Wedding Games & Fun Ideas

March 20, 2018

 
Shoe Game (Newlywed Game)

This is one of our favorite games to play at wedding receptions. The bride and groom take a seat back-to-back in front of all their guests. The bride holds one of her shoes and one of her groom's shoes, as does the groom. The DJ / emcee or a member of the bridal party acts as hosts, and the couple can answer simultaneously by holding up the shoe that corresponds with their answer.

Set aside 15 minutes to play the shoe game, and include questions like:

  • Who said I love you first?

  • Who is quicker to anger?

  • Who made the first move?

  • Who has better handwriting?

  • Who dresses better?

  • Who is the better dancer?

  • Whose phone battery has more of a charge?

  • Who says I love you more?

  • Who is more likely to be running late?

  • Who is the better cook?

  • Who got the best grades in school?

  • Who loves who more?

Though your guests won't be playing, they'll be laughing it up as your answers reveal the truth about how you view yourselves and each other in this silly game.

DIY Tip: A great way to get guests involved is by giving each person a stick with a picture of the bride’s face on one side and the groom’s on the other. When each question is asked, guests can hold up the picture that corresponds to their guess. See More here

 

Love Counts

For this wedding game, you will need bags of Hershey’s Kisses, a bucket or box, and the arms of the bride and groom. In this game we’ve titled, “How Much Love Can You Hold For Me?”, the goal is to guess how many Kisses the bride and groom can hold in their hands! This simple game is perfect for a reception of any size.
Round up all the guests who would like to participate in this game. Have the groom dip his hands into a bucket full of Hershey’s Kisses to grab as many as he can. With the Kisses still in his hands, the guests must now guess how many Kisses he is holding. As the groom patiently waits and balances all the Kisses still in his hands, have all the guests help in the counting process. The one with the closest guess to the final count will win a prize. Now, it’s time for the bride to see how many Kisses she can hold!
Modified version: Have the bride try to pile on as many Kisses as she can onto the groom. She can place them wherever she wants to but he cannot drop them! In this modified version, all the guests can be involved cheering the bride as she piles the Kisses higher and higher onto the groom!

 
Wedding Bingo

Want to encourage mingling among your guests? Another wedding games ice breaker is Bingo. In this version, guests don’t sit and mark off a card as numbers are called. Instead, they have to take their card around to the other guests to find someone in the room who can claim “That’s Me!” given the clue provided, and then making it official by writing in their initials. When creating the cards, try to avoid being too generic with descriptions and think about unique clues to describe your guests. Here are some ideas:

  • Birth months
  • Instruments played
  • Tattoos
  • Sports fan
  • Odd talents
The Kissing Game
Not a fan of kissing when guests clink their glasses? Break out a giant DIY die (basically a large decorated square box) to decide the pucker up type. Label each side with “peck on the cheek,” “showstopper kiss,” “take a selfie kiss,” “roll again,” “bride kisses guest,” and “groom kisses guest”—or come up with your own options. Roll the die every time you hear that familiar clinking sound!
 
Dress Up Photo Booth

Dressing up is technically a game isn't? Create a DIY photo booth filled with fun props for your guests to take selfies and group shots in. You can make it silly with boas, over-sized glasses, and mustache sticks, or keep it classy with pretty flowers, ornate frames or signs that commemorate the wedding date. You can even make a giant cardboard Polaroid cut out. Guests take photos with their own cell phone camera and have them post and use your #hashtag. 

 

 

Create a Custom Snap Geofilter for the Wedding Reception

If you're on Snapchat, you've probably noticed that when you're at certain venues or events, new filters will be available to you that are specific to that place or event. Those are called geofilters, and basically, you can create one for anything. Pricing is determined by the size of the area where the geofilter will be available. While that can add up to hundreds of thousands for a huge arena, you can get one for less than fifty bucks if it's only being used for small area such as wedding venue. It's only $5 an hour for a geofilter that's 20 square feet. You can design your own geofilter commemorating the wedding. If you have social media savvy guests, they'll be snapping away and taking advantage of that custom filter in no time!

 

Board Game Station
Offering a selection of quick, multi-player board games will entertain your more introverted guests throughout the evening. Think Yahtzee, Uno, Scrabble, Life, etc.
 

