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Having kareoke at the wedding reception is it ok?

Hi, I'm a huge fan or kareoke so when it came down to deciding what i absolutely wanted in the reception karoeke was a no brainer....im just not wanting to offend anyone. Would it be ok to have kareoke or should I forget it altogether?
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Re: Having kareoke at the wedding reception is it ok?

  • I don't think it would be offensive, just awkward.  Not everyone is comfortable singing karaoke, and it is kind of awkward to watch other people perform at a wedding.  It'd be better to just let everyone have a great time dancing.

    If your bridesmaids/friends are planning you a bachelorette and they ask for your input, definitely say that a karaoke bachelorette would be up your alley!  Otherwise I'd leave it out of your wedding entirely.
  • JoanE2012JoanE2012 Exit 21 (Jersey!)
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    Hi, I'm a huge fan or kareoke so when it came down to deciding what i absolutely wanted in the reception karoeke was a no brainer....im just not wanting to offend anyone. Would it be ok to have kareoke or should I forget it altogether?
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  • Jen4948Jen4948 Houston
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    I wouldn't.  I love karaoke, but not everyone does, and not everyone feels good singing, or singing in the presence of others outside of situations like the national anthem or a house of worship (and some don't feel comfortable singing even in those situations).

    Don't do it as group entertainment at a wedding.
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    My older sister had karaoke at her reception and it turned out great, however the bulk of the participants were kids and drunk people. It really depends on your crowd. Do you know a ton of your guests will enjoy it? Then go for it. I do suggest having breaks from the karaoke as well though, to give people the chance to chill and dance. Maybe just do karaoke for an hour or something.
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  • as a guest I can think of few things more awful than being forced to listen to karaoke at your wedding.

     

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  • Maggie0829Maggie0829 Ravens & Bohs & Crabs & O's
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    Skip it.

    If people love karaoke then they will voluntarily go to a bar and enjoy it.  But what you are doing is forcing it upon your guests who may not have the same love for it as you do. 

    My H and I went to a bar one night to get some food and drinks.  We didnt realize it was karaoke night.  After finishing our beers we paid our tab and went somewhere else.  Do you really want your guests leaving your reception early because they hate the sound of tone deaf people screaching away into a microphone?

    **I know not all people who do karaoke are tone deaf but 80% of the one's I have seen are and even if they were ok I would still leave because I prefer hearing the songs performed by the actual artist not a random guy in a bar.


  • kaos16kaos16
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    As an alternative, can you maybe do an afterparty at a karaoke bar for those who want to continue partying?  In my circle there is often a group meeting up after the reception is over at a local bar. . . never a karaoke bar, but you could if you wanted to.
  • I love karaoke too.  My partner and I met at karaoke, and had karaoke at our engagement party. It was a ridiculous amount of fun. With that said, there is no way I would have it at our wedding.  People don't want to sit through karaoke at a wedding.
  • I love to sing, but I wouldn't sing at a weddiing because I feel like the guests didn't get a chance to prepare themselves for my less-than-stellar voice.  If you go to a karaoke club, you have to be prepared for some average voices, but you don't prepare for them at weddings.

    So, if you DO do it, I recommend that you somehow inform your guests about the plan.  I"ve heard of other weddings that have done karaoke, but I'd put it on the website if you have one.  I would also recommend that you have an area in the venue where people can sit and talk without yelling over the singing. 
  • I, too, don't necessarily think the idea of karaoke at a reception is the best. However, something I've seen done before at a cousin's reception might be a good compromise for you. Rather than have everyone clink their glasses to have the bride and groom kiss, people had to approach them (usually in pairs or small groups) and sing a verse or stanza of a song that involved the word "love" in the lyrics. For those that enjoy singing in front of others, this is a fun thing to do and it forces them to be creative with the songs. For those that do not, they don't have to participate. Overall, it's not miked so not everyone has to listen to it, but it still involves something musical and interactive.
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  • Agree w/ everyone - have it at the after party, have it at an engagement party or shower or joint bachelor/bachelorette - but I would skip at the wedding.
  • Almost all of my friends/family are musicians and we love karaoke, but there will be no karaoke at my reception. Karaoke seems more like a night out with friends than wedding entertainment. 
  • I'm not sure. I just know my aunt and uncle did at their wedding reception and everyone had a blast. I wouldn't want to force it on anyone but a lot of my friends and family like kareoke like I do....so it could be nice to share it with those who do enjoy it. 
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  • I'm not sure. I just know my aunt and uncle did at their wedding reception and everyone had a blast. I wouldn't want to force it on anyone but a lot of my friends and family like kareoke like I do....so it could be nice to share it with those who do enjoy it. 

    Yeah, but those who don't enjoy are then forced to sit through it.  It sort of is forcing it upon someone unless they choose to leave.

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