How many weddings have you been to where the format is: ceremony, reception, drinking, then a dance or disco for a motley crew of relatives and friends? How many times have you been steered around the floor by a beer-flushed uncle or an embarrassed teenage nephew? Do you want your own wedding to escape the tired old format?
Well, you can easily achieve that. There are many other ways to celebrate with family and friends and thank them for making the effort to join you on your special day.
For instance, go low maintenance by holding your reception in a restaurant you know and like, and troop off to the pub or wine bar afterwards. That way, everyone's relaxed and can mingle naturally, and no one will be expected to make a speech or lead the foxtrot. Or have an after-dinner area at your venue with intimate little tables, flattering lighting and a piano player in the corner, providing a medley of cool classics while you drink and chat.
Or you could have a home wedding once the knot has been tied legally elsewhere - if the sun's out and there's a garden handy, hold your own fete with picnic tables or a marquee or, if you're pushing the boat out, hire a pub beer garden (or Kew Gardens!).
But if you're keen to organise some entertainment without going the Strictly Come Dancing route, how about a karaoke session, charades, a wedding quiz or a talent show? Come on, you've always wanted to go public with your Christina Aguilera impression! Where music's concerned, you don't need to rely on a DJ. Hire a jazz quartet, a string quartet, a tribute band, or have a ceilidh or a barn dance - structured dancing often gets the party started better than a disco. See? There are lots of fun alternatives, and they'll probably create more lasting memories.
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