Post # 1
In trying to plan our reception, I keep thinking of different things we could or could not do during the reception.
I am not one for ‘traditional’ wedding elements – but, the last wedding I went to, made me rethink this. At that wedding, the only ‘traditional’ thing she did was cut her wedding cake. It honestly made it feel very slow and non-wedding. We all left feeling like it wasn’t a very fun party.
So, it’s got me thinking about what kinds of ‘fun’ wedding related elements I could include in our reception.
My goal is for people to get to know us a little better as a couple…
Post # 3
We got married outside so we had horseshoes 🙂
But, as a way for our guests to get to know us better we did memory boxes. I got the idea from Mrs. Cream Puff and what she/I did was have 3 boxes filled with pictures & mementoes.
I broke the boxes down by age, so we had a baby-10yr old box; where we had pictures, toys, & other mementoes. The second was high school/ early college. The third was of just us, and I included notes we wrote to each other, cards, sports ticket stubs, etc. Everyone really loved them & it was fun for them to see alot of pictures of us from childhood into adulthood.
I attached my inspiration pic from Mrs. Cream Puff so you could get an idea 🙂
Post # 4
Chinese weddings sometimes have the best man, or some guests play tricks on the couple or have them play games to “prepare” them for the wedding night. One wedding I went to, the best man was the person who organized the games and made the bride spank the groom and in another one, the bride had to use a spoon and move a hard-boiled egg up one pantleg of the groom and down the other. In another one, the groom was blindfolded and had to pick his new wife from a lineup.
Maybe you can get your DJ to do a kind of newlywed game and ask the audience to help with questions?
Post # 5
I was thinking that during dinner we would have a slideshow of us playing.
Post # 6
My fiance plays poker for a living and we were thinking of having a few tables of poker for those not dancing. I am not sure if it would be with or without money.
One of the groomsmen’s daughter is 5 and has leukemia so we were thinking of donating poker winings to their family or to the lymphoma/leukemia society
I have told SO that if we do poker he haas to plan that whole aspect as I have no idea =)
Post # 7
i definitely think that we’ll have cigars for M and i absolutely LOVE the game spades so i’d definitely try to figure out a way to incorporate that into the night, after all, for me a party ain’t a party if spades aren’t there ;). I also will do the traditional wedding fare (bouquet tossing, garter tossing, cake cutting and to smash or not, i’m not too sure yet…. but am doubtful I guess it’ll go according to the moment) i also really like the idea of having all of the married couples get up the longest and those that have been married the shortest sit down etc to get the guests involved.. i’m not sure if we’re going for a money dance or not, it’s a huge tradition here, but we may…
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!
We have a smilebooth, and then lots of dancing, and then, well, apparently I’m going to be kidnapped. Lots of crazy German traditions and mischeif. :p
Post # 9
We’re doing an outdoor park reception, so there’s going to be croquet, bocce ball, chalk and bubbles for the kids, maybe some board games in the adjacent pavilion, a string of photographs (not just fiance and me, but old pictures us with various guests who will be at the wedding).
We’re not going to have a dance floor, obviously, but there will be iPod music and maybe some live music too – fiance is an artist and we might get some of his local musician friends to perform.
Post # 10
We had an the traditional dances (first, Bride/Dad, Groom/Mom, anniversary dance), the Hora, bouquet/garter toss, Irish Dancers performance.
The only group dance I remember playing was Thriller which was really funny, I can’t wait to see the pictures!
Post # 11
We’re having a photobooth, I can’t wait!
Post # 12
We’re having some sort of photobooth, yet to be decided. I also really really want to dance the Hora, but my fiance thinks that his non-Jewish family will be totally weireded out by it. Bummer.
Post # 13
We had a wishing tree for people to write wishes and hang on the tree. We also had a personalized guestbook with our photos that the guests could flip through.
I wanted to get the dancing started ASAP, so we combined the dance with the parents and skipped the garter. We made a last minute decision to do a bouquet toss, only because I really like the song by Beyonce. We also had a cake cutting, but it went by really quickly.
Post # 14
jduck: I love all your ideas.
I am not sure if you have kids yet, but chalk gets my daughter and friends so so messy =)
Maybe you could have a couple of cute wooded easels they could use, so they are not on the gound getting chalk all over them?
Your reception sounds so fun, perfect for a summer one
Post # 15
almostduffy – I know, I have thought about that! I don’t have kids yet, but my two nieces are going to be my flower girls and they are pretty messy kids (well, you know, as far as kids go!). The easel idea might work, but I have a feeling the kids are going to getting food all over their cute clothes anyway… I’ll just have to make sure I get good pics before that happens, haha.
Or, instead of chalk, I might provide some crayons and coloring books or paper for them instead.
Post # 16
I think we are going to do the wishing tree and also have board games! I am having a small wedding, and we love board games, so we are going to have some set up around so people can play! The focus of our reception isn’t going to be dancing.