Wedding rehearsal dinners are a time to relax, calm down and enjoy a quiet evening before the big event the next day. Adding some fun and games into the rehearsal dinner isn’t such a bad idea. It’s a great way to help everyone let off some steam, calm down and enjoy each other.
If you’re planning a sit-down formal dinner, fun games and activities can still be on the menu. In fact, if a formal dinner is part of the plans, having some interesting activities on the agenda is not only a good idea, but an excellent one. There’s been a lot of planning, and a lot of stress and the wedding party,close friends and family will welcome the opportunity to have a little fun.
The success or failure of any games or activities largely depends not just on the planning but your venue. If you’re having a sit-down dinner in a restaurant, try to get a private room. Then a myriad of fun activities can be planned, such as “pin the veil on the couple”, in which blindfolded guests spin around a few times, then try to pin the veil on a picture of the wedding couple. Silly, yes, but also fun.
One fun activity sure to help everyone blow off some steam is charades. Whoever is up will act out a scene from a either of the couple’s lives , so it might be graduating from college, or getting a huge promotion at work. The “it” person might choose to act out when one of them tripped and fell at another person’s wedding or when they saved a dog from getting hit by a car. This is a little twist on charades that helps people get to know the couple better, and adds intimacy to what is already an intimate event.
If the wedding rehearsal dinner is a bit less formal and held in someone’s home, there are many more activities that can take place. For example, how about a night of playing board games? Who needs formal food? You can have that the next day at the formal wedding. At this rehearsal dinner party, the games are center stage.
Bring in some sandwiches and tell everyone to wear their comfortable clothes and settle in for a night of board games. You can set up games on different tables, divide people into groups of 4 or 5 and have everyone rotate tables at designated times. You can even instruct game players that when they move to another table, the game stays out the way it is. So, for example, dad might begin playing Monopoly where one of the wedding couple was and he’s stuck with only a little money in the bank and no houses on Boardwalk.
So, let’s say the wedding couple are big into sports. If the wedding is to be held in the summer and the days are long, how about a game of touch football or baseball? You can play one family against the other family, men against women, or for a twist, the wedding couple swaps each other’s family. Any combination works. The idea here is to have some fun, relax and enjoy each other’s company.
Other outdoor activities can include anything that is physical and might help people blow off steam. Have either been more a “bridezilla” or “groomzilla” ? How about a game of tag where their it? Or you can create two members of the wedding party dress-up. Go to a thrift store, fill the trunks with old prom dresses and large-size shoes, and costume jewelry. Divide the guests into two different teams and have someone sit with a timer. The team who dresses one of the people (ideally, two men or perhaps two parents) first wins. Be sure to have a camera at the rehearsal dinner/event, because this is one activity you’ll want to have pictures of!
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