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Dancing at a wedding is fun, but it’s not for everyone! You want your guests to mingle after dinner, but what if they don’t dance? If you’re worried you won’t be able to get guests on the dance floor, fear not: this list will show you alternative and fun ways to entertain wedding guests with no dancing required. And while good music and dancing is a good idea even if some guests don’t dance, it’s also smart to offer alternative activities for non-dancers.
Here are some fun non-dancing activities for wedding guests so they won’t get bored or leave early. After all, you’ve booked the space for the evening and you want your celebration to go all night! Here are some fun and unique ways to make the reception fun for dancers and non-dancers alike.
How to Entertain Wedding Guests Who Don’t Dance
1. Photo Sharing!
At the top of the list: photo sharing. Guests are already glued to their phones, so you may as well take advantage of all the picture-taking that will occur at your wedding. Give your guests somewhere for all of those photos to go. Using LiveShareNow, you can set up a photo sharing gallery for your wedding. Then, print the link on a QR code sign to encourage photo sharing at your wedding. You can even set up a screen to display the photo sharing in real-time. It’s easy to use and there’s no app you need to download.
Then, be sure to include a fun game like “I Spy” or “Photo Scavenger Hunt” to encourage guests to snap even more pictures.
► Get started here to set up your gallery. It’s easy!
2. Do a Photo Dash.
Plan a photo dash early in the evening, where you go from table to table to mingle with guests and snap photographs. Your guests will love this interaction, since many guests want a photo with you and get the opportunity to chat with you, but usually the reception goes by too fast. Here are tips to make it happen smoothly.
In addition, you can set it up to stream the photos as they’re taken and display on screen! Plus, your guests can download the photos directly: get your gallery here. You can set up a free event here.
3. Set up Lawn Games.
Lawn games are a great way to entertain guests at a wedding between the ceremony and reception. Or if your space allows, keep the lawn games going all night long! For suggestions, read: Best Wedding Lawn Games of All Time (PHOTOS).
A top pick? Wedding corn-toss. It’s a classic! You can get a custom set of boards made, like these shown below, by ThinLineCornhole.
Another favorite? A giant tumble tower! Get it here.
4. Gather Board Games and Tabletop Games to Play.
Tabletop games are fun for guests to keep occupied and enjoy conversation at their tables. Create a game table at your wedding and include a sign to encourage guests to play (this one by Sweet Rain Paperie is a great option!)
Here are some ideas.
X’s and O’s
This is a fun way to entertain guests of all ages at your wedding. It’s small so it fits anywhere, and can be used indoors or outdoors. You can get this game at CaledoniaRoadDesigns where you play with X’s and O’s.
Peg Board Game
Guests love this jumping peg game! You can get one at CaledoniaRoadDesigns.
Is there a more entertaining game than Checkers? It’s great for all ages! This board is a beautiful one for your wedding. By MooreLivingNaturally.
Crowd-source your favorite board game titles — like all the classics! — to borrow from family and friends ahead of the big day. As a result, you’ll have a nice assortment.
5. Hire a Live Performance.
Hiring a magician to perform a magic show, enlisting a singer or a band to play a special song, booking a comedian for an impromptu stand-up act, or commissioning another live performance artist is a great way to break up the monotony of the evening and give guests some entertainment. These unique options are sure to be memorable for your guests.
6. Make the Guest Book Interactive.
Anything is more fun than a standard guest book! Give guests something to participate in, whether it is a photo booth guest book where they strike a pose and print out a keepsake photo strip, or come up with date night ideas or bucket list items to add to your list, submit their favorite recipe to add to your kitchen cookbook, or offer their best wedding advice. These little “tasks” are fun ways to break up the evening and give guests something to do other than dancing.
One of my favorites is this fill-it-in game! It’s a classic. Get it by WeddingsByJamie.
7. Play Wedding Games at the Reception.
Games like, “I Spy”, “Wedding Guest Bingo”, or “Photo Scavenger Hunt” are great ways to make the wedding reception more interactive for your guests.
You can print out word searches, crossword puzzles, and more that have a wedding theme to them. This crossword puzzle is printed on the reverse side of your menu cards: great idea! By RefinedRomance.
During the wedding toasts, your guests can plan “Speech Bingo” to keep things entertaining.
One of our favorites? Prop Bets! It’s a great game for your guests to play throughout the day and see who scores the highest. Get it at ThePaperMemoriesCo.
► Download and print many more wedding games here!
8. Plan a Wine Tasting.
Hire a wine sommelier from a local winery to offer a wine tasting experience for your guests. Guests can taste-test, write down their notes, and even purchase bottles from the vineyard to take home after the wedding.
Not into wine? You can have a spirits tasting or brewery tasting instead. Get creative!
9. Play a Movie on a Projector.
If you have an indoor or outdoor projector and a screen, set up a movie! It’s great to have playing in another room for kids, if you want to provide entertainment while guests are still dancing the night away. Offer movie night snacks to make it even more memorable! You can get a tray like this at CaledoniaRoadDesigns.
If you’re planning an outdoor wedding and it is safe and venue-approved to do so, plan on a bonfire at night. Guests will love to grab a blanket and gather ’round on chairs and benches for a cozy evening out.
If you want to go the extra mile, offer s’mores to guests. You can create s’mores stations with these kits by CaledoniaRoadDesigns. Or you can give s’mores kits as wedding favors.
Weddings are a fun time to share with family and friends, but not everyone is as geeked to get out on the dance floor. If you need suggestions on how to entertain guests without dancing, I’m sure any of these suggestions will do the trick! If you don’t want guests to be stuck with dancing as the only entertainment at your wedding, this blog post proves you can have many other activities planned for guests to enjoy. Dancing isn’t the only activity available!
What would you add to our list? What are some things you’d enjoy doing instead of dancing at a wedding? Share your alternative entertainment suggestions in the comment box below!
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I agree! It looks like fun, even for barbecues in the summer. :)
Yard jenga! How did I not know about this!? These are great ideas. :)