Name each dining table by song title. When the song
plays, the entire table must rush to the floor to urge things moving!
How to play: Helping a marriage table bond isn’t always simple. Add a touch competition to the combination by challenging each table to rush the floor when a specific song is played throughout the night. The simplest show of silliness or grace wins the dance competition at the top of the evening.
Wedding Toast Bingo
During the toast portion of the evening, provide
bingo boards on each guest’s table to urge them guessing.
How to play: There are always a couple of standard sentiments in each maid of honor and groomsman speech. Create bingo boards for every plate and let your guests play along side you. Remember to supply bingo chips and a fun prize for whoever reaches bingo first!
Marriage Advice Cards
Include a set of cards at the dining table that
encourage guests to share their own marriage advice for the newlyweds.
How to play: Guests share their own marriage advice for the couple’s new journey. Set up an area for guests to write and place their advice cards, and then turn these into a singular guest book. For a special touch, arrange a bottle for every upcoming anniversary and ask guests to enter cards for every landmark year.
Let the youngsters show you ways it’s done! Supply
chalk or tape for an outside hopscotch tournament during the reception.
to play: put aside a neighborhood where kids and adults
alike can opened up and play hopscotch. Chalk where possible or use
multi-colored tape on a grassier surface. Make certain to incorporate sandbags
for more complex games which will be played on a hopscotch course.
Giant Connect Four
Create your own life-size version of this memorable
childhood gem and include it into your list of party lawn games.
How to play: Drill out 35 large holes – five down and 7 across – to build an adult-sized version of this childhood tic-tac-toe inspired game. With one player on all sides, guests drop colored discs into the slots in hopes to urge a four-in-the-row combination before their opponent. Set up the smaller version for kids at the party.
to play: Angle two large rectangles of plywood several
inches off the ground and carve out one hole at the top of each team’s game
board. The goal of each round is to sink as many sandbags as possible into your
opponent’s target. Paint the corn hole set to match your wedding’s colors and
Find The Guest
Provide a questionnaire with interesting facts about
guests in the room and send everyone on a socializing scavenger hunt.
to play: Create new conversations with a find-the-guest
game. When guests start their cocktail hour or sit down to dinner, encourage
conversation by listing interesting facts about people in the room. Everyone
has to mingle to complete their questionnaire faster than their peers.
Giant Chess And Checkers
Ranging from large to life-size, consider a DIY approach to giant chess and checkers out on your venue’s lawn.
How to play: For both chess and checkers, DIY your board with a checkered black and white fabric. A fabric board makes for easy transport, outdoor play, and easy cleanup. For a rustic look, cut and paint your checker pieces from wood slices. Get creative with chess pieces as well, like decorated wine bottles or PVC piping.
In conclusion, whether you are hosting an intimate gathering indoors or an outdoor summer wedding, wedding games make for the perfect ice breaker for guests. Plan your wedding game to take place during your cocktail hour so guests are entertained while you’re taking group wedding photos or spending some one on one time with your new spouse.
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What’s even as fun as cutting into a marriage cake? Whacking a wedding-cake-themed pinata crammed with a lot of delicious candy!
How to play: Choose an elegant or maybe completely silly pinata to shake up things during the dessert time. Blindfold the groom and bride to ascertain who could break through the pinata in order to release all the goodies inside. Make certain to incorporate bags or small boxes for all the youngsters to collect their treasure.
Set your guests up for a rousing game of Yahtzee when
they sip champagne.
to play: Make five large die by slicing 2X4’s into even
squares. Mark all sides with the acceptable number of dots and place all of
them during a bucket or small container. Include a Yahtzee instructional board
out on the lawn of your venue to urge things started. Pair kids and adults to
show them about this easy, traditional dice game.
Set up a mini-course for the golf fans. See if the oldsters can beat the many of their newlywed children!
How to play: Build or rent a mini golfing green with plywood, turf and a group of putters. When your guests sip a cocktail, encourage them to take part in a friendly game of mini-golf with small scorecards for keeping things competitive.
Set up a friendly tournament of croquet to keep things classy.
to play: Guests hack into two small teams and move all their
croquet balls through a self-made course of stakes and hoops referred to as
wickets. Arrange the croquet set by a close-by chalkboard with rules and tips
for enjoying. Begin the afternoon with a bride vs. groom match.
Leave a challenging fill-in-the-blank trivia card at
each table setting filled with interesting questions on the newlyweds.
to play: When guests take their seats for dinner, invite
them to try a competitive game of trivia. The primary person or couple to
finish the questionnaire successfully wins a dessert or a prize. Announce the
answers at the beginning of dinner or leave a solution sheet near the
centerpiece so each table can play at their own pace.
A balloon wall pop welcomes guests to hunt messages and prizes inside a wall of balloons just waiting to be popped!
to play: On an outsized cork board, attach an ornamental
collection of balloons during a festive pattern. Instruct each guest to use a
security pin to pop one balloon each. Each balloon includes a secret, prize, or
instruction. Reward a couple of lucky poppers with first dibs at the dessert
table or a champagne toast of their own.
