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In this encore episode, learn about secrets to a long marriage based on friendship, get four ready-to-print downloads for wedding shower games, plus a fun bonus freebie, and recommendations for resources that could help your marriage.
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Sometimes we can get so caught up in the romance of the event of a wedding that we miss the point of the whole thing. I’ve loved the process of planning with both of our sons and their wives. I’ve appreciated that they have both focused on the marriage as well as the wedding.
Phil and I have been married for more than 28 years. We met when I was fifteen and we started dating when I was sixteen. We were so young and immature, but we both saw qualities in each other that we knew matched our long-term life values. We exchanged our vows when I was only 20 and he was 23.
You'll find the rest of the notes for this episode on the post for Episode 4
I am not a shower game person at all! I would skip it if it could. I know. Call me a scrooge of wedding showers. But, I know, a shower without games just doesn’t feel like a shower. So with the help of my daughter-in-law who was happy to be getting her first sister soon, we put together a few games from both old and new ideas. These are all free for download right here. All I ask is that you not share them on any other websites, outside of linking to this post to share the freebies with your friends. Here is an easy short link: www.michellerayburn.com/4
- What’s in Your Purse? This is a fun game where you get points for the junk in your purse.
- How Good is Your Memory? This is a game with household objects that we played at wedding showers back in the days when I got married. This free download has instructions on the second page. Print page one for your guests and print yourself one copy of page two for the directions.
- Wedding Quiz. A fun game to see how well you know the bride and groom. Print a copy of the page for each person. Have the bride fill one out and her answers will provide the answer key for the game.
- Guessing Game. This printable has slips that you can cut apart for a guessing game. Fill a jar with chocolate kisses or other candy and let guests put in 1-3 guesses of how many are in it. We had a smaller crowd, so we let everyone guess three times [so the basket of slips wouldn't look so empty 🙂 ].
A Bonus Gift
In addition to the free downloads above I also have a set of eighteen 3.5x5 cards that can be printed and used for advice cards on the tables at the wedding or for a shower game. They’re made so they can be put in a scrapbook or photo album and they are set up as a PDF file with individual pages that a commercial printer could do for you. These have enough border that you can have the artwork bleed off the edge for trimming. If you prefer JPG files, you can save them from the PDF into that format.
I hope you enjoy the printables. If you need something similar but in your own custom colors, please contact me for a price quote and I would be happy to create a custom colored version for a reasonable fee.
I mentioned a couple of resources in the original post for episode number 4. I also want to tell you about another resource we found helpful:
This book and workbook are from Bill and Pam Farrel, authors of the bestselling Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti. Here they offer biblical and practical insight into the code that God has programmed into his unique design for each married couple. Laced with the Farrels' trademark humor, The Marriage Code is packed with ideas for creative code-breaking so couples can connect at a richer, deeper level, enabling them to discover:
- the real enemy of love
- the pace that will energize their relationship
- the plan that will get their lives in sync
- the keys to creating great interactions
The Marriage Code is for every couple who wants to know just how good their relationship can be. As both partners grow in relationship with God and rely on the Spirit for insights into the heart of their mate, they can replace their old, selfish codes with a new one that leads to greater intimacy in every area of life.
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Michelle Rayburn is the author of The Repurposed and Upcycled Life: When God Turns Trash to Treasure, as well as a small group Bible study to accompany the book. Learn more about these and her other books here. A sample chapter of the book and Bible study are available for free download.
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This post contains affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, if you click through and make a purchase, I may receive a commission. I sell my ebook via Amazon but I’m also a part of their “Associates” (i.e. affiliate) program which pays a commission on books and any other Amazon products people purchase via my links.