This invisible handcuffs reception trick is your secret wedding hack


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Photos by: Gillian Williamson
"Invisible handcuffs" reception trick to stay together as seen on @offbeatbride
Photos by Gillian Williamson

One thing we hear A LOT from couples is that they sometimes find that they don't get to spend as much time canoodling and being sweet together at their reception. If you're opting for a larger wedding, you're almost guaranteed to get pulled in many directions by guests. One handy solution is to try the invisible handcuffs reception trick, where you pretend you're hooked up to each other via handcuffs.

It's no guarantee to keep you at your partner's hip the whole night, but it should help you keep that priority at top of mind. Here's how Andrea and Chris handled it at their Battlestar Galactica meets forest wedding:

It's so easy on the day to get caught up talking to all of your guests, so try to do as much as you can together as a couple, otherwise you'll each remember completely different things on your wedding day, and most of your memories won't be together. Even with our rule of "invisible handcuffs" to try to stay together, we kept getting separated so just try to be aware of it and reconvene whenever you can.

Battlestar Galactica meets forest wedding as seen on @offbeatbride

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  1. I wish my husband and I had thought to make a game plan for this situation. We were separated nearly the entire night. We spent some time together at cocktail hour, we ate dinner at the same table, and were together for the special events but I remember spending most of my reception with my MOH. Which is great, I LOVE my MOH but … I didn't marry her!
    But, on the other hand, having two similar but different experiences of the reception gave us a ton to talk about in the immediately aftermath and into the following weeks. When we got back to our hotel we decided to open all our cards which ended up taking over two hours because each time we'd open one it would lead to one of saying "oh, did you see when (person who gave us the card) did this?!" and then the other would say "no!" and the first would tell the story.

  2. I think I'd go bonkers trying that; I'd feel like I was chasing a stray toddler or one of my cats ; ) As far as "otherwise you'll each remember completely different things on your wedding day" = I don't think that's necessarily a negative. It was pointed out in another recent post there's a lot of pressure now to remember every single detail of the wedding; maybe its not such a bad thing to remember what you can & fill in the gaps later with whatever stories & photos your spouse, fellow guests & photographer can provide

    • You are correct that it's not a terrible thing. My husband and I were separated for a lot of our reception and that ended up giving each of us great stories to share with the other in the days and weeks following.
      Then when we got the pictures back there was another whole round of "Look at that! That's so great, what were they doing?" and THEN the video came and we got to see even MORE stuff that we weren't present for because we're just two people. We can't be everywhere at once!

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