Things to do at wedding reception instead of a dance

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Things to do at wedding reception instead of a dance
Give guests something to do other than dancing. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

No one said dancing during the wedding reception is mandatory. As the number of non-traditional weddings increase, outside of the ceremony, wedding receptions have become quite incomparable. From the bridal party performing a full-fledged dance routine to karaoke run by the DJ, there's no cookie cutter way your wedding has to run. If you're ready to ditch the dance in your wedding, substitute it with other elements that will keep guests occupied.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Turn your wedding reception into a happy hour where guests can greet you with a full bar for signature cocktails, an extended hors d'oeuvres or dessert buffet and an informal layout. Leave plenty of walking space within your venue set-up to encourage guests to move around while eating and drinking. You can still utilise a DJ to play music even if you don't allow dedicated time for guests to get on the dance floor. Design your reception to mimic a lounge atmosphere with casual seating.

Live Performances

Replace dancing after dinner with a slew of entertainment activities including performers who could either sing and dance or even perform a comedy routine. Encourage guests to get engaged and in on the action by setting up a karaoke hour to follow a professional performance. If you'd prefer something a bit more serious, hire a live band to play throughout the night such as a jazz ensemble during dinner.


Set up board games at each of the tables for guests to play. This is a good way for guests to mix and mingle with each other and have a little bit of fun at the same time. Choose games that are reminiscent of you and your spouse's childhood memories such as Battleship, Candy Land and Monopoly or hire a professional gaming vendor to set up casino tables for poker and blackjack.

Photo Booth

Let guests cherish the moments spent at your wedding by setting up photo booths where they can huddle up and take zany pictures of themselves with other guests. Ask the photo booth vendor if his equipment is capable of saving a copy of the photos so that you can use them in your wedding album to remember the good time had by all.

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