Post # 1
Many of our guests will be OOT, and so consequently most of our families have not met each other ( and much of my family has not even met my FI!)
So, I was thinking, since our RD will be on the larger side ( 45-50 ppl), we could a very short game session as a get to know and ice breaker for everyone to mingle. We are doing a short slideshow of pics of FI and I with family ( 10-12 pictures each.. so not long at all!)
One thought for a game was to have a number assigned at each place setting and after the meal, have a raffle and draw 3-4 numbers. If you’re number is called, you’re asked a question.
“How did you first meet the bride or groom?” ( let’s just say this question is given in case a bridal party member/ non family related person is selected)
“What is your favorite memory of the bride or groom?”
“What is 1 piece of marriage advice you would give to them?” (lets say this is for maybe a grandparent or married relative that may be picked)
Questions like that! 🙂
In addition to that short little get-to-know and hopefully give some perspective of who everyone is, I thought about doing a “Family Fun Facts” on the back of the menu such as…
– Brides Mother and Brides Father will celebrate their 26th Wedding Anniversary this June
– Grooms mothers favorite vacation spot is Aruba
-MOH is currently learning Manadarin Chinese
-Groomsman #1 won an arm wrestling competition in college with the grand prize of $100.00
So… too much for 1 evening or would you enjoy having a little get together where there is some interaction?
Post # 3
I also just realized I say ” so” a lot. Whoops!
Post # 4
I like the idea of games as long as they’ve been well-prepared (which it sounds like they will be) and don’t go on too long (which it sounds like they won’t). I say go for it!
Post # 5
I voted yes! I really enjoy games like that (as long as they don’t drag too long). Go for it!
Post # 6
I wouldn’t take a ticket! I don’t like giving speeches at things like this. I would be terrified of being called on 🙁
Post # 7
I would not prefer games. I like to just mingle and stay under the radar!
ETA: Maybe you could have people write down their anwers and then you could read them off, that way no one would have to “public speak” if they don’t prefer that. That way everyone could be laughing/ engaged and listening, but all eyes would be on the speaker (you or someone else that is also charismatic)- just a thought.
Post # 8
I voted yes because I love games!!! However I know some people don’t so u would have to know your group, but I think this is a great idea!!
Post # 9
@cbee: that’s a good idea. I wouldn’t call myself charismatic haha, and I think one of our very colorful groomsmen could kind of MC this thing!
I am not typically a game person AT ALL… so I def understand people not wanting to be called on. If we do decide to go through with it of course no one will be forced to answer! Maybe we will have a ” Get Out Of Jail Free” card on hand and a new number will be drawn.
Moat of our crowd is very , shall we say, LOUD. lol… and especially after a few drinks it could get a little crazy for some so I think their over the top-ness could kind of balance out some of the more reserved ones
Post # 10
@Juliepants: @Mrs.DBee: @goldengrlbride:
Yes… keeping the questions short and only drawing 3 or 4!
@Over the Moon: aww.. I am kind of the same as you in that regard! *Trying* to get better with it