Top Wedding Games To Fill Your Reception With Fun (part 7)

24. Dance Challenge

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.

25. 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!

26. 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.

27. Wedding Hopscotch

Let the youngsters show you ways it’s done! Supply chalk or tape for an outside hopscotch tournament during the reception.

How 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.

28. 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.

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38. Corn Hole

Perfect for an outdoor cocktail hour, the classic sandbag game can be customized for a husband vs. bride theme.

How 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 theme!

39. Find The Guest

Provide a questionnaire with interesting facts about guests in the room and send everyone on a socializing scavenger hunt.

How 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.

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40. 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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33. Wedding Pinata

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.

34. Lawn Yahtzee

Set your guests up for a rousing game of Yahtzee when they sip champagne.

How 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.

35. Mini Golf

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.

36. Croquet

Set up a friendly tournament of croquet to keep things classy.

How 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.

37. Couple Trivia

Leave a challenging fill-in-the-blank trivia card at each table setting filled with interesting questions on the newlyweds.

How 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.

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29. Balloon Pop Wall

A balloon wall pop welcomes guests to hunt messages and prizes inside a wall of balloons just waiting to be popped!

How 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.

30. 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 the bride and groom or guests can pick up their favorites before the night is up.

31. Painted Rock

This simple addition to outdoor games includes a DIY facbric tic-tac-toe board and festively painted rocks.

How 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 and wine.

32. Bocci ball

Set up a board and set of bocce balls to participate during this classic Italian outdoor cocktail and reception game.

How 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.

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20. Jenga Guest Book

Invite guests to incorporate a message of affection before placing their block at the highest of the tower. Try to not topple the tower!

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.

21. Cake Smash Bets

Who will find yourself with wedding cake on their face? Let the guests decide! Skip jars for bets on either the bride or groom.

How 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!

22. Paper Fortune Teller Making

Keep everyone crafting away with some quaint origami fortune tellers. Include many art supplies for decorating.

How 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.

23. Couple’s Crossword

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.

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16. Ladder Golf

To play game 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 more fun.

 19. Guest Guess Who

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 selection.

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Indoor Wedding Games

12. Bouquet And Garter Toss

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

Keep things 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

Get hesitant 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!

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8. Lawn Bowling

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.

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9. The Shoe Game

Place the groom and bride back to back on the dance floor for the 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 Hunt

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 findings.

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4. Marriage Mad Libs

Marriage Mad Libs can 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.

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5. Life-Sized Jenga

Stop a 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

Get the 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.

Top Wedding Games To Fill Your Reception With Fun (part 1)

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 twist!

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.