Ridiculously Fun Wedding Reception Game Ideas
Plenty of people like dancing at the reception, but it’s a bit cliché and expected. Certainly, have your favorite DJ, iPod Shuffle, or polka garage band get everyone on the dance floor, but throw something else in there too, to keep that dreaded phrase at bay, “is that it?”
It’s hard to beat the excitement of things the crash. An old classic is piñatas. You can turn have some for kids and adults, just don’t forget which is which! You can include mini bottles of alcohol, humorous, small, adult items, and of course, adults like candy, too.
If your guests are having a little extra champagne and shouldn’t be trusted to swing sticks around, while blindfolded, go with Giant Jenga! It’s exactly as the name describes and it’s great for most participants. If you have a friend who can cut and sand wood, you can make your own sets; it’s literally just blocks of wood.
Scavenger hunts are fun for youth and adults. You can make it fun by having clues related to the happy couple’s favorite things and other facts about them. This is great for all ages and allows participants to really explore the space, which is great if it’s a place worth exploring, such as botanical gardens.
Board games don’t have to be bored games.
Keep to short, funny, simple, and audience appropriate games. Risk is this author’s favorite game, but it’s not short and it’s not simple. Go with classics for kids tables that are easy to learn and accommodating however many sticky hands need to be kept busy, with minimal supervision. Classics are great for sensitive grandparents as well as games like Apples to Apples may be more engaging, while keeping it appropriate. Some examples might include Connect Four and Twister. Avoid games with lots of tiny pieces or lots of rules.
For less sensitive ears, go with games that get funnier by the champagne glass and involve more talking and shouting. Cards Against Matrimony is a take on Cards Against Humanity that is sure to bring out hilarious answers. If you’ve never heard of Cards Against Humanity, it’s essentially inappropriate Mad Libs, so be warned, it may be offensive to some. If you would like the hilarity of people saying inappropriate things, but you want to leave it to participants to take it there, Balderdash is a great alternative to either Cards Against game. This author has played the original 1984 edition and Beyond Balderdash and can vouch for both.
Find the werewolf!
Mafia, Werewolf, Spies, or Rebels; This game is great for involving more people at once, although it still may require breaking up into groups. At the start of the game, each player is secretly assigned a role in one of two teams. The game has two alternating phases: night, during which the werewolf may covertly “eat” an innocent, and day, in which surviving players debate the identities of the werewolves and vote to eliminate a suspect. Play continues until all of the werewolves have been eliminated or until the werewolves outnumber the innocents.
Hopefully, these really get the game idea juices flowing and you have a fun, friendly reception!