Mafia-style bride ransom


Mafia style is a great theme for a wedding celebration. Courage, dangers, chases, adrenaline and a mandatory happy ending with an absolute victory over all enemies will create an indescribable mood for wedding guests. A great start to the wedding will be the redemption of the bride in the mafia style, which from the first minutes will transfer all participants to 20-30 of the twentieth century and make you feel like a real mafia. How to organize the ransom of the mafia in order to create a gangster atmosphere?


During the preparation of the ransom, organized as in the mafia, special attention should be paid to the scenario of the event, on which the success of the entire wedding celebration often depends. Think over the main plot, assign roles, create gangster costumes to the participants, write and rehearse dialogs, select props, then the bride’s ransom will be easy, fun and will leave an unforgettable impression on the wedding guests.

Redemption requisite

To conduct a mafia ransom of the bride you will need:

  • suitcase with combination lock;
  • large banknotes;
  • darts, toy revolvers;
  • table, chairs;
  • green tablecloth;
  • deck of cards, game tokens;
  • Balloons;
  • different keys;
  • box for collecting money;
  • threads, paper, newspapers, scissors, glue.

The suitcase is used in many bride buyback contests, so choose a convenient model with a combination lock. In order to give it an old-style, we advise you to glue the outside with yellowed newspapers. Newspapers are easy to grow old with their own hands by wetting them with instant coffee and then drying them..

During the contest, hide the bride’s shoe in a suitcase, and let the groom pick up the code for him, or use it as a storehouse for the mafia’s money and jewelry. To make it funnier, take large banknotes. It can be mafia clan money with a portrait of a bride, fake dollars or another type of fake money.

You will need darts or toy revolvers with bullets, as well as balloons, to check the accuracy of the groom, conducting competitions to music:

  • «Kill the villain». From the balloons, make a gangster figure, as in the photo below, which threatened the bride. Invite the newlyweds to kill the villain.
  • «Knock 10 out of 10». To win, the future spouse needs to knock out the maximum number of points on the target.
  • «Get the key». Put small pieces of paper in each ball, writing the word on one «key». The groom must find this note by breaking the balls.

Use a table covered with a beautiful green tablecloth to simulate a casino playing table. You will need a deck of cards, poker chips, as in the photo. Offer the newlywed to draw one card, naming the advantages of the future spouse, or write a memorable date on each card, let the groom guess her meaning. Prize - a poker chip, which is then exchanged for a hint for the next mafia ransom competition.

Casino playing table decoration

Make a box for collecting money in the style of the family bank of the clan of the bride. Use it to collect fines for newlyweds losing.


Two clans are participating - the families of the bride and groom, which are subsequently united together. To make the event look like a gangster movie, use the special terminology of the mafia.

Family members of the mafia clan are called:

  • Don is the head of the clan.
  • Consiglieres - Advisor, right hand of the head of the clan.
  • Kaporegime (Kapo) or captain - the head of a group that submits to the head, adviser, conducting criminal activities, in every possible way breaking the law.
  • A soldier is a member of a group that reports to Kapo..

The role of the head of the clan of the bride’s family is played by the father of the bride and groom, on the part of the bride’s family, the bridegroom takes this role. Concealers play on both sides witnesses of the newlyweds, the remaining roles are distributed among the bridesmaids, friends of the groom. To give credibility to the ransom of the mafia, make the names of participants «italian». For example, Alexander - Alessandro, Anton - Antonio.

Gangster costumes for buying a bride in the mafia style should be comfortable so that participants can actively move during the event.

  • Women's outfit - short straight shiny dress, diadem, feathers, fan, elbow gloves.
  • Clothing for men: suit, tie, suspenders, hat, holster with a gun.

Outfit options are shown in the photo below..

Gangster images for ransom participants

Room decoration

The ransom takes place in front of the porch, in the stairwell or directly in front of the door of the apartment where the bride lives. It is necessary to give the venue the style of the room.

