Wedding Favors and Games – Make Your Wedding Fun!

Wedding favors and games, a sure fire way to make your wedding FUN!  Think you’ve seen the latest favors and games out there?  Think again.  Someone is constantly thinking of new ways to wow you and make you smile.  Weddings are a never ending cycle of “the moment”.

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The latest craze is fun, not particularly expensive, favors and innovative games.  Love the scratchers above.  I’m not sure how they work, but I’m guessing certain phrases scratched off the cards win prizes.  We used lotto scratchers as favors at one of my daughter’s weddings, and they were a HUGE hit.

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What about the bride/groom quiz jar above?  This could double as a game AND a centerpiece.  My vision is that the whole table collaborates on the jar quiz and then receives a prize if they win. I think it would have to be a self-correcting quiz for time efficiency.  Perhaps the winning table gets to go first in the buffet line?

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One must be committed, AND have room for the game above.  Love the idea, though.  I’m not sure what’s all involved in the construction of this unit, but it seems pretty involved.

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Love, LOVE the favor above! I imagine it’s more of a bridal shower favor, than a wedding reception favor, but it sure is cute.  While I’m sure it would take some time to assemble, I can’t believe it’s TOO labor intensive.

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Like the cookies above, but aren’t the best baker?  Never fear!  You can order a customized version on-line!  Just click on the link above if interested.  This could go either way, a great favor for either a bridal shower OR a wedding reception.

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I actually laughed out loud when I saw the above photo, a pamphlet designed to entertain waiting wedding ceremony guests.  Not sure what’s inside, but click on the link for some clues.  And you can always create your own, personalized funny sheet.

Have fun with your wedding!

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Wedding Wisdom from the Hair Salon

Wedding Wisdom from the Hair Salon?  That’s right…wherever women gather, that’s the best place to glean knowledge.  What better locale than a hair salon?

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I was relaxing at my most recent hair appointment, enjoying chatting with the young stylist who was new to me.  Sadly, my regular stylist moved and I to find another.  Ladies, you know this isn’t fun.  Luckily, Kayla was a delight, and was pretty handy with the scissors.  I admit…I’m a little bit of an eaves dropper…  And when I heard the stylist and her client next to us start talking about weddings, I had to jump in!  The talk had gone to the best wedding of the season – typical wedding season is April to October.  The stylist does a lot of wedding hair at her salon, in fact she did both my daughters’.  And apparently the client attended many weddings this season.

So, I jumped in, and asked, “So what makes a wedding a good one?  What makes it fun/a success?”

What they both answered surprised me.  I thought they may say extravagance, fabulous food and drink, over the top decorations and favors.  No.  Both ladies answered they wanted to get the party started.  They wanted to dance as soon as possible.  As soon as cocktail hour was over, and the bridal party announced, THE WANTED TO DANCE.

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So I am modifying the timeline I have historically recommended to my brides.  As soon as cocktail hour is over, begin your first dance as bride and groom, and then invite your guests to join you on the dance floor.  Then take a little break and hold the toasts. KEEP THE TOASTS SHORT.  Yes, I realize you don’t have much control over this, but plead with your toasters and ask them keep their speeches to 2-3 minutes.  Limit the number of people you ask to speak also.  Father of the bride, best man, and maid/matron on honor at the most.

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Then, dance!  Brief break again, and dance your “Special Dances” Father/Bride and Mother/Groom.  I suggest either sharing the dance floor for one song, (although I realize this is NOT an option for most), or dance to a truncated version of each song.

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Then DANCE!  Lastly, cut your cake, and keep it brief.

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Then you can get back to what the guests say they really want to do, dance, enjoy cocktails and visit with friends.  Hopefully you will get a few photos like the ones below…

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Photo 1 – Pinterest

Photos – 2, 4, 5, 8 – Patty Cloherty

Photo – 3, 6, 7, 10 – Hannah Colt

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Ingenious Wedding Ideas – Part II

My blog post “Ingenious Wedding Ideas” was so well received, I thought I’d write a “Part II”.  Buzzed.com wrote a delightful article about Ingenious Wedding Ideas, and I’m sharing the best with you.  Many aren’t new to me, but a few were.  If you’d like to read the entire buzzfeed article, click on the link.  But never fear…I have hit the highlights for you, and included my own take on their suggestions.

  1. Consider high-velocity blower fans – This is an excellent idea, one that I suggested more than once this summer.

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The wedding from the above photos was at an old-fashioned airport hanger.  It was terrific and very beautiful.  But it…was…hot.  It was close to 100 degrees, and that’s hot in Southern New England.  I recommended renting industrial fans, and it was a good call. Keep this idea on your check list if you’re planning a summer wedding.

2. Put camping lanterns underneath tablecloths to create a glowing evening lighting idea.

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Love this idea, inexpensive, yet beautiful.  This treatment creates a magical feel.  Perfect for you summer wedding.

3. If your outdoor venue permits it, have a bonfire.

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Nothing says “Party” like a bonfire, especially in New England.  All my teens enjoyed many a bonfire in their high school years.  And, hey, if you use modified trash cans and they have the bride and groom’s initials, all the better!

4. A photo frame, hanging from a ribbon, can create an inexpensive photo booth

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Love this idea.  You get all the perks of a photo booth, without the cost!  Come on!  Everyone has a cell phone camera, let’s use ’em!  Who needs the expensive of one or two more vendors!

5. Use cupcake wrappers to keep bugs out of your guests drinks.

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This…is brilliant!

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Ingenious Ideas for Outdoor Weddings

Buzzfee.com wrote a nice article about Ingenious Ideas for Outdoor Weddings.  I have picked a few of my favorite ideas from the article to share with you. If you’d like to read the whole article, click on the provided link…Buzzfeed.com…but my take on the article is really all you need.  🙂

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Advise your female guests about the best footwear for your outdoor affair.  And for your bridesmaids and other important female guests, spring for these nifty little heel supporters.  They’re great!  I have long been an advocate for these gems.  None of us like our heels ruined in the grass…

Offer ice cold drinks to waiting guests.  Summer weddings can be brutal on guests waiting for the start of your wedding, especially if there’s no shade.

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Behold, an almost empty tub from a wedding I worked this summer.  It was once full of ice and chilled water bottles, but the guests took good advantage of the thoughtful gesture.

Individual inset repellent. I LOVE this idea.  I always encouraged my brides to provide cans of bug spray for their guests, but it’s messy, and takes awhile to make the rounds of the guests.  To have a vat of individual applications is nothing short of genius.

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If you anticipate a REALLY hot day, ask your florist to mist the wedding flowers periodically throughout the day.  If you live in hot climes, consider writing that in your floral contract.  If your florist balks, recruit a family member to do the chore.

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This is a big one… Choose a strong make-up fixative/setting spray that will hold up to the heat.  This is not an occasion where you want your make-up running.  There are too many important photos at stake!

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There are many more wonderful ideas…next post, I’ll share additional items!