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?
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
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.
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
Do something creative
Have an open-air photo booth
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 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
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.
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