Dancing and weddings always seem to go hand-in-hand. Afterall, everyone is familiar with the couples’ first dance tradition, and, of course, the Electric Slide and Cupid Shuffle dance-off that inevitably happens at the post-wedding bash. But, what if those traditions just make you and your future spouse, well, cringe?

If you’re someone who dreads the idea of stepping onto the dance floor — or maybe you just want to try something new and different at your reception — here are 8 ideas that will let you kick up your heels without actually sweeping the ballroom.

Sing Instead

Still looking to incorporate some musical activity into your reception? Set up a karaoke machine and songbook or lyric screen for your guests to try their hand at their favorite songs. For an extra element of fun, consider a sing-off between bride and groom, or even a duet. The great thing about karaoke is that it can be as serious or as laid-back as you want it to be.

Have Some Photo Fun

If karaoke is still a little too over-the-top for your big day, consider an elaborate photography set-up. Photo booths can usually be rented for a couple hundred dollars, or you can make your own photo center with wedding-themed props, signs showing your  last name as a hashtag, or any number of exciting Instagram-worthy ideas. You may even decided to take it old school by giving guests disposable cameras and letting them snap, as opposed to dance, the night away.

Try Some Games

Depending on the venue, you may be able to incorporate a pool table, dart board, or other classic group game to entertain guests. You could also have tables of board games. If you’re having an outdoor reception, give corn hole a try. You can even have your corn hole board customized with your names or wedding colors on sites like Etsy. There are many other lawn games, like horseshoes, ring toss (how fitting!) or giant Jenga that can provide unique entertainment without the cha-cha-chá element.

Consider a Theme

It may be more time consuming than planning for the traditional wedding dance floor, but having a theme for your reception can easily provide you with a variety of different kinds of games and activities for you party. A carnival, magician, casino night, or even Hollywood-themed reception could also inform the reception menu. Think, for instance, a popcorn bar or typical carnival fare.

Trivia Night

Trivia games about the happy couple are a fun and special way to celebrate your wedding. You could even have both bridal parties compete to see who knows who the best, or create a couple-themed bingo for your guests to enjoy. Don’t forget about the classic Newlywed game, either. The parents of the happy couple would likely be delighted to play against their children, to the delight of the crowd.

Talk It Out

You’d be amazed at how much you might enjoy the opportunity to simply mingle with your guests alongside good food and background music without a dance floor. So often, weddings go by in a flash, without the couple having much memory of each special moment. It’s okay to use your reception as an opportunity to just talk and catch-up with family and friends.

Your wedding should reflect your style and comfort. Do you plan to have dancing at your reception, or are you going for something different? We’d love to hear about your big day in the comments below. Join the conversation on Facebook, too, for more wedding inspiration.

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