Are you looking for ways to make your wedding one of those that guests remember for ages? In addition to a killer playlist, flowing drinks, and a delicious feast, lots of couples like to get their party started with fun wedding reception games that might include everything from bride and groom trivia to fun jigsaw puzzles, classic lawn games, and everything in between.
After all, getting and keeping your wedding guests entertained and engaged on your big day with wedding reception games is fantastic since these activities can keep guests of all ages and backgrounds mingling together while you and your partner are off being photographed, changing outfits, or making the standard meet-and-greet rounds.
In addition, if you’ve got family and friends who’ve never met one another, these wedding games can break the ice like nothing else. These fun activities work particularly well for large outdoor weddings with lots of space to spread out, but there are also many options for indoor weddings.
So, if you and your soon-to-be-husband love adding a couple of fun games to your wedding day, by all means, have fun! To make things easier for you, we’ve rounded up 25 of the best wedding reception games and fun activities that guests of all ages will enjoy.
Split up your guests into two separate teams and make them throw each ring onto their opponent’s hooks. You can use wine bottles as hooks to give this game a cute wedding twist.
Get two sets of five wooden rings from your local craft shop. Afterward, paint each set with two of your favourite colours to distinguish the teams that will play the ring toss game. Finally, place the wine bottles in an old-fashioned milk crate on the lawn during cocktail hour and let your guests enjoy a game or two while they sip their favourite cocktail.
Puzzles Are Forever Fun
If you and your soon-to-be-husband enjoy solving puzzles, you can have a custom jigsaw puzzle made using an old photo of you two or your engagement photo. Set the puzzle pieces on a table near the dancefloor so your guests can work on the puzzle at their own pace throughout your wedding day!
Alternatively, if you’re a fan of online puzzles, you can place a couple of tablets on a table and let your guests enjoy a game of online puzzle in between drinks.
The Good Ol’ Spin The Wheel
Next in line is the good old “spin the wheel” game which can help you get the entire room involved with the help of a wedding wheel with witty instructions like “give a speech” or “the bride and groom shall kiss!”
If you want this game at your wedding, you should make your wedding planner purchase or construct a custom wedding prize wheel that will engage your guests in the most spontaneous way possible. Make sure you write a different instruction or prize on each wheel piece!
A Game Of Giant Chess
A gigantic chessboard is a fixed fixture at many wedding venues, which makes it easy to incorporate this classic thinking game into your reception itinerary if you organize your wedding at such a place. If not, you can always rent a giant chess set and set it up in your wedding venue. The best thing about the giant chess set is that it creates a fantastic photo opportunity for the newlyweds!
If your wedding venue has vast lawn space, your planner could easily set up a bocce ball area. Setting up an actual bocce ball court isn’t necessary, as you can only set up some balls and scorecards to let your wedding guests have a go.
Or perhaps you are a fan of the set ‘em up and strike ‘em down—the game of bowling? If so, you can talk to your planner to arrange a wooden or even plastic bowling game on the lawn of your wedding venue for some old-fashioned, simple fun.
Someone should tape out a bowling lane for an outdoor wedding bowling tournament to make this possible. Then, use large wooden or plastic pins that can stand up in the grass area and select a proper ball to keep things playful. And if your family and friends are competitive, add some score sheets.
Test Your Partner!
Test your partner is a fun wedding game where you and your groom can asses your chemistry in front of everyone! Sit down one next to another and let your guests ask random questions about you two, such as your partner’s birthday, favourite colour, food, or places to go out. Testing your partner is an exciting way to test your compatibility and bonding in front of everyone. A good time and cheerful laughs are guaranteed!
The Cake Smash Bet
This game is exclusively reserved for the newlyweds, where all of the guests should vote in a customized election box on whose face they would rather see smashed with the delicious cake. As you can guess, the bride or the groom will end up with the cake slapped on their face.
Spread out a sheet of paper and make your guests dance on it. When the next song begins, fold the paper in half and encourage everyone to continue dancing on the smaller piece without stepping out. As the game continues, the clear winner will eventually last more than everyone without stepping out.
