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Gibbett Hill Wedding Pictures | New Hampshire Wedding Photographer | Heather & Jared

Gibbett Hill Wedding Pictures | New Hampshire Wedding Photographer | Heather & Jared

Massachusetts Wedding Photography at Gibbett Hill in Groton, Massachusetts by wedding photographer Chris Keeley of Chris Keeley Photography in Dover, New Hampshire.

Winter Engagement Pictures in Dover, New Hampshire

Winter Engagement Pictures in Dover, New Hampshire

Winter engagement pictures in Dover, New Hampshire by wedding photographer Chris Keeley, Chris Keeley Photography. 

5 Tips To Select Your Wedding Gown

5 Tips To Select Your Wedding Gown

A wedding gown is a truly transformative garment and shopping for and selecting “the” dress is unlike any other shopping experience a girl will ever have. But precisely because it’s such a different experience, many brides are actually unprepared for the experience.

10 Alternatives to Dancing at Your Wedding

I recently had a conversation with a bride-to-be looking for alternatives to dancing at her wedding. Here's the good news for those of us who weren't born with the "dance moves" gene (that's me) -- There are a ton of other ways to celebrate your day without a DJ or dance floor. Though you may still opt for the traditional first dances, the night does not have to revolve around dancing.

One of the benefits of no dance floor/DJ is that guests can carry on conversations at an audible level, and actually talk with one another. Novel idea, huh? :) Although, I do encourage some sort of live band like a guitarist or string quartet. Because ambiance is important. 

10 alternatives to dancing at your wedding:

  • Lawn Games // Ladder ball, corn hole, heck, even bring back the games from field day at school like the three-legged race or the dizzy race where you spin 10 times on the wiffle ball bat and then run full speed. 
  • Giant Jenga // Who doesn't love Jenga? Giant Jenga involves blocks stacked to the height of a small human using 2"x4"s.
  • Trivia // Make teams, base the questions on knowledge of the bride & groom. Give away prizes and make it competitive!
  • Professional performer // whether it's a comedian or a magician, book professional entertainment that will have everyone laughing and enjoying themselves. Try to see them beforehand if you can. My suggestion would be comedian Bob Marley (just sayin'). 
  • Charades // Belly laughs guaranteed. Depending on your tastes, you could a la Cards Against Humanity or a more mild version with DIY topics that you come up with together. 
  • Piano bar // Are you or your partner a talented pianist? Why not invite all your friends to join in song as you play their requests! (See Renee & Sam's wedding; it was a huge hit) 
  • Karaoke // It makes me think of the quote from Dumb & Dumber when they're driving in the van and Lloyd says, "Radio? We don't need a radio!" before they start singing mocking bird. 
  • Murder Mystery // Great for a wedding around Halloween... hide clues around the wedding venue for guests to find. 
  • A DIY station // most weddings will provide a take-home souvenir from the wedding. Why not make it part of the experience? Candy apples or candles, there's a ton of things that wedding guests could make themselves given the tools, resources, and instructions.  
  • Have your reception somewhere conducive to a major activity // ice skating, laser tag, a private arcade, go-karts, etc. Provide an activity that kids and adults alike will enjoy and really make your wedding memorable.
Song books at Sam & Renee's wedding made the perfect accompaniment to Renee's presence behind the piano, enabling guests to sing along to the songs of their choice.

Song books at Sam & Renee's wedding made the perfect accompaniment to Renee's presence behind the piano, enabling guests to sing along to the songs of their choice.

There you have it. Whether it's a logistical challenge or you just aren't into dancing, you don't have to have a dance floor at your wedding. There are lots of alternatives to make your wedding really fun and memorable without dancing.