College Drinking Games

If you're having a more relaxed, casual wedding, you can set up stations at your reception where people can relive their college days with drinking games like beer pong and flip cup. Pro tip: Substitute water for beer in the solo cups so things don't get too reminiscent of freshman year. 

Offering a selection of quick, multi-player board games will entertain your more introverted guests throughout the evening. Think Yahtzee, Uno, Scrabble, Life, etc.

Don't be afraid to let your guests have a little fun! Grandma will get over it when she sees how much fun everyone is having.

 
 
Bride and Groom Trivia
Let one lucky guest from each table make a play to take home the centerpiece or a prize. Create a list of trivia questions about the bride and groom for guests to answer. Have the DJ or a wedding party member read the answers. The person at each table with the most correct answers wins.

 

Bride & Groom Wedding Trivia Questions

1. Where did the bride and groom meet?
2.  Where was their first date?
3.  How long have they been dating?
4.  When did the bride and groom kiss for the first time?
5.  Where and how did the proposal take place?
6.  Where are they going on their honeymoon?
7.  How many pets do they own, what type, what are their names?
8.  When did the bride and groom’s parents meet for the first time?
9.  What is the bride and groom’s nicknames?
10.  How many siblings to the bride and groom have?
11.  What was the first weekend getaway or vacation they have taken together?
12.  Who picked the engagement ring?
13.  What are the middle names of the bride and groom?
14.  What is the bride and groom’s favorite sport?
15.  How many kids to the couple plan on having?
16.  What was the first job in their life?
17.  What college did they attend , what major?
18.  Who does all of the cleaning where they live together?
19.  Who travelled the furthest to get to the wedding?
20.  What is the couples favorite style of music? Dance?
21.  What is the couples favorite drink?
22.  What is the couples favorite food?
23.  What is the couples favorite color?

 

Marriage Advice 101

This is a great game to play at a small wedding reception with close friends and family. Raise the laughometer with this simple yet fun game of “Marriage Advice 101”.  Provide guests at each reception table with index cards and pens. Their task: to come up with the best marriage advice they can give for the newlyweds. Read out some of the highlights during the night. Award gifts for “The funniest advice given”, “The best advice given”, and any other category you can think of.

 
Picture Scavenger Hunt

Send your guests on a digital scavenger hunt by creating a list of 20 wedding moments for them to capture with their phones, like:

  • a couple kissing

  • someone taking a shot

  • a delicious dessert

  • someone dancing

  • a group selfie

  • flowers

  • someone crying

  • etc.

Not only does this give your guests a fun activity, you'll end up with even more pictures at the end of the day. Bonus tip: turn it into a contest where you'll vote for the best photo in each category after the wedding. This way, your guests will go for quality photos, not just quantity, and you'll end up with better snaps. You can also instruct guests who are playing to use your wedding hashtag and post the photos on social media to easily catalog all the fun pictures.

 

I Spy Wedding Game

One of the more popular wedding table games, the I Spy Wedding Game is a win-win for guests and the newlywed couple. Similar to a scavenger hunt, this wedding games activity instructs guests to use their personal cameras or disposables provided by the couple to seek, find and snap pics of different moments from your memorable day. The guests have fun doing it, and you get to see events from the day you might’ve missed. Win-win! Below are a few pictures to include on the guests’ I Spy Wedding Game hunt:

  • A group selfie

  • A picture of the bride in her dress

  • A funny face

  • A kiss

  • A sparkling drink

  • A tasty treat

  • An old-school dance move

  • A person laughing

  • A table clinking glasses

  • A favorite decoration

DIY Tip: Print up cards to place at each guest’s seat or create a sign or chalkboard with the instructions. If you want your wedding photos shared on social media, include a hashtag so you can see all the fun from your wedding games.

 

Wheel of Fun

To encourage major guest interaction, consider creating a custom wheel of activities that can be spun throughout the reception. This creative option includes details like "Pick a Couple to Kiss," "Show Us Your Best Dance Moves," and "Bride and Groom Kiss."

 

Corn hole

Corn hole is the perfect lawn-game offering for couples that want to make extra activities feel like a cohesive part of the overall wedding décor. This creative couple used wood grain paint with lace-inspired details for a look that matched their rustic style. To complete the game, they included custom beanbags, painted with a silhouette of Texas to showcase their hometown roots.

