So what if you don’t like dancing? Don’t let anyone tell you getting your groove on is essential for a wedding reception! There are so many other ways to incorporate music, fun and mingling into your wedding without shakin’ it, that there is absolutely no need to host a dance floor at your reception if you don’t want to. For starters, you may want to consider a brunch or lunch wedding. Guests won’t automatically be looking for the dance floor at 1 in the afternoon. Even if you’re having an evening wedding, there are still plenty of fun ways to entertain your guests.
- Lawn games: Croquet, bean-bag toss, horseshoes, bocce ball, even limbo! It’s a fun way to keep guests engaged and active, and it’s a fun throwback to the past. Giant chess, hula hoops, Twister (ask your venue if you can dye spots on the lawn!), ladder toss, mini golf, lawn bowling…so many possibilities! You could just have the games, or you could go all-out with a picnic or tea-party theme – you decide. See more fun ideas at Something Turquoise.
- Performers: Consider hiring dancers, musicians or another type of entertainer. For dancers, think hula, tango, Flamenco, Irish step or a belly dancers. You could hire someone who reflects your heritage, or just performers you’ll enjoy watching. Book a comedian, a caricature artist, a sultry lounge singer, or a string quartet. Just remember – guests will also want to mingle, so make sure the performer doesn’t dominate the entire evening.
- Tastings: Why not bring in a wine expert to set up a table with tastings from your favorite local winery? Or wines from places you two have vacationed? Maybe wine isn’t your thing. How about bourbon? Or cheese. Or olive oil. Pick something that both love, or that shows off the local area, or that has some special meaning.
- Gaming corner: Rent a few vintage arcade games like pinball and PacMan and set up a gaming corner. Maybe even add a photo booth! Or set up a few stations with Guitar Hero, Dance Revolution and/or Wii sports.
- Karaoke: Maybe you’re not a dancer, but you love to belt out show tunes or top 40 hits. Once the speeches are over and the cake is cut, invite people up to the stage for a little karaoke. Rent a set for the evening, and you’re guaranteed fun and lots of laughs…Have you ever seen your great-aunt Esther sing “Total Eclipse of the Heart”?
- Have a little dancing: Some people just hate the typical “wedding” dancing. Maybe you’re actually really into line dancing, square dancing or salsa? Hire someone to come in and teach a 20 minute lesson after dinner for all your guests, then you can all dance the type of boogying you’re into. On the same note, just because you don’t want an evening of dancing doesn’t mean you need to cut out the newlyweds’ first dance or the father-daughter dance. Sentimental dances in particular, or sometimes slow dancing overall, is okay by you. It’s your wedding – tailor it to exactly what you want.
- Focus on the food: If you provide a really great meal complemented with a flowing bar and scrumptious desert, people won’t even notice. Follow these steps from Green Wedding Shoes to make the food the star entertainment. Include full menus and recipes for guests. Throw in a little fun and creativity, and don’t skip the cocktail hour! Guests will be impressed. And full.