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Wedding Reception Games

 Shoely Word Game, or Often Referred to as "The Newly Wed" Quiz

sit back to back each holding one of your own shoes and one of your partners shoes. Then someone asks you both a series of silly questions, you raise the correct shoe of who you think fits the answer the best and it turns into a hilarious he-said, she-said kind of thing.

Shoes can be used, but I prefer to use signs to eliminate shoe dirt from being transferred to white or light colored clothing.
The Hawaiian Bag Dance, Could also be converted to "Bag the Best Man" Game

My classic made up game. Fun to choose your "victim" to be embarrassed.
                                                                                                                         

                                      Wedding Reception Games


The traditional wedding reception includes activities like the first dance, the toast and the cutting of the cake. Your guest will eat, talk and hopefully mingle with both sides of the couples families to get to know them better. The bride and groom will move around the room to thank each of the guest for coming and celebrating this day with them.


One question we get asked is: Can our wedding DJ do wedding games? Our answer is YES! Wedding Games are a great way to engage your Guests and keep people entertained. Our DJ's/MC's conduct the games for you.


There are a few things to remember though. Doing too many wedding games can stop the excitement of dancing. When asking this question to yourself, keep in mind two things.


1. Your Guests. Are they the Game type? Will they participate? How many people are attending? If your guests are not the dancing type, Games may be a GREAT addition to the evening. They bring laughter, fun, and engage your guests even more. Even though you may anticipate participation, your Guests may not be all that willing. THis is where out DJs/MCs can make the decision to return to music, wait a little longer, or keep gathering Guests to participate in the games. if you have fewer number of Guests attending, pick Games that are not "Large Group" orientated or if it's a really small number of guests, Games may not be the best choice. In the end, you know your families best! 


2. You and your spouse. Are you both the "Game Type"? Are you doing the wedding games for your enjoyment or Guests enjoyment? If you're not the "Game Type", thats ok! Your Guests may be. But it's YOUR Wedding, and you should ultimately choose this option if it's something you want.


No matter how you slice it up, weather you want No games at all, or a ton of games, we will accommodate your wishes because it's YOUR night! If you want to select a few games and have you or our DJ/MC decide on the night of your wedding, thats acceptable too! 





Roll the Dice

Roman Hands and Russian Fingers

Give Back the Keys

Shoely Wed Game

Garter Relay

Identify the Groom

Identify the Bride

Bag the Best Man Game




Roll the Dice


Place a pair of dice at each table. Ask the guests to pair up at their tables. Between dances or meal courses, ask the pairs to roll the dice. If the pair rolls an even number the Bride and Groom has to kiss. If the pair rolls an odd number the rolling pair has to kiss.


Roman Hands and Russian Fingers

First, blindfold the bride. Have the best man place small clips somewhere on the grooms person. They should be placed in difficult to find places like his shoelaces or the back of his hair. The blindfolded bride should then try to find the clips on the grooms person by feeling for them. To involve the guest, they can call out "warmer" or "colder" to help guide the bride to the clips.


Give Back the Keys


This game takes just a bit of planning but you can have the MC or DJ take care of the set up. This game is also more entertaining if the new couple did not previously live together.

Keys are given to a group of male guest and one female relative, an aunt or older family friend, of the groom. Give the bride a basket and the MC should announce that now she is married anyone who has a key to her apartment should return it. All but one of the male guest should put a key in the basket. The same should be done for the groom except the only ones to return a key should be the last male guest and the female relative.



Garter Relay


This is a game for the male guests. Divide the guys into two teams and have them stand in two lines. Place 2 chairs a few yards away from the lines. Have the first guy in each line sit in a chair. The next in line will have a garter and at the signal they will run to place the garter on the calf of the seated participant. The seated guy will then run back to the line, takes the garter off and give it to the next guy in line. He then gets in the back of the line. The garter holder will then run to put the garter on the seated guy. The game continues in this manner.

The winning team is the one that gets the last man back to the line.


Identify the Groom


First, blindfold the bride. Have the bride try to choose her groom by feeling the faces of 5 guest. Choose anyone but the groom to participate.

Game Variations

Have the 5 guest kiss the bride on the cheek.

Have the 5 guest bend over and the bride must find her groom by feeling their back ends.

With each variation, it is more fun to choose anyone but the groom to participate.


Identify the Bride


First blindfold the groom. Choose 5 people, other than the bride, to kiss the groom on the cheek. The groom should then try to identify his bride.

Game Variations

Have the groom identify his bride by feeling their feet. For even more fun, choose 5 men.


Bag the Best Man Game  (Hawaiian Bag Dance Also)


For this game you will need 5 paper bags and the MC or DJ can facilitate. Choose 5 participants, they can be a combination of the wedding party and guests. Typically, the joke is on the Best Man, however, you may choose another individual who is out going and uninhibited.