 

Ring Toss

A carnival-inspired classic, ring toss will bring out your guests' competitive spirit. For extra fun, try writing the names of guests and bridal party members on bottles and rings to see who gets paired with who.

 

Super-sized Jenga

Who doesn't love the classic block-stacking game Jenga? Upgrade from the traditional tabletop version and create a life-size set of blocks that friends and family can build and destroy. You and your fiance can even make it a fun DIY project — head to the hardware store for some lumber and request them to be cut in 54 block-size pieces.

 

Tribute to the Best

Give a little something back to your guests at the wedding reception. This is a fun way to start the evening off and helps to warm up them up for the more interactive wedding games to come as the night progresses.
To celebrate the beginning of your new journey with your husband, why not celebrate the triumphs and ‘bests’ of your guests? Have your MC announce a “Tribute to the Best”! Give a lavish gift to the couple that has been married the longest (is that not inspiring?), the most loving couple, the most active couple, and any other couples you admire.  Fancy twist: During this segment of the night, why not also pay a special tribute to both sets of parents with a little video montage of their lives?

 

When is Your Birthday?

This is a simple wedding game aimed to help the bride and groom give away their beautiful centerpieces to the guests.  Have the MC announce that the person at each table with the birthday closest to the bride and groom’s wedding day will become the proud owner of the centerpiece at his/her table. Jazz up this game by using birthdays to select your guests for a raffle draw! Other ideas: Hide a trinket under one chair at each table; place a special sticker under one plate at each table; first person to sing at each table; first person that used the bathroom at each table…and the list goes on, but you get the idea.

 

Guess Who?

This is another wedding game for the reception that aims to place the bride and groom in the spotlight using one very simple prop: a blindfold.  To test how well the groom knows his new bride, have him blindfolded and seated in a chair facing all the reception guests. Now comes the fun part. Round up as many guests as possible, from the young to the old, men and women.  The objective: can the groom figure out which one in the lineup is his new bride? In the tame version, the groom can shake each guest’s hand to find his new wife. Remember to play some fun and upbeat music during this game!  Other possibilities: Have each guest kiss the groom on the cheek; the groom must feel each person’s leg (particularly fun if there are a lot of men in the lineup!).

 

Celebrate with a Bang!

What’s a wedding reception without a little fun aimed at the bride and groom? This wedding game is ideal for any reception.  Celebrate the wedding with a bang! This silly game requires one balloon and the bride and groom. The objective: the new Mr. and Mrs. must work together to pop the balloon using any body part except their hands and feet!  Hmm… this game sounds very interesting. Remember to have the guests cheer on the newlyweds!  Modified version: if you want to see the game go faster, use a bag of ice!

 

 

 

Kids Games

Keep your littlest guests entertained with games and activities just for them.

Here are our favorite wedding games ideas for kids!

 

Coloring Station

Coloring can keep kids occupied for hours, and best of all, it's mess-free! Adorn each child's place setting with a wedding-themed coloring book and box of crayons just for them. If you have a dedicated kids' table in your wedding seating chart, you can even cover the entire table in butcher paper so the kids can draw directly on their table.

 

Giant Tic-Tac-Toe

It's simple and fun, and an extra-large version will add a unexpected twist to the classic game. Plus, it's X's and O's (i.e. hugs and kisses) so it's perfectly on theme for a day that's all about love.

 

Lego Centerpieces

Another great option for the kids' table is to have a centerpiece made of Legos. The kids can pull it apart and make their own creations throughout the ceremony.

 

Hopscotch and Hula Hoops Station

Create a play area where kids can burn off some of their energy (in a non-disruptive way). Hopscotch, hula hoops, and jump ropes are among the things that can keep them occupied and active without causing any commotion!

 

Dance Off

Adult guests can be slow to the dance floor, but that’s where kids can come in handy. Gather everyone around for a kids dance-off. Have kids dance together, or pair up an adult and kid to challenge one another to the best moves. You’ll tucker the little ones out quickly all while getting the party started without a lot of pressure. 

 

 

Cootie Catchers

Also known as paper fortunes, these origami fortune tellers get a cool new look from the old junior high notebook paper version. Design your own or purchase printable custom designs. Fill a batch with questions for the kids and reserve others made just for the adults.

 

 

 

     
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