Post # 1
We met with our officiant last night and got a chance to brainstorm some really fun ways to personalize our ceremony and add a touch of our personalities.
FI is one of the most competitive people that I know. He’s really good at every single athletic/hobby thing he does. I lose at everything. I am totally okay wtih this and I think it’s hilarious. I’m owning it.
As a toast to his competitive personality, I raised the idea of doing something a little more than just the typical ice breaker circle our officiant likes to do to break the ice between the wedding party members (all but 2 of my BM’s are out of state and only one of them has met one of his groomsmen). I want to do a simplified Wedding Party Olympics the afternoon/early evening the of the rehearsal dinner. We have our venue from Friday-Sunday and the wedding party will all be there by Friday afternoon so I’m not asking anyone to make additional or altered travel plans (that would be really inconsiderate for this activity lol).
Basically, I want to break people up into teams of two (who they’ll be walking with) and have a relay. I want the activities to be simple things like “stack 50 oreos” at Station 1, run an egg on a spoon from station 2-3 without dropping, toss and catch 10 water balloons without using your hand for station 3. etc. Just fun tiny little activities. Does anyone have any ideas of things we can incorporate in?
I wasn’t sure where to post this so sorry if it’s in the wrong spot!
Post # 3
Hm, if I was a bridesmaid, I wouldn’t be thrilled about this. Forced fun reminiscent of middle school field day…
But, I’m sure there are a ton of ideas online if you google it!
Post # 4
@abbie017: +1 I wouldn’t be thrilled either. This kind of stuff was what I dreaded growing up aha. Maybe check Pinterest for ideas? Or you could some challenges that have been on the show ‘Minute to Win it’. I know some people that have had Minute to Win it parties – not my cup of tea, but they seem to love it!
Post # 5
This kind of sounds like one of the “teambuilding” exercises companies like to do to their employees, and trust me, no one is ever happy with how those turn out. If you’re really worried about helping people get to know each other, then buy some ‘icebreaker’ type cards and leave them on the tables for dinner.
Post # 6
I would be SO IN!I love this idea!
But I’m also REALLY aggressive when it comes to winning, so no one would want to be on my team!
Post # 7
If asked to do this, I would, out of respect for friendship, but on the inside I would be anxious and dreading my impending humiliation. If I were made fun of during the course of the proceedings–or even teased gently–I’m not sure that I’d be able to take it in good grace, even though I would try very hard.
Post # 8
I would not be impressed.
Post # 9
Meh. I’d be annoyed. Personally I don’t care about meeting the wedding party members – they have to stand together for photos for a few minutes. It’s not like we all need to become friends.
Post # 10
- Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club
I was also thinking about doing something like this. I would love to be involved in something like this, so if your bridal party is like me, then do it 🙂
Or maybe if they aren’t, then you could have a get-to-gether still with get to know you games.
I thought it would make everyone more comfortable to do activities with eachother before they walked down the aisle.
You know, so they wouldn’t be strangers.
Fi and I are thinking of doing a scavenger hunt.
Maybe run the idea past your bridal party? Make sure they are cool with it.
Also, youth group games come to mind. Maybe google youth group activities or something.
here is a website i found with a quick google… maybe it’s helpful? 🙂
Post # 11
@CharleighT: Why would you do this? What relationship does this exercise have to the commitment of marriage, which is what your friends are there to celebrate?
Post # 12
I think it could be fun! We wanted to do something similar in the summer, but with more of a girls-vs-guys field day and camping at my husband’s aunt’s farm, but there was a death in the family and we ran out of time. I really think it depends on what kind of things your friends are into doing. Ours are, for the most part, up for anything if drinks and treats are involved (which they would have been). However, I agree with the others in that those might not be the most fun activities. Also, it’s definitely not necessary for everyone to have spent time together pre-wedding. That’s how most weddings go, I imagine, and they all turn out just fine.
Post # 13
@VanillaCoke: It’s an ice breaker for the wedding party, as I mentioned… Our officiant shows up the day before for the dress rehearsal and always does an ice breaker to get the jitters out for everyone and to break the ice. We’re a fun couple with really fun friends– I’m not about to have a wedding that DOESN’T reflect who we are as a couple. In fact, our friends have been witnessing our “commitment” for years now and that’s why they’re here to be a part of our wedding. When we mentioned it to our wedding party via email this morning, every single person responded back with team name ideas and already smack talking who is going to win.
Aside from that, we’re in a unique situation as we rented the entire property for our wedding and have it from Friday morning until Sunday night. We rented the two luxury farmhouses where the wedding party will stay for the duration of the weekend. We also planned a brunch for Sunday for all guests who aren’t flying out super early. Should I cancel that too as it doesn’t have anything to do with the actual exchanging of vows?
I’m sorry about the death iny our family! I don’t necessarily think it’s required that everyone spend time together but since everyone plans to arrive by noon on Friday and we’re all there until Sunday evening, they’re giong to be spending a lot of time together. Our officiant explained how she usually does an ice breaker and asked us if we had any ideas. We figure it’ll be like a 20 minute type thing just to get some laughs out and just get everyone laughing and enjoying themselves. I also made sure to check with everyone as I mentioned above because I didn’t want anyone to feel weird, but they’re already joking about t-shirt designs, team names, and whether there should be a trophy or not. I really love our friends! hahaha
Post # 14
I guess I should have stressed that I asked people how they felt and everyone was really excited, picking team names, and shit talking the other team hahaha. It’s just who we are as a couple and what our friends are like. Most of our wedding party was involved in greek life in college…so there’s that.
Also, pretty sure corporate ice breakers don’t serve drinks. 😉
Post # 15
@BrandNewBride: Love you style 😉 You can be an alternate for the wedding party ahahha
Post # 16
@Anna10-05-2014: Ohhhh A scavenger hunt sounds so fun! It’s on a farm so there’s a lot of really cool fun things we could do with that. What a great idea, thank you!!!