Post # 1
Has anyone thought of doing any type of Trivia Games at their reception to get the families and friends to mingle?
I thought of doing questions for each table and making sure they needed to get up to talk to other people to get the answers. I don’t know what kind of prizes I would give, but I thought it would be fun to get the families mingling.
Thanks in Advance!!
Post # 3
I don’t know how many guests you are having – some kinds of games work better with fewer people. A couple of games I have played in gatherings of lots of guests that actually worked well were:
1) Trivia question/answer games in which each table’s decorations contained clues to the answers of some of the questions. That way people had to go from table to table. If you have some older guests with limited mobility, you can put them "in charge" of the clues, so that they help the people who are wandering.
2) Scavenger hunt type games. You know, the kind where you (singly or as a group) have to come up with a dry cleaning receipt, a 1958 penny, a safety pin, and a theatre ticket… So everybody runs around asking each other for the items they don’t have. This works better at an event where you bring your regular purse, so if your wedding is too dressy it might not go well. Although you could hide the various items in the table decor (a la Game #1) so that people go from table to table.
A trivia answer game with questions about you, the groom, your family history, etc might also work well, as members of different families would have to talk with each other to get the answers.
Somebody posted about her Future Mother-In-Law wanting to play trivia games at the Rehearsal Dinner. I have never played them at a reception, that I remember. Oh, and somebody was going to design crossword puzzles with clues and answers related to the bridal party and families.
I don’t think you want things to get too frantic, but if you give people a significant portion of the cocktail hour to get through their collection/trivia card/crosswork puzzle (and you have guests who are good sports) it could be lots of fun!
Post # 4
One thing a friend of mine had at her wedding, instead of a full candy bar, they gave each guest a little bag and then each table had a different type of candy, so if you wanted a certain type, you had to go to that table and ask. By the end of the night, there were little wars and bartering going on between the tables that she said were hilarious to watch. It definitely got a lot of people up and moving around.
I’ve definitely also been thinking of making a little crossword or word search to keep those who inevitably get bored at receptions busy.
Post # 5
I don’t think you have to worry about having to give guests prizes for correct answers – you are footing the bill for the whole event. But, playing games at the reception is a good idea to get guests to mingle. Our d.j. had tables sing us love songs for their supper. Well, really their place in line. We had a buffet style dinner, so he took them in order of volunteers, and it was so funny to see the tables huddled up to see which song they were going to sing, whether it was going to be a solo or group effort, and then actually sing it! Another thing he did was periodically just ask questions throughout the night, like "Where did the Bride and Groom meet?" "How long have they been engaged?" It was funny because people who thought they knew turned out to be the ones with the wrong answers.
Post # 6
I’ll have 80-90 guests, with no more than 9 tables of 8-10 guests. Another catch to my "unusual" reception, is that the dining area is in a separate room from the dance floor. My reception is in a Carriage House of a mansion. We wanted different and it’s turning out to be almost too different and MOST challenging to coordinate.
Post # 7
I’ve seen a cute game where each guest is handed a bingo card with different descriptions in each box (e.g., "both parents are over 6’3" or "attended high school with Julia Roberts", etc.) and are instructed to find the guest matching the description. Might be a fun cocktail hour game.