Same-Sex Marriage: The Vote of Freedom to Love

Australia Legalize Same-sex Marriage

Same-sex marriage is now legal in Australia. Same-sex marriage in Australia has been legal since 9 December 2017. It was official on January 9, 2018, because of Australia’s one-month notice policy before marriage.The legislation to allow same-sex marriage, the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017, passed the Australian Parliament on 7th December 2017 and received royal assent from the Governor-General the following day after years of political jockeying and fierce public debate. The law came into effect on 9 December, immediately recognising overseas same-sex marriages and allowing weddings in Australia to take place from 16 December 2017.

Other types of recognition for same-sex couples are also available. Under federal law, same-sex couples can also be recognised as de facto relationships, which provide most of the same rights and responsibilities afforded to married couples, although those rights may be difficult to assert and are not always recognised in practice. De Facto [Relationship] is comparable to non-marital relationship contracts (sometimes called “Palimony Agreements”) and certain limited forms of domestic partnership, which are found in many jurisdictions throughout the world.

The move follows a two-month national postal survey that showed 61% of more than 12 million respondents were in favor of marriage equality.

The country is now the 24th in the world to allow same-sex couples to marry, according to Pew Research.

Here at Classic Wedding Invitations, we support same-sex marriage. We offer same-sex wedding invites.

Checkout our blog: Perfect Guide in Planning a Gay Wedding: Essentials for Gay Weddings

Here’s Why New Year’s Eve Wedding is Great For You!

New Year’s Eve Wedding

New Year’s Eve wedding? Why not? Why only ring in the New Year when you can ring in your new marriage, too? We’ve been thinking about the perks that come with tying the knot on the last night of the year. From popping champagne bottles at midnight to glamourous decor, New Year’s Eve just may be the perfect backdrop for saying “I Do”.

Here are some wedding inspirations that you can try yourself:

Wedding invites with a bottle of bubbly on the outer envelope.

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Let your guests know exactly what they’re in for by adding a little glitz and glam to your save-the-dates.

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Your bridesmaids will sparkle and shine in long metallic dresses! Have them mix and match to create a unique and modern look.

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Confetti and champagne are not welcome, they’re mandatory!

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Plates doubling as clocks topped with a bowl of golden baubles? This table setting is a classy and elegant New Year’s dream.

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This mini gold wedding cake adorned with luscious flowers might be the cutest dessert we’ve ever seen.

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For a fun touch, use noisemakers as escort cards!

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Modify a vintage cake topper to include a gold hat for the groom and fireworks behind the couple for a festive twist on tradition.

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New Year’s Eve fireworks and Sparkles!

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Go out with a bang — make your grand exit under the blaze of crackling sparklers

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You’ll never forget your anniversary! It’s also a plus that in every anniversary it’s like starting another year together.

Check out our blog: Interested in Marrying on Halloween? – Spooky Halloween Wedding Ideas

Groom’s Wedding Vow to His Bride – Inspiration Ideas

Wedding Vow to His Bride

A wedding vow is a solemn promise to forever. Most men are not expressive as women. They rarely show love and affection. Making your wedding vow is the most personal way to express how deep is your love to your wife. We want to help you in writing them.

Here are some wedding vow ideas to your bride:

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“Come and be my wife. We’ll build our home and chop our wood and make our garden grow… we’ll do the best we know. I promise to live out our lives in love as best we can. That is all I can promise in truth.”

“I stand by you, a rock to lean on, a shoulder to cry on, a pillow to rest your head.”

“I promise to spend each day working to become the truest version of myself, for you, for us, and for our family.”

“I promise to be here to wipe away tears of sadness, to elicit tears of joy, and to cry out to everyone who will listen how much I love you.”

“As your husband, I am yours, and I tenderly deliver you my heart.”

“You are my light, my inspiration, and I am blessed to be able to call you my ever loving wife.”

“I promise to be there for you, in cold winter mornings, to warm you, on soft springs to watch our love grow, in our summers to play in the light of the sun, and in our autumn to kiss your fingers and say, it has all been worth it – every moment of our love.”

