One of the fun evenings in our community is when I host the Not-so-Newlywed Game. I’ve done this a few times and the residents really enjoy getting to know some of our couples better. It is not a program that I do every year. I like to mix it in to the calendar so that it stays fresh. I also have it based on when there are enough fun and interesting couples to participate. It is very important that those who are participating are quick witted, up-beat people, who the community knows and likes. The residents remember the real Newlywed Game with Bob Eubanks, so I make sure to speak to the couples independently and assure them that the questions will not be anything inappropriate. I explain to them that I do realize that unlike a cruise ship, that I know that they have to see the people in the audience for the rest of their lives and that I would not embarrass them.
I find that having four or five couples is perfect in order to make the program move along and stay within the one hour time frame. Here are a few sample questions that I’ve used before. You will need questions for the husbands and questions for the wives. You can find more on the Internet, but many of them I saw were not usable for my community or needed editing. I found this booklet from endlessgames.com helpful when I was getting started with this special game night.
I have a volunteer help me the night that I have the program. I give the volunteer the couple's names and a place to record the answers on a score sheet that I created. (You will need to edit it each time, based upon your questions and the couple's names.) Some questions are worth 5 points, some worth 10 and then the big question is worth 25. In order to be efficient, I also have the volunteer write down all the answers, just in case I miss something while I am running the program.
I start out introducing the couples and briefly tell the audience how long they've been married, about their family, professions, etc. Then I ask the men to leave the room and ask the ladies to stay and answer their questions. Then, the husbands are brought back into the room and asked the same questions. Then it is the wives' turn. I do not have the people write their answers down, they just repeat them out loud after their spouse's answer has been given. If they match, points are given. When determining if the answers match, you will have to use your best judgment and humor in order to make everyone feel good.
I do give each couple a prize based upon how they score at the show and send them thank you notes afterwards for their participation. It is fun for everyone and a chance for me to have some fun hamming it up like a game show host!
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