Fun Wedding Reception Games

Wedding Reception Games to Keep Your Guests Moving

I don’t think anyone who has ever attended a wedding has not really been surprised as they all are very alike. We meet the new couple and watch the traditional dances with each other, the parents and maybe even the grandparents, but actually mingling with the other guests rarely happens. We have a tendency to stay with the people we know for our own comfort. Now we have couples using their imaginations to use games to help the guests have a good time and yet meet others as well.

This is a good game for getting guests off their seats and talking to guests they may traditionally just wave to and helps all invited to really feel like they are contributing members to the wedding day and not just watchers.

An excellent game your guests may really find fun, from your young guests to your grandparents, is a type of scavenger hunt type game.

For this game, your DJ or another appointed person will serve as your game leader. Before the reception, you should make a list of things for your guests to search for. You may even make it a per table game and have someone keep “score” as to which table “finds” the most items on the list. Some examples of things you might ask for are: someone with painted toenails, someone in a red dress, a gentleman with a black purse, (this will make a man have to ask a female at his table to hold her purse so he can raise it up to get the point!) – I think you see what I’m talking about.

Your DJ might also initiate a round of musical chairs – with a twist! They could have the gentlemen go to the dance floor and bend down on wone knee, acting as the chair. The ladies would then dance around the “chairs” and when the music stops, find a knee to sit on. The one who has no knee is out until the final couple are there. Another style of this game is to eliminate the couple if their “chair” collapses. This game usually gets huge laughs from your guests as well as adding a feeling of being welcome to be themselves at your reception.

If your wedding is small, say under 25 or so guests, a game to help them mingle a bit more might be to give each guest a number like counting them off, 1 – 2 or even 3, and then having them join like numbers to form a team. You might then have a list of questions about the couple and see which “team” can answer the most questions correctly. The teams would work together then to get an answer for the whole team.

Lastly, don’t think your guests will get upset or get offended by your playing these games with them. Wedding planners have said they have had a good time helping plan these games with couples and that guests have reported afterwards how much fun the wedding and reception was. But mostly, how much they would remember the special day had been to them!

Wedding Reception Games Played While Seated

Wedding Reception Games Played While Seated

Ever been in attendance at a wedding reception and felt bored, tired or just plain not included?  Talk about a nightmare!  This could be because you don’t have a DJ or maybe your guest just are not into dancing or walking around.

Well, now what do you do?  Believe it or not, it is easy to change the feel in the reception room and also help you guests meet others and have a better time while most importantly – also getting to know the bride and groom better.

One fun game that has a hint of a trivial pursuit game touch to it is simple to play using a card placed on the tables in front of each guest.  These cards simply have “Bride” on one side and “Groom” on the opposite side.  Have your DJ, wedding planner or other designated person to be the leader and ask the questions about the wedding couple.  Some sample questions are like “which one was born in Washington, DC?  which one had a favorite stuffed animal named Froggy?  or which one, at 7 years old, broke their arm pretending to be a super hero?”  You get the idea here I’m sure.

The guests don’t shout out the answers, instead, they hold their card up to the side with their choice on it.  It can be alot of fun and really open your eyes to what the guests think but even more fun to hear the true answers!

Just one word of advice for you on this game, don’t ask questioons about ex’s or questions too much on the sexy side – there will be grandparents and small children there you won’t want to offend.

Another version is to pit the men against the women on just two teams.  They can some up with their answers together as a group and pitting the men against the women is a concept that most enjoy and will certainly make for good entertainment.

There is also a cute game that gives the groom a chance to have a moment in the spotlight.  Just how well does he really know his bride?  Does he know how she “feels” and her “touch”?  You might just let the wedding party participate or as many guests that would like to play.  It’s really up to you.

Blindfold the groom and then line up the one;s that are playing.  The bride gets added to the group somewhere.  You then send the groom to find his bride!  Now the rules are pretty simple – he may shake their hand, they may kiss him on the cheek upon request or maybe he may feel their leg or hair. What you want is entirely up to you and what you are comfortable with.  I’ve even seen it where the groom could only touch the participants leg.  One time, the best man ahd shaved his leg put a garter on and groom felt it.  The groom might be required to kiss the knee of the person while blindfolded he chooses as his bride – several times the groom has ended kissing a gentleman’s knee and the guests laughed like crazy!  It was all in good fun and all enjoyed.

Another fun game where the guests stay seated is the “feed me” game.  Again the groom is blindfolded and the bride gets moved into the crowd somewhere.  He is given a piece of food (something not messy like a grape or piece of cheese) and then he is spun around.  The bridal party stays close so there is no accidents of falling or the likes.  He is then guided only by the brides voice to find her and get the piece of food into her mouth.  When she has been fed, you do the same to the bride until she finds her and feeds him.

Now you think of some other games to make you day special!

 

Wedding Music Games

Wedding Music Games

Just as food and drink is expected at a wedding, music is just as important.  Of course, many have weddings with no music, but I think we all find it too quiet and frankly it can get boring.  Certainly it makes no difference if you “spin” music from an Ipod or contract a string group or even a DJ or live band, music should be included in your budget for your wedding.

