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Perfect Pairs Conversation Starter

Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2009

Hoping your college roommate chats up your future husband's childhood friend? Find-your-match cards are a sweet way to ensure they'll meet.

Announce the rules early in the evening (consider asking a member of your wedding party to explain them). Each guest will receive a card with the name of one half of a famous couple -- and will have until the end of the night to find its mate.

Download our heart cards and print onto card stock. Use a craft knife and metal straightedge to cut across the paper between the crop marks (do not cut all the way to the edge of the paper; this will leave the crop marks on the edges intact for subsequent cuts).

See below for our list of famous couples. Write one name from each pair on either side of the heart. Then use decorative scissors to cut through the center of each heart to create two cards.

If you want to use this game with a large guest list (we've rounded up the names of 50 couples, which will accommodate 100 guests), feel free to use some of the name pairs twice; just be sure to cut the duplicate cards in half with a different pair of decorative scissors, so the pattern will tell people which set of cards is a perfect match. (Of course, you can add your own name pairs as well.)

If you'd like, you can use the game to deliberately pair up specific people: Use the heart cards as table cards, writing guests' names and table numbers on the backs of the cards; or use place cards to assign seats at each table and set the proper half of the heart card there.

The game can also help to promote mingling between the two sides of the family: Place all the women's names at the tables where the bride's side of the guest list will sit, and place the men's names at tables where the groom's friends and family will be seated.

Famous Couples
Adam & Eve
Beauty & the Beast
Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins
Bonnie & Clyde
Elvis & Priscilla
Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire
Joanie & Chachi
King Kong & Fay Wray
Bogart & Bacall
Lois Lane & Clark Kent
Lucy & Ricky
Daisy Buchanan & Jay Gatsby
Carrie & Mr. Big
Scarlett & Rhett
Romeo & Juliet
Charlie Brown & Little Red-Haired Girl
Tarzan & Jane
Elizabeth Bennet & Mr. Darcy
Ozzie & Harriett
Claire Huxtable & Cliff Huxtable
Blondie & Dagwood
John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Barbie & Ken
Blair Waldorf & Chuck Bass
Homer & Marge
Princess Leia & Han Solo
Scully & Mulder
June Carter & Johnny Cash
Buffy & Angel
Harry & Sally
Popeye & Olive Oyl
Wendy & Peter Pan
Dylan & Brenda
Ross & Rachel
Bella Swan & Edward Cullen
Luke & Laura (from "General Hospital")
Ashford & Simpson
Fred & Wilma
Guinevere & Sir Lancelot
Sonny & Cher
Thurston Howell III & Lovey Howell (from "Gilligan's Island")
Westley & Buttercup (from "The Princess Bride")
Bruce Wayne & Vicki Vale
Captain John Smith & Pocahontas
Kermit & Miss Piggy
Cinderella & Prince Charming
Ariel & Prince Eric (from Disney's "The Little Mermaid")
Aladdin & Jasmine (from Disney's "Aladdin")
Cleopatra & Marc Antony
Tristan & Isolde
Ward Cleaver & June Cleaver
Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward
Mike Brady & Carol Brady
Peter Parker & Mary Jane Watson
Jane Eyre & Mr. Rochester

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