For registration fit:

  1. Balloons. Buy balls of the form of suits of playing cards, make pistols from long balls.
  2. Comic posters «they are wanted» with photos of the newlyweds, their parents.
  3. Large posters with the name of the bride’s clan, its motto, the list of crimes committed, the name of the mafia-controlled areas.
  4. Paper garlands of playing cards, casino tokens, dollars, pistols, hats, cigars.
  5. Old yellowed newspapers.
  6. Vinyl records.
  7. Chalk to draw a silhouette of a murdered man on the floor.
  8. Wooden boxes with bottles of whiskey, stuffed bags, as in the photo below.

When you design a room in the style of mafia years, let go of your imagination, dream deeply. For example, use the boxes as an impromptu minibar so that the groom and guests can drink a glass of whiskey or another alcoholic drink, having successfully passed the competition.

Audit for ransom in the style of the mafia

Mafia-style buyback scenario

We offer you a ready-made scenario for the redemption of the mafia.

Near the entrance to the groom's entrance, guests are met by two leading, dressed in the style of a gangster movie. Leading welcome the groom and his mafia family:

- Bonjorno! We, Petrucho and Fernando, why are you here?

The groom replies that he came for the bride.


- Heard, heard. Sylvia (the name of the bride and groom) is the most beautiful bride of the city, the only daughter of the head of the Mafia clan Miltado (the last name of the bride), whose hands are worthy only of a brave, brave, courageous, rich bridegroom!


- Don Sonya Visconti gave us a long list of virtues that the future husband of the incomparable Sylvia should possess. I won’t show it for free! How much is willing to pay for classified information?

There is a trade. Fernando continues the mafia ransom of the bride:

- Persuaded, look!

He takes out a sheet, reads:

- Courage, accuracy, quick wit, cunning, dexterity.

Images of ransom participants in the mafia style

Fernando sadly laments:

- You see, what difficult, practically impossible requirements are presented by the mafiosi of Don Sony Visconti. I personally can’t pass the test. I continue to train without losing hope that one day I will achieve her hand.


- Dear Don Sivali (name of the groom), we cannot miss you until you prove that you are worthy of the hand of the daughter of the richest mafia clan in our city! If you pay, we will help you pass the test. How much do you value our services? Ready to pay?

Leading, the groom traded.

  • Competition No. 1 for courage.

Petrucho continues the mafia ransom of the bride:

- The first word on the list is «bravery», then you need to kill the mafia villain. You are lucky, Don Civali, yesterday we took hostage the close mafia Don Marino - the main competitor of Don Sony Visconti. Ready to get rid of a competitor?

The groom agrees.


- Petrucho, give out weapons to Don Civali, and I'm going to the hostage.

Leading leaves.

Petruccio to the groom:

- Do you know how to handle weapons? Do not be disgraced? Killing mafiosi is a dangerous test, only a brave, brave warrior can stand!

The groom assures the leader of his abilities.

- In words, you are an experienced gangster, but skills are not enough. We recently captured a mafia warehouse with weapons of the latest developments, if you pay well, I’ll sell a revolver that hits accurately, without a miss. I agree? How much is ready to give money?

There is a trade for toy weapons with plastic bullets. Fernando returns, taking with him a gangster hostage of balloons, as in the photo.

Ball figures for the competition

Approaching the groom, Fernando says:

- Here is our villain! Caught for a long time, everyone managed to escape from the raids, angering the head of the Mafia clan. If you kill him yourself, then Don Sony Visconti recognizes you as a brave gangster, will give favor.


- Fernando, tie the villain to the tree, and Don Sivali and I will move 10 steps,

He further explains to the groom:

- You need to get into the body several times and make a control shot in the head. If you manage, you will prove that you are worthy of the hands of the bride - the beautiful Sylvia.

The groom successfully fulfills the task of redeeming the bride, at the end of the competition, the presenters suggest skipping a glass of whiskey for the health of the newlywed.

  • Accuracy Competition No. 2.


- The next accuracy test, you need to knock out 10 of 10 on the target. Petruccio, bring and hang the target. And you, Don Sivali, while you tell me, are you good at shooting? How many knock out?

The groom talks about his accuracy.

The leader continues the mafia ransom of the bride:

“You impressed me with the story!” You’ll pass the test for sure, only the cartridges are now expensive, for free I can’t give them to you. Our concilieri will tear my head off if I squander the riches of the mafia clan. Have to buy cartridges. How much will you pay?

