No one wants to see their guests bored at their wedding, right? We want to see our faves laughing, mingling and having a jolly good time. But how do you ensure guests let their hair down? See them having a laugh and stay entertained as well as have fond memories from your day.
Wedding games of course! They are a brilliant idea for entertainment, no matter your budget. In this article you will find all the game ideas you’ll ever dream of. Plus I’ll share my top game planning tips and how to pull them off in style!
Whatever the age of your guests, games are something everyone can enjoy. I’ve broken down game ideas by type for different areas and timings of your day.
Without further ado here are some popular entertainment choices that couples all over the UK are opting for.
Wedding Table Reception Games
Table games are perfect for keeping guests enjoying themselves during your dinner and speeches. As well as when drinks are served or they are waiting for dinner to arrive between courses.
Love a pub quiz? Why not create your own? Be it on general knowledge or even yourselves as a couple, a quiz will keep guests chatting over their wedding meal.
2. Board Games
Pop fun board games on tables, or create a game station. Ideal for your evening party and those who prefer not to dance.
Plus its really cost effective just grabbing your favourites board games from your cupboard at home.
3. Speech Sweepstake
An oldie but goodie, ask someone to host a sweepstake on the length of speeches or other elements. For example; if a certain word, phrase, joke or anecdote is used by speech givers.
4. Speech Drinking Game
Encourage guests to take a drink (soft drinks optional) everytime a certain word is used in the speeches. You can keep this secret from the speech givers by sharing the game on the table stationery.
5. Custom Crossword
If you love a crossword, create your own bespoke puzzle. Add in personal touches to ensure your personality shines.
6. Speech Bingo
Create a fun bingo card with classic speech traditions for guests to play speech bingo.
7. Ice Breaker Question Lollies
Fast and fun ice breaker quiz questions on lolly sticks. Add the question to one side and the answer to the other to create fun conversation.
Give guests riddles or clues to solve that unlocks an anagram to unveil. Allow them to work individually or by table teams.
9. Guess Who
A custom guess who game will not only tell guests who your wedding party is, but will be sure to keep all ages entertained.
10. Cards Against Humanity
A cult classic, Cards Against Humanity could be bought for tables or make your own matrimony version.
11. Photo Quiz
Quiz guests on another level with photos or illustrations for them to work out. For extra fun use your own photos or things that mean something about you as a couple.
Who doesn’t love a game of classic bingo? Choose a bingo caller and set a time to play the game. Expect lots of antics and laughs as well as possibly some harmless arguments.
13. Table Swap Game
Swap answers to fun questions with guests at another table, a sure-fire winner.
Photo: Fuller Photography via Blue Yellow Spring Barn Wedding
Ever play consequences? It’s a great interactive game for passing between guests and tables. The results are sure to be hilarious.
15. Mad Libs – Fill In The Blanks
Create a cute or funny mad libs game. Create a story and give blank spaces for guests to complete with words of their choice!
Wedding Outdoor Fete & Lawn Games
If you have ample outdoor space, make the most of it by entertaining guests alfresco. Ideal to play as guests wait before the ceremony, during the drinks reception, while photos are taken or in the evening.
Fete wedding games are popular and ideal for summer celebrations. They really bring a sense of nostalgia and community. You could hire lawn games or even make your own.
Keep things simple with a good old-fashioned game of cricket, football, croquet or golf. Team games plus good weather equals lots of laughs.
Create the ultimate party vibe with a simple limbo pole and upbeat music.
Build your own hurdles for a race, hay bales are perfect for any (soft) landings.
The ultimate lawn game has to be croquet. Be sure to check with your wedding venue that you can place the hoops in the ground though.
19. Tractor Rides
Hosting a farm wedding? What’s more fun than tractor and trailer rides, sure to be a hit with little ones too.
20. Ball In A Bucket
Simple but effective, pop buckets in a wooden stand and supply balls. Don’t forget a scoring sheet to crown the winner.
21. Laser Tag
Yes, you can bring laser tag to your wedding! Whether you hire a complete set up or buy your own simple kit for guests to wear. Laser tag is perfect for darker conditions.
22. Rodeo Bull Ride
Rent out a rodeo bull for a very memorable activity for your guests. Do keep tabs on who stays on the longest for a prize at the end of the night.
23. Pass The Pigs
Grab yourself giant pass the pigs for a simple and light-hearted game.
Badminton is a great way to entertain guests. You can now pick up pop-up nets and shuttlecocks should be safer to play with compared to heavier ball games.
Archery is an activity sure to make guests want to get involved. Ensure you think about the health and safety involved, or go for a family-friendly archery set.
