How Can You Make Your Wedding Fun Without Dancing?

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Two of the questions we field the most frequently about wedding receptions are, “We aren’t going to have dancing. What should we substitute for that?” and “Will a wedding without dancing be fun?”

As far as I’m concerned, the answers are as follows: You either have dancing, or you don’t. There is no substitute. And, of course it will be fun. Super fun, in fact. Think about it. Most parties you attend probably don’t have dancing, and they’re a delight.

The truth is, if you don’t have dancing, chances are most folks won’t even miss it. If the vibe of your wedding is “elegant dinner party,” people will chat and eat and have a great (non-dancing) time. Or maybe it’s “picnic” and you have a bounce house and a piñata and a cook out. Because the truth is, there are as many ways to entertain guests at a party as there are parties.

So for those of you who didn’t have dancing at your wedding—or are planning to forgo the gettin’ down—what other activities did you plan for your wedding reception? Did you just eat and hang out? Do lawn games? Host a knitting circle? (True story.)

Go ahead: what wedding games and activities make receptions fun? Spill your best-laid plans!

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