Horseshoes Get Hitched: Fun Wedding Reception Games
Mr. Horseshoe and I were absolutely flying after our ceremony. We were giddy with excitement and had a lot of fun mingling with our guests during our cocktail hour.
Time certainly did fly by on our wedding day. I love this shot. | Photo by PMG Image
Dinnertime came upon us quite quickly, something I remember feeling thankful for as I was starting to feel low on energy. I, being a super classy lady, couldn’t resist plopping down on the ground for a quick rest while our guests were getting settled for dinner.
In my defense, I made sure the boardwalk was clean(ish)! | Photo by PMG Image
Our coordinator burst out laughing when she came outside to make sure we were doing okay and ran inside to grab our photographer for this shot. No regrets—I needed that quick break!
Our emcee telling some sort of bawdy tale | Photo by PMG Image
I had to get up a few minutes later as our friend and emcee called us inside to be introduced as Mr. and Mrs. Horseshoe. Major props to my friend as he wrote an amazing and hilarious script for our wedding. He included many details we hadn’t thought to tell him about, like where the bathrooms and fire exits were located. Important stuff!
And my reaction. Thank goodness for waterproof mascara. | Photo by PMG Image
Many, many funny stories were told as he introduced our bridal party. Most, unfortunately, are NSFWB (not safe for Weddingbee). My friends and I, suffice it to say, have a pretty twisted sense of humour.
My friend has impeccable penmanship. | Photo by PMG Image
He and a couple of our friends also created an awesome “get the couple to kiss” spin wheel. That is, a guest would have to come spin the wheel and perform whatever task they landed on if they wanted us to kiss, instead of tapping their glass. My friends, as you can see, had some fun with the categories on the wheel.
It may not show in the photo, but we were excited for dinner. | Photo by PMG Image
We enjoyed a delicious three-course meal consisting of organic mixed spring greens, a choice of oven-roasted free-range supreme of chicken or roasted vegetable strudel (both served with sides), and a lemon meringue pie slice for dessert. We served white and red wine with dinner, and coffee/tea with dessert. Our guests enjoyed our cake as a snack at around 10:00 PM. The only downside to this plan was that guests who left before 10:00 didn’t get to try our cake. Still, we thought two desserts in a row might be a bit too much.
“Who spoils the dog more?” The vote was unanimous. | Photo by PMG Image
We enjoyed and appreciated heartfelt toasts from our best man, maid of honour, Mr. H’s mom, and my brother. Mr. Horseshoe and I then toasted to our bridal party, families, and guests. We were then surprised by bridesmaids A and W with the shoe game after our toasts. It was so much fun—I’m so glad that they planned that surprise for us.
Our first dance | Photo by PMG Image
It was time to get the party started after everyone was appropriately stuffed and caffeinated. We moved back up to the upper level of the barn (where our ceremony was held) for our dance. Mr. Horseshoe and I chose “Man on Fire” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros for our first dance. We invited our bridal party and guests to join us a few minutes into the song—it was a lovely experience to have everyone on the dance floor together with us.
Some famous faces and local celebrities | Photo by PMG Image
Our ceremony backdrop became a selfie station that bridesmaid S did a fantastic job of setting up. She found some awesome props, and people had a blast taking silly photos of themselves with selfie sticks. The selfie station ended up being a great, cost-effective alternative to a photo booth.
Sealed with a kiss | Photo by PMG Image
We spent the rest of the night dancing and having a blast until the wee hours of the morning. I’m pretty proud of the fact that we closed out our own wedding.
Good night, barn. | Photo by PMG Image
Hive, our wedding was an amazing, fun day. There were, of course, hiccups here and there. My advice is to not let these little things get to you. They may seem like enormous pain points in the weeks and months after your wedding, but believe me when I say that these things won’t feel as bothersome as time goes on. You’ll hopefully just be left with happy, fun memories from your wedding.
Stay tuned for our Hawaiian honeymoon featuring Mr. & Mrs. Eel!
- Preamble & an undocumented rehearsal
- Timelines, timelines
- Getting fancy
- Ceremony & cocktail hour
- Bridal party style & floral details
- Design & decor details