(Closed) How to get my guests to interact??

posted 9 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
778 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I wanted to have my guests interact with each other as well.  Before the wedding I tried to collect the wedding pictures of most of guests.  I framed them and had the catering hall put them up all over the cocktail hour.  My guests spent the coctail hour going from table to table, and looking around the room, trying to figure out whose pictures they were.  They were talking with each other and exchanging memories.  People were raving about it. 

Then the servers put the pictures up in the main room for the reception, mostly by the wedding cake and card box and those that may have missed some pictures were able to see them again.  It was a big hit.

Post # 4
2640 posts
Sugar bee

I think trivia is fine.  I like fun activities as options.  Some people have gambling tables or what have you.  But as far as getting a number and finding someone with a matching number…. I’m not a huge fan.  It sounds a little bridal showery, or middle school gym, or corporate team building…..  Some guests aren’t going to want to care to interact with folks, no matter how much you might want them to.  I think having activites available for guests to break the ice is great, as long as it’s not forced on them.  Like, "Everyone look under your name tags.  You have a number.  Now find the person with the same number, before we do the chicken dance, so  that everyone blah blah blah…."  Forget it.

Post # 5
883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

We had a melting pot of friends and family.  For them, all it took was some alcohol and some music for everyone to mix and mingle. Maybe that’s just us and the type of people we are close to.  Our DJ called EVERYONE up to the dance floor hokey pokey style with us in the middle. Then it was "anyone guest from out of town, go dance with the happy couple!" Then they came back out, and it switched to locals, then under 30, over 30, those with a tattoo, etc etc.  It sounds incredibly cheesy but it was soo much fun and the dance floor stayed packed all night after that!

Post # 6
1205 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We are doing trivia – a half-sheet of paper with 7 questions about us (bride & groom) and 7 questions about our city that we recently moved to together. So none of the questions required any research and they’re just fun. I hope they’ll be a conversation starter!

If you have seating assignments, you might consider putting a chatty friend at each table. Or include possible topics for conversation, too. I know there have been a few weddings where I met new people because someone was really friendly, we started out talking about the couple, then ourselves, etc. 

I agree with the warning to stay away from anything that sounds too much like what you’d do in a business icebreaker or middle school. But you know your guests — and relax, they’re all there to have fun and celebrate your marriage!

Post # 7
1 posts

I had my wedding back in February.  My wife is Chilean and my family is from England. I also went to highschool far from where I went to college, so I realized the majority of my guests would not know one another.  I used a simple service called Crowdmelt.  It allowed me to add my guests, assign them to tables, and then create QR codes that i placed at each table.  My guests were able to then scan these codes at their table and learn about the people they were seated with it.  It was easy, fun, and my guests really enjoyed it.  Crowdmelts slogan is “we break the ice so you dont have to”.  They can be found at http://www.crowdmelt.com.  Check them out.  hope this helps.

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