Want to make your wedding reception memorable for your guests? Don’t know how?
Most of the people you ask will tell you to book a wonderful wedding venue, arrange a delicious buffet and hire a professional event planner. But from my experience, I can tell you that it won’t be enough.
You need to give something to your guests that they never experienced at a wedding. Something they won’t forget ever. WHAT, you ask?
Arrange some fun games and activities to entertain them. Keep them occupied with interesting tasks.
Here are some great ideas for wedding reception games and activities you can enjoy with your family and friends –
Lawn games are the most popular wedding activity because a good number of people can participate in a game at a time. Here are some lawn game ideas for you –
This classic block stacking game is known to all. That’s why you won’t have to spend on explaining it to the guests.
Besides, you can create a giant version of the Jenga blocks with wood logs lying around. A giant Jenga block will surely make your wedding fun and memorable.
Badminton might require some gears but it is suitable for guests of any age.
Your friends, as well as their young kids, can enjoy this sport in the backyard or lawn.
3. Ring Toss
This classic carnival-inspired game will bring the competitive spirit out of your guests.
To make things extra fun, you can write the names of guests and bridal party members on the bottles and rings to see odd & funny pairs.
4. Giant Dice
Surprise your wedding guests with unexpected giant dices. Roll out a big mat and throw (or push) those dice.
Trust me, it’ll be fun when you’ll need to climb a ladder just to see how much you scored.
5. Bocce Ball
You don’t necessarily need an actual court for bocce ball. Just a set of score and a ball would be enough for your guests to enjoy themselves.
Other lawn game ideas that you might consider –
6. Corn Hole
7. Connect Four
8. Giant checkers
9. High striker
Group Games and Interactive Activities
Lawn games are fun. But do you know what’s more fun? Games in teams. Here are some awesome group game and fun activity ideas that can help your guests with their team-building skills.
Don’t blame me if I subconsciously put more than one games from the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. After the Beat Battle, Pictionary is my favorite from the show and that’s what I would suggest for your guests.
Pair the guests or make groups of 3, 4 or 5. Then give them the same clue to complete. And if you pair them in families, this is a great game to show the family bonding among your guests.
12. Wheel of fun
Wheel of Fun is another Game show idea that you most probably saw on TV.
Fill the wheel with funs details like “what’s your go-to pick up line?” or “what’s your generic disco move?”. Trust me, everyone will have some good laughs.
13. Shoe game
Though your guests won’t be joining in this game, they’ll have a great time watching the bride and groom confess who really said “I love you” first.
This is played by the bride and groom each holding one of bride’s shoe in one hand and groom’s in the other. They use the shoes to answer the question like “Who proposed first?” “Who loves the other person more?”, “Who was always late on dates?” etc.
14. Dart art station
Get a big canvas and set it up in a safe place where guests or the couple themselves can shoot the paint-filled balloons with darts.
Wonder two artists getting married without anything to do with arts – chills.
14. Scavenger hunt
Good old scavenger hunt can be a great way to make the guests excited and competitive, especially if it is a destination wedding.
Set clues around the wedding venue with some gifts at the end for the winner.
A crazy idea – convince the bride and groom to pair up and play. Leave the end clue at the wedding podium, wouldn’t it be a good way to bring them on stage.
Other group activities that you might enjoy –
16. Word Search
17. Poker station
Indoor Games: Board Games or Table Games
If you are short with space or you don’t want your guests to roam outside, you can always arrange some board games or table games with minimum equipment. Here are some good indoor game ideas –
18. Casino table games
Casino table games in a good way to keep the guest occupied with the arrangements are being set up.
They can play a number of games including, poker, blackjack, bridge, etc. And don’t worry – you won’t have to the whole casino for that. There are plenty of casino tables for hire.
19. Dare or Dare game
The good old truth and dare is a good way to entertain the guests at the venue. But this time change a bit and push for the dares.
You can make multiple groups on play everyone at once. Just make sure the bride and groom aren’t kept out of the fun.
Other indoor activities or games that you might enjoy –
20. Dress-up photo booth
21. Video game corner
22. Drinking game
Kids Game for young guests
While you plan for the adults in your guests, you should also plan something for the toddlers and kids to be busy with. Here are some activities that could occupy the children in the guest list –
23. Giant Tic-Tac-Toe
Tic-Tac-Toe – who doesn’t know this game. Only this time, you are going to set it up with giant “X”s and “O”s.
You can also bring the parents to into the game. But kids will appreciate such simple games more than the adults.
Bring on the Piñatas and your young guests will enjoy the wedding like their friend’s birthday.
Don’t forget to fill it with tasty treats if you want to be the good aunt/uncle to your tiny guests.
Other activities and games that children might be interested in –
25. Colouring book booth
26. Lego buildup station
27. Hula Hoop station
I suppose that’s enough games and activities ideas to plan all the wedding in your family. Tell us below if you have other crazy game ideas for the bride and groom to participate. We are dying to hear from you.