When it comes to a wedding reception, most guests have some idea of what to expect. There will be dinner; there will be champagne toasts; the bride will toss the bouquet while the DJ plays “Single Ladies.” And most of the time, there will.be dancing.

But what do you do if you and your partner don’t enjoy cutting a rug? Should you get out on the dance floor anyway (and risk feeling pretty embarrassed) just for the sake of tradition? Should you have a dance floor for your guests, even if you don’t plan to participate? I say, “no way!” In fact, here are a few entertaining alternatives for your reception.

Lawn/Board Games

Maybe you and your spouse aren’t the types to hit the clubs on the weekends, but you are always ready to host a game night for your friends. Embrace your love of board games and table tennis by setting up games for your guests to play! Everyone can mingle over rounds of croquet, Clue, or Monopoly!

Arts and Crafts

If you’re all about DIY projects, you probably love nothing more than sharing your passion with your friends. Set up an area for guests to make their own art project like a painted candle holder. When they’re done, they can take it home — instant wedding favor!

Live Concert

This is a great compromise for couples who don’t want to dance themselves but want to give their guests the opportunity to. Book a live band (maybe your favorite local act) and have them perform during the reception. Some folks can dance, others can just listen. Either way, everyone will be entertained!

Your wedding should be about you, your partner, and the things you both love. If dancing doesn’t make the list, don’t worry about including it! Besides, with these fun alternatives on your itinerary, no one will miss that time on the dance floor.

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