“I love you and thank the Lord for bringing you into my life. As we enter into the sacred bonds of matrimony I promise to always love you in sickness as in health, in poverty or wealth, in sorrow and in joy, and to be faithful to you, my wife, so long as we both shall live.”

“You are the kindest, most, sincere, loveliest woman I know and I am lucky to hold your hand, be in your arms and in your heart. If you will have me, I will make my arms your shelter, and my heart our home.”

“I vow to love you and keep you every day of my life as my wife – to look into your eyes adoringly as I do now – and to kiss you tenderly on your lips as a remembrance of our wedding day.”

“My wife is gentle, my wife is kind, my wife is devoted, loving, true, honest, sincere. My wife is all those things, but most amazingly – my wife is you.”

“The simple words “I do” reflect a contract I have with you, my wife. To do whatever and anything it takes to make you happy, to take action in our marriage and not just give lip service to those actions, but most of all that I do love you, and always will.”

“I will shield you from the wind, cover you from the rain, and make a home for us inside my heart.”

“Sometimes I watch just the smallest things you do and think I am the luckiest man alive.”

“As Beatrice inspired the great poet Dante to write sonnet after sonnet, you inspire me to see poetry everywhere.”

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“Sound in body, sober in mind and without reservation I take you to be my wife, through good times and bad, with dignity and honor – I love you, I cherish you, you are my everything.”

“Today all other things melt away as I look at you and love you beyond all reason and beyond all ideal – I stand outside by myself and join with you my loving wife in our new life.”

“I vow to love you as your husband, for ever and ever and ever, and to know that as we write our story together it will be the greatest ever told.”

“You are my wife, my life, my everything and I vow to love you truly and deeply.”

“Hold my hand and I’ll take you as my wife down the road of matrimony, arm in arm with hearts aflame, I’ll teach you what I know and learn from you how to love forever and ever.”

“I vow never to stop loving you as I do today. To carry the warmth of our love over years through difficult times, up hills and over oceans. To be the bannerman of our love and yell to the wide open spaces filling them with these words: This is my wife and I love her!”

“From you I’ve learned how to dream and what it is to have a loving partner who supports your dreams. I vow to help you in your dreams and desires, and to create a life, a family, and a loving home as your husband.”

“I vow to be patient, to be honest, to be everything that love demands of me as a husband. To share our lives until the end of time with humility, grace, and love.”

“This day is the best day of my life – it is the day I pledge myself to my best friend, and my love. It is the day we enter together onto a path of marriage – supporting each other in everything.”

“I promise you only all of myself – to be present – to be supportive, enthusiastic, and loving. I will be there for you as your husband.”

“Today I affirm my love for you, and vow to share my life with you in everything – to respect and love you. You are the most generous person I have ever known – kind, honest, and beautiful. I take you to be my wife, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health from this day forward you shall be first in my heart and our souls shall be together as one.”

“As your husband I promise to love you without reservation, to comfort you when times are difficult, to rally with you, to anticipate your needs, to give my all, to work toward our happiness and revel in our good times. I will respect you, honor you, and cherish you as long as we both shall live.”

“Today I take you to be my wife and vow to help create for us a life of honesty, fidelity, trust, and love. To love you not as some idea of you, but as you truly are. To grow with you, learn with you, and to live out our days hand in hand.”

“The love I bear for you burns brightly – so bright and so hot that it creates its own star – a place in the firmament where our love warms us everyday. I vow to feed that warmth – to let us flow over us for all time and to never let our star stop lighting our path.”

“My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep. The more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite. That is truly how I love you as my wife – boundless and free.”

We hope this help you in creating your wedding vows. It doesn’t need to be complicated. The most important thing is speak from your heart, vow from your heart and everything will fall into place.

