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No Dancing, No Drinking! Please help!

I need ideas!!!

We are having an early mid-morning ceremony with a brunch/lunch reception so we decided we were not going to have drinking.

Recently, I have learned that with the location we have chosen only allows the bride/groom 1st dance, and the dance with bride/dad, groom/mom dances. The guests won't be allowed to dance. Becaue he is military we don't have enough time to wait or put off the date; it's September 17th

So I need help thinking of ideas for something that will help fill the space of dancing and drinking (lol)

We have a modest budget so I'm trying to work within a lower budget.

Our guests are generally more of the family instead of younger friends; so I know that'll help a little but I don't want it to be boring Cry UGH I'm so scared it'll be boring! Please help!

Re: No Dancing, No Drinking! Please help!

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    edited December 2011
    Where are you getting married that they won't allow dancing? And why can't you do a champagne punch with your brunch reception?
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    K and CK and C member
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    edited December 2011
    I went to a wedding once where there was no dancing or drinking. There was a buffet just outside of the main room. They had music playing in the background and everyone just stood around and socialized. Finand I actually initially wanted to do our wedding this way. It felt a lot more personal as everyone was able to talk with the bride and groom. For about 45 minutes everyone was just eating and socializing. Then there were toasts and the cake, so that took about another 45 minutes or so. After more socializing they did the bouquet and garter toss and everyone sent them on their way. It was really nice, relaxed and personal, but it was still a lot of fun. It may go by a little quicker than the traditional reception, but I promise it won't be boring :)
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    fallbride1109fallbride1109 member
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    edited December 2011
    Actually with your budget and the fact that you will have an older crowd, I think what you are doing is perfect.  K&C's timeline that she describes along with your special dances sounds perfect.  There isn't normally alot of dancing at brunch receptions anyway and they are usually shorter.  I wouldn't worry about it. You'll have time to actually spend with your guests which will be nice.  It would be nice if you could have mimosas or a champagne toast but otherwise, it sounds fine.
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    edited December 2011
    I've gone to a couple of daytime weddings like this, and I like them. I usually just spend the time socializing. The only "event" at the last one I went to was the cake cutting; there was no dancing at all.

    I don't think you need activities; if you want to do something, perhaps a picture display people can look at, or an interesting guest book for them to look through and sign. Your reception won't last hours and hours without drinking & dancing, but your reception will still be pleasant and fun for the guests. Don't worry :)
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    edited December 2011
    I agree with PP.  If it is alot of family then they will socialize amongst themselves.  If you want, a slideshow presentation might be nice.
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    bbybluz77bbybluz77 member
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    edited December 2011
    If you want to, I think you could definitely have alcohol. One of my favorite things about brunch is the mimosas. :) You could offer mimosas, bloody marys, or even do a full champagne bar. 
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    edited December 2011
    Yea I've been to wedding with no drinking or dancing. The weddings did end kind of early, but people mostly just talked and hung out. If it's more just family you should be fine becuase they are probably more likely to just want to catch up.
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