Post # 32
@ZebraPrintMe: my brother’s wedding reception was just a dinner, no drinking or dancing due to religious reasons, it didn’t stop anyone from going. Anyone close to you will be there pretty much regardless of what you do or don’t do, they just want to share the special day with you.
Post # 33
I honestly HATE dancing. I think people just look dumb when they dance. I have never danced at a wedding and have always still had a perfectly good time. I would much rather mingle with other guests than make a fool of myself on the dance floor. I really wish I could have a wedding with no dancing…but Fiance loves to dance and told me we would have the most boring wedding ever if we didn’t have dancing. So I gave in and hired a DJ. However, I will ONLY be doing a first dance to appease Fiance and THAT’S IT!
Post # 34
Eh. As long as I wasn’t expected to hang around for ages doing nothing, that’s fine. Cut the cake early and let everyone go home. It won’t be a big memorable social event of the season, but that sort of thing is overrated anyway.
Post # 35
i answered “i’d be fine with it” which is true- i wouldn’t have anything negative to say but i would miss the dancing.
i would not leave early either though – i’m coming to the wedding to support you and celebrate.
Post # 36
@ZebraPrintMe: If you serve a meal, it is still a reception.
I voted “great” because I don’t care much for dancing and it sounds like a lovely intimate evening. In fact where I’m from it’s very common. The speeches are typically before or during dessert, and tie the evening together nicely.
It boggles my mind that 4 people would RSVP “no” just because there’s no dancing.
Post # 37
@ZebraPrintMe: I’ve been to one wedding like that. It ended early enough (by 6pm) that it was not really a big deal (and I LOVE dancing). It was still a very beautiful and festive affair.
I go to weddings to celebrate with my family and friends. To me, the lack of dancing is a not a good enough reason to decline an invitation.
Post # 38
@ZebraPrintMe: What you’ve described absolutely is still a wedding reception, and it sounds lovely!
Post # 39
Of course I’d go to support your new marriage, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to sit around for 3-4+ hours with nothing to do for the rest of the night. IMO, receptions=some type of music/DJ/band/iPod list and dancing. I look forward to it! In fact…over the past 10 years of weddings I’ve been to (over 10 that I can think of), every single one has had music and dancing and alcohol and the like. Maybe that’s just my social circle.
There’s totally nothing wrong with your choice, but know your guests – if they’re older and they don’t care about getting up and moving, then no problem…but if some people leave kind of early, don’t be surprised, either. Whatever you do, make it YOUR day, and hopefully your guests will appreciate what you HAVE done to entertain them, and everyone will have a good time. 🙂
Post # 40
- Wedding: July 2012 - Muckenthaler Cultural Center
As long as there was background music on during dinner (think Sinatra etc.) and such I think it would be fine.
Post # 41
Our wedding is going to have no dancing; my Fiance hates it and I don’t really care to dance in an expensive dress. We don’t actually expect anyone to want to get roaring drunk and have a party, though. In fact, we’re taking steps to actively discourage this.
First, it’s on a Sunday afternoon. I hope people aren’t looking to get wasted on a Sunday afternoon. The reception is very short – think 2 hours tops.
We also had a very small guest list. And the location is at a winery/restaurant known to have amazing food…so hopefully the food will be the focus.