(Closed) Things for guests to do while waiting…

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Can you do some of the pictures before the wedding to reduce the amount of time it takes?  Not necessarily of you and your husband, but you with your BMs and family. At my FSIL wedding, everyone was fine waiting the 40 minutes because we had appetizers and drinks.  As long as guests know each other, they really don’t need to be entertained.  If you still want to do something, here are some ideas:

  • Martha Stewart’s I Spy cards
  • Photo booth
  • “tie the knot” place settings (I saw this on a show with the guy from Hell’s Kitchen.  You basically have a length of rope and a set of directions showing how to tie different types of knots.)
  • trivia cards

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

If your reception site has outdoor space, you could provide some outdoor games for them to place: bocce, horse shoes, corn hole, lawn darts, cricket, etc.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My friend had outdoor games at her wedding – frisbee, bocce, croquet. Also, food and drinks are a necessity while people are chatting – crackers, cheese, and sodas are fine on a budget. Memphis in July requires drinks of some kind.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I was going to say outdoor games as well. At my friend’s wedding this summer we’ll be playing bocce and croquet I believe!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m 100% with mcnetn3.  If you’re doing a BBQ theme, why not go all out with traditional back yard games?  I think that would be a lot of fun and totally go with your theme!

also, you could have someone set up your guest book there, have a well wishes/advice board where people can offer advice and stick it on the board, or do an address card file where people can fill in all of their contact information.

Post # 8
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Busy bee

This is pretty typical at weddings, have you or your FI ever been to a wedding where they did something that you liked?

I was thinking about doing a slideshow that lasted maybe 10 minutes or so in the middle of their wait time or at the end. It’s pretty easy to DIY it and it costs nothing. My venue and my DJ have projectors for us to use. But either way, I don’t think you should worry about it too much. People know how to entertain themselves, and providing some little snacks for them will help people not feel so bored or forgotten. Cookies with milk, cheese and krackers, any little snack will be a great idea to put out. Make sure some light music is being played, and maybe even have a table out with a few family photo albums for people to look through or something.

I do however love the ideas from the hive with all the fun games. That sounds really cute!!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Love the lawn games! We are having lawn games at our rehearsal dinner!

Also, you should just have some water, sodas and maybe iced tea for people to drink if theyre going to be outside. And maybe you could just get a veggie platter or a cheese platter for them to munch on?

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We have a similar situation…  our ceremony and reception are at the same location and we’re low budget, too!  For our cocktail hour (because we are having a dry wedding) I’ve arranged for the caterer to offer iced tea and lemonade (without an additional charge, score!) and I will be making grapesicles – skewering grapes and freezing them, the day before the wedding, and asking a friend to put them out for us.  It will be cheap, will be cool (hot, afternoon, summer wedding) and will serve as an appetizer – because we’re not having any!

We also will have a photobooth (DIY) with props and 3 guestbooks.  Yeah, 3 of them.  One for signing (on a wood slice), one for thumbprinting (so a bit of an activity) and one will be well wishing cards that will be on the dinner tables for guests to fill out/draw on with colored pencils.

Most importantly though, all of my family has told me to not worry about entertaining people during this time.  They said people will be catching up with each other and eager to meet new relatives  – that they can take care of themselves!  =D

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

If it’s hot, how about a snow cone (in Hawaii we call it Shave Ice) “bar”?  Hire an attendant (or get a young person you know who knows how to work an at-home snow cone machine), put out some flavored syrup & give your guests a light, cold, refreshing treat.  It’ll kill time & keep them cool & give them something to talk about.  Combined with the games, it’ll give your wedding a fun “country fair” kind of feel (I mean that in the most well-meaning way)…sounds like a lot of fun to me!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

@ms.pascua: that sounds yummy but I would be sooo scared of spilling it on me. Snow cones can be super messy and the syrups tend to stain :/

I like the idea of lawn games and maybe a DIY Juice Bar like some of these. You can get the containers for pretty cheap at Costco, TJ Maxx, Homegoods, etc.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@babyboo: totally hear ya on the staining fear…that’s why the attendant…ooh! or get some of those cheap rain ponchos for guests to put on while making their cones.  LOVE the juice bar idea!  It looks so scrumptious!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

@ms.pascua: hahaha I love the idea of wedding guests in rain ponchos :p

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