26. Snakes & Ladders
Crack out the classic snakes and ladders, but a larger outdoor version for a really interactive game.
Who doesn’t have fond memories of swingball? It’s a great game to bring along, easy to set up and there won’t be a stray ball in sight.
28. Ring Toss
Buy, hire or make a simple ring toss game. The couple below used painted bottles, but let your imagination run wild to create a game on theme.
29. Splat The Rat
Fete classic, splat the rat is a game sure to raise some laughs as guests mingle.
30. Flamingo Ring Toss
Uplevel your ring toss game by using cute and quirky flamingos.
31. Clay Pidgeon Shooting
If you have a passion for clay pidgeon shooting, why not set up a (safe) area for guests to have a go at your wedding?
32. Tug Of War
Does it get any easier than supplying a rope for a wedding game? Be sure to assign a game organiser to make sure the game goes without a hitch.
33. Bean Bag Toss
Commissioning a bespoke game set up like this bean bag toss will make for such a lovely keepsake post-wedding.
34. Wire Buzzer
Wire buzzers are a source of fun and frustration in equal measure. You’ll be giggling away hearing the buzzer sound as guests take turns attempting to defeat the buzzer!
35. Connect 4
A game for two, Connect 4 is a classic. Be sure to provide additional games to avoid lingering queuing guests.
This DIY Kerplunk game is genius! Using chicken wire, wooden sticks and ball pool balls, this game is set to be a winner.
Take dominos up a notch with giant tiles for outdoor use. Challenge guests to build a track to knock them down too.
How sweet is this hook-a-duck game? Toddlers will have so much fun with this game, as will older generations.
Photo: Sarah Jayne Photography via Eco-Friendly Wedding Inspiration
39. Tin Can Alley
Decorate tin cans, stack them high and provide a soft ball. Cost-effective and all the fun!
Photo: Sarah Jayne Photography via Eco-Friendly Wedding Inspiration
Skittles, boules or bowling are all great garden games that are easy to set up and look lovely.
Photo: Sarah Jayne Photography via Eco-Friendly Wedding Inspiration
41. Naughts & Crosses
Make your own natural style naughts and crosses. Use branches and wooden shapes, perfect to keep for future parties too.
Jenga is always a crowd pleaser and makes for some cracking wedding photos of your guests too.
43. Sack Race
Pick up hessian sacks and host a sport’s day-style sack race.
44. Welly Wanging
Country weddings wouldn’t be the same with out a hilarious welly wanging game.
45. Mini Golf
For golf lovers, hire or DIY a mini gold pitch at your wedding.
46. Duck Herding
Guests must have adored the sweet ducks, as this couple herded ducks on their day.
47. Apple Bobbing
Perfect for autumn or Halloween weddings, apple bobbing is a great game idea. Be sure to supply towels for any accidents!
48. Coconut Shy
Set up a coconut shy. Your guests are sure to be competitive with one another all day.
Bring along a rugby ball and allow your guests to run wild in a field.
If cricket is your thing, bring along your cricket set. Rounders is also a great alternative for a more simple set up.
Bring your football and create some make-shift goals. Your guests will be sure to do the rest themsevles.
Image by Diamonds and Doodles, full wedding here.
Indoor & Evening Wedding Games
If outdoor space is limited or weather conditions are poor. Don’t worry, there are plenty of fun wedding games you can set up. Indoor games are great for dark evenings and cosy nooks that would otherwise be empty in your venue.
Everyone will love watching you smash a pinata, plus there will be treats for all!
53. Playing Card Game
This cute playing card game is a perfect ice-breaker. Guests take a playing card and then hunt for a guest with the same number as them.
You will love seeing guests getting to know each other.
54. Spin The Wheel
Make up your own spin-the-wheel game. This one has dance options to encourage guests to try out some new moves.
Rent your own glamorous casino and supply guests with pretend money. The winner can claim a fun prize at the end of the evening.
56. Ring Game
This couple played the ring game which is a tradition in Tamil weddings. A ring is placed in a vase with other objects for the couple to find and fish out.
57. Table Football
For a Friends vibe, bring along your table football game. Why not host a tournament?
58. Glitter Bar
Those that love to get glam will adore playing with a glitter bar as the party starts.
59. Beer Pong
Student cult classic, beer pong is a favourite for a riotous wedding party.
60. Temporary Tattoo Station
Guests will have fun with temporary tattoos as they compare theirs and rock them after the big day.
61. Games Consoles & Arcade Games
Bring along your game console or hire arcade games. Fun guarenteed.
62. Silent Disco
If not everyone is up for dancing, or loud music is vetoed. A silent disco is a sure-fire way to please everyone.
