Please share some ideas on how to keep the reception entertaining

 


     My biggest fear is that we will all be bored! My fiance and I are both shy and laid back and definately not entertainers... Also it will be a small wedding with only about 50 - 70 people. The problem is my family LOVES dance and games, we do it for all occassions... My fiance's family isn't quite so into those things as far as I know. Also, we have both had deaths in our family within the past 2 years (for me it was my mom, for him his grandma) and I want this night to be fun and happy as well as in memory of them. My family has shown me a lot of pity since my mom passed, and I don't know how to express that it makes me feel uncomfortable and awkward to be treated this way, especially on my wedding day... That is exactly why I want to keep things moving along all night, you know what I mean? We have not yet booked a DJ, so I know this is a great thing to discuss with that person when we do, but I'm just trying to generate some ideas in the mean time here.


I am already using this great idea from this message board to give scratch off tickets as favors ( I love this, it's so inexpensive and fun, plus someone is bound to win!)


I've also been to weddings where they set a disposable camera on the table and the guests had fun snapping shots of eachother at the table.


I'm wondering if there is some kind of game I can have on each table that each group can play if they want to OR


Maybe a slide show going the whole time with pics of us w/ friends and family


Although I belly dance, and love the idea of hiring one to watch, it's too expensive, my fiance's side probably wouldn't get into it and it really isn't about the two of us at all.


 


   Ok, now that I'm done with my rant, does anyone have any ideas?

Posted on July 13, 2008 at 11:35 am
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What kind of music do they like? Dancing is always good to keep things moving. Fun for the guests to watch who do not dance...

Posted on July 13, 2008 at 12:18 pm
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One of the highlights in terms of games during our reception was the 'egg' race. My MOH surprised us. My hubby and I had to exchange our shoes. Each of us then got a spoon and a raw egg. We had to race from one end to the other end of the stage. It was fun and sooo entertaining. He dropped the egg towards the end. You can see some of the pics on my website. HTH!

Posted on July 13, 2008 at 12:27 pm
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a few ideas:


when selecting music select old classic dance songs from the 70s, 80s and 90s.  People always get WAY more into dancing and beeing goofy with this kind of music then with contemporary stuff and top 40. 


select a person who has a very outgoing personality to be incharge of getting everyone into thing.  This can be someone in your wedding party or someone else.  I've seen many DJs suck at this and the wedding being totally boring as a result.


Recently I saw a really fun game at a wedding that was like the newlywed game.  the new couple sit back to back in the center of the dance floor and exchange one shoe, (so each person has one of each shoe).  then the person in charge of the game asks them newlywed type questions to which the answer is either "the bride" or "the groom".  questions like "who's more likely to do the dishes" or "who wears the pants in the family" or "who made the first move".  To answer both people raise the shoe that corresponds to the right answer.  this game was sooo much fun for the guests, (and the ensuing discussions were even more fun).


Hope this helps!

Posted on July 13, 2008 at 12:37 pm
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I just went to a wedding with Dancing, casino tables, and a photobooth.  Altohough it was fun, and people had stuff to do, it took away from the 'wedding experience' IMO.  The dance floor was never too full b/c of this as well.  I think in general with a nice timline, it will all come together smoothly- its hard to fit so much into 5 hours, you know?... 


- HMM :)

Posted on July 13, 2008 at 12:59 pm
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no matter what you chose to do, I think one thing to keep in mind:  It's really considerate of you to be concerned BUT  a wedding is a celebration of marriage and it is a chance for people to share their love and well wishes with you. No matter what entertainment you have, hopefully your friends and family will realize it's your day and go along with whatever you do.  Most will be adults and they'll get the drill-   they chat and entertain themselves.


 


I know whenever I am a guest, I do my best to make it easy on everyone around me and to enhance the atmosphere with a good, friendly attitude. So don't stress too much!


 


 

Posted on July 14, 2008 at 3:55 am

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