My Wedding: Games, Games, Games!!

by ilene on September 1, 2011 · 10 comments

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Jeff and I really wanted our wedding to be light-hearted, whimsical and fun.   In addition to the bicycle theme, we tried to keep things fun by incorporating some games throughout the wedding.  Jeff and I LOVE playing games!! Our current favorite game is now Monopoly Deal, we can play that game for hours, but we also play lots of Puerto Rico, Bejeweled, Battle of the Sexes, Hang Man and Settlers of Catan (I am revealing how nerdy we are by confessing that we would even play online against computer bots!).  I also discovered that Jeff is a closet Dance Dance Revolution competitor after I unearthed his dance pads in our basement when we moved. Hehe.  Most weekends, you will find us hosting some sort of board game night at our place. Because we love games, we sprinkled a few throughout our venue.

My sister helped me create this massive wordsearch to greet our guests at the entrance:

(photo by Jules Bianchi)

I hid words that meant a lot to our wedding like “friends”, “cherish”, “blessing”, etc.  Our names and the word “welcome” were initially circled and I put a bucket full of colored chalk for guests to find the rest of the words.  Some guests found some unintentional words like “fob” and even my sister’s name! For this project, I mostly followed this tutorial.  I cut out white letters from cardstock using my cricut machine and ran them through my xyron machine to turn them into stickers. My sister used chalkboard paint to paint a large 5′x3′ piece of particle board and then my brother-in-law cut crown molding to frame it.  It was huge! You can see how big it is relative to people:

(photo by Jules Bianchi)

We wanted guests to have something to do during cocktail hour so I designed these trivia cards and got them printed out at moo and put out on all the cocktail tables:

(photo by Jules Bianchi)

The trivia cards are actually business cards. Moo is unique because you can print up to 50 different designs on the back of the business cards so I thought of 50 unique questions about Jeff and I that our guests can quiz each other on.  I got 100 cards printed for about $40.

For the reception, I made “How well do you know Jeff and Ilene?” crossword puzzles with additional questions about Jeff and I for guests to fill out if they were bored waiting for the buffet line:

(photo by Jules Bianchi)

One table actually filled out all the questions correctly!! There are a lot of free custom crossword puzzle generators online (like this one) that you can use to create your own.

And for our youngest guests, I put together little gift bags full of little games and toys for the kids:

(photo by Jules Bianchi)

After dinner, our emcees also came up with a couple fun games for us to play that involved our bridal party and all our guests.  My brother-in-law also put Jeff to the test with a rousing game of “Which Twin is Mine?”.  Jeff was blindfolded and forced to identify my twin sister and I by scent, feel, wedding ring and even baby voice!


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1 Haley September 6, 2011 at 1:43 am

gosh. i am LOVING all of your wedding posts. i can’t get over how creative you are and how special everything was. seriously, one of my most favorite weddings I’ve ever seen!!! Thanks SO much for sharing!

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2 ilene September 6, 2011 at 4:14 am

aww thanks, Haley!

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3 Yannery August 19, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Where did you get that giant blackboard from? Any tips on how to create one? I’m looking to do a game night cocktail hour and I love this idea.

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