One of the best moments of your wedding day is witnessing so many friends and family gathered in one place. Not only is a wedding a chance to celebrate your new marriage, but it’s 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 planning the perfect love-filled wedding day!
Guests break up into two small teams and move all their croquet balls through a self-made course of stakes and hoops known as wickets. Arrange the croquet set by a nearby chalkboard with rules and tips for playing. Kick off the afternoon with a bride vs. groom match
THE SHOE GAME
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.
Cut 54, equally sized pieces from a two by four foot beam to create your own life-sized Jenga set. Before the wedding, paint each block in your wedding color theme. 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.
GIANT CHESS & CHECKERS
For both chess and checkers, DIY your board with 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.
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!
Helping a wedding table bond is not always simple. Add a little competition to the mix by challenging each table to rush the dance floor when a particular song plays throughout the night. The best show of silliness or grace wins the dance competition at the end of the evening.
Choose an elegant—or completely silly—pinata to shake things up during the dessert hour. Blindfold the groom and bride to see who can break through the pinata to release all the goodies inside. Be sure to include bags or small to-go boxes for all the kids to gather their treasure.
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 during the game.
SPIN THE WHEEL
Buy or construct your own wedding prize wheel to get guests involved in the spontaneous energy of the day. Write a different prize or instruction on each part of the wheel.
PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT
If you’re encouraging guests to snap memories throughout the night, include 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.