Gift "play-along-at-home kits" to family and friends who can't make the wedding #Advice#steal-this-idea#wedding favors#welcome bag February 22 | Catherine Clark enidjcoleslaw Our Offbeat Intern, Liz, had an amazing idea that she made happen at her handmade well-armed wedding: a play-along-at-home kit! The concept is that you send out a care package of sorts to any family or friends who can't make the wedding. It could contain an invite, a favor, activity books, your program, and in Liz's case, a "ticket" to log in and watch the ceremony live-streamed. Anyone who can't make it can still feel like they were a part of your day, with a tangible gift to remember it by. Liz and her groom Kevin took it one step further and made it into an actual game: We ordered game boxes and resurfaced some Scrabble boards with Mod Podge into a "game board" and put little pieces in. We then added the favors (dinosaur temporary tattoos, wacky placemats, mini four-packs of Star Wars crayons, twenty-sided dice, popcorn, and the tickets to log on to the live-streaming. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark (aka Superman) is Offbeat Bride's Editor + Project Wrangler and a Chicago-based freelance web consultant. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video games and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, and cuddles with her feline fur baby. @enidjcoleslaw @whimsycatt PREVIOUS Monica & Eirik's pop culture desert wedding NEXT Wider-calf boots for wedding days (and everydays!) Toggle comments [ 6 ] I love this idea! What about including a Bingo game with squares that people can check off as they spot certain elements in the live-stream? A CD of your wedding music? A DVD or link to a personal video message from the couple? A drink mixer? The possibilities are endless! 6 agree Reply a.) How did you do the live streaming? We're getting married in a park, and I'm trying to figure out the logistics of a non-wi-fi area… b.) That's a great idea! I'm going to do something similar, except mine will be "let's pretend you were here" packages. I want to wait until after the wedding so that I can include pictures and frozen pieces of cake. (The mother of an ex of mine used to send her son frozen baked goods when he lived in Alaska, so I know it can be done.) 1 agrees Reply There are quite a few ways, but here is one method we've talked about before. Reply Many phones nowadays can be turned into wireless hot-spots, and if you have 4G then it's often pretty decent. You may be able to test it out and see if streaming would work that way. Reply What a wonderful idea! I'd love to do something like this for a few special people who won't make it to the wedding.. Reply This is such a fabulous idea. We're trying to decide right now if we should have a longer than we'd like engagement so that people (my sister, brother in-law and neices as well as my son and his family not just randoms) can actually save up and attend or resign myself to getting married without my nieces and son in attendance…I'm glad to know there are options to include those who can't attend. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.