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Mingle with reception guests in order of their age

Every once in awhile we get some super duper simple advice from our couples that make us totally smack our heads. This is one of those nuggets of wisdom. If you want to make sure to get a little time with all of your guests at the reception, mingle in order of age! Target those who are likely to leave earlier (older relatives, parents with young children, or guests with long drives home) and make them your first priority.

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How André the Giant helped guests drive home safely

We're going to feature Emily and Branan's Star Wars, wrestling, and badminton wedding later this week, but I couldn't wait to share this impressive way to dissuade over-drinking and encourage safe driving at the reception. They used a little tidbit about the booze tolerance of the late and most amazing André the Giant, which if you've read this book like I have recently, you'd know all about! Let's see how they did it.

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"Who'd wield the chainsaw during the zombie apocalypse?" and 11 other offbeat questions for The Shoe Game

Depending on your neck of the woods, you reaction to The Shoe Game could be anything from: "Oh, yeah, that game every couple plays at weddings around here" to "whoa, I've never heard of that! Tell me how to play NOW." But whether you've seen this game at weddings on the regular or Cait & Matt's wedding was the first you'd heard of it, we need to talk about what an Offbeat Bride Shoe Game would look like.

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Who cares who leads? Non-gendered first dance ideas for all

My brother-in-law — who has never danced himself — once told me that it is only natural in dancing that the man leads and the woman follows. Having taught many partner dance classes, from Swing to French Folk, I can tell you that that is completely and utterly untrue. Of course there is nothing wrong with the "man leads, woman follows shuffle"-type first dance, but not every wedding involves one man and one woman. And even for those who do, there are many options beyond the traditional first dance…

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Instead of a bouquet, toss a Mario Kart shell at your friends

Amanda and Lee know what's up when it comes to nerdery. For their Washington wedding last April, they stole an idea for an alternative bouquet toss from a friend's wedding, and now we're telling you to steal it: instead of flowers, try lobbing a blue Mario Kart shell into an unmarried, all-gendered crowd! After all, as Amanda and Lee's friend put it originally: "For us nerds, there's one surefire way of telling who's in first place."

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Use snapshots of your guests to assign seating

Kat and Earl injected their table assignments a little more personalization by using snapshots of their guests. While this might not work for large weddings, your small to medium-sized wedding could totally benefit from more photos of your guests' purty faces.

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Steal-able (and properly researched) quotes on love, hope, and partnership for your wedding

We decided the cheapest way to decorate a literary-themed wedding is to take quotes from our favorite authors and poets about love, hope, marriage and happiness, and get a friend with good penmanship to put them up on the chalkboards for us. I wanted a good mix of science fiction and classical writers that we both loved. I'd share with you all these awesome, (and researched!) steal-able quotes…