Wedding Reception GAMES! Any Ideas?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I’m not a huge fan of games at weddings…. but I’ve been to some that had them. One wedding made everyone sing for their supper. Each table had to come up with a song with the word “Love” in it before they got to go to the buffet.

Post # 5
1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

we had cornhole at our wedding!

Post # 6
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010 - Ocean View Villas/Jasmine Seafood Restaurant

The shoe/barbie doll game is the newly wed game.  The DJ/MC says a statement like “Who spends more” and each person raises the shoe/doll that represents the person who spends more. We played Deal or No Deal.  Our guests played along with us.  I was at a wedding where a table representative hoola hooped to see which tables got to go to the buffet first.

Post # 7
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Not really a game but on Four Weddings one of the couples had a song in an envelope at every table and that table had to get up and dance to that song. i thought it was cute and fun way to get people involved

Post # 8
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Ive never seen the shoe game played at a wedding but it looks like so much fun!

Post # 10
251 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’ve not been to many receptions that played games, but it sounds like lots of fun!

I’ve seen the “bag game”… not really a game, though.  Basically, the DJ did a whole speech about how all the groomsmen are going to put bags on their heads and have a dance competition.  The DJ says that he will come around and tag each person as they get out.  The groom and groomsmen have to dance until they are “tapped/out”.  Once you are out, you can take the bag off your head.

….. That’s what the DJ says.  However, what really happens is this.  The DJ calls all the groomsmen & groom up to the dance floor.  He explains it, and all the guys put a bag on their head.  The DJ starts the music, and all the guys start dancing.  The groomsmen take their bags of their head (early in the song), and the groom is left dancing by himself… thinking he’s winning the contest.

It’s a lot of fun to watch! If you’re groom wouldn’t be up for the show… maybe one of the groomsmen, family members, etc. could do it? Just a thought! : )

Post # 12
1166 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

This isn’t quite a game, but I went to a wedding where instead of clinking glasses to get the bride and groom to kiss, the entire table had to stand and sing a love song. It was pretty funny. I also recently read about using the hula hoop instead of glass clinking (bride and groom kiss for as long as the guest can keep the hula hoop going).

Post # 13
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Well, your wedding is just around the corner, now! But I thought I’d add there’s a great book on Amazon called “The Alternative Bride’s Guide to Wedding Games” that has tons of reception games… they have sections for your cocktail hour, during dinner, during the dance, bouquet and garter toss alternatives… it’s a pretty good one! Good luck with your wedding!

Post # 14
629 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

For Bees interested in the Shoe Game, here are some questions that I found (the MC asks the question, and the bride and groom each answer by raising their own, or their groom’s shoe: 

(you wouldn’t need to use all the wuestions, just pick and chose!)

Who is up first in the morning?
Who takes longer to get ready?
Who apologizes first after an argument?
Who said “i love you” first?
Who mentioned marriage first?
Who makes all the decisions? 
Who is the messiest?
Who wears the pants in the relationship?
Who is more into their looks?
Who spends more money?
Who likes to shop more?
Who has the bigger wardrobe? 
Who is grumpier in the morning? 
Who does most of the cooking?
Who is the better driver? 
Who cleans more? 
Who gave who the first kiss?
Who made the first move? 
Who does the dishes?
Who does the laundry?
Who’s a bed hog? 
Who is always running late?
Who takes a longer shower?
Who is the biggest baby when they get sick?
Who mows the lawn? 
Who holds their liquor better?
Who has the best taste in decorating?
Who has the best taste in music?
Who is the first to say sorry?
Who said “I love you” first? 
Who cooks more often?
Who wears the pants in the relationship?
Who is the first one to say they’re sorry after a disagreement? 
Who walks the dog more often?
Who’s the better mountain-biker?
Who’s more likely to destroy clothing doing the laundry?
Who was the first person to “pass gas” out loud in front of the other?
Who’s more likely to leave the cap off the toothpaste? 
Who spends more time in front of the mirror?
Who’s more likely to run a red light?

Who snores the loudest?

Who watches more TV?

Who is always right?
Who likes to show their affection the most?
Who is shyest?

Who steals the covers?


I like the Ken & Barbie idea too. One Bee said she went to a wedding where they used pink and blue ping pong paddles.

Post # 15
629 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I also plan on playing a game to include the bridal party:

The groom and groomsmen line up and the blindfolded bride (with the help of her MOH) has to squeeze each guys bicep, then pick which one is her groom.


Then the bride and maids line up– the blindfolded groom (with the help of his Best Man) has to sniff the neck of the bride and bridesmaids and pick out his bride’s scent. 


I went to a wedding where the bride got to feel each guy’s butt, but knowing my fiance he will want to grab the girls’ butts, too– so that’s out! 


Post # 16
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Here’s a link to some alternatves to clinking glasses to get the bride and groom to kiss:

I like these because they don’t need to pull the attention away from the entire party and aren’t too distracting.

My favorites are:

“Have a small putting green and if a guests get a hole-in-one then the couple can kiss.”

“If you wanted the bride and groom to kiss, you and your partner had to kiss. Then the bride and groom had to duplicate your kiss in the same manner you did.”

“People have to make an animal sound (this was hilarious as you would all of a sudden hear a duck quck in the corner while eating dinner)”

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