Couples’ Dance (Anniversary Dance): The couples’ dance or anniversary dance (spoken whichever way is preferred) is the perfect dance to recognize all married couples. Traditionally, the emcee will invite all of the married couples to the dance floor. Afterwards, the emcee will dismiss the youngest couples by year. Couples will be dismissed until only the oldest couple remains on the dance floor. Once the song concludes, the oldest couple will give advice to the bride and groom on sustaining a long and happy marriage. After this, the bride and groom will join the oldest couple for a dance. About halfway through the song, the emcee will invite everyone to join and dance. This is the ideal dance for recognizing all the married couples.
The Shoe Game: This game is one of the best sources of laughter during the reception. The emcee will place two chairs on the dance floor facing away from each other and invite the bride and groom to each have a seat. The bride and groom will remove their shoes and trade one shoe with their partner. The emcee will ask a series of questions and the bride and groom must answer the question by raising a shoe of the person who most fits the description. For example, here are a few questions:
When you first met, who made the first move?
Who is the better driver?
Who has been in more car accidents?
Who will be doing the cooking?
Who will control the checkbook?
Who takes the longest to get ready?
Right now, who do you love more than anyone in the world?
Is He My Husband?: This game is very entertaining and interactive with the audience. The bride is blindfolded and placed in front of several men seated in chairs. She must determine which man is her husband only by touching their faces. The emcee will ask the bride what her thoughts are as she feels for key facial features.
Roman Hands and Russian Fingers: This game is guaranteed to make the audience laugh. The bride is blindfolded while the groom’s person of honor places three small clips somewhere on the groom’s person. These clips should be placed on difficult to find places, such as the groom’s shoelaces or the back of his hair. The blindfolded bride must then find each of the clips with her hands. The emcee will ask the audience to participate by allowing guests to call out, “warmer!” or, “colder!” as the bride’s fumbling hands move closer or farther away from the clip.
Wedding Favors: Instead of giving out wedding favors, make the guests earn them! Set up a game of musical chairs, bingo, or word games, and award the favors as prizes. As an alternative, hide the favors around the hall before the game begins. The emcee will call out clues about where to find them. These games help everyone get in on the fun—the wedding favors will be cherished even longer because of the stories behind winning them.
Bride and Groom Trivia: Throughout the reception, the emcee will ask the audience questions about the bride and groom. Whoever answers the question first will receive a prize or centerpiece. This game is also a way for guests to be released for dinner.
Wedding Dress Contest: Using the bridal party and many rolls of toilet paper, the bride and groom will judge who made the best wedding dress! The contest begins when the music starts. The contest is over after one or two songs are played.
Love: Before dinner, the emcee will inform the guests that anyone who wants to see the couple kiss should be prepared to step up to the microphone and perform a song or poem containing the word “love.” Guests may come up with original poetry or even perform a skit. Everybody who has a routine will perform during dinner. This game leads to much laughter and cherished memories.
Name That Tune: Before the wedding day, have the deejay create short clips of the bride and groom’s favorite songs. The deejay will play one song clip at a time and ask the guests to stand up if they recognize the tune. Guests who stand up first are given the first chance to guess, and if they are correct, their table is released for dinner. If they guess wrong, they will have to choose another table that will be released to eat dinner.
Car Wash—Rose Royce: This dance is ideal for those who especially enjoy funk or disco music. The ladies are the “car wash.” They will form two lines on the dance floor and face each other. They will raise their hands up and forward to form an arch. Now, all of the gentlemen form a line and dance through the line of ladies. The guys are the “cars” going through the “car wash.” The gentlemen can go back to the beginning and dance through the line again for as many times as they like.
Table Centerpieces: This is just one idea of many involving table centerpieces. Have one guest at each table pull out a dollar. When the music starts, the dollar will be passed around each person at the table. When the music stops, the person holding the dollar wins the centerpiece.
Dinner Decisions: Of the many different ways to release guests for dinner, this one is one of the more entertaining methods. Each table will be given one envelope containing a number. When the music starts, the envelopes are passed around between the tables. When the music stops, guests will open their envelopes and see their number. The emcee will explain that the tables will be release by either the highest or lowest number first. They will then have 30 seconds to decide whether to keep or trade the number with another table. For weddings, the emcee will ask the bride and groom highest or lowest number, and the tables will be released accordingly.
Balloon Stomp: This is a high-energy game that every guest will appreciate. Each participant will get a balloon attached to a string that is tied to one of their ankles. Each person’s mission: to pop everyone’s balloon while protecting their own. The game starts when the music begins. At some point during the music will abruptly stop, and everyone must freeze in place. The music begins again and the entertainment continues. The game is won when there is one person left or when the music ends.
Human Ring Toss: This is another high-energy game that will get everybody involved. Guests are arranged into groups of two. One person wears a hat with a point on top of it. The other person tosses the rings. The first team to catch four rings is declared the winner.
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