(Closed) Need Help with Reception Ideas – Name Tags?

posted 6 years ago in Weddingbee
  • poll: Name Tags to help Family & Friends Mix and Mingle
    Fun Idea : (1 votes)
    9 %
    Sounds okay : (1 votes)
    9 %
    No one likes to wear name tags, no matter what the situation : (9 votes)
    82 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    13074 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Honestly, I hate name tags.  Even at events where I’m supposed to wear them, half the time I take them off.  If someone wants to know my name, all they have to do is ask!  I think making someone wear name tags takes it from wedding reception to forced-social-function mentality, at least for me.  I also think having the description of how you know them defeats the purpose.  I’d see it and say, “Oh, that’s Liz, she works with the bride. That’s nice” and move on.  I figured out who she was and never had to say a word to her. 

    Post # 4
    Member
    1114 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Honestly, that idea makes me cringe a little.  It’s bit too much like speed dating – like you’re trying to force people to mix.  To me, that would not equal a fun time.  But if you’d like to ackowledge how special these people are to you, how about creating some kind of poster or something in your guest book so that people can have fun looking for their names and seeing what you wrote about them and other people?

    Post # 6
    Member
    107 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    You may want to try a little twist on the name tag idea.  

    I went to a good friend’s wedding a few years ago, and at each person’s seat was a cute little booklet with all of the wedding guests listed, how they knew the couple and how much that guest was valued as friend/relative/coworker.  This was a destination wedding so there were lots of people coming in from all over so it made for a very nice way to get to talking with people.  

    People didn’t have to participate (i.e wear name tags) if they didn’t want to, but people who wanted to find out more about their table mates had some easy conversation ice-breakers. I loved it! 

    Good Luck. 

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