Checkout our blog: Engagement Invitation Wording – Invite them to your Engagement Party

10 Sweetest Movie Engagement Proposals That Makes You Warm and Fussy Inside

10 Sweetest Movie Engagement Proposals

Movie engagement proposals are a great source of inspiration for all lovers out there. They may not be real but most likely they are based on real human experience or from the creative minds of the writers.

As they say, you will know when you are ready when the time comes. It’s time to get down on one knee and break out a ring. Here are some cute, heart warming proposal from Movies all time.

Are you ready to pop the question now? There is nothing more special than the feeling and the expression of love.

Checkout: Tips on Planning your Engagement Party – The Ultimate Bride’s Guide

Halloween Wedding Dress Ideas For Halloween Weddings

Halloween Wedding Dress Ideas

The Halloween wedding dress is one of the most important detail for Halloween weddings. Of course, all other things are important but you still want to look elegant than scary on your wedding day. You can take the full-on Halloween route and dress your venue to the nines in pumpkins and cobwebs or add subtle nods to the holiday through your menu, or find the  middle ground that’s perfect for your style.

Here are some fabulously elegant wedding dress all over pinterest:

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Checkout our blog on How to Find a Wedding Dress that Flatters Your Body Type

Interested in Marrying on Halloween? – Spooky Halloween Wedding Ideas

Halloween Wedding Ideas

Who would get married on Halloween? Well, believe it or not, there are a lot of couples who do. A Halloween wedding is unconventional but it’s worth considering if both of you as couple love the Gothic and spooky theme. Some might consider this cringe worthy but at the end of the day, anyone wants to have a unique and fun wedding.

Here are some photos of actual weddings featured on bridalguide.com.

Classic Halloween Wedding

The men donned classic orange ties before changing into hilarious pumpkin ones for the reception. Mini pumpkins were used as escort cards, and skulls made surprise appearances throughout the room’s décor. The dramatic centerpieces were adorned with branches and hanging candles. And, of course, no Halloween theme wedding is complete without a candy buffet.

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Tamara and Jason’s Wedding

Quirky Halloween Wedding

Inspired by The Nightmare Before Christmas, and the Burtonesque details added to the spook factor of their Halloween wedding. After the ceremony, the couple and their bridal party headed to a cemetery for some creepy/cool photos. The reception chairs resembled spider webs, and their whimsical wedding cake was the perfect fit.

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Modern Halloween Wedding

Subtle Halloween details throughout! Guests loved the elaborate trick-or-treat candy buffet. And the party kept going after the reception: Laurin and Brett threw a costume party, and you have to see the creative costumes their guests came up with!

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Rustic Halloween Wedding

The bride wore fairy wings that perfectly complemented her bridal look, and the adorable flower girls carried pumpkins down the aisle. Their laid-back vibe included games (tic-tac-toe with pumpkins, pumpkin bowling, and more) and a Halloween scavenger hunt for the kids.

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Aspen and Brad’s Wedding

Vintage Halloween Wedding

Lyndsay’s bold red gown fit in perfectly with her theme. And, of course, guests were treated to a candy buffet at the end of the night.

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Lyndsay and Michael’s Wedding

Bewitching Halloween Wedding

Guests got in the spirit with fun costumes, and from the coffin ring holder to the skeleton cake topper, the celebration gave off a wonderful haunted house vibe.

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Scary Halloween Wedding

The ceremony began on the outdoor lawn before guests retreated inside The Cooper House for an eerie dinner beneath dangling witches hats. After dinner, they were ushered into the old general store on property for a hauntingly good time at the reception.

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Erin and Eric’s Wedding

Pretty interesting huh? Would you get married on the scariest time of the year?

Must-Have Items You Need Pack for your Honeymoon

Honeymoon Essentials

A Honeymoon is the most exciting time to intimately bond with your partner. Here are some items essentials you need for your vacation.

 

Water proof Sunscreen

Your get-away typically involves a lot of sun exposure. You need to be protected from the sun’s harmful rays.

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A lacy negligée

Your honeymoon is an old-tshirt-and-shorts free-zone! Leave your dingy PJs at home and instead slip into a pretty negligee before bed.

