This list of amazing non-dancing wedding reception ideas proves that it is possible to have fun at a wedding without dancing. From concerts to table games to sampling stations and more, couples are sure to find an amazing wedding entertainment options that everyone can look forward to.
However, choosing the best forms of wedding entertainment does require some advance planning. If you want to offer many of these non-dancing wedding reception ideas, you need to choose a wedding venue with plenty of space and key features that make it possible. If you want to offer a concert or performance, look for a wedding venue with a stage. When a casino night is your top choice, it’s best to reserve a wedding venue with plenty of space so guests can mingle and play.
A concert is a wonderful way to entertain guests and give your reception a one-of-a-kind feel. Guests can enjoy live music from their table or enjoy the music from a row of seats like a traditional concert. A band or instrumentalist can also be a wonderful part of a themed wedding, such as a jazz band for a Great Gatsby theme.
Table trivia is a favorite among guests and couples because there are so many ways to customize and personalize this game. Couples can opt for a trivia game with questions about the couple, their favorite city, wedding theme, or any other favorite topic. Plus, you can take this wedding game to another level with a game show host who gets everyone in on the fun.
A photo booth checks off two wedding entertainment boxes. For guests, it’s fun to take hilarious and sweet pictures. For couples, a photo booth is a great way to get more snapshots of their special day! Plus, it’s always fun for couples to choose (and make) photo booth props that fit with their theme and make photos even more memorable.
This is a top choice on the list of non-dancing wedding reception ideas because there are so many different options for sampling stations. You can select an ale sampling station where guests can try a variety of brews (a favorite in Milwaukee). Another option is a station with desserts from a local bakery, which adds a distinctly local flair to the reception (along with these other Wisconsin wedding ideas). If you love wines, a sampling station is your chance to give guests a chance to try wines from local vineyards. To top it off, you can even give guests the chance to take their favorite option home as a wedding favor!
Everyone’s favorite game is a crowd favorite at a wedding, giving guests the chance to fill in the blanks with their silliest words. This game can be an incredibly way to tell your story, but with humorous twists that leaves everyone in stitches.
I Spy/Scavenger Hunts
An I Spy or scavenger hunt is an interesting way to keep guests on their toes. This game can be an enjoyable way for guests to explore the wedding venue and get an up-close and personal look at key features. Plus, it’s an incredible conversation starter for guests as they meet and mingle at their table.
This wedding reception idea can be a short video telling your story as part of the program or as elaborate as a night at the movies. The latter option is a wonderful way for couples to treat their guests to the big screen, especially with a red carpet entrance and movie-themed décor.
If you are a couple who loves a night out at a play or musical, this is a great way to showcase your love of the stage and share it with guests. Plus, this wedding entertainment idea lends itself to a musical theme at an upscale wedding venue with dramatic décor.
Yard games are a great option for a carnival-themed wedding or picnic, but the idea can also be moved inside for a distinctly upscale twist. Plus, there are a long list of yard game ideas to choose from, such as bowling, ring toss, corn hole, and a few other soon-to-be favorite wedding yard games.
A casino night is a unique experience for guests, giving them a chance to mingle and enjoy every casino game. From black jack to poker, this wedding entertainment idea is a win for you and your high-rolling guests.
If kids are on your guest list, a coloring table—or some other form of children’s entertainment—is a must at your wedding. Younger guests of all ages are going to appreciate coloring, word searches, and other fun kids games, while their parents enjoy the fact that their children are entertained.