In Part I of our wedding games series I showed you the 7 steps involved in creating and hosting wedding games at your reception.
Today I want to continue with Wedding Reception Games Part II – Ideas for wedding games! The following list has games that I incorporated into my wedding day as well as other potential games for you consider. My favorite game would have to be the wedding paparazzi because of the creative and candid moments that some of my guests were able to capture. I can look back on the memories and moments of my wedding for years to come.
Ideas for Wedding Games
There are numerous ideas for wedding games that range from classic board games to wild scavenger hunts. Whatever games you and your spouse decide on, make sure it reflects who you are as a couple and the kinds of things you like to do in your relationship. I think it adds a uniqueness to the day that your guests will talk about long after the games are finished. I know our guests are still talking about our “Wedding Games.”
Each game idea needs to have a point system so that teams can compete against one another. Here are some of the ideas for games we played at our wedding:
Blindfolded Wine Tasting
Use blindfolds for participants who will guess what wine is in a brown bag. Competitors must guess whether the wine is red or white, the country of origin, year produced, and grape variety.
Build a Cruise ship for the Bride and Groom
Cut sheets of aluminum foil into standard sizes (6 X 6). Provide popsicle sticks, tape, or other material that you think would work and have your teams build a honeymoon cruise ship! Float the aluminum foil boat in a small tub of water and add pennies until the boat sinks.
Each team uses the same camera to capture wedding moments. Be careful that the camera is not too expensive as there is a risk of damage to the camera from dropping or otherwise. All teams should take a least one group photo. Bride and groom can judge the best photographs at the end of the games.
Teams complete unique tasks using clues that you make up. Some of the clues for our wedding were goofy, “Entire team must sing a full verse and chorus from a song with the word LOVE in it.” Other games include counting how many helium balloons were at our venue,or counting how many gold vases. If you know your guests well, you could make clues that are unique to particular guests. For example, one guest may be well known for his Borat impersonations and could be included in the clues.
Personalize questions about the bride, groom, or both. You could have questions about where you were engaged, favorite activities, or questions related to your wedding venue. In our case, our wedding venue was an old Manor house that is purported to be haunted by 7 ghosts. We asked, “How many ghosts are said to roam the halls of Hycroft Manor?”
Yahtzee or other Boardgames
One of my husband and mine’s favorite board games is Yahtzee. In this game, we had guests each take a turn to roll giant fuzzy Yahtzee dice and see who could score the best roll. I imagine you could use other boardgames such as scrabble where each team would try and make the best scoring word in the allotted 10 minutes.
If you have an outdoor venue with a good size lawn area, consider lawn games such as bocce ball or lawn darts. You could create a grid structure with random points and score points for whatever space the ball or dart lands.
Belly up to the Bar
Select team members to consume a beverage from the bar. This could be beer, wine, pop, or whatever beverages you have at your wedding bar. The catch: participants cannot use a glass/cup/bottle to drink from.
Wedding reception games can be a memorable experience. I had many guests come up to me after my wedding or as they were leaving and say,
[pullquote align=”normal”]”Wow. That was one of the best weddings I have attended. I loved your ideas for wedding games, they were so much fun!” [/pullquote]
What wedding game ideas do you have to share with L&L readers? Let us know in the comment section below.