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Something slinky, black and sexy

Black is always sexy. Black sexy lingerie matching thong and bralette–the lacier, the better.

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A good push-up bra

Give your ladies a little boost with a good push-up bra.

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Even cozy can look sexy when you wrap yourself in a decadent silk robe. Keep the wedding tradition with a hint of blue.

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Something frilly and white

Be a vision in white again and relive your wedding night when you wear this matching white bra and short set.

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A playful romper

Who knew so much coverage could look so seductive?

What else do you think we can add on this list? Let us know your thoughts!

Also checkout: Honeymoon Destinations- Cosy Tents

Fashion Tips for Grooms – How to Also Look Great Beside Your Bride

Fashion Tips for Grooms

Grooms are not mostly the focus on a Wedding. It’s always the Bride’s day. Grooms should also look sharp and compliment his bride. Here are some fashion tips for Grooms.

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Your suit or tux should fit the formality.

Your attire should be appropriate for your venue and match with the overall vibe and theme of the wedding. If your wedding is in the daytime or outdoors, you can wear something a bit more casual. If it’s an evening affair in a ballroom or swanky hotel, go with either a dark, well-tailored suit or a tux.

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Your attire should compliment with your partner’s.

This is pretty obvious. You need to be the best looking couple in your wedding. If her dress is a bedazzled ball gown, you won’t want to wear a lightweight linen suit—a classic black tux is more like it. Other combos that work: a rustic lace gown paired with a tailored tan suit, or a streamlined city-chic gown with a slim-cut gray suit.

Your body type should dictate the suit.

If you’re tall and slim, most tuxedos and suits will look good on your frame. To add bulk, try a double-breasted suit, which will make you look broader. To slim down, try a fitted suit with a little bit of a nip in the waist to give the impression of a leaner silhouette. Skip lighter-colored suits since darker hues are slimming.

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The fit should be perfect.

Even if you have the most expensive suit, if it’s too loose or too tight you will look awful in them. The fit should be perfect for you.

Regardless of whether you’re rentingor buying, most shops will custom tailor the purchase. Here are a few basic tailoring rules:

  • The jacket sleeve hem should fall at the wristbone with about one-fourth to one half inch of the shirt cuff showing below.
  • The bottom hem of the jacket should cover the butt and the vent shouldn’t pull open. If it does, that means it’s too tight.
  • The collar should lay flat on the back and sides of the neck without any gaps or bulges.
  • Pants should fit comfortably when standing and sitting and break across the top of the shoes so they cover the top one-third.
  • A bow tie should fit snugly around the collar.

Your look should coordinate with the theme.

You will look odd if your suit is for a beach wedding in a formal wedding event. It should match the theme.

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Don’t forget to accessories.

To achieve a totally unique look, it’s all in the details. Spice things up and wear a special boutonniere or a bow tie, vest, necktie, cummerbund or cuff links in a different color or style. For a luxe affair, have the groomsmen each wear a tux with a black bow tie and black vest, while you don a white tie and white vest. Don’t be afraid to inject your personality into your outfit.

There you have it. We hope this tips helps you to look sharp and stylish on your wedding day!

You can also help your bride on finding the perfect dress, check out this blog: How to Find a Wedding Dress that Flatters Your Body Type

Tips to Pick the Perfect Wedding Ring – The Ultimate Ring Guide

Tips to Pick the Perfect Wedding Ring

Wedding ring shopping is fun and exciting. Sometimes, most couples gets overwhelmed with the surmountable choices in the market. Don’t panic. We gathered up these tips for you so you can choice the perfect wedding ring you’ll love.

Set a Budget

Shop with the assumption that you’ll spend about 3 percent of your total wedding budget on the rings. Depending on the retailer, a plain, 14-karat gold or simple platinum band can cost around $1,000. Embellishments, like diamonds or engraving, will quickly add to the cost, so factor that into your budget if you plan to personalize your rings with any of these extras. The price of engraving is usually based on the number of characters, the font used and whether it’s engraved by hand or machine (hand is usually pricier).

