(Closed) Games to encourage MINGLING at reception

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

one of my BM’s thought of a whole bunch of little things…like doing skits along with a really cool game. but now that I am trying to remember the specifics I can’t. lol. I’ll ask her again and get back to you!

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

These are two things we happen to be doing, that we think in the end will cause some mingling:

  1. Cootie catchers: you may be familiar with these from way back when, there’s a real cute twist to personalize these for your weddings. Some questions are more about the bride, some more about the groom so we thought that would cause for some inter-mingling. I just finished mine, let me know if you’d like to see them!
  2. Escort cards: our escort cards are actually a tribute to my fiance’s true love: movie quotes. I know about .0005% of movie quotes and sadly give him blank stares while hey joyously quotes them all day. To give him some excitement in the planning and during the day I suggested using quotes to direct guests to tables. Each table will be labeled a movie (and number) and each guest’s escort card will have their name and a quote. If they don’t immediately know the quote they’ll have to mingle around to find out what movie it’s from. (Unless they figure out they can just flip it over and find the table number). We thought this would make some great opening conversation especially since we have A LOT of young guests (about 100?!) including family and friends from different parts of our lives and we’d like them all to meet!

Hope that’s helpful! If you need more ideas I’m happy to help, message me!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My family’s super into trivia, so during the cocktail hour I’m going to have a bunch of trivia cards on the cruiser tables that we’ll have setup for our cocktail hour. Hopefully this will keep some people occupied!

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2010

We are doing something similar to hergreenapples  I have been coming up with trivia questions about FI and myself, and also about the state of Arizona (because we have a number of people coming from out of town) I ordered 100 *free* postcards from vistaprint with Wedding trivia printed on them so I will cut them in half and then have the questions printed on the back.  I think we will set these out at the bar/ tables so people have something to do!  I also am thinking about setting up a table of vintage games ($2 a piece at local goodwill or savers) so the people that aren’t dancing could pull out a game if they wanted! 

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Charades is also a good one.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

We’re going to have a little “I SPY” at all the tables…They’ll atleast be able to start it =)

And also our Guestbook is very original with the guests actually taking the book pages and filling them out w/ CRAYON!… I’m sure this will get them talking

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@amnystik  OMG!! I LUV that idea I’m gonna soo have that, might tweak it a little, but that is totally fun, cute and very interactive, LOVE IT! Smile

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

People mingle on their own without outside help. You can’t force them to either without causing resentment and making them feel like they are children. Games honestly don’t work out that way in reality, despite best intentions. Your guests are adults so they know how to interact with others so just trust them to have a good time on their own.

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