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8 Fun Alternatives to Dancing at Weddings

Other ways to keep your guests entertained on the big day.

We understand that dancing isn't everyone’s cup of tea. There are plenty of other ways to have fun on your big day – it just takes some creative thinking and planning.

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Though we here at Inside Weddings love to tear up a dance floor whenever the occasion calls for it, we understand that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. However, dancing is generally the activity of choice for wedding entertainment, which can be intimidating for engaged couples with two left feet.

If you and your future spouse blanch at the thought of going on the dance floor, or you’re hosting intimate nuptials where a night of partying doesn’t seem in the cards, we have a list of alternatives to suggest. Keep in mind these are not one-size-fits-all solutions; the formality and setting of your event will affect what type of entertainment is appropriate. There are plenty of ways to have fun on your big day – it just takes some creative thinking and planning. 

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Photo by Carasco Photography; Floral Design by HMR Designs

Here are some ideas on how to keep your wedding guests entertained:

- Cocktail reception. Instead of having a full dinner, consider making your reception a cocktail party with plenty of appetizers. People will mingle and enjoy themselves like they would at any other soirée.
- Camp fire. If you’re having a beach wedding or a summer camp venue, a bonfire is a festive way to celebrate and keep warm. Add a s’mores station for an extra treat!

- Lawn games. When designed properly, lawn games can fit in perfectly at an elegant garden party. Cornhole, croquet, bocce ball, and even horseshoes are popular choices. 

- Strike a pose. Photo booths and photo walls are popular even at weddings with dancing, so they’re sure to keep people occupied sans dance floor. Rent or make an additional one so everyone isn’t stuck waiting in line for too long.

- Game night. Have classic board games available, but don’t push the activity on people in case they would rather just talk to each other. 

- Sing it out. Karaoke can provide the party vibe without dancing, and guests can always get up to dance to the performances if they wish.

- Live performance. Hire a band or singer, but have them play lower-key music. You could even turn your wedding into a jazz club or book dueling pianos. 

- Casino night. While you shouldn’t have people bet for real money at your nuptials, casino games can be a lot of fun. Perhaps prizes for big winners can be made available in addition to favors.

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