I traveled to San Francisco this weekend to celebrate my friends’ Mike and Dianne’s marriage. They’re doing what I sometimes think I would like to do someday, have small gatherings with friends and family across the country where there is a dense population. Their actual ceremony was a month ago in Seattle, where the bride is from. It was slightly more formal and both sets of parents were present. Between then and about November, they planned three more get togethers in San Francisco (where they live now), Long Island (where the groom is from), and San Diego (other half of brides’ family).
As Mike told me, they had the least pressure in planning the San Francisco event since it was purely just friends. With a simple Evite, they organized a potluck overlooking the bay in Marin county. It was a gorgeous day out to boast! After everyone had eaten, they organized us into groups to play my best friends’ from college favorite game of all time: Telephone pictionairy.
What is telephone pictionary? The BEST game! You have a group of 4-6 people and each person has a piece of paper and a pen. There are two round types. 1st round is that everyone writes a sentence of some sort. The 2nd round is that after passing the paper to your left, you must draw that sentence. When you are done, you fold over the sentence so that the next person can only see the drawing. It then goes back to round 1 type, but this time you must write a sentence about the picture you see. Then you fold over the picture so to that the next person only sees the new sentence. The more stick people that come into it and the more literal translations you do of drawings, the better. Like I said, BEST game of all time.
For my friend’s wedding celebration, they decided to take the traditional wedding vows and split them up for a Wedding Themed version of telephone pictionary. They were secretly numbered on the back so that they could be compiled to be new wedding vows. As everyone played, Mike changed back into his suit. When they were done, my friend Derek presided and I got to do a “reading” and hold the rings.
Here were some examples:
“I take thee to be my wedded husband to have and to hold from this day forward” —-> “Let’s become merpeople and harvest seaweed off the coast of Mendocino”
And my “reading” was: “You are lodged in my heart, the small key is lost, you must stay there forever.” —-> “True love is the same as jamming a key into your face”
The whole event was quite hilarious, fun, and true to who the couple are.
After this, Mike’s friend from high school, played a song on his guitar and the couple did one dance. We had a champagne toast and the most awesome cream puff tower wedding cake which is also known as a croquembouche !!
There was basically no budget, I was the only person who flew in, it was geeky, fun, outside, sweet, adorable, and just an awesome wedding celebration.