15 wedding reception games and activities for good times!

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So you're looking for some wedding reception games that will give your guests something else to do BESIDES dancing? (Because while some of us love dancing, some of us don't want to dance at our wedding). Well, you're not alone:

We hosted a game night wedding reception so it could be more interactive for everyone. We bought most of the prizes on sale, but still saved a lot by not hiring a DJ or band, which comes with an added cost of a dance floor and lights.

That quote from Jami and Jamie's backyard game night wedding inspired me to put together a roundup of great games that you can play at your wedding. Ready, set, GO!

OUTSIDE GAMES

Hula hoops

The hooping went on into the night!

Giant Jenga

falling jenga

Twister

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Croquet

Croquet

Horseshoes

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Cornhole

Lawn bowling

This vintage-style lawn bowling kit would look sweet at your wedding.

Football

Tossing the Football Around

INSIDE GAMES

Bingo

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Hungry Hungry Hippos

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Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots

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Board games

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Musical chairs

Sarah & Williams hot-as-hell wedding

Trivia

Fact: Josh & I love Trivia

Video games

Luke & Suzanne's Muppet wedding

Your turn! What games did you/are you going to play at your wedding?

Comments on 15 wedding reception games and activities for good times!

  1. My guy and I both loved CandyLand as kids, and so we decided on a CandyLand themed wedding. I was able to get some good deals on sweet vintage games on Ebay, and we are using them as our centerpieces, so everyone can participate.

    I’m excited to see the results. I’m thinking there will be lots of betting and a few new drinking games will come of it! 🙂

  2. Awesome and timely post! My wedding is less than two weeks away, and so far our games include:
    -musical chairs (outside, with 70+ people? Yes!)
    -badminton
    -horseshoes
    -tug-o-war (Bride side vs groom side, boys vs girls, etc)
    -hula hooping
    -dizzy bat (maybe)
    -Hungry, Hungry Hippos and Jenga set up on a table
    -Water balloon fight
    -Balloon Stomp!!! Best game ever! We played at my sister’s wedding three times because everyone had so much fun. Here’s the game play: blow up balloons to a pre-determined size (we test with a bucket; if it fits in the bucket, it’s too small. Smaller balloons won’t pop as easily, cheaters). Everyone gets a balloon with a 3 foot piece of string tied to it. They tie the other end of the string to their ankle, leaving the balloon trailing behind them on the ground. Determine the out of bounds, then when the referee yells “GO!!” everyone tries to stomp on everyone else’s balloons. Last person with an unpopped balloon wins! Seriously, this game is aggressive. Make sure adults watch out for flower girls and ring bearers so they don’t get trampled. Barefoot people also need to be careful. Also, watch for cheaters who try to hold their balloons in their hands or will wrap the string around and around their ankle in order to keep the balloon close…both of these are against the rules. One game, my brother went and stole a helium balloon from a display so that his just floated behind him, unstompable. This is cheating as well.

    • Awesome! Balloon stomp! That’s a great idea, however I’d just be concerned with how on earth you’d blow up that many balloons – you can’t rent a helium tank cause you don’t want them to float. Plus the issue of storage before the fact as well. Balloons are not small when they are blown up. How big was the bucket?

      • The bucket is usually not a super large pail, something smaller like 8-10″ across. The purpose is just to make sure people don’t cheat by only blowing their balloon up halfway. If you’re playing outside, you ought to use a smaller balloon requirement anyway because grass seems to prematurely pop balloons that are blown up really huge (ie, thin). As for blowing up the balloons, we don’t blow them up ahead of time. Anyone that wants to play grabs a balloon and blows it up themselves (hence the test for cheaters). Little kids need help, but other than that we just blow them up as needed.

  3. We played Bingo and it was a huge hit. My partner doesn’t like to dance and we wanted an afternoon wedding, so Bingo was a great (and cheap) alternative. For our mix of guests it was more inclusive than dancing (no one was left sitting on the sidelines) and our guests of all ages, physical and mental abilities, etc. could play. We also put out board games but they scarcely got used because Bingo was so fun.

    Rather than a first dance my partner and I had called the first round. Then the wedding party, guests, kids, etc. all took turns calling. The kids LOVED being our “Bingo helpers.”

    We played “kissing games” as well. We played the shoe game (I think recently highlighted on OBB) as a break from Bingo. During the meal, if a table clinked their glasses they had to correctly answer a trivia question about us before we’d kiss. The questions were on the table so they served as a handy little conversation starter.

    I know we’ve had lots of discussions on OBB about dance alternatives, and while games may not be right for every crowd, they really can go over well. Don’t be afraid to supplement a dance or go completely without!

    • Wow, I somehow thought up the trivia-for-a-kiss thing as well. I hate the clinking glasses thing, but I do love trivia, so I figured I’d get a box of Trivial Pursuit cards. If anyone clinks, they have to answer a trivia question correctly before we’d kiss. Great minds, eh?

    • I’m so happy to have found this site, as I plan on doing very unconventional activities at my Wedding in Sept! I’m also doing Bingo, mad-libs, a Puzzle table (my fiancé took a picture of our wedding venue, a lighthouse, & had it made into a puzzle), yatzee & now adding musical chairs!! We are over 45 & didn’t want the “traditional” ceremony or reception!

  4. We’re doing games! We don’t have room for dancing, so right now we’ve got plans to do a wedding themed bingo, as well as a scavenger hunt. This is awesome to get more ideas though!

  5. I had wanted to do bocce & badminton, but our location is on a hill, so that won’t work. Now I’m wondering if we would be allowed to launch paper boats on the lake. Something biodegradable.

    I also wondered about a group butterfly launch. You can buy a whole set of butterfly larva & hatch them at home. Hopefully, they could be timed to be ready on the right week.

  6. I LOVE this. We’re thinking strongly about having board games and dancing. It satisfies both of our awkward groups of friends.

  7. Guitar Hero, Muppets, and that gorgeous dress? I’d like to see more of Luke and Susanne!

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