Medieval Wedding Games

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Medieval Wedding Games
Themed wedding games can add frivolity to the occasion. (Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Medieval wedding games can add a bit of lighthearted fun to even the most elegant of themed wedding festivities. Games can be both sophisticated and entertaining, offering something for guests of all ages. Medieval wedding games can be based on true medieval games, traditions and folklore to give them an authentic look and feel.

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What's Under the Veil?

In medieval times, marriages were frequently arranged, with the couple remaining strangers until they met at the wedding ceremony. The bride traditionally wore a veil to obscure herself until the marriage contract was sealed and the groom could not back out if he didn't like the looks of his new wife. A medieval wedding game that mirrors this tradition could include a game along the lines of "The Dating Game." Conceal wedding party members under non-transparent veils and allow wedding guests to ask "yes" or "no" questions of the participants to try and determine their identities.

Lucky Scrolls

Scrolls were used frequently in medieval times to exchange correspondence, post announcements and make public proclamations. Carry on the traditional use of scrolls by randomly placing rolled, secured scrolls at each place setting during the wedding reception. Guests who open a pre-marked "lucky scroll" win a gift or prize, such as a dance with the bride or a special wedding favour.

Name That Strolling Minstrel Tune

Minstrels were musicians who walked the streets of medieval villages, playing a flutelike pipe or stringed instrument and singing songs in exchange for spare change. For an authentic medieval wedding reception that features a strolling minstrel, instruct the performer to play not only traditional period tunes, but to also work in some familiar modern-day music. Encourage wedding guests to participate in a "name that tune" contest.

King or Queen of the Bean

In medieval times, a popular game at holiday celebrations involved baking a bean into a small bread or cake. Children were randomly given the cakes and the one who found a magic "bean" baked into their treat would be named "King or Queen of the Bean" and would receive special attention during the day. Replicate this tradition by arranging for specially-baked cakes to be placed at tables with one or more baked with an edible "bean." Whichever guest finds the bean is the "winner" and is named "King or Queen of the Bean" for the remainder of the day. Adorn this special guest with a plastic crown and sceptre.

Calligraphy Instruction

Calligraphy is an artistic and formal form of handwriting whose origin is linked to medieval times. Traditionally written using a quill and ink well, formal documents, papers and correspondence, including wedding invitations, were painstakingly done in this elaborate writing style. As a nod to this ancient tradition, invite a calligraphy expert to be stationed at a table during the wedding reception to help interested party guests write their names in medieval calligraphy script.

Kiss the Frog

In medieval-themed fairy tales, princesses often kissed frogs with the hope that one would magically turn into her prince. As a romantic twist on "Pin the Tail on the Donkey," invite wedding guests to re-enact the tradition of frog-kissing by trying to attach self-sticking plastic or sticker lips on a frog poster situated near the entry or exit of the reception. The lips closest to where the frog's mouth should be wins. Participants can sign their lips with a permanent marker as a fun keepsake for the bride and groom.

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