Post # 1
My Fiance and I are geeks and very into video games.
We met online on a dating site, and because he was unsure how to pronounce my name, his family new me as “Gamer Girl” for the first month of our relationship.
We are even getting our wedding rings inscribed with “Partners in Science” (Hooray if you catch the reference!)
So, we were throwing around ideas for fun things at the reception, since we don’t like to dance, and the idea of setting up a Kinect with our 360 came up.
I thought it was a great idea, and very “us”
We are only having about 50 guests and my venue has a stage with a plain white wall at the back (which would solve my what to do with the curtain problem) so I could even project the game for everyone to see it.
I’m thinking we could play something with a ton of mini games, nothing dance related. It would be unique and definitely go with my theme, which is basically just Fun!
I know many bees will say video games are a no-no seeing as many of you have to watch your partner play them all the time and it probably drives you crazy, but keep in mind, I’m usually playing right along with mine.
P.S. I was also considering setting up a television at the other end of the ballroom with our N64, four controllers, and Mario Cart, for those who’d like to sit and play.
Post # 3
@RouleauLover: I think that’s so cool and adds a touch of your personality as a couple to your reception. My cousin and her Darling Husband are huge table tennis addicts, so they had table tennis set up for their guests at the reception. After their first dance, they played a round with each other! Everyone thought it was so funny and cute!
Post # 4
@brideatbeach: Thanks! That’s what my friends have said, it is so “us” It also give us the ability to make the reception fun and informal. Which leads us to having pizza at the reception, something we both want!
Post # 5
@RouleauLover: Cool- I love it! The only thing I would be concerned about would be kids hogging it for the entire night, so I would maybe have one of your bridesmaids, groomsmen, or other friends just kind of keep an eye on it for you every now and then throughout the night and make sure that’s not happening!!
Post # 6
I love that idea! It’s not for every couple, but I love that it reflects your personalities 🙂
If you REALLY want to commit to the theme, you could have Rock Band or Guitar Hero going with amplifiers and not hire a DJ…
Post # 7
Love the idea. So meaningful and unique. I go with BOTH. YAY!
Post # 8
Are your wedding guests into video games? I totally understand that video games are something you and your Fiance enjoy but the reception should be a good time for everyone. If your guest list includes relatives and not just friends will those relatives enjoy themselves watching others play video games? Would those relatives want to play themselves?
Honestly, I would be bored to tears if I went to a wedding reception where they were playing video games. I occasionally play with my teenagers, but I wouldn’t play if I were all dressed up as most people are for a wedding reception.
Post # 9
LOVE this idea. We are doing a kid’s room with dvds, board games, and video games that adults can join in on. I’m thinking we will do Mario Kart and maybe Just Dance since it is away from the dance floor.
Post # 10
PORTAL 2!!! haha
the problem i see with having a kinect set up is that people new to it (or old lol) have a hard time getting set up in it. of course it’s a lot of fun when you get going (plus you can get awesome guest pics with like kinect adventures for example) but because it recognizes new people, you can’t just set it up for someone and then have them jump in when it’s time to go. you have to be like “hold up your right hand and swipe to the left! no, your other left! hold it there… chose to sign in as guest… blahblahblah” so it’s not the easiest. Darling Husband and I are xbox nerds, so believe me, i get it (ps if you have Live we should exchange gamertags lol). mario kart would be awesome and easy though. maybe you can do a test run with some family on the kinect front to see if you can come up with some instructions & make a sign?
Post # 11
I Think it is a cute idea if since you and your so love video games. I would make sure to pick a game that alot of people could play at once. Also, pick something that everyone could play for example kinect bowling. Also maybe wii is a better choice based on setup for kinect.
Post # 12
Cool idea. We have a kinect and my friends and their kids who visit totally love it and provides hours of entertainment mainly dance central and kinect sports. They are my age 30s and tech savvy so didnt need much to get started. So agree with PP you might need someone available near there to guide new folks and make sure everyone gets a chance.
Post # 13
It sounds fun! I agree with a PP that you should test the kinect system to make sure it will work okay with a ton of ppl. And I would probably think about some other form of entertainment for the people not into gaming, or who are waiting (If you have two systems going that leaves most of your guests sitting and watching or on the side lines).
Post # 14
Our venue has a designated rock band room with a play station and another room with a wii. We plan on taking our xbox and kinect up too! The game rooms at our venue were a selling point! They also have pool, shuffle board, air hockey, ping pong, and karaoke!
I say go for it! I think people will like it and have fun with it. We are going to open the game area later after people have been dancing a while.
Post # 15
Thanks for all the feedback and encouragement!
I have no concerns about people not being interested.
What I didn’t consider was the set up with the kinect.
That will be annoying. I want to have some dancing, then stop the music and let this and maybe a photobooth be the main entertainment for the night.
The Wii may be the best idea. People can just hope in and play. Plus I can have Mario Cary on there!
Ooh! I can even make a Mii of each guest beforehand!
And ellistan, yay for knowing! I’ll message you my gamertag 😀
Post # 16
I want to have the Kinect or Wii at our reception. We aren’t super hardcore into gaming, but do play during some downtime from work.
I told my Fiance that I wanted to do a Dance Central dance battle for our first dance, I LOVE dance central. I thought it would be fun and I know he isn’t into public displays of affection. But he sort of rolled his eyes at me and made some mocking comments.