Cornhole is perhaps one of the most fun lawn games for your wedding event. To organize a game of corn hole, get a wooden board and some good old corn bags.
Paint the board to tally the hues of your party, and add some messages, pictures, or dates on the board to get that wedding vibe. Make your guests throw the corn bags in the hole from a distance, and keep score to see who’s the best.
Leave a printed sheet of previously put-together trivia questions about you and your soon-to-be-husband at everyone’s table. Ask your guests to fill out the questionnaire during the night, and let your MC read the answers later. Whoever gets the most correct answers can take home the title of knowing you two the best!
Space Hopper Race
This variation of the original sack race game is an all-time popular wedding game that will keep every guest entertained and engaged by sitting on a giant rubber ball and bouncing through to reach the finish line. Make sure to prepare a little surprise gift for the fastest racer!
If you want to entertain the guys at your wedding a bit more, you can rent a poker table with 10-12 seats and hire a professional dealer to entertain them during the night.
Board Game Station
Similar to the previous suggestion, providing a selection of quick, fun, multi-player board games can entertain your more introverted guests throughout your wedding. Classic games you can include within your board game station include Uno, Scrabble, Yahtzee, and more.
Is there anyone who doesn’t enjoy a game of classic Jenga? However, you can organize a giant version of this popular block-stacking game for your wedding and spice things up at your reception. Watch everyone take turns removing the giant blocks from the wooden tower, and after a few cocktails, it’s guaranteed to create some hilarious, memorable moments.
The Dinner Table Dance Challenge
Work with your wedding planner to name each dinner table by a song title you like. When the song plays during the wedding, the whole dinner table must rush to the dancefloor to get things moving!
Next in line, hula hooping is a fantastic way to enjoy playing with your guests outside, mainly if your wedding venue is the beach. Wrap the hoops in wedding colours and ensure that your photographer captures everyone while hula hooping.
Find The Mystery Guest
This exceptional wedding game is fantastic for breaking the monotonous mood of the wedding party. Create a list of descriptions about the mystery lady or guy and hand it over to your guests. Then, your dear guests should investigate the venue and search for the mystery guest.
Get two right-handed and left-handed golf clubs. The cool thing about this game is that you don’t need to plan it in detail you need to let your guests play a round of mini-golf as they wish. Finally, check the scorecards and prepare a small gift for the best golfer.
Dart Art Wall
You can organize a game of dart art wall if you’re an artistic couple. Place a huge blank canvas on the wall and place different coloured balloons all over it. Also, ensure that you add colours to the balloons so when a guest pops up a balloon, a colour will splatter on the canvas. If you like the coloured canvas, you can hang it on a wall inside your house and have a long-lasting artsy memory of your wedding day.
Themed Photo Booth
Next, you can arrange a themed photo booth and let your guests take group photos and selfies. At the end of the night, the holder of the best picture can win a little gift from you and your groom.
An oversized version of Connect Four is guaranteed to garner attention from your guests. Furthermore, if there are any kids at your wedding reception, they’re guaranteed to have fun with the giant Connect Four all night long. Or for as long as they can stay awake.
Dare To Do
Write interesting dares on small pieces of paper and ask your guests to pick one when they attend the reception. Keep the dare level according to your guestlist, such as “tickle a family member,” “take a selfie with the bride,” or “kiss your partner.”
Tic Tac Toe
Like giant chess, a large lawn version of the classic “Tic Tac Toe” is a surefire way for your guests to have fun at your wedding. Lay down some ribbon or rope in a grid and paint your Xs and Os onto woodblocks.
Giant Pick-Up Sticks
Hold the sticks and drop them on the lawn. Let your dear guests pick them up one by one without moving or touching the other ones. The steadiest guest will be the winner.
Well, there you have the 25 wedding reception games you can consider for your special day. Pick your favourite one(s), and host a wedding for the ages! With wedding games, the fun is guaranteed, and the photographs from your wedding day will be out of this world, believe us!