(Closed) I need help making a decision for my wedding in two days!

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Which idea is best?
    TV Theme songs : (8 votes)
    33 %
    Bride and Groom trivia : (16 votes)
    67 %
  • Post # 3
    309 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I’m sorry but I don’t prefer either of the options!  I’m just picturing a table full of elder grandparents, great aunts/uncles, etc that will probably do poorly at both “contests” however they probably should be able to eat first.  Or what about the kid table? They might do poorly at these games but again, I think it’s smart to have them eat early.  I dunno, I just don’t see the appeal of having a game to decide who gets food first. Sorry to be difficult! I know your wedding is in 2 days so do whatever makes you happy!  If I had to choose, I would say option #2 (and that’s what I voted for above)

    Post # 4
    1902 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I think the games sound like a great idea, but should it really be for guests to earn the privilege of eating?? Remember they may have travelled a long way, plus sat through a ceremony – they’ll be hungry! I think these trivia games sound like a lot of fun, but anything that delays eating will probably result in annoyed guests. The logistics of these games could be tricky too. If you go with option 1, then people further from the front will be less likely to win, and option 2 will leave anyone who doesn’t know the couple as well (distant cousins, etc.) feeling hard done by – not only because it highlights how little they know you, but they are being ‘punished’ for this by having to eat last.

    If anything, I’d vote for the bridal table getting food first, then parents, then whatever your table numbers are after that (oh, and try to fit any kids’ tables in early, hungry kids are a nightmare!). Maybe do these games for dessert/cake, rather than entree and main meals….

    Post # 5
    46421 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    To be honest, I’m not fussy about either of them. I sense you are trying to ensure that the evening gets off to a fun start.

    1. I really hate this- having people stampeding up to the front at an elegant affair is just not my thing.

    2. There will be a delay while the quizzes are scored. Believe me, you cannot trust that people will mark their entries correctly if you just call out the answers.


    I would just do a random draw of table numbers, or determine the order  by asking questions like: who has been married the longest, who travelled the firthest,  etc. This draw would take effect after tables that include  the bridal party, officiant if they are present,  parents and grandparents, then kids.

    Post # 6
    4464 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I don’t like either option. I don’t like the idea of the guests playing games to decide when they can eat. By the time the last table is finally allowed to go get food the rest of the tables are already eating and the first table to get may already be almost done. Plus I think it’s a little restrictive to tell guests when they can or cannot go get food, although I understand the reasoning behind it. I would say 2 sounds preferable out of both of these options. 

    Post # 9
    125 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I’m not a fan of either option either sorry, I think just pick and order and stick with it.

    Post # 11
    384 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I like that you are trying to ad some fun to the reception and make it more random so that no one gets offended as to where they are on the list order of who eats first. But I also agree that it will take time to score the game and delay eating and that having people running around to win isnt appropriate. I would simply let the oldest people in the crowd and the children eat first and then immediate family and than randomize it from there. Good Luck!

    Post # 12
    9 posts
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Bride & Groom trivia is a great idea! it would get your guests that are at a table with people they may not know well mingling right from the beginning as they try and discuss the right answer! at a wedding i went to a few weeks ago, they drew table numbers randomly to make it fair .. you could also spin a wheel to make it into a game ..

    Post # 13
    6743 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I don’t really think the idea of people running in heels or dress shoes across a dance floor sounds like a good idea.. actually, it kind of sounds like a lawsuit LOL.. ok maybe that’s just the lawyer in me.  I love the idea of the bride and groom trivia, but I also think it should just go in order of tables – the tables furthest away from the buffet area should line up first, or table 1 goes first or in alphabetical order if you’re not doing table numbers. 

    Post # 14
    46421 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @adnama:  The bride and groom trivia would be fun, but maybe not for this purpose. Can you have a prize for the table with the most correct answers? those mini bottles of Champagne?

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