Post # 1
I am having a very intimate wedding in the blue mountains, Australia. (sort of a destination wedding… we will be providing accommodation for everyone)
There will be only 12-13 guests. Including bride & groom plus MOB, FOB, Future Father-In-Law, Future Mother-In-Law, Future Sister-In-Law + guests is about 20 people all together.
SO~ no BMs or Flower Girl, Ring Bearer, Groomsmen….none of them~ 🙁
Because we decided to invite only people we really feel must be there… Most of the guest don’t know each other. Some guests don’t even speak English fluently…
With such a tiny wedding… I am not sure how to plan for my reception. I am not sure what activities I can do to get them comfortable with each other and enjoy during the reception.
Since half of the people at the wedding are in their 40s+ I find it so hard to come up with anything that we can enjoy together….
Please give me suggestions and advice, Beehive!!!
Post # 3
@NekoBride: could you have a dinner or lunch the day before? at the lunch or dinner play a game like a trivia game where guests have to be in small teams and ask questions about the bride and groom and then they have to work as a team to come up with answers ……… obviously they have to go team up with someone thay haven’t met before 🙂
Post # 4
That sounds like a good idea @LollyQ
Thank you. 🙂 I wonder what activity I can set up on the actual reception…
As half of the guests don’t speak very good English, I find it quite difficult to set up very verbal activities…
Post # 5
You sure are in a pickle!
I really like @lollyQ ‘s suggestion that would help a lot for the day of you know?
As for a reception activity my FI’s nephew and his wife had there DJ do “Which family is crazier?” activity, it was a lot of fun!
He would ask questions such as, “Who is crazier at the zoo?” and family members and friends would raise their shoes in responce, whoever got the most shoes would win for the “craziest family” in that category.
The questions were random, funny and even if you’re family has never done anything crazy at a zoo before you can still guess which family would be crazy at the zoo if they had a chance. It’s almost like the game “Guess who?”
And if the people who have a hard time speaking English doen’t quite get the jist of the game they will see people raising their shoes up in the air and can just participate that way, I am sure they will be laughing no matter what because that is what others will be doing.
I hope this was helpful!
Post # 6
How about a nighttime beach scavenger hunt with teams the night before, after dinner? It could be fun and helps people get to know each other. Heads up, provide flashlights 🙂 also make sure the list includes the items in everyone’s language!
Post # 7
@JoJoDahling Thank you so much for the advice~ Sounds like fun! 😀 I think I could get the DJ/host to speak in two different languages too! 🙂
@bricon I could probably do something like that. It would be better if there were a few children among the guests…but only one child guest. However a family orientated scavenger hunt idea sounds really good. Thank you!!! 🙂
Post # 8
If you have outdoor space, would they enjoy lawn games? Like bocce ball, horseshoes, etc?
Post # 9
There is a huge outdoor area at my venue… so that might be a great idea!
I’m thinking maybe corn hole…(not sure my non-English speaking guests will get the hang of the game tho LOL).
Perhaps something like horsehoes would be easy for everyone to play.
Thanks for great ideas! 😀