(Closed) Games for centerpiece or buffet line

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2324 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Honestly, I think the best way to deal with a buffet is quickly! No need to draw it out. Also, keep in mind that a lot of people DON’T like to play games. You don’t want to make your guests uncomfortable while they’re trying to enjoy your day with you. Buffet lines are always so long anyway.

I wouldn’t mind some sort of game for the centerpiece, but not everybody is going to want to take it home. Something that is pretty common at charity events I attend is a sticker or mark of the place card or program and that means you win the centerpiece. 

Post # 4
952 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’d skip the game about who gets to go to the buffet line first. That could end up being more trouble than it’s worth and might result in some cranky guests!

I know a lot of couples have trivia questions about themselves during the reception or cocktail hour, that could be one way to give out the prizes, you could give a prize to the person that got the most right, most original answer, etc.

Post # 5
349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I just wanted to chime in and say that I truly dislike games and such at events. It makes me feel really uncomfortable and makes me want to take an extended period of time to hang out in the bathroom. So maybe nix that idea? That’s just my opinion though. I’m more of a mingle at my own pace person.

But I think trivia games and such that were created about the couple at each table is really cute. We’re actually doing little cards with memories about each person at the wedding on them. We’re typing up our favorite memory of each person and making them into cards. Each table will have a stack of cards with the memories for everyone at that table. They’ll be a note on each stack that says, "Here are our favorite memories that we have of everyone at this table. Please find yours, pass it around or read it aloud." Or something like that anyway. It’s our way of making sure everyone knows how much we love having them in our lives, and also, to get people talking without making them feel forced into something. We, of course, had to leave out guests of guests we’ve never met. We figured they’d understand.

I’ve heard of others creating trivia cards about themselves, and including little pads of paper and golf pencils to keep score. That’s cute, too.

Post # 6
369 posts
Helper bee

I went to a reception once where they made an announcement that whomever’s birthdate on each table was closest to the bride & groom’s wedding date get’s the centerpiece. It was a nice and simple way to get people talking if they didn’t know one another.

Post # 7
1573 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

In past weddings I have been to we have played a game to see who gets the center piece.  The DJ asks someone at each table to take a dollar from their wallet or their purse.  Then they have to pass to the bill to the left or right.  When you have the bill you must stand up and twirl around.  Then DJ plays music while everyone is dancing.  When the DJ ends the music the person holding the bill gets to keep the dollar.  The person who volunteered the dollar gets to keep the centerpiece.  Kind of cheesy…yeah.  But it does get people moving.  No one at our table minded.

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