How To: Break the Ice

Wedding rehearsal dinners are a time for reflection and bonding with loved ones. However, the family and friends of the bride and groom may not be familiar with who they’re bumping elbows with at the dinner table. A lively session of icebreakers is guaranteed to relieve the awkward silence and tension that often occurs when families initially come together. Most of all, icebreakers inject fun into getting to know your future in-laws, which can be a considerable feat for some.

Take note of these icebreakers while planning your rehearsal dinner to help get both sides of the family well acquainted ahead of the big day.

Introduction ABCs
Start the rehearsal dinner with a clever twist on humdrum introductions. Have each guest introduce themself by stating their name followed by something they love that starts with the first letter of their first name. However, there’s one condition – each person has only five seconds to complete their introduction.

Bride and Groom Trivia
See who knows more about the bride and groom with a game of trivia. Split the guests into groups that contain members from both the bride and groom’s family. Next, have the bride and groom call out a series of statements that may or may not be true about themselves. Keep track of the number of statements each team correctly deems true or false in order to crown a winner at the end.

TIC-TAC-XOXO
Keep the conversation going in between meals by placing heart-shaped tic-tac-toe boards on the dinner table for guests to grab at their disposal. This classic game will allow guests to fill awkward downtown with friendly competition and great conversation.

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Name That Baby
This icebreaker is great for smaller rehearsal dinners with enough room for everyone to get up close and personal with each other. First, request that each guest bring a baby picture to the rehearsal dinner. Upon arriving to the rehearsal dinner, everyone will place their own picture into a hat or bag. Each guest will then take turns drawing a baby picture from the hat or bag and trying to match it with the correct person.

Remember that rehearsal dinners are a time to celebrate the union of a man and woman as well as two families. So get past the awkward stage of meeting new in-laws and have fun with icebreakers! The bride and groom will have a much easier time getting down the aisle with the support of two families that love one another.

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