Look, some of us want no dancing at our wedding. Maybe we’re introverts. Maybe we’re living with a disability or a chronic condition — or just feel like we’ve got two left feet. All reasons are valid — some of us just want no dancing at our weddings, and that’s freaking awesome. Here are 15 introvert-friendly dance-free reception activities from real live Offbeat Bride readers.
Outdoor lawn games are a killer way to keeps kids and kids-at-heart busy at a reception. They’re even more rad at a no dancing reception. Take advantage of a good season and some good outdoor space for badminton, ring toss, corn hole, and giant versions of your favorite nostalgic games like Jenga and 4-to-Score. Plus, it’ll get your indoor gaming friends out into familiar territory.
Let’s get to the games!
“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. I scoured our archives and did some brainstorming to see what non-dancing reception activities would bring your guests together. Here are some ideas…
Aly and Cece’s rocked a truly Austin-style wedding with multiple live music performers, local faves The Peached Tortilla catering, music-themed photo booth, and cornhole games played during cocktail hour. These two ladies kept it weird, Austin-style, and we can’t.get.enough.
If you’re going to rent a bounce house/bouncy castle/moon bounce/inflatable castle (whew there are a lot of terms!) for your outdoor reception, you’ll need to make sure rowdy guests don’t go too wild in there. Having some well-explained and humorous bounce house rules on hand should ensure that you don’t have to pay any repair fees when it goes back.
You probably already know that a good portion of Offbeat Bride readers don’t love dancing. But they DO love games — board games, card games, lawn games, video games… all games all the time, amirite?! We decided to team up with one of our favorite party games and sponsors, Cads About Matrimony (the wedding game that doesn’t suck!), to list out some of our favorite ways to get your party on.
PARTY ON, WAYNE. Gaaaaame on, Garth. Let’s do this…