PLEASE HELP! Advise on Reception games?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How much money would you spend on a reception game to entertain guests and create fun?
    $0 : (9 votes)
    90 %
    $50-100 : (1 votes)
    10 %
    $100-300 : (0 votes)
    $300+ : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
    9807 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2016

    I hate games at weddings. Your guests are adults, they don’t need games to do icebreakers or make chit chat with people at thier table. Honestly, it probably just hinders more natural conversation that people would probably enjoy more.

    Post # 3
    3452 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

    Some people don’t care for games. Personally, I’d choose a game over dancing anytime but I don’t think thats the majority opinion. Its a know your crowd situation and depends on the event. For example our wedding will be casual, in a park during early afternoon on a Sunday so we’ve decided to have an optional game table since we know most of our family/friends would enjoy the games we’ve picked bc they’re familiar with them and play often. We’re not making it mandatory there will be two extra farm tables so people are free to stop and say hey theres Jenga, Uno, Dominoes etc., looks like fun or they can ignore the tables entirely. 

    Post # 4
    701 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2017

    ryan1989 :  Please don’t make your guests play games at your reception. It’s a party: if you really want people to have fun, up the bar. 

    Post # 5
    688 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    If I were going to do a game it’d be a photo scavenger hunt described in the program, where people can upload their pictures to an app that shares them with you. Totally optional and, hey, more pictures. Choose a game that’s opt-in, so people who like games as an ice breaker can participate but those who don’t enjoy games won’t feel pressured to participate. I wouldn’t like a game on the table because I’d feel pressured to play if others at my table wanted to. 

    Post # 6
    6272 posts
    Bee Keeper

    At what point were you thinking games are required. If you are having an all day outdoor wedding with lots to lulls then sure maybe a few things like giant Jenga or whatever dotted on the lawn might be fun. 

    But I have to say, even in uk weddings which tend to be 12+ hour affairs, games aren’t needed. 

    Stuff like DJ, bands, musicians, dancing, great bar and food is the way to go. We did a sweetie pick n mix thing which was a hit and we had a couple of fun photo props about and glow sticks in the night just as little added extras but honestly guests get boozed up and entertain themselves. 

    Don’t worry about buying games or engineering ‘games time’. 


    Post # 7
    595 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    I’m having garden games between the ceremony and reception (giant jenga, croquet, bocce, quoits) which I know a lot of my guests will get really into and I love garden games. There’s no obligation to play, but they’re there! We also have lots of kids coming so I think it’ll be nice for them.

    i don’t like the idea of icebreaker games during the reception as that takes away from socialising time.

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