Play a game to pick your witnesses at random #Favors & Flowers#games#steal-this-idea November 12 2013 | Megan Finley Horowitz meggyfin The day of our wedding, my husband and I just asked whoever was nearby to be our witnesses. But Offbeat Bride Carol and her husband Jim had a lot more fun with their witness-picking… Each guest (of appropriate age) received a Bingo card in a sealed envelope. When we came to the signing of the registry, the guests were instructed to open their envelopes and we rolled out a Bingo cage. The two winners of our Bingo draw got to be our witnesses… and took home a lovely engraved toaster! What kind of games and prizes are you thinking up now? 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 Megan Finley Horowitz When Megan's not writing, traveling, and sleeping, she's eating like the fate of the world depends on it. (You're welcome, world!) You can snoop into her personal life over on her website The Dash and Dine! @meggyfin @thedashanddine @meggyfin PREVIOUS Scott & Wes' intimate seaside Malibu luncheon wedding NEXT Ditch the wedding propaganda: tv shows, magazines, and (gasp!) even Pinterest Show/Hide comments [ 6 ] It totally bums me out (and I didn't realize this at the time) that my state doesn't have you sign your marriage license and have witnesses sign it the day of the wedding. When you go to the courthouse to get your license, that's when you swear under oath that the information is true and the clerk who works with you is your "witness." I was so used to seeing all my Midwestern friends' wedding photos where they were signing their license after the ceremony with witnesses and whatnot. Totally not the way it works here. I didn't know this until I asked our officiant AFTER our ceremony when we were going to sign the license. She said, "You don't! That's what you did at the courthouse last month." 4 agree Reply My state = Virginia. 1 agrees Reply Maryland is the same. We got our license from a state office about a week before our wedding and then the officiant just had to sign and send in a copy after the actual wedding to make us legal. Illinois also doesn't have witness signatures. I was looking forward to signing my best friends earlier this year. When I asked if I could sign it anyways the officiant was quite firm in telling me "no". 1 agrees Reply That's no fun! I'm glad it isn't like that here in Louisiana–since we didn't have a ceremony, witness signing was the only way for my husband and I to include anyone in our marriage! 1 agrees Reply Texas is the same. My sister got married in September and started freaking out about 30 minutes after her great-grandfather/officiant left because he didn't have them sign their license or anything and wouldn't calm down until they got a hold of him and explained that they didn't have to. 1 agrees Reply We are choosing our witnesses by door prize. There will be two envelopes taped under two chairs and whoever sits there, get's to come up and sign. If it's a kid, first person to the left. I'm kinda hoping it's someones random date and we get to meet two awesome people this way. Reply Leave a Reply to Ashley G Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! 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.