10 Wedding Games That Your Guests Will Love To Play
- Posted on 5th June 2014
- in The Reception
- by Erica
A boring wedding is every bride’s worst nightmare. Brides want to keep the party fun and entertaining - they want their guests to have a good time. Cookie cutter weddings are a thing of the past (thankfully!) and couples are focusing on new ways to incorporate fun into their party such as having wedding games to play. However, many are divided on this topic: some think it’s great and some think there’s no need to add embarrassment to the day.
Let’s play a game. Here’s a clue. Games at weddings always existed. Can you name some traditional wedding games?
- The bouquet and garter toss
- The money dance (tradition to some cultures, but still a “game”)
- Clinking the glasses / ringing a bell for a kiss
- Looking for a dot under a chair or pass the napkin to “win” the centerpiece
- Dances such as The Electric Slide that get people involved
Looking for more modern options for your wedding games? Here’s
10 Wedding Games Your Guests Will Love
1. Corn Toss Sets
I never heard of Corn Toss until this year when these boards began popping up everywhere on wedding blogs. Corn Toss is said to have originated in the Midwest (no wonder why this East Coast gal never heard of ‘em) and are quickly becoming one of the most popular wedding games.
How To Play: Players take turns throwing bags of corn toward the hole. A bag in the hole scores 3 points, while one on the platform scores 1 point. Play continues until a team or player reaches the score of 21. For complete rules, check out the Wiki article on Cornhole
2. Giant Jenga
I love Jenga - it’s fun to try and slip out the bricks and stacking them without tumbling down the pile. It’s relatively easy to make these too if you don’t mind a visit to Home Depot, cutting lumbar and sanding the rough edges. Giant Jenga sets can also be purchased if you’re not crafty.
How To Play: Jenga is played with 54 wooden blocks. Each block is three times as long as its width, and one fifth as thick as its length. During the game, players take turns removing one block at a time from a tower constructed of 54 blocks. Each block removed is then balanced on top of the tower, creating a progressively taller but less stable structure. For complete rules, you can click here but I suspect most of your guests won’t need the rules for this lawn game.
3. Burlap Sack Races
How fun would it be to see your groomsmen race to the finish line in these giant sacks. These are great for the kids too (wait, the groomsmen may be the kids!).
How To Play: There’s a few variations to this game including individual races, relay races, team races even three legged races - you can check out the rules and variations at Sack Races
4. Booklets To Fill In
Great for the reception tables, these little booklets will come in handy for the couple after the wedding. Print them up on card-stock at home and place binder rings on them. These little books of advice could cover such topics as: What should we do on date nights? What should we name our first child? How should we celebrate our first anniversary? What’s the secret to a happy marriage?
How To Play:There’s really no playing involved so this makes it great for the shy guests. Just be sure to leave a pen so guests can write their advice to you. This is also a perfect idea for a guest book alternative.
5. Drinking Games
Transport your guests back to their college days and play a drinking game. This may be more appropriate for your after party activities though. You may not want grandma and grandpa witnessing such shenanigans.
How To Play: Pair the gals vs the guys, the bridesmaids vs groomsmen, the husbands vs wives. Officially Drunk has the rules plus diagrams for play along with other drinking games for your enjoyment.
6. The Shoe Game
The shoe game is fun and “solely” for your guests enjoyment. The couple gets to answer questions about their relationship by holding up the correct shoe that answers the question.
How To Play: The couple sits back to back so they don’t see their partners’ answers. They swap a shoe with each other so they are holding one of each. Someone asks the couple a series of questions about their relationship (ranging from the sweet questions such as“Who said ‘I love you’ first?” to funny questions designed to get laughs “Who is the better driver?” to embarrassing questions such as “Who has the smelliest feet?”). The couple answers the question by holding up the corresponding shoe.
7. A Group Shoe Game
Get your guests or bridal party involved in the shoe game by holding up signs of the bride or the groom for the answers. Your guests will have fun guessing the answers!
How To Play: Same as the shoe game above only with signs of the bride and groom (you can use mustache and lips signs instead of photos). Guests hold up the sign of the partner they think is the correct answer to the question.
How To Play:
Source: Left | Middle & Right
8. Chinese Fortune Sticks
Place a box of these by the guest book or one at each table. Guests get to draw a stick out to reveal their fortune.
How To Play: Guests ask a question, shake the box and tip the cylinder so one stick slides out. The answer to their question is revealed. This is a great alternative to hiring a fortune teller for your reception.
9. He Said She Said Game
Ask the bride and groom a list of questions and let them send you the answers. Questions such as
- What did you think after your first date?
- When did you know you wanted to be with the other person forever?
- Where do you see yourself in 5/20/50 years?
- What was the best date you ever had?
How To Play: List the answers to the question on a scorecard omitting the he / she words from the answer. Such as “This person said the best date was a movie in a park under the stars.” Your guests circle who they think gave the answer - the bride or the groom.
10. Giant Word Search
This is great for cocktail hour and is an easy DIY project. Find a large piece of smooth wood (or a large photo frame works too) and spray with a few coats of chalkboard paint. Use chalkboard markers and a stencil to make the letters. Chalkboard markers are great for the letters because they can’t be erased so easily.
How To Play: Guests get to find the words you have hidden in the word search. You can set a few of these around the cocktail hour and have them have themes such as honeymoon spots, all about the bride, all about the groom, or things about the couple.
Other wedding games to play:
- Giant board games such as connect four, scrabble, checkers or chess
- A friendly game of darts or pool
- Mad Libs
- I Spy / scavenger hunt
- Horseshoes or Ring Toss
- Bocci Ball
- Badminton / Volleyball
- Bag Toss
- Beer Pong
- Tic Tac Toe
- Mini Golf
What wedding games did you play or are planning to play during your reception?
Tags: guest entertainment, reception ideas, wedding games, wedding ideas
We had some fun games at ours! I think all are listed here! We aren’t big dancers, so also had the shoe game, giant jenga, badminton, croquet, bean bag toss, bocce ball, and ladder golf. We still get compliments on how fun our wedding was!