Couples these days want to make sure that their guests really have a fantastic time at their weddings. One great trend is to feature fun games at the reception which tie in with the style of the wedding. For some suggestions on wedding reception games, read on…
A wedding is certainly not a child’s birthday party, and certainly, you want to make sure that any games you choose to include are stylish and appropriate enough for an adult celebration. That said, there are numerous fun games which you can add to your post-ceremony party to make it fun and memorable. They can be a part of the main event, or tied into an after party when the traditional reception winds down.
For an outdoor wedding in the summer, old fashioned lawn games are a fantastic option. One of the best options is a game of croquet. This game has always been associated with genteel summertime gatherings, and so it is a natural addition to a wedding reception. Croquet would work very well for a vintage inspired garden wedding. It would be just as appropriate for a wedding with a classic preppy style wedding with lots of pearl bridal jewelry on all the ladies. Being a fairly easy game for anyone to pick up makes croquet a super choice for a wedding reception game.
If your family has always enjoyed relaxed parties, there are some informal lawn games which could be a fun addition to an outdoor wedding. Both bocce ball and horseshoes would be great games to feature at a casual afternoon reception. Set up the games a decent distance from the main tent or dining area, and be sure to have them oriented so that the participants will be throwing the balls or horseshoes away from guests milling about the reception area.
Wedding games can also be sophisticated. One of the most popular ideas for an elegant wedding is poker. This would not be such a great thing to set up during the reception itself, as you might well end up losing half of the guests to a long game. However, as the central event at a reception after party, poker is fantastic. It would be a perfect game to follow an elegant cocktail reception with the bride wearing a chic gown and lots of sparkling crystal bridal jewelry.
Design your wedding poker station to be very elegant. Think black tie, debonair, martinis, and Sinatra, rather than guys huddled around a folding card table with bowls of potato chips drinking beer from a can. A retro-chic vibe should be the goal. Think about creative options for winnings other than cash so your guests do not leave your reception with their wallets emptied out. Perhaps they could cash in their poker chips for tasty treats or golf balls with your wedding monogram on them. Be as creative as you like, just be sure to keep the poker games about the fun, not money (a good idea from a legal standpoint as well as a social one!).
Many other games or activities can be adapted as part of a wedding celebration. Think about which games were most fun for your families growing up. Including these sentimental pasttimes in your wedding reception will help to make it more enjoyable for both you and your guests.