Weddings should be fun for all who attend.  I believe that creating an extraordinary experience for my wedding guests is possible. For my own wedding, I didn’t want a standard wedding with assigned tables, seating, speeches, and boring small talk. Far from it, I wanted my guests to be laughing hysterically and having a great time.  I think my husband and I accomplished this feat by providing an all inclusive “Wedding Hunger Games” for our guests.

In Part I we delve into how you can create similar wedding games to entertain your guests! Then, check back tomorrow morning for Part II: Ideas for Wedding Reception Games.

 

7 Steps to Create Your Wedding (Hunger) Games

The Wedding Hunger Games were the brain child of my husband, Andrew.  Although I helped where needed, he and one of his friends completed a majority of the work to make the games come to life. Neither my husband nor I are huge fans of the series “The Hunger Games.” However, the name seemed to work for our wedding and acted more as a tongue-in-cheek joke that guests and the emcee for our wedding could rally around. Many guests assumed that if they lost the games they might not get to eat that night!

Note: I am not going to sugarcoat the effort involved in designing and executing a wedding project such as this. If you want wedding games that showcase the bride and groom, it is going to take a bit of effort. In all, Andrew estimates that it took about 12 solid hours to come up with ideas, shop for materials, and create and assemble the games.

Step 1

Create a basic set of rules for your games (see below for sample rules). In our case, we decided on 6 teams with 10 people to a team.  Each team rotated and visited all six game stations every 10 minutes. For a 60 person wedding party, the games ran fairly smoothly. I cannot see why you could not do the same thing for a wedding guest list of up to 100 people. However, logistics could get challenging beyond that number of guests.

Step 2

Brainstorm ideas for fun and simple games that can be completed in 10 minutes. Depending on your venue, the weather, and how many guests you have participating, this could be a mixture of indoor and outdoor games.

Step 3

Decide on the final games that you want. Make sure that you practice each game to ensure the game can be played by the number of team participants you assign. You may find that a particular game cannot be played with a certain number of players and will need to adjust

Step 4

Assemble a list of materials. Don’t forget about pens for each team, extra scrap paper, and a list of answers for any games that you play.

Step 5

Purchase all materials, including extra amounts where appropriate. Plan ahead as some materials may take some time to arrive if you shop for materials online.

Step 6

Assemble each game into its own container. You will likely have a close friend or venue staff to setup the games. Make it as easy as possible for them to follow your verbal or written instructions on how to setup each wedding game. Don’t forget to explicitly state the location of each game at your wedding venue.

Step 7

Liaise with the host for the wedding games ahead of time. Make sure this person knows what to do and at what time. Sit back and watch the hilarity ensue.

Sample Rules for Wedding Reception Games

You can see a scan of the final rules that are printed on gold paper. This tied into our overall 1920′s gold, white, and light pink color scheme – a nice touch! My husband thought it would be fun to add a few rules of his own such as:
  • No peeing on the giant old tree
  • No swinging from the chandeliers
  • No talking to the ghosts upstairs

wedding reception games rules

 

Materials Needed for Wedding Games

Let’s review the materials that you will need to DIY your wedding games:
  • Game Rules (as above)
  • Poster board with all teams and members – I used a giant piece of black poster board and hand wrote each team and team member name on it. The poster board can be mounted to a piece of cardboard to make it more sturdy. At the wedding, setup an easel in a central location so that each person can easily see which team they are assigned.
  • Station Numbers/Letters – I hand drew each station number in the same font and color scheme as my wedding invitations.
  • Items for each game – After you have chosen the games to be played at your wedding, write down a list of all materials for each game that you intend to play.  Some games will not need many materials at all. For example, a Yahtzee game simply needs 5 dice and a shaker to roll the dice.
  • Scorecards for Each Team – Your scorecards need to include all games that you plan to play at your wedding.  Make a scorecard for each team so that they can record their scores from each game as they play.
  • Entertaining Wedding Games Host – This is perhaps one of the most important elements.  You must choose a dynamic and entertaining individual – someone that is comfortable and used to speaking in front of large crowds and engaging with people.  Luckily,
  • Prizes (optional) – We bought 10 mini bottles of champagne to award the team with the top overall score.

 

Host and Execute Wedding Games

For our wedding, the best man was the emcee and assumed the duties of wedding games host.  Whoever hosts your wedding games, make sure that this person has a loud voice and can persuade people to quickly form into their teams. A microphone helps in this regard. Once all teams are formed, the games should begin immediately. If you have correctly written out the directions for each game, there should not be any confusion. The host will need to have a timer or watch as well as some way (loud horn) to let guests know that one round has ended and the next round begins.
At the end of the games the host can award prizes to teams. We bought mini bottles of champagne and awarded one to each member of the winning team.

Let me know in the comments section below if you plan to do something similar for your wedding. And don’t forget to read Part II tomorrow where we look at ideas for wedding games.

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If you are particular for a view and love the great outdoors, today’s Grand Teton National Park wedding with a view is for you!  

This lovely couple traveled from Colorado for their destination wedding in Wyoming. There is definitely no need for an arbor when you have crystal clear blue sky and mountains as a backdrop! A mother moose and her two calves even made an appearance at this rustic Wyoming wedding.

Grand Teton National Park Wedding ~ Bride’s Comments

What was the overall theme for the ceremony and reception?

We wanted the ceremony and reception to be as natural as possible, as we love nature and simplicity.

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What were some challenges you faced planning your wedding?

The biggest challenge was trying to determine who were the best vendors to hire, as Dan and I are not from the area.  Having the perspective and advice of a local was extremely helpful. 

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How many guests were invited and what was the final guest count?

There were about 75 people invited and we had 60 people attend.

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What was the best advice you received when you were planning your wedding?   

The best advice that we received was that something unforeseen would go wrong during the day, but what was most important was to work through it and not let it ruin the day because it would turn out perfectly in the end. Though this advice did not seem as though it would be fitting, it did happen and yet everything worked out.

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What were the highlights from the ceremony & reception?

There was some humor to the ceremony.  The bride’s walk down the aisle was extended (as there was no other place that I could enter which would have been closer).  During the walk down the aisle, my father and I found ourselves in knee long grass dodging small ditches and holes that the ground squirrels had made.  At the reception, the highlight was the dancing.  Though we did not originally want any of the stereotypical wedding songs played (i.e. the chicken dance), these were the songs that got everyone dancing and broke the ice.  We had a blast!

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Where did you go on your honeymoon?

We went to Iceland for 17 days!

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Any tips or tricks that you learned and want to share with brides planning their own wedding?

Though I was able to plan some details on my own, there were certain aspects that were much easier to have handled by someone else. Having our wedding planner was one of the best decisions we made, as there are so many small details that we would not have considered. It was also great in reducing our stress the day of because we did not have to worry about certain aspects (such as the setup of the ceremony or the reception).  Our wedding planner made sure every small detail was perfect. 

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If you could go back and change anything about your wedding, would you?

Honestly, we would not change a thing. Though some issues did arise, it was the most perfectly imperfect day and I do not think we could have planned it any better.

Vendors

Photographer:  Heather Erson Photography
Caterer: Bistro Catering
Event Venue: Grand Teton National Park
DJ: Jackson Hole DJ
Dress Designer: Justin Alexander Bridal
Officiant: Tom Jordan
Cake Designer: Jackson Cake Company
Event Planner: Parker Thomas Events
Photo Booth Equipment: The Fotobox
Hair Stylist: Tori Salon

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