unique ways to make a wedding more fun?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
490 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I was going to suggest board games, but looks like you beat me to it.  

Post # 4
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

This is what we are doing, although some of it you have already said you dont want [alcohol], and some you may have already suggested.

– DIY bar [we are having a mix-your-own station as well as a server]

– DJ

– Photo booth

– Candy buffet / dessert table

– Cigar bar w/ outdoor seating area for smoking

– Dollar dances [a must have in my family]

– Outdoor bonfire w/ smores

– Late night snack [nacho bar]

– Ispy game with dispoable cameras

– Bouquet/garter toss [everyone is welcome to participate, and we will attatch money to each of them]


We were going to add some outdoor type games like giant jenga.. but I think we already have enough going on already!

Post # 5
264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Since you are having board games, how about a Jenga guest book? Guests write s message along with their name on a piece. 

How abouy hiring someone to do caricatures?

Post # 6
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Ring toss, pétanque, croquet?

Post # 7
3342 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

@alerose:  really? You are going to make your guests participate in a Hula Hoop contest?

This sounds entirely too much like a cruise director’s idea of a good party.

As an adult, I like good food and a little wine.  All of the forced activities in the world won’t make it “fun” unless I decide it is fun. I’d prefer to talk to family members and firends that I know at your wedding.

Post # 8
1399 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@alerose:  May I ask why it’s going to be a light (or non) alcoholic wedding?  Because all of these things add up – bouncy castle, photo booth, etc. You could do away with those things and that would cover most of the alcohol, if that’s the issue.

Personally, I dislike weddings that have ‘too much’, or too many activities. It’s like you’re apologizing for inviting people to your wedding. You don’t have to babysit people.  They should enjoy your wedding for what it is. Don’t feel the need to keep them busy.  Dinner and dancing is usually enough.  That’s just my two cents…

@FauxPas2012:  I agree. Forced activities are cringy. And the idea of having someone win a hula hoop contest in order to get their table served first? No one should feel like they’re dancing for their meal.  


Be confident in your wedding, and people will love being there.  You don’t have to win their affection…

Post # 9
2111 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@FauxPas2012:  +1

Any other party I’d be all over it. A wedding? I just want to dance. I would not be dressed for the physical activities and would get bored with the other games (unless they’re super awesome and I’m playing with the right people). Scavenger hunts, mad libs, crosswords…not my idea of fun.

Post # 10
715 posts
Busy bee

@alerose:  To me your ideas sound like fun. I’d rather play bean bags than listen to 10+ boring speeches. 

Maybe with the hula hoop contest you might find it hard to get someone from every table. But you know your guest best. I’d sure be game to hula hoop 😀

At past weddings we did something similar to “musical chairs”… so you pick 8 – 10 contestants, and one chair short of the number of contestands. and then you have a new assignement with every round; the slowest contestant one every round is sent away and one chair deducted. assignements / challenges could be something like 

– bring a lipstick 

– bring a pantyhose 

– bring a tie 

– bring a tablet 

the crowd helps their friends out to get those things… 

(in some variations every contestant that loses, gets to pick an asignement for the newlyweds… like “shovel the snow from their entryway in december”, “take them out for ice cream in june”, “invite them over for some hot cider in november” or whatever… you get the idea. sure that only makes sense if those people life somewhat close to the couple.) 

I also like the he said / she said game. couple gets to sit with their backs to each other, bride gives the groom one of her shoes, groom gives the bride one of his shoes (of course you could also just use colored paper; blue for him, red for her)… and then the best man or MOH reads out some random things like… “is better at cooking”, “is the better singer”, “enjoys video games more”, “will be stricter to the future children”… bride and groom rise either his or her shoes to indicate who that is… i think that’s pretty funny to watch & your guests learn something new about the couple. 

– not sure if that sounds like fun or very ridiculous to you… but you could do some sort of wedding dance that gets everyone involved… sorta like practicing a flash mob 

Have fun planning 🙂 


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