(Closed) Reception Games Ideas

posted 4 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
7800 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

No games is the best idea IMO.

Post # 3
3045 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

You really don’t need to have games or find fillers for lack of dancing. I’m pretty sure once your guests realize its a restaurant reception they’ll know what to expect. We had games but its bc we knew about half our crowd were not interested in dancing and would enjoy those specific games while the other half would hit the dance floor. Which is pretty close to how things went.

Post # 4
180 posts
Blushing bee

I’m not a fan of required games that break the flow of eating + conversation. I always preferred just enjoying the chance to spend time with my date/friends and getting to know new people. 

Post # 5
6259 posts
Bee Keeper

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Kelsey Grimes :  I had 34 plus ourselves at our wedding.  We brought a bunch of board games – Jenga, Balderdash, things like that.  No one touched them, they all just hung out and chatted instead (and still had a great time, incidentally).  I’m not into the wedding themed games myself and wouldn’t enjoy that happening with a small group because then there’s no graceful way to escape until it’s over.  Obviously that’s personal though, I’ve been to weddings where everyone had a blast with those games.

With such a small group, does everyone pretty much know each other?  If so, you can bet that hanging out, pigging out and chattering is going to be fun anyway.

Post # 6
3045 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

I feel I should mention the one wedding I went to with a trivia game my table colkectively hated it. Despised. We were perfectly happy socializing before the DJ announced that crap. So if you have games please leave it up to your guests to decide what and when they want to play.

Post # 7
58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

What sort of crowd are you inviting, do they like to play ‘themed’ games, or any type of games? If it’s at a restaurant it might just be easier to have a good dinner and catch up with everyone. 

Post # 8
413 posts
Helper bee

No games are the best games. 

Post # 9
7997 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I guess I’ve always felt that games are good at a child’s birthday party, but not so much at a wedding. Adults are perfectly capable of having fun with good conversation, good food and perhaps a cocktail or two.Unless the room is large enough that people would be comfortable NOT playing, I’d recommend no games. 

Post # 10
3342 posts
Sugar bee

No games!!

Post # 11
9986 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Please don’t have games. I awkwardly sit there praying for them to be over throughout the entire duration.

Post # 12
4818 posts
Honey bee

My favorite reception game is open bar.

Post # 13
2363 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

No games – since I assume you’re inviting adults and not 45 children

adults know how to interact without having a game. conversation, eating, and drinking. That’s all you need. 


Post # 14
1506 posts
Bumble bee

Know your friend group. My group socializes almost exclusively with game night, so they might find it fun and not consider it “for kids” since its what we do together regularly. But most on the bee don’t seem to like/seem to look down on games. 

Post # 15
807 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

I think it depends on the games.  I went to a small wedding recently where they had more lawn games (bags, ladder toss, etc.) and people definitely enjoyed them and took part.  I think it helps that these are games that people are used to playing while drinking and at parties so it didn’t feel forced.  However, I will admit that the shoe game and trivia probably wouldn’t be my thing.  I think it’s harder when it’s games that the whole group feels like they HAVE to participate in, vs things you can choose to.  It sounds like more of the lawn game route won’t work for your venue so personally I’d forgo games and make it more of a nice dinner.

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