To be quite honest, no one in my family likes to dance and my fiance's family is the same way, so we do not want to have an awkward reception where everyone just awkwardly makes conversation to avoid getting pulled to the dance floor. Our thought is to have a guitarist that we know play some background music, and then while we are off taking pictures after the ceremony, we will have board games out for our guests to play. Things like checkers, chess, card games, apples to apples.. Just games to keep them entertained since our ceremony and reception are in the same location and there will not be a filler of transportation time. While guests play games (or mingle) we will have popcorn, m&m's, and pretzels to make it a nice game night theme. Then, when the bridal party all comes back from pictures, we can get everything started with the real food, cupcakes, the basic first dance/father daughter dance, etc.
The question is: are games a good idea? I have had mixed reviews on this idea, but my fiance and I are really set on having our reception being one that is fun and enjoyable - whether the guests play games to kill time or to mingle among themselves. If you went to a wedding reception where there were simple games to play instead of dancing - what would you think? Also we will not be having alcohol, so would no alcohol and no dancing be too much?