Bring everyone together with these collaborative non-dancing reception activities #Reception Advice#games#lawn games#no dancing#reception#video games Posted Mar 28 2017 Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Groomsmen playing "door games"… I think! | Photo by Claudio Raschella When planning our smaller wedding, we defaulted to dancing as the reception activity since that's usually what happens, but it's not really what we'd do for fun. We'd like to have another kind of activity that brings us together as a community. Any suggestions? Related Post Pillow forts and welcome bags: 12 ways to entertain kids at your wedding Having a kid-friendly wedding but don't want all your parent guests to have to miss out on adult wedding fun? Here are some hacks to... Read more Non-dancing receptions are becoming pretty common in offbeat circles, so it's no wonder folks are considering different kinds of activities. Board games are popular, but they can sometimes keep everyone in smaller groups. I scoured our archives and did some brainstorming to see what non-dancing reception activities would bring your guests together. Here are some ideas… Karaoke or lip sync battles Belting it at Brian and Rebecca's wedding. Photos by BG Productions Photography and Videography Karaoke and lip sync battles are often a great way to get your extroverted friends to become cheap reception entertainment. Everyone can get a kick out of watching it, and it's always fun to actually do. No real talent required, especially with lip syncing. Feel free to give everyone a heads up so they can think of songs they'd like to do. Large-scale gaming Photo by Anna Michalska Photography You'll have to be careful to stay away from isolation land in this scenario, but piñatas, video games that can easily be watched (like Rock Band), lawn games, and (depending on your venue sitch) activities like laser tag can make for a pretty fun non-dance reception option. Scavenger hunt or mingling games Minglo! Photo by Jenny GG We've featured a fair few games that get your guests mingling with each other. MINGLO (people mingling bingo), and geeky scavenger hunts, iSpy games get everyone on their feet and laughing. Do something creative Photo by Lydia Maybee If you've got creative guests, give them a shot at dancing around a maypole, create a guest book work of art (more ideas here!) Have an open-air photo booth Slo-mo photo booth by The Adventures Of Ask anyone who's had a photo booth: they are popular. And an open-air style booth allows guests to watch each other, jump into shots, and generally be more social while getting those new profile photos lined up. Offer up some props and you'll have guests making their own photo booth all over the place. More ideas than you can count over here. Give out awards "a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/242855062/youre-a-wiener-greeting-card">You're a Wiener! Greeting Card from ilootpaperie A costume contest? Farthest traveled? Longest married? Worst pun? Giving away fun favors for various accolades is one way to break up the evening and get everyone thinking, moving around, or coming up with a great pun. Make the favors get awarded by table to make your guests collaborate. Trivia maybe?! Offer extra entertainment Photo by Strattons Photography Take the money you would be putting into a DJ and funnel it towards a magician, a tarot reader, a face painter, some burlesque dancers, fire spinners, a caricature artist, or any kind of entertainer you like. Need a bunch more non-dancing reception ideas? Related Post Zones, props, and tattoos: 13 ways to make a reception more fun If you're stressing about ways to make your reception as fun as it can be, we hear you. Any wedding planner can tell you that party planning is an art… Read More Related Post Slushies, food trucks, and brunch: 10 delicious ways to make your wedding food fun We recently listed out 13 ways to make your reception more fun, but the REAL way to your guests's hearts is through their stomachs, right? Here are 10 of our… Read More Catherine Clark Catherine Clark loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur babies, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS Can an emergency hospital visit still end up as a fabulous wedding day? Hell yes it can. NEXT This before and after venue transformation is unbelievable (and DIY!) Show/Hide comments [ 2 ] These are all great ideas- thanks for brainstorming them! We're putting out board games, card games, coloring books with colored pencils, Mad Libs, and will have an iPod dock for background music. But after reading this, I think we need to have a scavenger hunt as well. 🙂 Reply Really great ideas! I like them all! Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.