Narrow Down Your Wedding Ring Choices

Diamonds or gemstones, platinum or gold—narrowing down your ring options may seem overwhelming, relax. Just take it one step at a time. Start with style: Are you envisioning a simple band or one with embellishments? Do you want your wedding ring to be the same metal as your engagement ring? Do you think you and your partner’s rings should match? Work out these kind of questions beforehand so you can zero in on exactly what you’re looking for, then start shopping around.

Keep Your Lifestyle in Mind

Remember: You’re going to wear this band every day, so the goal is to choose something that seamlessly becomes a part of your life. If you play sports or an instrument, a slimmer ring with rounded edges (appropriately called the “comfort fit”) may make the most sense. If you work with your hands, you may want to search for a simple, solid metal ring and avoid gemstones that can come loose or carvings, which can trap dirt. If you’re super active, go for platinum, which is extra durable (when scratched, the metal is merely displaced and doesn’t actually wear away).

Think Long Term

While you shouldn’t be afraid of being trendy, make sure the style you choose is something you’ll want to wear for, say, the next 40 years. Just don’t stress too much: You’re not married to the ring and can always make changes to it (add diamonds or go from white gold to platinum) later on to mark a special anniversary.

Consider the Maintenance

To keep a wedding band with stones clean and sparkling, you’ll need to wash and soak it in warm sudsy water, then gently brush it with a soft toothbrush or eyebrow brush (too much pressure can loosen the stones from their setting), rinse it and pat it dry with a soft lint-free cloth. Sound like too much upkeep? You may want to opt for a fuss-free gold or platinum ring—simply rub it with a soft, lint-free cloth (chamois works well) and you’re good to go.

Size It Right

Most people rarely take off their wedding bands; they wear them through summers, winters, exercise, pregnancies—all times when your fingers swell and contract from heat, cold, water retention or weight gain. To find the right size that will best weather all of those changes, schedule your final ring fitting at a time when you’re calm and your body temperature is normal. That means you should never finalize first thing in the morning (you retain water from the night before), right after you’ve exercised (fingers swell) or when you’re extremely hot or cold (which can cause your hands to expand and shrink).

Mix It Up

Don’t fret if you like platinum and your partner likes yellow gold. There’s no rule that says you have to choose the same metal or even style. You could compromise with braided bands that blend the two metals together or just be totally different—the key to finding something you both love is choosing wedding bands that reflect your individual styles.

Check for Quality

Quality control applies to all rings, not just your wedding bands. Make sure the ring has two marks inside the band: the manufacturer’s trademark (this proves they stand behind their work) and the quality mark, 24K or PLAT, for example (this proves the metal quality is what the retailer says it is).

You may also checkout: How to Find the Perfect Wedding Jewelry You’ll Love

Bridal Shower Games That You’ll Never Forget – The Ultimate Guide

Bridal Shower Games

Bridal shower is one of the most unforgettable time you’ll bond with your family and  friends before tying the knot. We wanted to share some bridal shower games you can try on your own party.

Bridal Shower Bingo

The Gist: It’s bingo with wedding-themed pieces.
What to Prep: Create bingo cards, but replace the word “bingo” with “bride” along the top margin. Instead of numbers, list facts relevant to the to-be-weds inside each square. For example, one might be the name of the city where the couple is getting married or the place they got engaged.
How to Play: Follow traditional bingo rules: The first guest to mark off a line horizontally, vertically or diagonally wins a prize.

Purse Raid

The Gist: It’s like a scavenger hunt using each guest’s purse or bag.
What to Prep: Before the shower, create a list of standard items you might have in your purse—start with the basics (lip gloss, credit cards, keys) and work your way up to more random or risqué objects (condoms, dog treats). You’ll also need to buy a few little gifts to be given out as prizes to the guests that win. Prizes could be anything from candy to coffee shop gift cards.
How to Play: The host calls out the items on the list and the first guest to pull the object from their purse wins a prize.