A common misconception though, is that music is just for dancing.  There are many, many games you can add for your music to make the reception  and wedding day fun.

Many couples prefer to give away the centerpieces on the tables as prizes for the games they choose so there really is no added cost to playing a few games.

One popular game is musical chairs that we talked about in another post but you can also have a great time playing “Name That Tune”.  This game is ideal for under 50 guests.  Who ever is planning the wedding should get a list of the favorite songs of the bride and groom and creat a CD of those songs.  The guests should be divided into two groups and you can do this anyway you please.  Maybe guys against gals or just count off 1, 2 and do it that way.  Play a few notes of the song and then let each team tell you how many notes it might take them to name the song.  Another option would be to say how many seconds it might take them to name that tune.  Most all will enjoy playing this game and the bride and groom get to hear their favorite songs in the process!

If you are having a very elegant wedding, this game would probably not work as it moves away from that elegance.

Another game might be to let the guests “call out” the wedding couple to dance by doing something and then daring them to do it better.  It might be hula hoop to a song and then see if the couple can do it better, or dance something like the twist or a ball room dance and let them copy you.  The guests get to enjoy the interaction with the couple on a more one to one basis and still have fun themselves.  Many good memories may be enjoyed later when you remember “Granny” did the twist at your wedding!

As I always try to get you to remember, your wedding day is just that – YOUR WEDDING DAY.  Have fun in creating ways to make it a day you will relish for the rest of your lives.

Children’s Activities

Although some couples ask for children not to be present for there wedding, there are alot of couples who want families to attend, including the children.  Children at a wedding can be quite the problem if plans are not made to help them with something to do.

I think we all know what happens when children get bored or think they need to find something to do on their own.

Some will have the children in a seperate room with maybe some place to color, maybe play a movie for them, or even some board games depending on their age.  It really don’t take alot to keep them busy for ceremony itself as most are less than a half hour long.  As for the reception, depending on how long your reception is, you might plan on the movie with popcorn or healthy snacks with enough adults to have a ratio of 1 adult for every 5 children.  Remember, children won’t just jump in and play a game or do anything on their own.  The responsible childcare person you ask should realized they will need to initiate the activities to keep the children busy.

Some would prefer the children be present at the reception instead of a seperate room.  You might plan on a setting aside a table for the children to color or draw on.  Remember to only provide washable crayons or markers for your activity.  Weddings today also have bubbles on the tables which most all children love.  If you don’t mind them blowing bubbles all during the reception, then certainly give them their own bottle and turn them loose.

You don’t have to just limit the activity to coloring though.  Pipe cleaners to bend and make things with, Floam is another thing they can shape and keep, or even the pre-cut rubber peices that stick on scrapbooks to make things works well.  Most children love to make things and either keep them or give them to someone.

If your ceremony is more on the formal side, you may want to consider hiring someone to entertain the children.  Maybe a clown, a balloon twister, have a blow up jumping thing, or even a magician will certainly do the trick.  One couple even hired a children’s DJ and had them in a seperate room to dance all they wanted to children’s songs.

If you ask for no children at your wedding and reception and you find yourself with children there anyway, you may want to have a children’s only dance and let the little ones dance their little hearts off.  Everyone will be entertained watching the children dance and some very memorable moments may be caught on camera to later enjoyment.  How many grandparents wouldn’t be smiling at watching the “Grands” dance.

Use your imagination and certainly look at your budget to plan on the little ones enjoying your wedding day as much as you do.

Bridal Bouquet Fun Ideas

The bridal bouquet seems to be thought of as only the flowers the bride holds, but this is far from the truth.  The birdal bouquet certainly may serve as a focal point of many activities or gestures.

During the ceremony, there are many traditional floral possibilities.  Of course, one is to present a flower to the couple’s mothers.  It certainly makes the molthers happy and the guests always smile when it is included in the ceremony.  It could be carried to another level though by presenting the fathers a flower also.

Flowers given to the parents may be used several ways.  The father’s flowers may have a verse or poem attached to it so they may read it as part of the ceremony.  The flower may also be given in remembrance of those family members no longer with us and a chance given to the fathers to say a short something about that family member.

Many brides like the unity candle idea but not using candles.  The bride might consider having her wedding bouquet designed as many small bouquets bound together.  At a designated time during the wedding ceremony, the bouqueet is “taken apart” into the smaller bouquets and given to people, such as the parents of the couple.

Some brides really want to keep their bouquet but are open to having some fun with it during the reception or the ceremony and there are several ways to do this.  You might consider “dollar dances” with the bouquet.  It would be on display somewhere near the dance floor or with the DJ, so that once the “dollar” is paid, someone has the right to dance with the bouquet.

Throwing the bouquet is almost expected at every reception, but there are options to how that is done.  Brides sometimes opt not to hang on to their bouquet and simply pick a single flower for their memory book and toss the rest when it is appropriate.  Other brides will have a “throw away” bouquet to toss so they may keep the original.  If you have alot of single women at your wedding, you might consider having a break apart bouquet the florist has tied together loosely so that when the bouquet is tossed, it comes apart into several smaller bouquets and more get to “catch” the flowers.

Take a look at your guest list and see what might work for you and your personality, but most of all, do what you like best.

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