There are lots of games you can give your wedding guests to get the good times rollin'. First up: This bold time line serves as a three-dimensional reminder of when you first met your guests. Play it during cocktail hour.
Keep clicking for the "I Knew You When" game details, and more custom game ideas.
During cocktail hour, each guest sticks a flag into the year she met either the bride or groom.
Save our clip art on a disk. Have it printed on oversize paper and mounted to foam board at a print shop. Cut flags from origami or scrapbooking paper; punch two holes and thread a corsage pin through. Stick into a fabric-wrapped foam board on a tray. Pins, by Lomey, from michaelsfloralsupply.com.
Get guests talking (and, with any luck, maybe over-sharing) with vintage coins that are sure to mint new friendships.
Ask your bandleader to explain the rules: Each guest opens his or her favor box, then shares with the table an important event that corresponds to the year on each coin (e.g., "In 1996, I was named best-dressed in high school").
Look for vintage coins in collectors' shops and online (try eBay). Line each box with a mini cupcake paper, then tuck a few coins inside. Last, tie each box with a ribbon printed with a message that hints at the fun to come. Favor box, by Semikolon, from See Jane Work. Custom-printed satin ribbon, Masterstroke Canada.
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 and print our heart cards onto card stock. Write a famous pair on each card, with one name on either side of the heart (a longer list of famous couples is on our website). Cut out cards along their outer edges, then cut each down the middle with decorative scissors. Place one card at each table setting.
Keep your littlest guests occupied with this photographic scavenger hunt. Who knows? One of them might even snap your favorite shot of the night.
Place a card, a disposable camera, and a pencil at each child's setting, and see which kid can photograph all the items on the list first. You won't need an incentive to get the kids playing, but a small prize for the winner is a good idea.
Some guests are too shy to share their life stories. Help them bypass the small talk and go straight for the good stuff with introductory cards that reveal shared interests or personal triumphs.
When a guest slides out her place card (calligraph her name under our design), she'll see an arrow pointing to the left with the name of the person seated there, plus an interesting tidbit (e.g., "Joel was a Connecticut tap-dancing finalist!"). A second arrow shares info on the person seated to her right.
Download our editable clip art, then customize a card for each guest. Print onto card stock and cut out, using a craft punch to round the corners.