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#21 gomezherrera

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    Posted 07 March 2012 - 07:00 AM



    Originally Posted by LolaTX 

    Perhaps ask your guests to respond on RSVP with their favorite song they want you to play! : )



    LolaTX that is an awesome idea to ask for there favorite song..I will deff take that into consideration..

     



    Originally Posted by Ayita 

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    Originally Posted by YaelM
    So we are having a relatively small wedding approx 30 guests and we are now having it at the Four Seasons Biltmore Santa Barbara. (It was originally suppose to be in Mexico in the beg of May but we had to cancel due to swine flu).

    My new stress is that since its small and we are having an ipod rather than a dj and we are now in a more "traditional wedding" venue that our guests may get bored after dinner and the reception will be lame. I really want our guests to have FUN and I was hoping you smart ladies could help me out. Also most of our guests are our friends so its a young crowd (a lot of my family is from europe and israel and not sure if they are able to make it)

    Are there any fun non cheesy "games"? or other ideas that take up some time. My fear (and i have dreams about this) is that everyone will want to leave by like 9pm.

    All ideas are appreciated!
    THANKS!
    We ended up being 23 (including children !) in Mexico due to swine Flu (originally we were supposed to be 33). We used our laptop and a software called "virtual DJ" : awesome, it was like having a real DJ. We kept the ipod as a back-up in case... well just in case.

    The music and the booze was all that was needed ! As soon as we got on the dance floor for the first dance, everybody else was on the dance floor ! People had been drinking for already a few hours (from cocktail hour to end of toasts, maybe 4 hours of drinks... with food but still 4 hours of drinks !) We kept the music going, very diverse - oldies, rock, salsa, french, pop, rap, disco, reggaeton, electronic - well everything ! and while I never had everybody on the dance floor at the same time (except on YMCA ), there were always at the minimum 5 or 6 people dancing. The others were having cigars (we had a cigar station next to the bar), talking, having cake, drinking, talking. It ended in the swimming pool at 4 in the morning, and really nothing was needed but the music and the booze... To give you an idea of the crowd, we had two older people (74 / 81) that went to bed after dinner ; the two kids (4 and 6) that were "out of order" by 11pm ; the parents left with them around midnight. So we ended up really being 17, + 2 guests from the hotel that joined us, one young girl of 20, all the others in our 30's or late 20's, except my parents (60) that stayed until 2am...

    I say, don't worry too much about it ! Better let people have fun that "organize" the fun. If there's a good atmosphere, good music, and drinks, you'll be just fine !

    My only advise would be, start the dances as soon as dinner is over ! We had dinner, then toasts (we did have a wireless mic as mentioned above), then went to dance, nobody had the time to get bored...

    Nota bene : I don't remember leaving the dance floor at all... maybe it helped dragging people there ? I had a lot of fun that's for sure !


    never heard of virtual DJ..most deff I will check this out.. and thank you so much for sharing this could be a life saver..
     

     



    #22 gomezherrera

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      Posted 07 March 2012 - 07:04 AM

      Liquor always makes a party a lot more fun..Open Bar is deff a most!!



      #23 jello

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        Posted 14 March 2012 - 01:24 PM

        Ask your closest (and least-shy) friends in advance to help you get the party started.  Think about the people who you know are happy to be ridiculous in public and let them know that you'd really appreciate them getting on the dance floor and showing off a few moves. 

         

        All it takes is a few people to get things going.  Take a look at this video for proof! http://sivers.org/ff. 

         

        I've also been to two weddings where they hired professional dancers to get things going.  One had Brazilian mardi gras dancers in full costume who led a conga line, and the other had salsa dancers who did a performance, then taught everyone the basic steps.  Both led to amazing dance parties. 

         



        #24 jello

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          Posted 14 March 2012 - 01:26 PM

          Ask your closest (and least-shy) friends in advance to help you get the party started.  Think about the people who you know are happy to be ridiculous in public and let them know that you'd really appreciate them getting on the dance floor and showing off a few moves. 

           

          All it takes is a few people to get things going.  Take a look at this video for proof! http://sivers.org/ff. 

           

          I've also been to two weddings where they hired professional dancers to get things going.  One had Brazilian mardi gras dancers in full costume who led a conga line, and the other had salsa dancers who did a performance, then taught everyone the basic steps.  Both led to amazing dance parties. 

           



          #25 jello

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            Posted 14 March 2012 - 01:26 PM

            Ask your closest (and least-shy) friends in advance to help you get the party started.  Think about the people who you know are happy to be ridiculous in public and let them know that you'd really appreciate them getting on the dance floor and showing off a few moves. 

             

            All it takes is a few people to get things going.  Take a look at this video for proof! http://sivers.org/ff. 

             

            I've also been to two weddings where they hired professional dancers to get things going.  One had Brazilian mardi gras dancers in full costume who led a conga line, and the other had salsa dancers who did a performance, then taught everyone the basic steps.  Both led to amazing dance parties. 

             



            #26 jello

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              Posted 14 March 2012 - 01:26 PM

              Ask your closest (and least-shy) friends in advance to help you get the party started.  Think about the people who you know are happy to be ridiculous in public and let them know that you'd really appreciate them getting on the dance floor and showing off a few moves. 

               

              All it takes is a few people to get things going.  Take a look at this video for proof! http://sivers.org/ff. 

               

              I've also been to two weddings where they hired professional dancers to get things going.  One had Brazilian mardi gras dancers in full costume who led a conga line, and the other had salsa dancers who did a performance, then taught everyone the basic steps.  Both led to amazing dance parties. 

               



              #27 helenluv2

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                Posted 16 March 2012 - 02:19 PM

                to have sandals at the party is lovely because you can dance all night



                #28 katman

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                  Posted 22 May 2012 - 09:54 AM

                  I really like the camera scavenger hunt idea!! Does anyone have any lists made up already that they would be willing to share? Or even some insight into how fun/successful this idea was?



                  #29 FuturemrsD

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                    Posted 06 July 2012 - 03:38 PM

                    Some great ideas on this thread. I am also on the hunt for some fun reception activites/games.

                     

                    Most games I have found are bordering tacky, but I suppose it depends on what type of guests you have coming and what they like to do. I think I will have some "game plans" as a back up, just in case (many found on Google). We are all probably worrying about nothing. I'm sure everything will be perfect on the day.

                     

                    Good luck everybody.



                    #30 Aynat

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                      Posted 12 October 2012 - 10:51 PM

                      Originally Posted by YaelM 

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                      Originally Posted by NaM
                      2 words: open bar!!
                      Oh yes - we are 100% having an open bar :)

                      Haha! Totally agree!






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