Centerpieces are one of the key elements in your wedding decor. I thought about what our centerpieces will be up until a month before our wedding! But after all those months spent thinking about the perfect centerpiece, what exactly should you do with them? Couples usually have a game for the guests to take home the centerpieces and if you’ve attended many weddings in the past, you’ve probably seen the same one over and over again. Today we’ll give you some ideas on what you can do with your centerpieces that will be a hit with your guests and probably even those that didn’t attend your wedding at all.
Pass the Napkin
This is probably the game that’s been played at every wedding you’ve been to. If you want to keep it simple and still have the suspense at who will take home the centerpiece, this is definitely the game to play. Almost everyone is familiar with it and guests will still have fun with it.
For my friend’s wedding, she had a scroll on each plate that says “Do not open until the emcee says so”. Once the emcee got everyone to open the scroll there were 10 questions about the couple and whoever answers the most, gets to take home the centerpiece.
First to RSVP
Not everyone might be able to take the centerpiece home, but it’s never a bad idea to reward the first person that sent their RSVP with the centerpiece.
Right and Left
This is just like the game they play during christmas parties. Where you pass the gift left or right based on the story being read out loud. Almost the same idea with the napkin but it’s more fun and the suspense doesn’t end when the music does. Below is a sample of the story you can use:
(Bride) LEFT her house and was on her way to the church for the wedding. But about half way there, as she turned LEFT, she remembered that she LEFT her wedding dress at home RIGHT by the door! She knew RIGHT away that she had to turn around and go RIGHT back to get her dress. So she turned RIGHT, then LEFT and LEFT again, turning RIGHT into her driveway. Sure enough, there it was, RIGHT where she had LEFT it, RIGHT next to the door.
Finally, she was on the RIGHT track. When she arrived at the church, she realized that she only had 1 hour LEFT before the wedding and she still had her hair and make-up LEFT to do. So she went RIGHT to work and finished with time LEFT to spare.
Well the wedding was beautiful-the ceremony was just RIGHT and nothing was LEFT out. At the reception, (Groom) surprised (Bride) with a beautiful gift. She was so happy that she teared RIGHT up!
Off on their honeymoon they LEFT! Of course, it wouldn’t be RIGHT to say where they went.
So, now there’s nothing LEFT to say except enjoy the evening/afternoon. Just for fun though, pass once more to the left. Now see, that was fun! Right?
Oldest Couple or Whose Anniversary
How about reward the oldest couple per table with the centerpiece. Or whose anniversary is closest to your wedding date.
Donate your Centerpieces
You can donate your centerpieces to a local church to use for that weekend or drop by at the closest retirement home before you head off on your honeymoon to put a smile on their faces. Other items that you have used during your wedding can be donated, especially if they are in good shape. For example, if your wedding featured a nautical theme, you might have used a boat, anchor or fishing net as a prop. In these situations, look into charities that will accept these items as donations. Donating a boat for charity is actually very common and can benefit you because you will receive a tax deduction. After all, you have likely spent a great deal on your wedding, so anything that you can recoup is well worth your consideration.