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10 Fun Wedding Activities: Alternatives to Dancing

10 Fun Wedding Activities: Alternatives to Dancing

Don’t enjoy putting on your dancing shoes?  If you have never suffered from a case of boogie fever, then maybe dancing at your wedding doesn’t sound like that much fun.  Here are 10 suggestions for a reception packed with fun, completely sans dancing.







Karaoke–Whether you rent your own machine or go out to a karaoke bar, this activity will be interactive and filled with hilarious memories.  Some of your friends may get up and dance to your rendition of ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’. They just won’t be able to help themselves.


Board or Party Games— Do your friends live for Friday night game fun?  Load up each reception table with board game favorites, or play a massive game of Trivial Pursuit with each table as a team.


Lawn Games— Preppy guests unite with a yard filled with croquet, bocce ball, and badminton.  And if you are a ‘Heathers’ fan, you may even want to hand out some big red scrunchies to your best gal pals.


Kids’ Classics— It will be like going back to summer camp with an evening of scavenger hunts and rounds of Capture the Flag. Just remember to let guests know to bring a change of clothes. Bridemaids running through the woods in stilettos is something that should be reserved only for horror movies.






DIY Project Stations— Surrounded by a crafty group of pals? Ditch the food station trend in favor of make-your-own projects.  You could fill tables with ways to personalize their favors, or even complete their own from scratch.  Group-friendly ideas include: mini-bunting, decorated matchboxes, photo booth props, and yarn-wrapped votives.


Water Sports— Having your wedding at the beach or a lake?  Use the outdoors to your advantage for your summer wedding.  Rent canoes and paddle boats, or even jet skis for the more adventurous.  Tell your friends to bring their swimsuits and plenty of sunscreen!


Movies on Big Screen–You could have the screen indoors or out. Watch a mini-marathon of your favorite romantic movies or TV episodes. Pass out movie concession-style candy and supply comfy pillows to sit on.





Embrace the Season–On Halloween you could create a ‘haunted house’ or school-style carnival at your venue. For Christmas, you could all take to the streets for some pretty epic caroling or engage in a little sugar cookie decorating frivolity.  If you are having a holiday wedding, embrace it and host a themed activity.


Take the Party Elsewhere–There is no reason you have to host your reception at a ballroom. Go outside of the norm and take the party to a local bowling alley, state fair, skating rink, casino, etc.


Keep it Simple— Nowhere in wedding rules does it state you have to do any activity other than to serve some refreshments and greet your guests.  Keep it short and sweet if that is what you want.  Just make it clear in your program or on signage that cake is the only thing on the docket (which is fine for most people, as buttercream is why they came).



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