical during lunch, rock&roll after docking) or what-have-you.
One thing I’m trying to remind myself: the whole getting wedding on a boat thing is already pretty cool and memorable. You don’t really need to go nuts adding extra layers of awesome. Good luck!