Typical wedding receptions offer food and dancing for guests to enjoy, but some couples provide other entertainment for their friends and family as well. Games are an easy way to mix things up for the event. Think beyond traditional bouquet and garter tosses for getting guests involved in the fun.
When planning, be sure to keep in mind the ages and comfort level of guests attending to make sure your options are appropriate. You don't want to plan an evening full of drinking games if a large portion of your attendees are going to be under age or even offended by the events. Also, consider the size of your party as you pick out entertaining ideas. Some games might be more fun for intimate settings. For larger events, you might consider small pockets of games or games that allow people to take turns.
If you have a DJ guiding the entertainment of the evening, you can enlist them to get guests moving with a game of musical chairs. Everyone will likely be familiar with how to play, which eliminates the need to explain rules. You can split the players up by tables, if you have a large group, or recruit players by asking for volunteers.
Instead of tossing the wedding garter into a group of single men to see who catches it, a relay is more entertaining for everyone involved. You'll need several garters for this one. Split the guys into a few different teams, depending on how many are playing, and have them stand in a line. One person from each team starts by sitting in a chair several yards in front of his team's line.
At the start of the game, the first man in line runs to the chair and puts the garter on the seated team member's calf. He then takes a seat while the previously seated player runs to the front of the line, takes off the garter, and hands it the next player to keep the cycle going. The first line of men to finish wins the game and a prize.
Win the Bouquet
Similarly, give single female guests an interactive way to win the bride's bouquet with a guessing game. Set up a table with a jar of marbles in your bouquet's colors, paper and pens, and a bucket. The participating guests can write down their name and guess for the number of marbles and drop it in the bucket. The one with the closest answer wins the bride's bouquet.
To make sure you capture the fun and potentially hysterical moments of these reception games, scatter disposable cameras around the venue on guests' tables. Include a note encouraging everyone to use them liberally throughout the game and especially when the games begin. Also, remember that not everyone will want to join in, so don't forget to make your other guests feel comfortable and included as well.
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