Before the game is played to MC or DJ should inform all but the Best Man (or other individual) on how the game is played.

The MC or DJ begins the game by first placing the paper bags over the heads of the participants and gives each individual a number. The MC or DJ instructs the participants that the bag can not be removed at any time. They should remind the participants not to remove the bag several times during the game. The MC or DJ instructs the audience they will be the judges of who is the best dancer with their applause.

The MC or DJ ask the participants to spread out so they have room to dance. While they are doing this he takes the bags off the heads of all except the one individual. The dance music begins and the MC or DJ ask by number for the participants to dance. The MC or DJ instructs the audience to applaud and makes comments on the dancing while creating the illusion that there are still five participants.

As the game goes on the MC or DJ could ask for the participants to do different types of dances. The only individual dancing of course, is the participant with the bag on their head. This can continue for as many or few different types of dances.


To end the game the MC or DJ announces the winner and everyone can remove the bags from their head. The only dancer with a bag on their head removes the bag and realizes they were the only one dancing.

Suggested Songs

I'm Too Sexy by Right Said Fred

Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice

Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-a-Lot

or any MC Hammer song

Suggested Dances

Funky Chicken

Mashed Potato

The Monkey

The Running Man

The Robot

The Moon Walk

The Twist



Shoe Game


The Objective: If you're going to encourage yours guests to embarrass themselves for fun at your wedding, you might want to consider turning the tables at some point. Mainly, for this idea is for the guests' entertainment.


The Game: The Shoe Game can be hugely fun. The couple sit back to back in view of all the guests. They remove their shoes, and trade one with each other so that they’re holding one of each. Someone (usually the MC) then asks the couple a series of questions about themselves and their relationship (ranging from the sweet and fairly straightforward “Who said ‘I love you’ first?” to the controversial "Who is the better driver?"). The couple answer by holding up the corresponding shoe, and the entertainment comes from the fact that they can't see what each other is answering, though some occasionally-incredulous peeking occurred at my sister's wedding.


Set two chairs back to back in the middle of the dance floor


Have the bride sit in the chair facing her bridesmaids…then have the groom remove both of the brides shoes.

Have the groom then sit in the other chair facing his groomsmen and remove both of his shoes as well. Trade one shoe each so both the bride and groom have one of each of their shoes.


Now you will announce “This game is to show how much the new Mr./Mrs. John and Jane Doe really know about each other… I will ask you a question and you raise the shoe that you think best fits the answer to the question… alright here’s a practice question…”Right now, who has the most cash on them?”


Sometimes you’ll see some great hesitation faces like their really not sure, or even better when you ask a question like… “Who wears the pants in the family”… Sometimes the bride will put up her shoe, and the groom will put up his. It’s hilarious. You’ll get high fives, and the families laughing.


Questions

1) Who wakes up first in the morning?

2) Who takes the longer shower?

3) Who spends the most time getting ready to go out

4) Who is more into their looks?

5) Who is the biggest flirt?

6) Who is the more serious person?

7) Who is more creative?

8) Who is the jokester?

9) Who is more outgoing?

10) Who is more likely to get injured?

11)Who made the first move?

12)Who said “I LOVE YOU” first?

13) Who’s the better cook?

14) Who has the wackiest family?

15) Who’s the better driver?

16) Who’s the faster driver ?

17) Who spends more money?

18) Who is in control of the checkbook?

19) Who wears the pants in the family?

20) Who is always right?

21) Who is in charge of the remote?

22) Who is more organized?

23) Who will be doing most of the yard work?

24) Who is more likely to take care of a spider in the house?

25) Who is better at keeping secrets?

26) I you haven’t already… Who is most likely to pass gas in front of the other first?

27) Now that you’re married, Who will be the first to say… “not tonight”.

28) Who’s the better kisser?

29) Who likes to show their affection the most?

30) Who will be the first to fall asleep tonight?

31) Who has the smelliest feet?

32) Who steals the cover’s more ?

33) Who’s most likely to get lost?

34) Who’s most likely to ask for directions?

35) Who’s the most likely to wake up grumpy in the morning ?

36) Who’s most likely to be running late?

37) Aand finally… Who do you love the most in the whole wide world?


Also Consider: A Spouse Pub Quiz, where tables compete on their knowledge of the newly married couple. The couple themselves can be involved by reading out the questions and supplying the correct answers at the end.

For either of these ideas, it adds an element of fun to have the guests themselves come up with the questions, perhaps one from each family or table. That way, they're unexpected and you can get some outrageous ones!



