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Reception games?

 

I'm personally not a huge fan of the bouquet/garter toss. Plus, most of our guests are either already married or pretty young. So, FI and I have been tossing around ideas for games/activities to do instead.

 

The idea got me wondering, are you guys doing something other than the traditional reception activities. If so, what are they?

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For my first wedding, I was five months pregnant at the time and there was no way I was doing the garter toss. And so similarly we didn't do the bouquet toss either.

 

Instead, we had all the married couples out on the dance floor for a special dance and then the DJ periodically eliminated the couples by how long they've been married. First was, "if you've been married for less than a day, leave the dance floor." Obviously, that's the bride and groom! Then less than a year, five years, ten years, or however, customized to however many couples you have. The last couple on the dance floor is the longest married. We had a special bouquet made up for them. It was a beautiful way to honour those who have been married for such a long time instead of putting spotlight on the singles. :oÞ And everybody loved the idea. People still talk about that from my wedding.

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For my first wedding, I was five months pregnant at the time and there was no way I was doing the garter toss. And so similarly we didn't do the bouquet toss either.

Instead, we had all the married couples out on the dance floor for a special dance and then the DJ periodically eliminated the couples by how long they've been married. First was, "if you've been married for less than a day, leave the dance floor." Obviously, that's the bride and groom! Then less than a year, five years, ten years, or however, customized to however many couples you have. The last couple on the dance floor is the longest married. We had a special bouquet made up for them. It was a beautiful way to honour those who have been married for such a long time instead of putting spotlight on the singles. :oÞ And everybody loved the idea. People still talk about that from my wedding.

I love this idea and may have to 'steal' it as i know my mum and dad will be the last ones - they would love it.

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I feel the same way, not a fan of the bouquet toss and bringing attention to all the singles ladies (hated it when I had to go up there!) and FI isn't a fan of the garter toss. We just decided to eliminate that whole part from the reception, but hadn't thought to replace it with something else....I love the idea of the couples dancing and eliminating to the longest married! Super cute idea!

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We are not doing the garter toss/bouquet toss either but I hadn't thought of anything in its replacement. I really like the longest married couples dance idea. I may have to steal it!

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For my first wedding, I was five months pregnant at the time and there was no way I was doing the garter toss. And so similarly we didn't do the bouquet toss either.

Instead, we had all the married couples out on the dance floor for a special dance and then the DJ periodically eliminated the couples by how long they've been married. First was, "if you've been married for less than a day, leave the dance floor." Obviously, that's the bride and groom! Then less than a year, five years, ten years, or however, customized to however many couples you have. The last couple on the dance floor is the longest married. We had a special bouquet made up for them. It was a beautiful way to honour those who have been married for such a long time instead of putting spotlight on the singles. :oÞ And everybody loved the idea. People still talk about that from my wedding.
That sounds so sweet and romantic, and a great testiment to those whose marriage has withstood the ups and downs of married life.

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I like the marriage dance idea too.

 

Another idea I've heard of (and we may actually do) is while the guests are seated, you have the DJ or MC ask questions about the bride or groom to guests, like true or false questions. Guests work together at each table to answer the questions (kinda like a game show). The table who can answer the most questions gets a prize or something like that. Just a thought.

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