Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Riddle Me This: Our Puzzle Challenge Success!

Though different couples have varying views about whether or not to include games during the wedding reception, our crossword puzzle challenge was a big hit with guests of all ages!

As you may recall from my pre-wedding post, Hannah from A Very Gator Wedding inspired me to use Discovery Education’s free template to put together a twelve-question crossword, with questions involving fun facts about Stephen and I, our relationship, and our wedding. The guest at each table who finished first had the option of taking home the centerpiece, or giving it away to someone else who wanted it.


Not knowing beforehand just how popular these would be, I was beyond thrilled to see and hear our guests chatting and laughing as they worked to complete their puzzles throughout the dinner hour. A few who got stumped even asked us for hints as we made the rounds! All in all, this was one DIY project that was definitely worth the time and effort, both of which were minimal.

LESSON LEARNED: If it meshes with your theme and vibe, a low-key game like this can be a great way to keep guests entertained and get them interacting. Plus, since participation is not mandatory and doesn’t demand everyone’s attention, guests are still free to spend their time however they wish. Thinking about creating a word game, like we did? Don't forget to provide small pencils or pens, since most guests won't already have them on hand!

Will games be a part of your reception?

(Photo Credit: Alex Neumann Photography)

15 comments:

  1. Very cool idea! I'm all DIY'd out, or else I's definitely consider doing something like this.

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  2. Since we don't have seating for everyone, but rather a mix of rounds and hi-boys, I'd love to come up with a way to get guests mingling. This was a great idea!

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  3. I have never even thought about that! great idea

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  4. So glad your guests enjoyed it, sounded like fun!

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  5. I have never heard of anything like this before, but I love it. Fun!

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  6. this is a great idea. glad to hear your guests enjoyed it.

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  8. That's very cute! :)

    Thank you for your sweet comment on my bouquet tags! :)

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  9. What a great way to entertain guests! And so easy to make too!

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  10. Thanks for the shout out girl -
    so cute and free!

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  11. My friend makes crossword puzzles and I asked him to make one just like this for my wedding! I'm so happy to hear that it went over so well and that your guests loved it! This makes me even more excited about my decision to do the same!

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  12. Just a quick note from a wedding attendee- please don't make the order of attending the buffet dependent on how the table does at some kind of game- I was at a wedding once where the bridesmaids had to take pity on the father of the bride and sneak him answers so he could go eat!

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