Wedding Jeopardy

The Gist: Guests choose one of the wedding-related categories and then have to answer a question to win points.
What to Prep: Create a chart by labeling pieces of paper with the bride-to-be’s name written across the top margin and then several categories down the left side (flowers, cities, restaurants, movies, colors). Come up with difficult questions that pertain to each category. For example, “What flower has to be flown in from Holland in the off-season?” (The answer is the peony!). Finally, you’ll need to set out pens and note cards for each guest to use. If you want to give out a prize to the winner, buy that as well.
How to Play: Give each person a turn to pick a category. When a category is called, read out the question. Each guest then has two minutes to come up with the answer and write it down on her note card. When time is called, everyone has to put their pens down and show their answers. Give one point for every right answer, and the person at the end with the most correct answers is the winner.

The Newlywed Game

The Gist: Just like the famous game show, put the to-be-wed in the hot seat to answer questions about their fiancé to see how their answers compare.
What to Prep: Before the bridal shower, interview the fiancé with questions about each other and their relationship: “Where was your first kiss?” “What is his most annoying habit?”
How to Play: At the shower, ask the bride the same questions and see if she can answer correctly. To get the full effect, record a video of the answers and play back the responses to each question for everyone to see and hear (allow a pause between each question or record each question and answer as separate videos).

Pass the Love Story

The Gist: Each guest gets their chance to exaggerate the “story” of how the couple met and fell in love.
What to Prep: All you need is pen and paper for this one.
How to Play: The host starts it off by writing a line at the top of the piece of paper about how the couple met. For example, “Tess and Toby met at the office.” She then passes the piece of paper to the next player, who writes a line to follow that one. Once that player writes their line, their job is to fold the paper over so only their sentence is revealed to the next player. After everyone has contributed, the guest of honor should read the final piece aloud to the group.

Who Said It

The Gist: This is like the reverse version of The Newlywed Game—the guests are put to the test.
What to Prep: Before the shower, ask the couple to answer questions about their love story (how they met, their first date, the vacations they’ve taken together). Make a list of their answers, and mix up the responses so there’s no way to know who said what. Take out any names or pronouns that would make it obvious who said what, like “The first thing that attracted me was (his/her) smile.” Finally, print out copies of the list of quotes for all the guests.
How to Play: Pass out the list of quotes to each guest and have them draw a circle around the ones they think the guest of honor said. Whoever pairs the most statements correctly wins the game.

Two Truths and a Lie

The Gist: Guests try to decide what’s fact or fiction while practicing their poker faces.
What to Prep: This one is super-simple—you don’t need anything to play it.
How to Play: Each guest introduces herself and dishes three experiences she’s had with the honoree—one of which isn’t true. The person who correctly picks out the lie gets a point. The best part? The truths often turn out to be wackier than the lies (cue the hilarious story swapping).

Wedding Movie Charades

The Gist: It’s the classic mime game—wedding-style.
What To Prep: Label note cards with wedding movies (include classics, chick flicks and obscure picks for a good challenge).
How to Play: Divvy the group up into two teams. Players pick a card from the pile and act out a scene from that film without speaking a word, while their team members try and guess the answers within a three-minute time limit.

Couple’s Crossword

The Gist: A personal spin on the classic word puzzle.
What to Prep: Come up with 10 to 15 questions about the couple that can be answered in one word. Then, create a custom crossword puzzle using those words (look for free online sites for help). Print out the puzzles—one for each guest—and grab some pens.
How to Play: Pass out pens and a puzzle to each guest. Give them time to work on the puzzles and grade them toward the end of the party to find out who wins.

Wedding Trivia

The Gist: Exactly what it sounds like—a true test of each guest’s wedding knowledge.
What to Prep: Look up interesting wedding facts and figures and write them out on separate pieces of paper.
How to Play: You can form two teams or just keep it simple and give points to each individual to yell out the right answer. As the host, you’re in charge of asking all the questions, and the team or person who gets the most answers correct is the winner.