There is a trade for ammunition for toy weapons, another leader is preparing a contest - hangs a target, counts 10 steps, draws a line on the asphalt. When the preparation of the test and bargaining are completed, the groom begins to shoot until he has completed the task of redeeming the bride. The groom buys additional cartridges. After the competition, those present drink for the beauty of the bride and groom.

Sleeves as a requisite for the competition

  • Cleverness Competition No. 3.


“Don Civali, you proved to us that you are a brave, well-aimed gangster, but how are you doing with quick wits?” A quick, tenacious mind is an important quality for the head of the mafia, the third item on the list of mafiosi Don Sony Visconti.

The host asks the groom questions:

  1. What are the 5 films about the mafia? (Answer: «Godfather», «Johnny d», «Untouchables», «Cocaine», «The Departed»).
  2. Where did the mafia originate? (Answer: island of Sicily).
  3. What else is the mafia called? (Answer: Cosa Nostra).
  4. What does it mean «Cosa Nostra»? (Answer: Our business).

If the groom finds it difficult to answer, then for each prompt or leading question pays leading. After the test, everyone skips a glass of whiskey for the beauty of the bride.

  • Trick Contest # 4.

The ransom of the bride continues with the words of Fernando:

“Don Civali, let's see how tricky you are.” A month ago, our blood enemies stole the jewels of the bride, the incomparable Sylvia, locked them in a safe, changed the code lock. We returned the safe with a hint, but we cannot solve the code. If you open the safe, then we will put in a word for you in front of Don Sony Visconti. Are you ready? How much do you pay for a hint?

There is a bargain, the second leader brings a safe. The code is composed of numbers associated with the bride: her birthday, number of years, height, size of legs, waist, etc. Successful passing of the bride buyback competition is celebrated with a glass of whiskey..

Safe deposit box for valuables

  • Agility Competition No. 5.

Petruccio continues the ransom of the bride:

- The last point of the requirements of the mafia Don Sony Visconti is to get the key to the chambers of the bride, the incomparable Sylvia. Fernando, bring the balls!

One presenter leaves for the props, another explains the terms of the competition to the groom:

- Note with the word «key» is in one balloon, in the remaining balloons the amount you have to pay to the treasury of the mafia clan. You have to pop the balls until you find the key or the money runs out. Are you ready? I took a lot of money with me?

The host brings the balls, the groom bursts them with a pin until he finds a note. At the end of the competition, he is solemnly awarded the key to the bride’s chambers, everyone drinks a glass of whiskey.


- Don Sivali, you proved that you deserve the hands of the most beautiful bride Silvia, we will inform the mafia Don Don Visconti about your visit. Let's go to!

Leading, the groom, guests go into the entrance of the house, rise to the bride. In the house they are met by the father of the newlywed in a gangster suit, sitting in a chair surrounded by bodyguards.

The image of the main mafia


- Dear Don Sony Visconti, Don Sivali, the head of the Mafia clan Mifito (Surname of the groom), has come to you. He says he wants to marry the beautiful Sylvia. According to your order, we tested his skills on the list: courage, accuracy, quick wits, cunning, dexterity - all the tests were successful, he was generous with us, he did not spare a penny.

Father of the bride:

- If Don Sivali is so good, worthy to become a full member of the mafia family, then let him come and explain why he wants to marry my only daughter? Then I will finally decide whether he is a suitable candidate or whether he will need to get rid of the newlywed quietly.

The groom comes to the father of the bride, talks about how he loves, values, respects his future wife, how he will take care of her, etc..

Father of the bride:

- Bless your union! Truly you deserve the hand of my daughter! Come, make the bride happy!

To the solemn sounds of music, all those present go to the bride. The groom gives the newlywed a wedding bouquet, champagne is being poured, the newlyweds accept the congratulations of the guests, everyone celebrates the successful completion of the bride’s ransom.

Process video

The ransom in the style of the mafia is a good basis for shooting a wedding video, with the participation of the main characters of the holiday - the bride and groom. If the script is well thought out, the costumes of the participants correspond to the style of the event, the speeches are rehearsed, you get an interesting thematic video that will delight you for a long time after the wedding.

An example of a mafia ransom, see the video: