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Harmless Pranks to Pull on Honeymooners
The Wedding Is Over!
Practical jokes to play on your honeymooning friends
My husband and I LOVE to welcome honeymooners home with some fun surprises. We have lived in our current town now for 6 years, however, and by now our single/getting-married friends here are onto us. Soooo, I am revealing our secrets in hopes that someone else can use them on unsuspecting newly married couples.
Obtaining the keys to the house
This one is by far the trickiest part of the gig. But we have never NOT been able to obtain the keys when we just kept trying. Here are some things that have actually worked. Brides and grooms must not always be thinking straight!
Side note: we only do these things for really good friends. I think it would be crazy creepy to try this stuff on people you don’t know well.
- Ask the bride if she needs help taking the gifts back to their place. Then use the key that she gives you to do the pranks listed in the next section.
- Find a former roommate and borrow his/her key. The chances are good that the former roommate will even be up for helping you “decorate” the new couple’s home.
- The parents often have a spare key, but I wouldn’t ask them if I didn’t know them very well. And I would probably tell them exactly what we were planning to do so that they realized how harmless it was.
- Is someone you know pet-sitting or watering their plants while they are gone? Enlist their help.
- Once I took the keys out of the bride’s purse at the rehearsal dinner and ran across the street to Home Depot, made a copy of her apartment key, and returned the original before anyone realized I was gone. Yes, I know it was illegal. I confessed to her later, and we are still friends :)
Harmless AND Fun Pranks on Newlyweds
When my dad married my step-mom, someone came into our house while they were on their honeymoon and removed all the labels from our canned items. We spent months not knowing what we would be having with dinner. Mom would shake the can and think it was green beans, but we would end up with peaches. As a result, I am firmly against anything that even resembles a mean prank. If someone did any of these things to me, I would smile. That should tell you how benign they are!
Messages with Dry Erase markers
Write notes with a dry erase marker on their dishes, glasses, mirrors or windows. The messages can be nice or funny. We write things like:
- “Peter’s turn to cook dinner”
- “Wash me please”
- “Noooo! Don’t put peas on me!”
- “What’s for dinner?”
- “Have you called your mom lately?”
...or anything really. It is also fun to write messages on the bathroom mirror. I recommend JUST using dry erase markers; they can be wiped off easily with a paper towel. I would not appreciate if someone wrote in lipstick or something else that required actual cleaning.
Add jingle to their movements
This one is our favorite :)
Buy jingle bells and tie them:
- under their box springs
- on their hangers
- from the cords on the mini blinds
- inside their refrigerator door
- zipped into their couch pillows
- under their dinner chairs
- from the ceiling fans
Stick Post-It Note messages on everything
Write “lamp” and stick it to the lamp.
Stick post it notes on the months in their calendar with dates they should remember, like:
- April 2. National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
- June 18. International Panic Day
- July 27. Take Your Pants for a Walk Day
- October 17. Wear Something Gaudy Day
You could put birthdays or other normal events on their calendar too, of course.
Label other objects like dog food, dish soap, curtains, etc.
Write Dialogs with Post-It Notes
Write messages as if the household objects were talking.
- tv and light switches: “turn me on” or “don’t turn me on”
- Toilet seat: leave me down, please
- Thermostat: is it hot in here or is it just me?
- Spice cabinet: add spices liberally
- Inside the egg carton: please don’t scramble me
- Inside a book they are not likely to read for a while: it's about time you read me
Write Instructions with Post-It Notes
- On the kleenex box: take out one tissue, blow snot into it, open it up to make sure it’s not green, throw it into the trash can immediately.
- On the toilet paper holder: Take only as much as you need. If you take the last of the roll, please replace. Disregard this message to your own peril.
- On the box of brownie mix: For bride: bake according to directions on box. Eat when stressed. For groom: bake according to directions on box. Feed to wife when she is stressed.
Make Designs with Post-It Notes
- Make a path on the carpet of post it note messages with welcoming words or funny sayings. Or just draw an arrow on each one of them leading to the bedroom.
- Make the Post-Its in the shape of a heart on their bed or a smiley face in their shower.
- Cover their front door in them.
Welcome Home Newlyweds
If you are “decorating” their place close to the time they are returning, you could also put a vase of fresh flowers on the dining room table, a basket of homemade chocolate chip cookies in the kitchen, and a printed photo you took of them at their wedding.
Regarding Mean Pranks
My husband really wanted me to list some of the ideas he keeps begging to do to our friends. I am hesitant. These tricks are better played in a fraternity house than on a new bride and groom. Well, maybe grooms don’t care, but I’m pretty sure most brides would not like to enter their new homes and discover that the bed is now in the living room and the bathtub is full of jello. So that is all I will say about that.
Uighur Wedding Traditions
Just for fun, let’s throw in another culture: Uighurs are a fantastic group of people who live mostly in Northwest China. I had the privilege of living among them in the 1990s. One of my good Uighur friends got married and on her wedding day, we “kidnapped” her. Her groom was not allowed to see her or marry her until he and his groomsmen went through a series of embarrassing but good-natured activities. They had to eat some weird things, do dances on one foot, get through a taped up door, and others. And their wedding lasted 3 days!