Your big day is all about you and your sweetheart– there’s no doubt about that. But what about all the relatives, friends, and neighbors who come out to support your marriage? You want to make sure they have a good time too! That’s why you need fun wedding games that everyone can enjoy playing.
Before we dive into some of our favorites, let’s explore the benefits of having games to play on your momentous day.
Why your big day needs wedding games
Playing games is one of the best things to do during a wedding reception. Not only does it keep your guests happy, but it also ensures you and your partner have space to celebrate and relax after you say, “I do.”
Give you time to ‘do your thang’
As the wedding couple, you’re the main event. Every guest wants to have their moment to congratulate you or take a photo with you. And don’t forget the chatty guests who’ll talk your ear off about everything from how great the cake is to when you’ll have kids.
So, playing “host” on your big day can be pretty overwhelming. This is why wedding games are a perfect way to give you time to mingle, change outfits if you need to, and take photos.
Remember, not everyone who comes to your event will know each other. There will likely be friends, relatives, or coworkers on your side who haven’t met anyone from your partner’s side. So, having a couple of games at your wedding is terrific for breaking the ice.
Wedding games provide natural opportunities for guests to chat with one another. You won’t have to worry about uncomfortable silence when your goofy dad meets your partner’s humor-less grandfather for the first time. Instead, you can relish in the comfort of knowing they’ll have something to do together. Thus, they won’t have to make awkward chit-chat.
Keep your guests entertained
You and your newlywed are the shining stars of the big day! But, it’s still important to consider the guests who traveled far and wide to support this milestone for you.
So, you want to make sure they’re having fun all night long! Having games at your reception makes your wedding unique and unforgettable. They ensure everyone has a great time. And, they’re especially important to have for the guests who aren’t the get-up-and-dance type.
So, now you know the benefits of having games on your exciting day. Let’s dig into the best ones that’ll keep people talking about how fun your celebration was for years to come!
Some of our favorite wedding games
There are many fun games for a wedding that you can choose from. I mean, it’s your day, after all, so you can pick whatever kind of games you like! But, we’ll talk about the ones that are tried-and-true crowd pleasers.
Ring toss is a great wedding game on so many levels. First of all, it’s a fun, classic game that keeps guests busy. Second, guests don’t have to wait long in between turns, as the game moves pretty quickly. Lastly, it’s a nice, subtle way to symbolize the exchanging of rings while guests toss them back and forth.
Perhaps you want this outside wedding game to honor the exchanging of rings in a not-so-subtle way. If so, you can paint the ring toss set with your wedding colors or even decorate the rings with jewels. Make it a fun DIY project to do with your partner before you say, “I do”!
Ah, the tailgating classic. Everyone loves a good ol’ round of corn hole. You might call this game Bean Bag Toss, or simply, Bags. However you name it, it’s a fun thing to do at a wedding reception that’ll make your guests smile.
Pro-tip! Customize the boards with your wedding date, your names, or your wedding colors. This will make the game feel like it’s a cohesive part of the wedding theme. It’ll also add a personal touch to your guests’ experience.
Corn hole is perfect for warm summer weddings, as it’s the epitome of entertaining lawn games. You just can’t go wrong with this one!
You probably remember playing Connect Four from your childhood years. You’d drop those small, red and black discs into the standing grid to beat your opponent at making four in a row.
So, you might be thinking, “I don’t want to have to clean up all of those red and black pieces at the end of the night!” This is why you should step this game up by getting a jumbo-sized one.
A life-size Connect Four is a perfect wedding game because it’s fun for all ages. Likewise, it’s easy to set up and take apart. And unlike a life-size Jenga game, Connect Four won’t make a loud, clattering noise every time the red and black discs fall when the game’s over.
If you miss the glory days of college life, Flip Cup is a great wedding game idea to include at your reception. Plus, all you need is some plastic cups and beer!
Depending on where your big day falls on the spectrum of casual to formal, you may want to consider filling the plastic cups with water or juice. Is your wedding going to give off a strobe lights/party bus kind of vibe? Or, will it resemble more of a Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wedding? You’ll want to plan accordingly. Otherwise, this game could really start to feel like you’re back in college!
A tip for the more formal reception is to use plastic cups that match the colors of your wedding decor, rather than the standard red solo cup. You should also play on a nice table that compliments your overall theme. This is a good way to keep things classy.
Okay, so snapping photos may not appropriately fit into the category of wedding games. But, it doesn’t mean it’s not an absolute crowd-pleaser.
Your guests will love dressing up with fun props to create photos. Also, these pictures will ensure they remember your special day forever. You can have props in the photo booth and a backdrop that tie in with your theme as well.
Having little kiddos running around is all the more reason to have fun things to do at your wedding. Coloring books are a great option for the young ones who need a constant distraction.
You can make this into a wedding game by having a designated coloring station. Also, you can get custom coloring books with pictures of you and your sweetheart that the kids can color in!
Newlywed trivia is an easy wedding game to play when you’re seated at a table. Plus, the game revolves around the wedding couple by revealing fun facts.
To play this game, leave printed sheets at the dinner tables with trivia questions about you and your partner. These questions should have simple multiple choice or one-word answers. This way, your guests will have fun filling them out and won’t feel like they’re in school.
Then, have the DJ or MC read out the answers after dinner, once everyone has had time to mingle and dance. You can also come up with a creative prize for the top contestants to take home.
At the end of the day…
Any one of these wedding games will make your milestone an unforgettable event for you, your sweetheart, and every guest who attends!