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Dancing & Entertainment Post-covid?

Sarah, on May 14, 2020 at 3:09 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 3 42
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Hello lovely ladies,


For anyone moving forward with a summer/fall medium-sized wedding, what are your plans for entertainment? We're thinking we will likely have to cap our guest list at 50 come October, but there may still be social distancing measures in place - not a very fun environment to dance in. Fifty is still way too many people to have a "dinner-party" type wedding, with only food and conversation - how have your entertainment plans changed?

So far we have liked these ideas:
Renting arcade games
DIY flower bar
Live painter
Caricaturist

Acrobats/aerial dancers

Artisan (the example we saw was cigar roller, which is prohibited at our venue, but maybe there are some other neat ideas)

I'd love to view this as an opportunity to work outside of the box and have unusual entertainment.

Some other ideas we saw but didn't care for were:
Carousel/fairground rentals

Fire dancers/breathers

Magician

Comedian

Barista/Latte artist

Animal visit (pony/llama/etc)

Lawn games


What creative ideas have you seen?

42 Comments

Latest activity by Kari, on December 14, 2020 at 5:12 PM
  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
    Melle ·
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    I’ve seen weddings where at each table they have a board game for that table to play with
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  • E
    Dedicated September 2020
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    U could have a band play i still thats nice even with 50 people. i dont think its too many
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  • Sarah
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    We're planning on having a DJ for now, but it's not really fun to dance 6 feet apart from everyone else. I'm worried people won't feel comfortable dancing that far apart from each other.

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  • Lynnie
    WeddingWire Administrator October 2016
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    There are definitely opportunities for cool wedding entertainment!! I think a caricature artist or live painter would be really fun!

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  • Rebecca
    Rockstar August 2019
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    My only concern with things like shared game space is the shared touch thing. But if you have a way to keep things sanitized, go for it!

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  • Amazing Planning
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    Races, dance offs, blown up video game with honey moon fund style betting, food related(tastings, pairings, mberries, ect) , borad games, dj Simon says, group dances( shuffle, macarena, ect), photo booth, waxed hands station, short ride( carriage, bicycle, ect) if it scenic, vintage vehicle assembly, fortuneteller, karaoke, sushi station. What are you guys passionate about? How did you meet? What is your family's background you grew up with? You can almost always incorporate those 3 questions into something like this and get alot of answers.
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  • Elizabeth
    Super June 2021
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    If your guests like card games, I've seen casino tables with blackjack, poker, etc. that seem to be a big hit in some crowds!

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  • Kari
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    Honestly this makes me so sad. Dancing is the thing I most look forward to at weddings and if we were forced to change our wedding entertainment I don't even think I would continue. I don't like board games or lawn games and don't want to watch a performing artist at my wedding. We specifically picked our venue because it had a great dance floor area and I would be so bummed if this is what we had to force ourselves to look forward to for the future. I hate Covid-19 so much.

    I'm sorry this is such a downer of a post and know many couples who aren't big fans of dancing and would LOVE these other things. I think you should do whatever resonates with you. I would just be heartbroken if we couldn't dance at our wedding, and any of these other options just wouldn't be acceptable to me. Magicians and caricature artists and games remind me of children's entertainment or stuff at done at project graduations and college family weekends - not something I want replicated at my wedding.

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  • Sarah
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    I totally understand that. We would definitely prefer there to be dancing, but our friends aren't big partiers, so I can't imagine they wouldn't enjoy doing something else. We're just trying to make it the most enjoyable party we can, and for us that may be a variety of entertainment, not just the traditional dinner & dancing.

    I have seen some posts of people going forward with a silent disco or a "satellite dance floor," though I don't really know what that is. Hopefully you can find something that works for you!

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  • Kari
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    Yes, I think couples should choose whatever works best for them and their guests and there are plenty of people who aren't the dancing type. I really hope you can have your big day and make it special and that you can get a bunch of good ideas here for entertaining your guests!

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  • Katie
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    Balloon release or fireworks are an idea! We are considering entertainment as well due to the virus. I went to a wedding with an artist and it was really cool!!
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  • Taylor
    Dedicated October 2020
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    I am October as well and I am getting married on my date 10/31/20. I don't know if I should plan on continuing with the reception. But I worry about exactly what you mentioned. I am wondering if it would be better to just do like a separate celebration next year? I do have a band and it was expensive and would stink to just have them play. My venue rep. said she doesn't know how we could even have dancing. Unless we are in phase 3. Which no way by October. So I struggle every day just get married in 2020 and have a separate celebration or wait it out to do both at the same time? Right now we have a soft hold on 7/31/21 for a 'party' celebration maybe bbq style with the drinking and dancing and just a good time? So torn...

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  • Gen
    Champion June 2019
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    These ideas all sound so fun and creative! But honestly, knowing you are only having 50 guests, I assume most of them are family or close friends who already know each other? If that's the case, (if most people will know the other people they are seated with) I honestly don't think they will need much entertainment. People can keep themselves busy and happy talking to their friends and family for a very long time hahah (as long as there is plenty of food and alcohol!)

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  • Katie
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    Thought of another! A video montage of you and groom growing up, pictures of family and friends to beautiful music! Went to a wedding years ago and so exciting to see a picture of you in it. My friend included pictures of us growing up and we laughed and were so entertained! We are Aug 14th so we are also considering alternative entertainment 🥂
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  • Sarah
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    That's a hard decision! I'd prefer to have dancing, but not sure if there's really a way to do it. Your bbq idea sounds like fun, though I'm sure it's different than what you had in mind for your wedding reception.
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  • Sarah
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    That's a good point. We are prioritizing food and drink above everything else, so it could probably work. I'm a little concerned that the energy could be low, though, and the party will die out rather quickly. But maybe as long as the alcohol is flowing, people will have a good time!
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  • Sarah
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    How sweet! I haven't decided yet, but think I'm going to ask guests to send in a photo of themselves with their SO/family to have on display at the reception, sort of like the wedding photos people sometimes display of parents/grandparents. What sorts of things are you thinking for alternative entertainment?
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  • Katie
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    I love that! I am having a childhood picture table of me and fiancé at one table and a memory table of loved ones who have passed. I’m thinking of those beautiful white balloons that light up and having a balloon send off at the end of the evening with It’s A Wonderful World playing as we release them outside. Our reception is half outdoors overlooking a lake so changing it to more relaxed music, just letting people look at the bay and bring fire pits outside, open bar. We may add late night snacks. Changing the vibe to less dance and more soothing music/drink style. Bummer because my family is Greek and we LOVE Greek dancing (OPA!) so I totally understand. Sparkler send off is always fun, but our venue does not allow open flame. Sparkler send offs take more time than most realize to get people to stand, light them, etc. so it would eat up more time. My cousin told me she is so lonely she does not care if there is no dancing, she will be happy just to be able to see our family ❤️
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  • Sarah
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    Such a sweet idea! I also love those wish lanterns (like in Tangled) - those would be so gorgeous over the water.

    Love the late night snacks - we're already doing late night milk and cookies (in addition to dessert after dinner haha), but we might add something savory as well. Will it be buggy where you are at that time? Hopefully the fire pits will keep any mosquitoes away!

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  • Daniela
    Dedicated August 2020
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    I love how you’re thinking - I’m also thinking about what else to do if we aren’t allowed to have dancing (my guests would definitely love to dance if they could). We’re Italian so we will definitely be playing some bocce, and I found some large Jenga sets on Etsy that look fun! With lots of hand sanitizer present I feel like these activities would be pretty safe!

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