Wedding Wednesdays Q&A: The Dance Free Wedding

Wedding Wednesdays Q&A by Jamie Chang Destination Wedding Planner of Mango Muse Events
It’s a new month and with it I have new eyes!  To all those who have reached out after my recent surgery, thank you!  I’m doing well.  My vision isn’t quite perfect yet, but it’s still pretty amazing to be able to see without help.  I’m excited!  But, enough about me and my eyes, it’s Wednesday which means it’s Wedding Wednesdays Q&A!  Today we’re talking about the dance free wedding:  Every wedding I’ve ever been to has dancing after dinner.  But, I’m getting married now and both my fiance and I aren’t into dancing.  It just isn’t our thing so we don’t really want to have dancing at our wedding.  But, we also don’t want the event to just end after dinner either.  What other fun activities could we do instead?  Do you have any suggestions that could help us?

What a great question!  I know dancing at a wedding reception is the norm and having a dance free wedding seems odd, but as you know I’m a big proponent in creating your wedding your way and if you guys aren’t into dancing, don’t do it!

There are so many other things you can do.  I’ve actually had quite a few clients of mine have a dance free wedding and it’s still been super fun.  While it can seem daunting to come up with an idea, you really can do almost anything as long as it’s something you enjoy and something your guests would enjoy.  Some examples are doing a lounge type hangout with fun live music or a casino night or having special performers (i.e. acrobats, comedians, belly dancers) or even a movie night.  It just depends on you two as a couple and your group and what would be fun for you.  To help get you started on brainstorming, below are some questions to ask yourself and discuss with your fiance:

  • What do you enjoy doing for fun?  What do your friends/family enjoy doing for fun?  When you get together with friends/family, what do you do?
  • What do you guys like to do together?  Do you two have any special things you do or say or talk about?
  • Do you have special hobbies?  Secret loves/guilty pleasures?
  • What are your loves/favorites?  What are your happy things?  (this can be anything and everything – foods, stories, songs, people, places, physical things, etc..)
  • What are some childhood favorites/memories?
  • What are some family or hometown traditions? Could be cultural or just specific to your family.
  • If I asked your friends/family to describe you two as a couple, what would they say?
  • What are you favorite things about each other?  What do you love about each other?
  • How did you fall in love?
  • How did you get engaged?  What was your first date?
  • What do you want for the future?

These questions should help to get you thinking about what the possibilities are.  These are also great questions to help base many of your decisions on for the wedding as a whole. As you talk about it, take note of the ideas that spark for you and you can expand on those and turn your wedding into something unique and special.

Outdoor lounge at a dance free wedding reception by destination wedding planner Jamie Chang of Mango Muse Events.

A fun “Burning Man” type lounge setup.  (Photo credit: Arrowood Photography)

Casino games at Hawaii destination wedding reception by destination wedding planner Jamie Chang of Mango Muse Events.

A craps table setup as a part of some casino games for some Vegas lovers. (Photo credit: Chrissy Lambert Photography)

Rock band game at wedding reception by destination wedding planner Jamie Chang of Mango Muse Events.

A whole Rock Band setup with staging, lights, and TVs.  (Photo credit: Jennifer Lamba Photography)

Need some help coming up with how to make your non-dancing wedding fun and unique? We can help! Contact us today and we’ll create something special just for you.

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