The 12 month game: Celebrate your 1 year marriage

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The wedding date is approaching and you are looking for a game idea? Look no further, the 12 months game is an ultra simple and fun wedding entertainment to set up. Laughter guaranteed for everyone. In this article you will discover the principle of the game as well as the necessary equipment but also ideas to help you organize everything easily. And as always, if you want to share other ideas with the readers, don’t hesitate.

What is the 12 month game?

You may know the principle of musical chairs? You know that game where a small group of people move around chairs while music plays. Then rush to sit down as soon as it stops knowing that there are not enough chairs for everyone. With the removal of an additional chair each round. Well the 12 month game is pretty much that.

The main differences being that:

  1. The number of participants is preset to 13.
  2. It’s not just the music that punctuates the game, but objects to collect before rushing to the chairs.
  3. And the loser of each round receives a pledge to be made for the newlyweds in a specific month during the year following the wedding. The 1st loser for the month of January the second for February etc…

Here is a video that may help you better visualize the general atmosphere of this wedding game.

This is perfect for digestion just before the cake arrives.

The objects to be found are generally defined in advance and announced by the DJ , another designated facilitator or the couple themselves. The idea is that these are things that can be found in the room with a mixture of simple elements and unusual objects.

To inspire you in the preparation of your list of objects we offer some ideas below.

20 ideas for objects for the game of 12 months.

  • A 10 note
  • A piece of bread
  • An easy-to-recover decorative object: Balloon / ribbon
  • A spoon (me dangerous than a knife)
  • A tissue
  • Lipstick
  • A black sock
  • A bracelet
  • A lighter
  • A sheet of toilet paper
  • An identity card
  • A bra (you have to dare ^^)
  • Keys
  • A striped tie
  • A driving license
  • Earring
  • A cigarette
  • A flower
  • A selfie in front of the wedding car
  • A shoe size 40 (ahah)

Since this is a speed game, avoid any sharp, fragile or very bulky object. An accident would spoil the atmosphere… For the same reasons I recommend avoiding the wearing of shoes with heels for participants during the game.

Of course these are suggestions and you may well find other ideas. Besides, I invite you to share them so that it can inspire other readers.

Necessary material

This game requires little installation and equipment, such is its great advantage. You only need to fit twelve chairs in a large enough space. You must also have a list of tokens in addition to the objects to be found. You will also need willing participants of course but to make sure you have 12 I recommend you consider nominating them.

Also note that at each turn you have to remember to remove a chair.

The player who passes all the rounds wins a gift. This lot is chosen in advance, something like a bottle of champagne with a bouquet as for a sports award ceremony. Or even a diploma in memory. Example “Congratulations to… who won the 12-month game at Yann and Sandra’s wedding on August 14, 2020”.

By leaving an empty field you can complete with the first name.

Last Spins Bonus

As you probably guessed for the last round there will only be 2 participants left. So to make things worse you can consider a really very special object present in very few copies. For example a postcard of a particular destination. As a general rule, it is then all the guests who will wonder where such an object can be found.

Some examples of pledges

Again there are no real limits to the pledges you can set. Remember, however, that they must be accessible to as many people as possible. After all, you don’t know who it might fall on and what means that person has. The idea is for it to be a good memory between the couple and their guests. Here are some ideas:

  • Organize a BBQ
  • Going to the bride and groom with a disguise
  • Offer a gift
  • Wish them a happy wedding anniversary in poetry
  • Clean up for the bride and groom
  • Plan them a romantic evening
  • Plan a cinema session
  • A camping weekend

As there should be one token per month it is said that the tokens should be related to the holidays and celebrations of the current month. However it is not an obligation and as these depend on the country where you are but also on your beliefs, I prefer to encourage the fact that you are spoiled for choice.

Wedding games are great ways to engage guests who don’t know each other. With the game of 12 months for a few minutes the newlyweds are no longer the center of attention. And that can be fun.

You will soon find other articles related to wedding entertainment.

The last piece of advice I can give you is to have fun. Take advantage and take a lot of photos because these moments are precious…


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