Post # 1
Hi Bees, due to the nature of our potential venue and the size of our guest list (less than 70), my fiancé and I have made the decision not to have dancing at our reception. We don’t dance at all, so we won’t miss it. We’re looking forward to having our ceremony in the presence of our loved ones and hosting them for a beautiful dinner at the venue afterward.
We’re planning on having dinner music in the background, just not a dance floor or anything loud enough to inhibit conversation.
What else have you done/seen at receptions to keep guests engaged and enjoying themselves? Dinner and conversation is enough for most nice dinner parties, but since it is a wedding reception, I’d like to do a little something extra. The open bar is a given, of course.
Post # 2
I included a game table for those who didn’t want to dance. It was just a table filled with mostly nostalgia games and things that can be played quickly.
Post # 3
That’s a good idea! I’m sure we could create a cozy corner or two to hang out, play games, and chat. I was also thinking a caricature artist or a photo booth might be fun.
Post # 4
We got married on a ranch in the desert, so our wedding was a bit more casual. We had corn hole for people to play (bean bag toss game.)
Post # 5
We had dancing but also a lounge type area where people could sit and mingle. No one stayed at their table once dancing opened, so they either moved to the lounge area or the dance floor.
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2021 - Concord, Ontario
Neither of us are dancers either and we are having a caricature artist and a photo booth with props
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2019 - City, State
We had dancing at our wedding, but we also had a lounge area with tables/chairs, and hired a slow-motion video booth that had props, etc. People LOVED that and it’s been so much fun watching the little clips that we’ve been sent from the company after the wedding!
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2019 - York, ME
We just had a dinner and we didn’t feel like we were missing anything. We only had 35 people there though, so dancing or other things may have felt out of place. For those that wanted to hang out later, we hosted people at our large rental house to mingle and chat for a few hours after the dinner.
Post # 9
My husband is a huge video game nerd so we had Tetris and Super Mario Bros set up for people to play – there was a Tetris challenge, the person with the highest score got a prize (which, incidentally, was a table top Tetris arcade game. Not my idea 🙂
Post # 10
Booze. Lots of booze.
JK, in all seriousness usually some light music and maybe a photo booth is good to keep people talking and enjoying themselves.
Post # 11
What do you mean you had tetris & SMB ‘set up’? Did you have like a tv+ console or something? I feel like this is something my husband would have loved at our wedding haha
Post # 12
We are going premium open bar the entire evening. No worries there! 😁
Post # 13
Ohhh I’m sure your guests will have a BLAST anyhow!! That’s entertainment in itself.
Post # 14
I’d say maybe treat it like you would a “rehearsal dinner”? Do a slideshow with photos and videos from your childhood, have an open mic for people to say a few words or give speeches, do a cocktail hour, etc.