Games and gags at a wedding reception can liven up the party and make the celebration of the happy couple's unity even more memorable. From the traditional bridal bouquet and garter toss to more personalised activities, games and gags will give guests a day they will be talking about for years to come.
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The custom of making a bride and groom kiss during a wedding reception can be made even more fun by making the guests earn the kiss instead of just commanding it by tapping on their plates or glasses. The website Classy Wedding favours offers a few alternatives, such as the "Golf Game" in which you set up a miniature putting green in a corner and have guests try for a hole in one in order to get the couple to kiss. The "Demonstration Game" involves guests showing the couple exactly how they should kiss. You can add more fun to these games by having a photographer or video camera at each point to record the action and showing it on a big screen in the reception hall.
Bouquet & Garter Toss
Spice up the bridal bouquet toss by having all the women form a circle around the bride and play a song such as "It's Raining Men" by The Weather Girls. Instruct the women to toss the flowers around the circle until the music stops. Whoever is left holding the bouquet when the music stops gets to keep it. Make the garter toss more entertaining by playing a rowdy song, like "Macho Man" by The Village People, and have the groom sit on a chair with the garter around his leg. Each man has to run up while the song is playing, remove the garter and stick it on his own leg before sitting down. Men take turns doing this until the song stops, and the one in possession of the garter gets to keep it.
The Dollar Dance
To make the traditional "Dollar Dance" more exciting, create separate trivia jars for the bride and groom. When the guests line up to dance, they have to pay a dollar and pull a trivia question out of the jar of their choice. If they don't answer the question correctly, they have the option of going back to the end of the line and trying again or dancing with the opposite person (guys with the groom or girls with the bride). The guests will be rolling with laughter at the end because it's guaranteed that some people will give up and just dance with the wrong person, most making an elaborate spectacle of it while they do so.
Instead of giving out wedding favours, make guests earn them with these ideas for games and gags. Set up a game of musical chairs, bingo, or word games and award the favours as prizes. As an alternative, hide the favours around the hall beforehand and have the DJ call out clues about where to find them. These games help everyone to get in on the fun, and the mementos of the day will be cherished even longer because of the stories behind winning them.
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