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3 Wedding Reception Games Ideas to Make Your Wedding a Blast!
Written by Michael Liedtke on January 12th, 2019
We’ve all been to receptions that are standard - we welcome and celebrate the new married couple, watch them dance, and enjoy cake with them. 

But creative couples often enjoy coming up with fun games that include the entire guest list.

Including the guests is an excellent way to get people out of their chairs, meeting people they might not otherwise know and feeling like they are truly a part of the celebration, not just observers.

With that said, I wanted to share some activities we have been apart of in the past that was a hit at the wedding. 

These activities are great for getting guests on their feet and helping them feel more comfortable at your wedding.

I mean, who likes weddings where no one talks with each other?

Not you!

Your wedding will be special and amazing and everyone who attends will remember how fun your wedding was for years to come. 

Let's get to it! 
Game 1: Want It Now
One fun and active game that can be played by all your guests, including grandma as well as the young children, is “Want It Now."

In this game, you designate a master of ceremonies (if you have a DJ for your wedding reception, [which could be us, wink wink] this person can serve as the MC). 

The MC would have a list of “wants” prepared before the reception, or they can come up with it on the fly if they understand the rules of the game. 

Everyone sits at their tables, and waits to hear the command. 

The MC says he wants a person with, for example, painted toenails. Everyone with painted toenails will run to the front of the room, toward the MC. 

Each time a table sends someone to the front first, they get a point.

Points should be tallied during the course of this game and prizes (maybe some wedding favors or centerpieces) awarded at the end of the game. 

Be sure to have some obvious “wants”, as is the painted toenails, or someone with a mustache or a child with a pink dress. 

You should also include some surprises, like “a man with a high-heel shoe” which will require a man to find a woman at his table with a high-heel shoe and run up to the front of the room with the item.
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Game 2: Musical chairs, with a twist...
Another exciting and fun wedding reception game that includes many of your guests is musical chairs using men as the chairs. 

All the men (or one or two guys from each table if you are having a larger wedding) line up and kneel on one knee. 

Make sure they have some space in between each other.

The women begin playing the game of musical chairs, but when the music stops, they must find a knee to sit on. 

No “chairs” are removed during the version of the game, but instead people are eliminated when either the man falls down when the woman finds his knee or when the woman falls down. 

Both are out either way, and if both fall down, they are also both out then (as well as perhaps a bit bruised). 

This is a fun game that often brings on gales of laughter and adds to a relaxed reception atmosphere.

Not to mention, this game is definitely an ice breaker.
Game 3: 'Bride and Groom' Trivia
If many guests are traveling a good distance to the wedding, or don’t know many other guests, it’s always fun to include a game that will allow them to not only get to know each other, but the bride and groom as well. 

For this game, you’ll need an MC again, which can be a very outgoing member of the wedding party, or the DJ/MC you hired for your wedding (we got great rates, just saying)

The reception guests are broken into two groups, which can be as simple as having people count off  “1, 2, 1, 2” and so on until the entire guest list is either a “1” or a “2”. Then the two groups band together for the duration of the game.

(You could also create teams by tables, and the table can assign one person to announce the answers.)

The DJ, or MC, offers a series of questions relating to the bride and groom. 

The teams should work together to answer the questions, then as quickly as possible provide the answer. 

The bride and groom will confirm if the answer is correct or not.

This is an excellent way for otherwise “stranger” guests to get to know one another and have some fun in the process. 

It’s also an excellent way to get to know the bride and groom!
Organizing games at a wedding reception is a great way to get people involved and make them feel they are truly a part of the celebration. 

It’s also a way to fill time, if the wedding planners know this isn’t a “dancing” group or if you want to loosen people up for a long night of celebrating. 

Whether a small or large wedding, reception games work for just about any group.

In addition, don’t assume wedding reception guests will be offended or annoyed by these active games. 

Most of our clients reported that they truly enjoyed being more active and having a fun game to play during the wedding reception.

Have fun and enjoy your wedding!

- Michael Liedtke

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About Author: Michael Liedtke

is a DJ of 12 years and has rocked over 700 weddings and events. His style is well-rounded to cater to any type of musical preference. Contact us today to receive a quote for his services. 
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