63. Buttonhole & Flower Crown Station
Give guests the opportunity to make their own buttonhole or flower crown. Such a lovely activity to ensure guests feel involved.
64. Mr & Mrs/Mrs & Mrs/Mr & Mr Game
Quiz the happy couple in an entertaining show that guests are sure to be delighted by. Pick a host who is both confident but sure to keep the laughs going. This couple hosted their couple quiz in the evening due to Covid restrictions. It was an ideal way to celebrate their marriage.
65. Glow Sticks
Give out glow sticks, adults and kids alike are sure to have fun with them as the lights go down.
66. Where’s Wally?
Make your own Where’s Wally game with photos of the couple and guests!
Host a dance-off competition, guests will love getting involved and cheering on the competitors.
67. Tombola or Raffle
Wrap up gesture gifts and host a raffle or tombola for an unusual wedding game idea.
68. Bake Off
Everyone loves cake. More and more couples are asking their guests to bake a cake and bring it along. Why not have a contest at the same time? Award fun prizes (aprons/spoons) or ribbons too.
69. Destination Guessing Game
Set up a map and ask guests to pin where they think you’re headed on your honeymoon.
Karaoke, whether you love it or hate it, is always good fun.
71. Photo Booth
A wedding photo booth has two purposes. Fun times for guests, but also great photos to remember forever.
Wedding Games For Kids
If you are having children at your wedding, it’s key to think of ways to keep them occupied.
Noone wants stressed-out parents at their wedding. So keep adults and children happy with these adorable game ideas.
72. Bouncy Castle
Not just for kids, a bouncy castle will be loved by all!
73. Dressing Up
Find fun clothes and create a dressing-up box. Kids will love the opportunity to switch up their outfit.
74. I Spy
I Spy is a great game for kids during the meal when they are sitting still for a while. Add an extra challenge for older children to take photos of their finds.
75. Space Hoppers
Give out space hoppers for the children, but be sure to have a hop yourself too.
76. Giant Playing Cards
Giant playing cards are great for smaller hands. From snap to more complex games for teens, this is one easy game idea for your day.
Give out individual bubbles or set up a bubble machine!
78. Balloon Modelling
Balloon modelling kits are a great way to entertain little ones.
79. Activity Book
Pop a children’s activity book on their place settings to keep them settled during speeches.
80. Colouring In
Wedding colouring sheets are a simple and easy way to keep children engaged. Don’t forget the crayons!
81. Paper Aeroplane Contest
Supply paper aeroplane materials and challenge kids to throw them the furthest.
Photo: Aeroplane Travel Wedding
82. Mini Table Games
Pop mini-games on your wedding tables so the adults can chat between themselves.
83. Egg & Spoon Race
An old-school classic, the egg and spoon race! Swap eggs for potatoes to avoid any stains on clothes.
84. Design A Bride or Groom
Cut out paper figures and ask kids to decorate them. You will love looking through their designs after the day.
Should You Have Games At A Wedding Reception?
There are no rules around whether you should have games at your wedding reception. It depends on your wedding vibe. If you don’t want games you shouldn’t have them, but if you do then go for it.
If you choose not to have wedding games, it may leave guests lingering or bored in quieter times during your day. So it’s best to look at your wedding timeline for any gaps in entertainment.
How Can I Save On Wedding Games Cost?
When it comes to budgeting for your wedding games, you don’t need to spend hundreds on activities. Keep it simple. Bring along games or activities you already own. Alternatively, make your own games by upcycling materials you can pick up cheaply.
Sometimes hiring or buying games second-hand can be really cost-effective too. Plus, don’t forget, you can always sell on wedding items after the day.
What Prizes Can I Give Out For Wedding Game Winners?
Prizes for wedding game winners are such a great way to encourage guests to get involved. You don’t need to provide an expensive or opulent gift though. Here are some prize ideas:
Bottle of drink
Box of sweet treats
Top Tips For Successful Wedding Games
Ensure your wedding games are a hit with these tips:
Assign roles to your wedding party to host or organise your games on the day.
Turn simple games into a contest.
Provide fun prizes for winners.
Try to match your games to your decor. For example, painting games in your colour scheme.
Add signs to instruct guests on what to do or invite them to take part.
Liaise with your venue to ensure they are happy with your game ideas and locations.
Tell your suppliers about your games. Your wedding photographer and wedding videographer may capture some fun footage.
Have a weather contingency plan for wet or windy play.
Now you should have all the ideas you’ll ever need for your wedding games. Plus answers to your wedding game questions as well as my top tips! Happy gaming.
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