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These Wedding Games to Get the Party Started

Dance floor … toast toast farewell … traditional wedding event eternity (and oh-so-photogenic). But when you really want something that keeps you entertained and memorable (and offers a number of different photos), the unique wedding game lets you inject some personality celebration!

But the extra guests can become your wedding event coordinator new best friend.

Need to cover the gap when you squeeze into your sexy receiving clothes? Want to provide an alternate reception activity at your wedding that does not dance? Or want to focus from the happy couple so you and your new spouse can breathe at all times? The game can help remove the rough spots in your day.

If you and your best lover come from a different culture, a carefully selected wedding game can provide laughter across language barriers. Or break the ice seat chart between strangers.

We have a fun idea of the wedding game, including some classic and some unusual activities, certainly there are some personality for your party!

Wedding Games When You’re Celebrating Outdoors

If your reception is outdoors, you’re in luck – games for wedding receptions are a growing industry and a great way to entertain guests of all ages while you’re posing for the wedding party photos.

Giant lawn games. From tic-tac-toe to checkers to Jenga, giant versions of classic games can be rented for the day. Consult your wedding planner (or even scan Etsy) for a local company that offers them.

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Sporty style. Low-key versions of various sports make fantastic lawn games for all skill levels. If your venue allows it, string up a volleyball net (you could even order printed beach balls to match your wedding look!) or set up a horseshoe court (a safe distance from the kids’ table, please!). Corn toss or cornhole, the old-fashioned beanbag-tossing game, is a staple at outdoor weddings in the American South and Midwest – but if you don’t have corn toss boards, an ice bucket or a beribboned hula hoop makes a great tossing target, too. You can offer croquet mallets or bocce balls as well.

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Keep it hoppin’. Bring out everyone’s inner child! If your wedding reception activities have a park to take advantage of, design a few courses in the grass or on the sidewalk. This wedding game yields to-die-for candid photos of your wedding guests. (You’ll want to encourage ladies to take off their heels for this one, of course.) Try placing two courses side-by-side and hopping down them hand-in-hand with your honey – it almost certainly won’t work, but it’ll be memorable!

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Create a carnival. Fairground games – like ring tosses, balloon darts, and water-pistol target shooting – are easy to DIY and let guests “win” their favors instead of just finding them on the plate. Most require skill but not massive exertion, so they’ll be a hit with guests in heels! (Speaking of balloon darts: put a dab of acrylic paint inside each balloon to match your planned living-room décor, and let your guests create an abstract artwork for your newlywed nest!)

Wedding Games for Reception Halls

Lawn games for wedding receptions held outdoors are all well and good…but not much help to the couple tying the knot on New Year’s Eve in a hotel ballroom, or fleeing the lovely but sweltering summer day for the air conditioning at the Elks lodge.

Never fear; there are many quieter and seated games that make great indoor activities your wedding guests are sure to remember!

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Mingle Bingo. It’s a cliché from work events, but wouldn’t it be fun to build a Bingo card for your guests to meet each other? “Knows the bride and groom from college” and “prefers middle pieces to edge pieces of cake” come to mind as possible squares.

Dynamic décor. For a nostalgic, vintage feel that’s great for boho and DIY weddings, use old game boards as mats under your centerpieces – and include the pieces in an apothecary jar or bag to the side. Once the floral elements have been moved, those at the table can share a game of Clue or Parcheesi while they enjoy each other’s company.

Coloring hour. Set up a table to one side of the reception hall with crayons or markers and coloring pages. You can create traced line art of your engagement photos, the wedding venue, or your kids or pets. Bonus points if you can get thematic or wedding color crayons for favors! Jigsaw puzzles make a fun variation on this idea. Have them custom-printed with family photos or find complete ones at thrift stores.

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Engaging hands. Similar to the above idea, set up a craft table with something sweet to make – like little advice cards for the couple (a great guest book alternative!) or origami paper and instructions to fold a design that suits your theme.

Wedding Games to Play During Dinner

At dinner? You say. But everyone should not be concerned, we plan to menu? OK, but the kids put on their best clothes are not always hungry, some people eat faster than others.

In addition to this, many charming traditional wedding dinners – such as incomparable glasses make the couple kiss – only the wedding game is elevated through long practice to host the staple food. Here are some interesting twists and turns in these classic ideas.

Voting jars. Set up two clear containers and some voting tokens in the wedding colors (or, if you’re from a culture that calls for it, ask guests to add dollar bills) so guests can vote for different options. “Who should get the cake on their face: bride or groom?” “First baby name: Soraya or Ramona?” “Should the bride and groom paint their living room purple or green?” One set of jars makes a cute moment; a slew of different questions lined up along a table makes a visual statement (and an instant-gratification alternative to those sweet fill-in-the-blank cards for wedding guests).

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Photo scavenger hunt. This wedding reception game doubles as a great way to get people using your #weddinghashtag on Instagram. Print a list of targets (the bride with her shoes off, something borrowed and something blue, a kid eyeing the icing roses) on the back of the escort cards or dinner menus. Invite guests to snap cell-phone shots of them throughout the reception.

Massive magnetic poetry. Print out the wedding party’s names, some romantic verbs, the names of schools attended and pets loved by the happy couple and a selection of other words on sheet magnets. Cut them out and provide a giant magnet board that guests can rearrange to their hearts’ content. (This doubles as a phenomenal selfie backdrop.)

Clinking alternatives. Kiss the kissing bells goodbye and make guests work for their bride-and-groom PDA. Craft a set of giant dice – snake eyes means the couple kisses, double fours means they shake hands, double fives means the roller has to kiss someone else – or give each table a task they have to complete (like “three consecutive runs of the wave”) to earn a kiss.

Back-of-the-program fun. When you have your menu card, escort card, or program to print, take a spare page for you-themed crossword or word search. Those happy dances may not even notice it. Those shoes without them will be very grateful to the non-dancing reception game so that they occupy the time until the cake is cut.