14 Wedding Games to Entertain Your Guests
These days it has become quite a craze for the bridal couple to ensure that are activities available for young and old during their wedding celebrations. There are many different ways to keep your guests entertained, but classic Wedding Games are the perfect icebreaker. Before you know it your wedding party will feel like one big reunion. We’ve put together a few popular party games and lawn games for you to have on your big day! We have put together a list of great lawn games to kick off the party for you and your guests as well as games to play during the wedding reception. Have a look at the list below and let us know what you think.
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9 Classic Lawn Games
1. Giant Jenga
This is a crowd favourite! If you have a big lawn area available with a stable platform you can give giant Jenga a go. Jenga can be played by as many people as you like and it is a very creative wedding games feature. It is a simple, yet very entertaining game that everyone can play together. There will be a lot of tense moments and burst of laughter surrounding this game. And make it a little more thrilling by adding a punishment for the player who finally tips the tower.
2. Cornhole a.k.a Beanbag Toss
Bring out the child in your guests by having them play cornholes (also known as bean bag toss). These cornholes can be decorated to suit your wedding theme and the winners can receive a special gift. This is one of the classic lawn games, so most people will know how to play it – simple and fun! Include more guests at a time by making it a team game.
3. Ring Toss
This is a great DIY lawn game option and another cocktail hour favourite. The classic ring toss or throwing of the horseshoes. This game doesn’t need a whole lot of props, just a few rings, a target pole and a sign explaining the game. A great cost-effective project that is still super fun. This is another game that you could make a little bit more competitive by dividing your guests into teams!
4. Giant Chess
Not only will a giant chessboard look great for your wedding photography, but it will allow the intellectuals to have a go at each other. If you have enough lawn space outside for your wedding games, include one or two giant chess sets on the lawn. Often these giant boardgames are available as either a chess or checkers board – for those who prefer a game with an easier to remember set of rules. This game might be a bit more difficult for those who don’t know the rules or for your younger guests.
Croquet is the type of sport you probably only play at weddings or other fancy events. This lawn game involves hitting balls with a mallet through target hoops in the grass. This elegant English game is a great way to keep things classy. But make sure you know which rules to play by, because there are 6 different variations of croquet.
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6. Giant Dominoes
This is a simple, fun and easy game that is suitable for all guests (even the very young ones, if they can count.) It follows exactly the same rules as standard dominoes, but just with LARGE blocks! Your guests can choose to play this one-on-one or split up in teams and take turns placing the dominoes.
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Despite its common association with the elderly crowds, Boules is an extremely fun game. This French garden game involves a round by round tournament of bowling the silver balls, or boules, to get as close to a target as possible. With the ability to hit your opponent’s ball away from the target, this game can become quite competitive. Lots of fun for those who like a game of one-up-manship.
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If you are having a summertime wedding badminton will be perfect for your wedding games. Opt for the ‘old school’ look of things and give the ‘net’ a vintage feel. Badminton is sure to attract some players and it might be the perfect icebreaker for sports lovers. Maybe not the best option for all the ladies in their dresses, but why not let loose for a bit?
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9. Ladder Golf
Ladder Golf, or ladder toss, is a fun and simple garden game. This involves throwing a bola (two golf balls tied with a rope) onto a three-tiered ladder. Each tier of the ladder counts a different number of points and the scoring system then ads up the points. This is another game that is suitable for most, including kids. Just make sure that the guests are throwing towards an open space to avoid anyone getting hit.
5 Fun Wedding Reception Games
1. The Shoe Game – For the Newlyweds
This is a great, entertaining game that the newlywed bride and groom can play at the reception. It is an easy-to-play and very entertaining game that shows how well the couple knows each other. Depending on how they answer, lots of laughs can be shared. HOW IT WORKS: The bride and groom sit in chairs, facing away from each other so that they can’t see what the other answers. Both have 2 shoes in their hands – 1 of the groom and 1 of the bride. A series of questions are asked about the couple and the bride and groom must raise a shoe to indicate who they think the correct answer is, e.g. “Who spends the most money?” Husband or Wife
Watch this video of the Shoe Game being played at a wedding:
2. Find Someone Who...(wedding edition)
Every guest at the wedding should receive a task on a small piece of paper that will unite him or her with another guest that they’ve never met. This game will take some careful planning, to ensure that nobody feels left out. Instruct a guest to ‘find someone that’s interested in literature’ or ‘find a celebrity look alike’. This is a creative topic starter and will ensure a lot of laughs. This is a great ice-breaker game that is perfect to get your guests to mingle and get to know each other. A great way to motivate people to participate is to have a prize for the guest who finds someone who fits each of the points on the list first. Note that guests should know they can’t use the same person twice!
3. He Said, She Said
Hand out lists asking questions about the bride and groom to your guests for a fun twist to the usual how-well-do-you-know-the-couple game where your guests get to see how much they know about your relationship. Again, motivate guests to participate with a prize of some sort for the people who get all the answers correct.
4. Photo Booth & Props
Perhaps not a game, per se, but still a guest favourite at weddings. A photo booth with costumes and props provide your guests with loads of fun and entertainment as well as memorable photos to keep for years to come. Who doesn’t want to see grandma dressed up in a bright, colourful afro and oversized glasses? If you use an instant camera, encourage your guests to also leave a note on the photos! Find some cool photo booth companies near you.
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5. Video Games
Heck yes! You can hire video games for your wedding. How cool is that? If and your guests enjoy gaming, this is a must-have. You can have classic old-school arcade games like Pac Man and Asteroids, or go for something more modern like Guitar Hero or Dance, Dance Revolution. But note that this option is perhaps not suitable for all age groups.
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