Wedding Reception Games Ideas

Nothing is worse than having a wedding reception filled with seated guests who look tired and maybe a little bit bored. Maybe this wedding doesn’t feature a DJ and rockin’ music. Or maybe the crowd isn’t into that whole dancing thing.

There are a number of activities you can plan that will not only engage and entertain the guests, but also help them get to know each other and – most importantly – the bride and groom just a little bit better. If you are looking for some great ideas for your special day that the whole family will love, then you might be interested in:

Great Wedding Activities and Games: How to Entertain Your Guests at Your Wedding Reception and Other Wedding-Related Gatherings (Wedding Matters)


Engagement Party Games

The engagement party is a time when the families of the couple will be together to get to know one another. In some cases, this might be the first meeting between the two families or groups of friends, and any icebreaker activity will be a welcome event.

In that light, whoever plans the engagement party (likely the bride’s family, but it can be the engaged couple or anyone else who wants to plan the party) should plan a few games and activities designed to help everyone get to know everyone else.

First up is a trivia game. Create a “Trivial Pursuit” type game with questions about the bride and groom’s lives. You might contain the questions to just facts and events relating to both the bride and groom (such as how long did it take her to say “yes” when he asked, where did he propose, where did they meet, etc).

Or you can include questions pertaining to their lives outside of each other and before they met each other. Not only can this be fun, but also it’s an entertaining way for people to get to know each other and the engaged couple better.

One popular icebreaker that’s used at corporate functions and company parties can also work really well at engagement parties. Tape a large lined card to each person’s back and encourage him or her to work the room, mingle with everyone and particularly try to get to know someone they have never met before.

Before moving on to someone else, be sure to make a comment about the person on the card on his or her back. The engagement party guest can write a polite impression of that person, such as “she seems sweet” or “he knows a lot about the weather”.

This icebreaker ends when the mingling session is over. The cards are then read by the owner of the card, sharing it with the people around them, who have to untape it from their back! People not only get to know each other better, but enjoy hearing all the comments people made about them. It is also a little keepsake of the special day.

Try to ensure that comments are complimentary or somehow presented in a positive light. Hurtful comments, obviously, are not appropriate. Not unless you want a war between the families, that is!

If this is truly the first time many of the guests have met, then another fun game involving the wearing of cards might be in order. In this game, each guest wears a card on their front that has their name on the front and a number on the back. They don’t share with anyone what their number is. Guests mingle and chat and get to know each other over the course of the evening.

Toward the end of the evening, the cards are flipped over and the number side is shown. Everyone gets a piece of paper and writes the numbers on the paper, then tries to correspond the name of someone with their number. This fun game can be hard for people who are bad with names, but it’s fun nonetheless.

For an activity that doesn’t put people on the spot quite so much, consider letting the already marrieds help out the to-be marrieds. Place two pieces of posterboard on the wall and mark them “advice from women” and “advice from men”.

Now is the time to offer advice about wedding planning, not about being married. That advice can come later. There will certainly be plenty of it!

Encourage guests to offer their own wedding planning advice. The advice from older people at the party could be decidedly different from the younger couples in the group, making for an enlightening group of comments which can also be useful for the couple and help them plan for their big day.


Bridal Shower Games

If you’re hosting a bridal shower, there are literally hundreds of games to choose from. Some are silly, some are serious, but all are about having some fun with the bride before she’s married. Here’s a sampling of ideas for bridal shower games.

One fun game really puts the bride on the spot with regard to her knowledge of her husband-to-be’s life. Prior to the party, have someone ask the groom a series of questions, such as where he was born, what his favorite food is, or similar personal questions.

Then at the bridal shower, put the bride on the spot by asking her the answers to the questions. See how many she can get right (hopefully at least half!). If she does well, give the girl a prize; she deserves one. If she doesn’t, she may want to brush up on her groom, quick!

One all-time favorite game is the toilet paper wedding dress. This game involves separating the guests into teams consisting of at least 2 people and no more than 5. Give each team a roll or toilet paper (or 2) and have them fashion a wedding dress out of the toilet paper. One of the team members will volunteer as the model.