Best Photo Booth Contest
Add slightly of competition to the photo booth! At the top of the night, the couple chooses the silliest photo from the evening.
How to play: Encourage guests to be as wacky as possible while arranging their poses within the photo booth. Many photographers will print out the pictures into a scrapbook for immediate viewing. Either thebride and groom or guests can pick up their favorites before the night is up.
This simple addition to outdoor games includes a DIY facbric tic-tac-toe board and festively painted rocks.
to play: Ideal for easy outdoor cocktail hours and weddings
with children, painted rock tic-tac-toe combines hand painted rocks and a DIY
board for straightforward transport and play. Lay out the boards on picnic
tables to encourage guests to take part in a competitive game over conversation
Set up a board and set of bocce balls to participate
during this classic Italian outdoor cocktail and reception game.
to play: Each team of up to four players throws four balls
during a round with the goal of reaching the “jack” or marker ball that’s
thrown at the beginning of every game. Points are rewarded counting on
proximity to the jack ball. found out the sport in either a measured, enclosed
board or on an open, more casual lawn setup.
Invite guests to incorporate a message of affection
before placing their block at the highest of the tower. Try to not topple the
How to play: Guest books are available all forms now, so why not make yours interactive for the remainder of your marriage? Begin with a Jenga tower with instructions to write down a message on the block itself. Guests can either build the tower up from rock bottom, or play the sport as they write. Play with the message-filled set after the marriage or arrange the blocks during a large framework as a singular collage.
Cake Smash Bets
Who will find yourself withwedding cake on their face? Let the guests decide! Skip jars for bets on either the bride or groom.
to play: It’s pretty inevitable that either the bride or
groom goes for a cake smash during the otherwise-innocent cake cutting. Get
guests involved during this silly moment by letting them vote with monetary
gifts to the couple’s honeymoon fund. The jar with the larger amount decides
whether the bride or groom finishes up with the cake on their face!
to play: Popular since grade school, these fun-to-fold
fortune tellers add a special romance and excitement to sitting right down to
dinner. With minimalism supplies necessary, they create an ideal addition and
to the kids’ table as food arrives. Make certain to incorporate a visible
instruction for newbies and an adult available to assist with writing and
folding for the small ones.
Puzzle-loving crowd? Create your own crossword for
your guests with hints and questions from you relationship.
How to play: On each plate setting, include a little crossword with hints and answers that showcase favorite tidbits from the newlywed’s history. This crossword game also gets the table guests chatting and making new friends.
To playgame Ladder Golf, teams toss two balls connected by a string with the goal of hooking their opponents’ ladder rungs.
How to play: Set up simiarly to corn hole, two teams of one to two
people toss their ball-and-string combo onto one of three rungs. The “ladder”
includes three levels, each of which is worth more points than the others. This
is an easy DIY with some piping, paint, golf balls and twine.
17. Stand Up, Sit Down
Break the ice
with this group questionnaire game. Guests stand up when they agree with the
funny question or statement.
How to play: A great way to get stories flowing! To play, one of
the hosts, a member of the wedding party, or the MC announces a series of
hilarious questions, prompting the audience to sit down or stand up for “yes”
or “no.” Each table ends the game knowing new, interesting facts about their
dinner companions and the newlyweds themselves.
18. DJ Name That Tune
When the DJ
plays two seconds of the upcoming song, name the tune first for a prize or a
special place on the dance floor!
How to play: A great way to get your DJ in on the fun is to
incorporate a game of Name That Tune into the dancing portion of the evening.
As the DJ plays a short portion of the song, the crowd has to guess the song. You
should vary the songs throughout generations, and include the kids in to have
19. Guest Guess
Change up the classic game Guest Guess Who by adding pictures of your wedding’s guests for personalized fun. This makes for a great wedding party game for guests who have known the bride and groom during different life stages.
How to play: By either constructing your own board or utilizing
the original childhood game, paste wallet-size portraits of your guests on the
game’s flippable doors. Two players pair up against one another and each
secretly choose one of the players in their mind. Players take turns asking questions
about physical and personal traits to narrow down their opponent’s secret
This tradition has a range of variations. The bride and groom usually toss the bouquet and then garter into a crowd of single guests.
How to play: Though more extensive versions exist, tossing the bouquet and garter into a crowd once indicated good luck in love for the lucky recipient. Many couples are now replacing this tradition by tossing a breakaway bouquet – one that allows everyone to catch a flower, by holding a flower ceremony, or by simply having a girls-only dance off with the bride.
13. Date Night Jar
exciting for years to come! Set up a fun spot for guests to suggest date night
ideas for all your years together.
How to play: In the cocktail hour area or the dining room, leave a
place for guests to come up with unique or traditional date night ideas for
your marriage. Either keep their ideas secret with a special box for collecting
the cards, or set up a fun display for everyone to see. Guests can use each
others’ ideas for unique inspiration.
14. Freeze Dance
dancers on the floor with this throwback. The DJ stops the music abruptly while
the bride and groom act as judge.
How to play: Interactive dancing games are a great way to break up the last several hours at the end of the night. During one particular song, get all the kids and adults up on the dance floor to show their craziest moves, only to freeze when the DJ abruptly stops the music. The bride or groom—or perhaps some younger members of the wedding party—can choose the winners after several rounds.
