Look, some of us want no dancing at our wedding. Maybe you're an introvert. Maybe your groom is living with a disability or a chronic condition — or just feel like they've got two left feet. Maybe your wedding venue isn't well set-up for dancing, maybe you don't want to deal with setting up a sound system. Maybe you're having a micro-wedding and it just feels weird to try to make 10 people dance. Maybe you find wedding DJs awkward or don't want to deal with a playlist filled with cliche songs. Maybe live bands are out of your budget.
All reasons are valid — some of us just want no dancing at our weddings, and that's freaking awesome.
That said — if there's no dancing at your wedding, what are you gonna do instead? Well, we are here for you, with 15 introvert-friendly dance-free wedding reception ideas from our readers. Because sometimes after your wedding ceremony, you don't feel like getting out on the dance floor — you want a celebration that goes different directions!
Offbeat Brides love board games!
This is such a popular option with our readers that we have a whole archive dedicated to board games at weddings! One of my very faves is this brunch boardgame wedding. Davora and Roxy had a board game-themed brunch reception with board game tables, board game decorations and centerpieces, and even board game menus and dessert trays with chocolate. The table games included Candy Land, Balderdash, Sorry!, and Cranium, among other nostalgia. There was a designated games table so that guests could sit down and play board games if they felt so inclined. The dessert treats were nostalgic childhood favorites, perfect for their “big kid” wedding.
Delight your wedding party with a bonfire with s'mores
Some people want wedding cake on their big day… Other folks want more interactive food for their wedding guests! A bonfire with s'mores is a great way to enjoy a close intimate moment with your guests… without the awkwardness of dancing. Alison and Albert had a rustic campfire wedding with a lot of s'mores around an amazing bonfire gathering with log seating. It's a nice place to have some quiet sugar in the dark together, in the flickering light of the fire. Check our archive of bonfires at weddings here.
Lawn games for your outdoor summer wedding
Outdoor wedding lawn games are great for keeping kids and kids-at-heart busy at your reception — especially a no dancing reception. Take advantage of a good season and some outdoor space for badminton, ring toss, corn hole, and giant versions of your favorite nostalgic games like Jenga and 4-to-Score. Folks will be too busy playing to stare at you. Plus, it'll get your indoor gaming friends out into familiar territory! Check our archive of wedding lawn games here.
Collaborative LEGO-building – with LEGO acting as a wedding favors your guests get to take home as a gift!
When Jecka decided to have LEGO centerpieces for guests to build, she had some concerns: “I was really excited about our centerpieces being vases full of LEGO bricks so guests could interact with them and build things, but I was also scared that the guests wouldn't really get it. I can't describe how happy I was when, during the cocktail hour, my mom came outside and told me that guests, young and old, had already started dumping out the centerpieces and getting to work. Apparently, things got vicious and people were stealing bricks from other tables!”
Check our archive of LEGO weddings here!
Video games make for great entertainment!
Ronnie & Cynthia went all out with the video games at their wedding reception: “We had gaming hubs for our guests to play our favorite games and gaming chairs were our thrones!” And then there's these folks who played Rock Band instead of having a first dance.
Pool party with swimming
Why deal with awkward dancing when your guests can just be in the pool? Kat & Rob did this for their flamingo-themed wedding, and Kat told us: “The hotel where we got married had a pool, with DJ played old school hip hop as we broke out the margaritas, inflatable cheeseburger, flamingo floaties, and wedding beach balls. We didn't request to keep the pool private, so when we made our grand entrance to the pool and made our way to the end for our plunge in the deep end together, we got a huge cheer from all of the partiers. Check out our archive dedicated to pool parties at weddings.
Unique interactive food like a dessert bar or candy bar
A dessert bar can be a fun way to keep your guests busy during a dance-free reception. Sure, you could do an ice cream bar or an indoor s'mores bar, but we like Michelle and Phil's geektastic Star Wars meets Star Trek sci-fi dessert bar. It's the final frontier in satisfying your sweet tooth at the reception. Their menu was amazing: We're talking Wookiee cookies, Death Star cake pops, Star Trek iced cookies, pretzel lightsabers, and R2-D2 oreos.
Sure, this one is very much dependent on the venue you choose, but we've featured so many weddings that incorporate bowling into the receptions that we have a whole bowling weddings archive! (And yes, there is a Big Lebowski wedding in there.)
Amusement park rides
Is this the ultimate fun wedding reception!? This is wedding reception idea is very venue-dependent (obvsiously) but man… why dance when you can just go on a ferris wheel or super slide like these guys, or vintage rides like these guys?!
Tarot readings… or tattoo artists!?
Who needs a wedding DJ when you've got a tattoo artist!? At this chic Brooklyn wedding, they had a reception with both tarot card readings… and a tattoo artist giving real tattoos at the wedding reception!
If you're asking yourself “How can I make my wedding reception interesting,” this idea takes the cake! Now, is it a good idea for introverts? Maybe so, maybe not. Depends on your kind of introversion. But it's very definitely NOT DANCING, and it keeps everyone focused on chasing each other instead of you. We can say this: these guys make it look very, very fun.
Collective art projects
Some couples have hosted archery workshops for their guests! Again, the idea here is to give your guests something else to do BESIDES LOOKING AT YOU.
Ok look, introverts: nobody said YOU had to be the one singing! Lets your friends seranade you, or host a lipsync battle. This isn't for introverts who want a quiet wedding reception, but it is a great option for introverts who want to let their guests be the center of attention.
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