Provide them with a “dress up trunk” filled with jewelry and shoes. They must make the dress out of the toilet paper, but they can accessorize with the provided jewelry, shoes, gloves and hats. Place a time limit on this (5 minutes is adequate) and have the bride vote on the best dress. Be sure to provide prizes for the winning team!

Another fun game that’s always a hit is making the bride get dressed while blindfolded. Tell the bride she is to pretend she’s on her honeymoon and the power has gone off. She must prepare for her wedding night in complete darkness. Provide her with a suitcase filled with items and then blindfold her. She must get dressed in a certain period of time (2 minutes is adequate) while completely blindfolded and with no help from the guests. Include some silly items like oversized sunglasses, garden gloves or a flannel nightgown just to make it fun. This is a photo opportunity, so be sure someone is waiting to record the end result!

Another fun game which puts the bridal shower guests more on the spot than the bride is the handbag game. Everyone puts their purses in the center of the room. Create a list of items commonly found in a purse and assign a point value. Then create a list of less common items and give them a higher point value. So you might give lipstick 2 points, a tampon 3 points, and sunglasses 5 points. But a granola bar could be 10 points and a staple remover 15 points.

Then go through the purses awarding points and give the person with the highest number of points (and therefore, the most items and probably highest number of unusual items) a prize.

Before the bridal shower, create bingo cards for this shower bingo game. In the squares, put pictures of items you think the bride will receive at the shower. So, boxes might include things like lingerie, towels and the like.

As the bride opens gifts, have people mark off that item on their bingo card. If nobody gets a “bingo”, give a prize to the person who marked off the most number of items.

Another bridal shower game is a derivation of a popular game often played at bachelorette parties involving a stripper. This is the clean version.

About 30 minutes into the party, have the bride leave the room and pass out pieces of paper. Have everyone write on the paper everything they can remember about the bride’s outfit, hair, etc. How many rings is she wearing? What color is her blouse? Is she wearing open or closed toed shoes? Once everyone is done recording their observations, the bride comes back into the room and a prize is awarded to the person with the best observation skills.

One thing is for sure, there are lots of games you can play at your bridal shower which will keep all of your guests engaged and involved, so it is not just all about opening presents and making small talk.


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What To Do About Wedding Favors? Part 1

The question of whether or not you have to give a wedding favor to your guests at your reception is one of the main questions you have to consider early on in your wedding planning and budget for accordingly.

There is no easy way to answer this question except to say that it is YOUR budget and YOUR day. However, while it is true that you technically are not required to give your guests any type of wedding favor at your wedding, it is also true that your guests will likely be expecting a favor as a small token of thanks and a memento that in some cases they will value long after the day itself.

Wedding favors are becoming more and more common, so while you are not obligated to give out wedding favors, it may leave a bad impression if you don’t, and some of your guests may even be offended if you decide not to do so.

This article will take a look at the question of whether or not you have to give wedding favors to your guests, and will provide some tips for giving out wedding favors on even the tightest budget.

As we discussed in the second paragraph, wedding favors are in no way obligatory, but that does not mean that guests still do not expect to receive a wedding favor when they attend a wedding. There are a couple of reasons for this.

One of the most obvious reasons why guests expect to receive a wedding favor is that it is such a common practice now, that the majority of the weddings they have attended recently have included a wedding favor or favors at the table, some of them very lavish.

The other reason why guests expect to receive a wedding favor lies with the whole purpose of the wedding favor. The wedding favor is designed to help the couple express their gratitude to each guest for attending the wedding and reception.

Although the couple will still send out thank you cards to all of the guests after the wedding, giving a small wedding favor is another way the couple can thank their guests for their support immediately, without waiting until after the honeymoon and catching up on all the daily chores that stop them from writing the thank you letters as promptly as they might like.

What to Do About Wedding Favors? Part 2 will discuss wedding favors as part of your overall wedding budget.


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