Post # 1
Sorry – I think I posted this in the wrong section. It’s my first post.
I have a question about our at home reception (we were married in Mexico 16 days ago) and I’m hoping I can get some good ideas from anyone creative out there.
We have 106 people who have accepted the invitation to our Wedding Fiesta. The only people invited (and who are coming) are people that we have an active relationships with, so for example, family just because you are family were not necessarily invited. Family that reaches out and emails or calls even once every two months was invited (that’s what we meant by “having an active relationship”). Because of the guidelines of who we invited I thought it would be fund to make name tags for everyone so they could mix & mingle easier and also get a smile on their face from “how” we know them.
I was thinking a longtime friend would get a name tag that says:
Friends thru thick & thin with the Mrs. (and/or Mr.)
A Co-Worker (who are all friends as well) could say:
Works & Laughs with the Mrs. (and/or Mr.)
Are there any positives or negatives to this idea that I may be missing? Any ideas of how to “tag” Friends, Family, Co-workers that is cute and fun? For guests of the people we invited I figure we would just put “Friend of the Mr/Mrs to keep it simple and still include them in the fun – even if we do not know them directly.
It is going to be way different than a typical wedding reception, so I’m open to silly and fun ideas to get people mingling and having fun. Here is a Program (to give you an idea of the feel of the night) that we will either hand out to everyone as they enter or a sign that we will have at the front entrance so that everyone has a feeling for the events of the evening. It is a Adults Cocktail-Style setting.
Amanda & Jeremiah’s Wedding Fiesta
Enjoy Welcome Drinks, Passed Appetizers & the Chip/Salsa/Guacamole Bar
Mix and Mingle with old and new friends
Feel free to sign and “leaf” a note on our guest wedding tree.
Welcome & Wedding Day Photos
Taco Bar (selection based on your RSVP choices)
Coffee & Tres Leches Cake from Café Latte is enjoyed!
Hosted Welcome Drinks:
Draft beer : (List beers)
Wine: (List wines)
Original Margarita: On the Rocks or Blended
Any help and ideas are very welcome!
Post # 3
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
At first I thought no way, but I like it the more that I think about it. If the goal is to get guests to mingle and meet each other, name tags help- I always forget someone’s name a minute after I’m introduced. I hate wearing them, but I’d do it anyway.
Post # 4
Thanks rebwana! “No way!” was my first impression as well. But being we are really close with everyone and they know our intention is playful and fun, I’m starting to like the idea. heck after a margarita or two they may thank us 😉
Post # 5
We had themed name-tags at our engagement party and that went over well. Granted, we had about 15 people, not 115, but I’m sure it will be fine! It can be really fun if you customize them like you were talking about so people will have something to talk about.
Post # 6
Thanks CrazyCoffeeGeek! I love hearing that you did something similar. I feel like a lone ranger on this idea.
Post # 7
I think this is fun. I know that not everyone loves a name tag, but I would be into it!
I am keen to get people mingling too, and I love games, so we’re doing a trivia game. With our RSVPs we asked each guest for a random fact about themselves. During cocktail hour each person will get a little envelope with a fact in it and they have to find the guest it relates to.
Post # 8
I guess it sounds ok, I thnk your guest list is kind most people have, but your party is more laid back so people might not care. If I went to a big formal reception where I was dressed up I wouldn’t want a nametage slapped on me. But it’s seems to have a laidback vibe and might be fun for the guest.
Post # 9
I’m so torn. I can totally feel for not wanting to wear a name tag and at the same time I like the idea. I’m 50/50 right now. I made them this weekend. They are all black with white writing in a font that matches the GOBO that we have made for above the cake. Still not sure if we’ll put them out though.
Thanks for your thoughts ladies 🙂
Post # 10
I am a huge name tag advocate. It helps people who don’t know each other to break the ice rather than just stand around looking lost. That way they can even just say “Hi Joe” I don’t think we’ve met – how do you know so and so… I definitely plan on doing them for my daughters destination wedding. Trying to come up with something unique, cute ideas so they don’t scream laser printed name tag. Hope to tie in a Mexicanwith them as the wdding will be in Riviera Maya so open to any and all suggestions! People who are not comfortable socializing can certainly opt not to wear them but I know our guesst will have a blast mingling and getting to know each other! Once I come up with something I will post it out here for others to get ideas from. May tap into a couple of friends who are huge scrapbookers otherwise my oldest daughter is a graphic designer and very creative so I know she’ll come up with something fun!
Post # 11
I went to a party once (not a wedding reception) where they had name tags and at first I rolled my eyes and hated the idea, then once I put my name tag on I loved it!! It was soooo much fun and made mingling at lot easier.
Post # 12
I personally don’t need a name tag to mingle and find out how people know the Bride and Groom but I guess others might? Not sure if someone doesn;t like it they don’t have to wear it?
Post # 13
How are you attaching these to guests? Not everyone may want a pin-hole in their dress or suit, or sticker gunk. Just a thought. I would NOT place a saftey pin thru a fancy dress, but I’d do a stick-on.
Post # 14
i like the idea in some ways, but i think it would reduce some conversation in a way. one of my first questions at a wedding to an unknown guest is ..’so how do you know the Bride/groom?’ would mean a lot more thought on my part but hey haha 🙂
the only other thing i can think of as an issue is people will be categorised by how they link to you, imo this could go either way, for example ‘carla’ might consider herself a friend through thick and thin and only get a friend of..iykwim.
anyway i’m not trying to be negitive just thinking of all angles here. i do like the idea as i said before, i’d wear one, but i wear one everyday so that doesn’t bother me.
maybe just ensure you are ultra senstive with your catergory choices and if your a little unsure bump them up. 🙂