15. Couple Coloring Books
Turn a favorite
photo into a page from a coloring book! Include colored pencils and a spot for
guests to hang their art.
How to play: Use an online resource or you own artistic skills to
turn a favorite photo from your past into a coloring book page. Spread copies
throughout the dining tables so guests can dive into this creative task the
moment they sit down for salad. What’s more, this is the perfect activity for
kids as well!
Set them up and strike them down! Arrange a wooden bowling game on the lawn for some simple, old fashioned fun.
How to play: In a flat area of your outdoor venue space, tape out a bowling “lane” of sorts for an outdoor bowling tournament. Use large wooden pins that can stand up in the grass and choose a wooden or plastic bowling ball to keep things playful. If your guests are a competitive bunch, include a scorecard to keep track of during the game.
9. The Shoe Game
Place the groom and bride back to back on the dance floor forthe Shoe Game – a classic game of trivia about their new spouse.
How to play: In this growing tradition, two chairs are placed back to back during the reception. The bride and groom sit facing away from one another and exchange one of their shoes to hold in each hand. As playful facts or questions about the relationship are read aloud on a microphone, the couple holds up the shoe for who matches the statement most truthfully. Hilarity ensues as differing opinions emerge.
10. Photo Scavenger
Have your guests hunt for the best photo-worthy moments!
Include a prize for those who complete their list the fastest.
How to play: If you’re encouraging guests to snap memories throughout the night, including a list of fun possible moments from the day. Include things like “silly dance moves” or “the bride and groom sneaking a kiss.” This helps guests from different groups get to know each other while adding a fun level of competitiveness to the night.
11. Wedding I Spy
Include a list of “I Spy” items throughout the room for kids to find. Encourage them to draw or write what they see on their game boards.
How to play:
Either in the dance portion of the reception or during an outdoor cocktail
party, have the kids of the night spend on an “I Spy” adventure either from
their seats or around any set space. Include a collection of crayons, colored
pencils, and a small notebook at each place setting so kids can document their
Marriage Mad Libscan help you keep things comical and light. To prepare for this unique wedding game, create customized mad libs at each table for pre-meal fun.
How to play: As guest take their seats, encourage one
person at each table to lead the group in the table’s assigned mad lib. The
group supplies random nouns, adjectives and verbs for a mystery story. Invite
the leader to read out the table-built story as the grand finale.
5. Life-Sized Jenga
4-foot Jenga set from tumbling down! Perfect for adults and children, be the
last player to keep the blocks standing to win.
How to play: Cut 54, equally sized pieces from a two by
four foot beam to create your own life-sized Jenga set. Paint each block in
your wedding color theme before the wedding time. As each team plays, one block
is precariously removed from the stack and added to the top of the tower. Pair
young guests with adults if the tower is on the tall or heavy side.
6. Children’s Interactive Placemat
Keep kids of all ages occupied with a DIY interactive placemat. Include puzzles, art, and word games for endless fun!
How to play: When dinner is being served, the reception
room can get a bit hectic. Keep the kids happy and seated with a puzzled-filled
placemat right at their own dinner spot. Include extra-fun additions like
stickers, stick-on foam and stamps. Be sure to check with your venue before
bringing in arts supplies.
7. Spin The Wheel
whole room involved with a wedding wheel with instructions like “the bride and groom
kiss” or “give a speech!”
How to play: Buy or construct your own wedding prize wheel
to get guests involved in the spontaneous energy of the day. On each part of
the wheel, write a different instruction or prize.
One of the best moments of your wedding day is witnessing so many friends and family gathered in one place. A wedding is not only a chance to celebrate your new marriage but also a prime opportunity to let loose with those you love. Fun wedding games of all kinds energize the evening, adding a childlike playfulness to the event and helping groups mingle and socialize.
Wedding reception games get guests of all
ages out of their chairs and dancing, taking pictures or throwing that bocce
ball. What’s more, many of these games are easy to DIY and require little to no
materials at all. Consider this list of wedding game ideas when you need to plan
the perfect love-filled wedding day.
1. Ring Toss
Break up into two teams and throw each
ring onto your opponent’s hooks. Use old wine bottles for an amazing wedding
How to play: Buy two sets of five wooden rings at any local craft store. Paint each set with two of your wedding colors to differentiate between the teams. Place six bottles in an old-fashioned milk crate or use simple dowels on a long two by four-foot beam. Lay out the board on the lawn during the cocktail time for ring toss fun.
2. Lego Creations
Put Legos at each table and challenge your guests to build creative centerpieces.
How to play: Guests will love
building unique centerpieces out of Legos of all colors. For extra fun for all
ages, assign a judge to choose a winner at the end of the night!
3. Giant Dominoes
Add some excitement to this age-old game with comically large, handmade dominoes for an outdoor cocktail gathering.
How to play: This game is easy to
make with a piece of plywood and some paint! Set aside an area in your wedding
space for this game. Include simple directions on a nearby chalkboard or card,
and even bring kids into the game by pairing them up with an adult teammate.