Bridal Pictionary

The Gist: Just like the original, only wedding-themed.
What to Prep: In a bowl, place slips of paper that have different wedding-related phrases on them (tossing the bouquet, going to the chapel, always a bridesmaid and so on). You’ll also need a white board with markers or an easel to draw on.
How to Play: Divide the group into two teams. Nominate an artist on one of the teams. Have them pull a phrase from the bowl and then set the timer for them to draw it out. They get 60 seconds and if their team can’t guess it right, then the other team gets a chance to guess. The winning team is the first to guess 10.

Vow Collaboration

The Gist: Similar to the Pass the Love Story game above, except for this one, the group creates a silly set of wedding vows.
What to Prep: You’ll need two clipboards, pens and paper.
How to play: Tell the group they’re going to help write the couple’s wedding vows. Circulate two clipboards: one with the header “I [insert name] take you [insert name] and promise to” and the other with the reverse. Give each clipboard to one guest and instruct them to write a vow phrase under the header. For example, “I promise to…not hog the shower in the morning.” Once one guest has written their vow, they should fold it over so that it’s hidden, and then pass it to the second player. Once everyone has contributed to both clipboards, read the vows aloud for all to hear.

Hot Gossip

The Gist: Think of it as a live game of clue.
What to Prep: For each of the guests attending the shower, write up a juicy question revealing how they know the bride or groom on index cards. (Example: “Who did Tim bring to the prom?”)
How to Play: When everyone arrives, hand them a card and explain they have 30 to 40 minutes to come up with the answer to the question on their given card. After swapping info and mingling, each person reveals their relationship to the to-be-weds.

Celebrity Name Game

The Gist: It’s the celebrity version of Catch Phrase.
What to Prep: Have everyone write the names of about 10 to 20 celebrities on small pieces of paper and throw them into a hat or bowl.
How to Play: Split guests into two teams. The first player from Team A draws a name, stands up and tries to explain the celebrity to her teammates without actually saying their name. If teammates guess correctly, the second player draws a new name and goes on as before. Each team has one minute to get through as many names as possible until all the names are out of the hat. Shake up the next round and only allow players to use one word to define the celeb.

Memory

The Gist: Try to stump your guests on the couple’s “love story.”
What to Prep: At the beginning of the shower, the bride should share her “love story” with the group, bringing up key events (where they met, how they proposed and so on).
How to Play: After opening presents, the host surprises guests by asking questions about the story. Throw in curveballs with questions like, “How many times was ‘love’ used in the story?” The person with the closest number gets a special prize.

Words of Wisdom

The Gist: Guests “shower” the bride with marriage and love advice.
What to Prep: Tuck a pretty blank card into the invitation for the shower and ask every guest to share their advice for a happy marriage.
How to Play: Guests’ advice can range from recipes, a poem or funny story, and so on. At the party, guests take turns reading their words of wisdom to the group and everyone tries to guess who gave which words of wisdom. When the cards have all been read, the host can compile them in a scrapbook as a keepsake for the bride.

Memory Lane

The Gist: Everyone has to figure out what the bride and groom did with whom.
What to Prep: Hand out index cards and have each guest write a description of their favorite memory with the bride (the more adventurous, the better). The host will collect the cards.
How to Play: After the host collects the cards, she’ll take the bride on a trip down memory lane, speaking them all out loud. Everyone will have to guess who did what with the bride. (Examples: Who snuck out of the house with the bride for a high school party, or who met a celebrity during a weekend in Miami with the bride.)

 The Lingerie Game

The Gist: Works best at a lingerie shower.
What to Prep: On the invitations, ask each guest to bring lingerie gifts that match their personality and style. While the bride isn’t looking, hang them around the room.
How to Play: Once everything is set up, have the bride go around the room considering each item. Then, have her guess whom each gift is from. At the end of the day, she goes home with a new lingerie wardrobe for the honeymoon.

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