Alternatives to Dancing at a Wedding Reception


Maybe you've done the hokey pokey one too many times, or perhaps you have two left feet yourself. Either way, dancing might not be something you want to include in your wedding reception. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to host a dance-free wedding while still showing guests a great time -- and saving them from a dreaded dance with Uncle Pat.


  • Keep the festivities going without asking everyone to shake their groove things by incorporating games into the reception. Set up tables with your favorite board games and card games, with the instructions included, that guests can play together. Hire professional dealers to host casino games. Lead games that everyone can get involved in by creating a scavenger hunt for the event or conducting a murder mystery scenario they must solve.


  • Most wedding receptions include some kind of meal. Spruce up the dining experience at yours to replace time spent dancing. Invite guests to a restaurant with a banquet room reserved for the party. If the event is at a wedding venue or reception hall, hire waiters to serve a three- or four-course meal to guests. Not only will guests be able to try new dishes during the elegant evening, but they'll also enjoy conversations with each other without the dance music blaring.


  • Plan activities for your dance-free wedding reception by finding a venue that offers things to do besides dancing. For example, get married at a boathouse and then invite guests to row out on the water. Host the reception at a vineyard where everyone can stomp grapes in between sampling wine. Historic buildings often allow weddings, which can be followed by a guided tour of the facility. If your reception is in a traditional wedding hall, set up activities such as painting or drawing, cigar rolling or a dessert bar for guests to make own treats.


  • Instead of watching Aunt Sue attempt the electric slide, hire professional performers to add some entertainment to your wedding reception. A swanky jazz band will make great music for socializing over cocktails, while a magician will create a lighthearted and whimsical feel to your big day. Break free of traditional reception venues all together by taking guests to a ballet performance or theater production after the ceremony. For backyard weddings, set up a movie projector to show your favorite flicks.

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