Bride & Groom Wedding Trivia Questions

1. Where did the bride and groom meet?

2. Where was their first date?

3. How long have they been dating?

4. When did the bride and groom kiss for the first time?

5. Where and how did the proposal take place?

6. Where are they going on their honeymoon?

7. How many pets do they own, what type, what are their names?

8. When did the bride and groom’s parents meet for the first time?

9. What is the bride and groom’s nicknames?

10. How many siblings to the bride and groom have?

11. What was the first weekend getaway or vacation they have taken together?

12. Who picked the engagement ring?

13. What are the middle names of the bride and groom?

14. What is the bride and groom’s favorite sport?

15. How many kids to the couple plan on having?

16. What was the first job in their life?

17. What college did they attend , what major?

18. Who does all of the cleaning where they live together?

19. Who travelled the furthest to get to the wedding?

20. What is the couples favorite style of music? Dance?

21. What is the couples favorite drink?

22. What is the couples favorite food?

23. What is the couples favorite color?


Love Counts

For this wedding game, you will need bags of Hershey’s Kisses, a bucket or box, and the arms of the bride and groom. In this game we’ve titled, “How Much Love Can You Hold For Me?”, the goal is to guess how many Kisses the bride and groom can hold in their hands! This simple game is perfect for a reception of any size.

Round up all the guests who would like to participate in this game. Have the groom dip his hands into a bucket full of Hershey’s Kisses to grab as many as he can. With the Kisses still in his hands, the guests must now guess how many Kisses he is holding. As the groom patiently waits and balances all the Kisses still in his hands, have all the guests help in the counting process. The one with the closest guess to the final count will win a prize. Now, it’s time for the bride to see how many Kisses she can hold!


Modified version: Have the bride try to pile on as many Kisses as she can onto the groom. She can place them wherever she wants to but he cannot drop them! In this modified version, all the guests can be involved cheering the bride as she piles the Kisses higher and higher onto the groom!


Play that Tune


This is a great game for smaller intimate wedding receptions where many of the guests are familiar with one another. Before the wedding day, create short song clips using favorite tunes enjoyed by the bride and groom.

Round up a group of guests and divide them into two teams. One member from each team will have a “play that tune” face off. First one to recognize the song can shout out the answer. The winner of each round proceeds to the back of the line and continues to play. Others, less fortunate, sweeten their departure from the game, with a sweet gift of candies wrapped in cellophane. Final winner receives a grand prize!


Stick the Kiss


This wedding game is an easy way to get a lot of guests involved with minimal effort from them. All they need to do is peel and stick! Enlarge full body photos of the bride and groom or draw a cartoon version of the married couple. Using stickers with hearts or kisses, number each one and its backing. The goal for the guests: where does the bride and groom want their first kiss as a married couple to be? Have the newlyweds write their answers down on a secret piece of paper. Encourage guests to approach the photos and place their stickers wherever they please. You can imagine the possibilities of where the kisses may end up, especially given all the choices! The guest whose sticker is closest to the answers from the newlyweds wins a prize. At the end of all that, make sure to have the bride and groom demonstrate their answers.


Give a little something back to your guests at the wedding reception. This is a fun way to start the evening off and helps to warm up them up for the more interactive wedding games to come as the night progresses.


To celebrate the beginning of your new journey with your husband, why not celebrate the triumphs and ‘bests’ of your guests? Have your MC announce a “Tribute to the Best”! Give a lavish gift to the couple that has been married the longest (is that not inspiring?), the most loving couple, the most active couple, and any other couples you admire. Fancy twist: During this segment of the night, why not also pay a special tribute to both sets of parents with a little video montage of their lives?



When is Your Birthday?


This is a simple wedding game aimed to help the bride and groom give away their beautiful centerpieces to the guests. Have the MC announce that the person at each table with the birthday closest to the bride and groom’s wedding day will become the proud owner of the centerpiece at his/her table. Jazz up this game by using birthdays to select your guests for a raffle draw! Other ideas: Hide a trinket under one chair at each table; place a special sticker under one plate at each table; first person to sing at each table; first person that used the bathroom at each table…and the list goes on, but you get the idea.


Artists at Work


Bring out the hidden creative talents of your guests with this fun game called “Artists at Work”. Gather a group of willing guests who will instantly be transformed into the next Picasso.

Give each a sheet of paper and a large tip marker (allowing seated guests to see the final products). The objective: to draw a picture for the newlywed conveying their well wishes in 30 seconds! The bride and groom will choose the two finalists and the rest of the guests can choose the winner by applause!


Bride or Groom?


This wedding game really helps to liven up the atmosphere at the reception since it requires the participation of the entire wedding party. Guests are sure to love this game. The women form one team and the men form another. Each receives two signs, one with “BRIDE” and one with “GROOM” written on them. Ensure the signs are large enough for your guests to see clearly. Have a list of “who” questions such as, “Who do you think will snore the loudest?” or “Who is the neatest?” or “Who will hog the bed?” The entire wedding party raises the applicable sign in answer to the question. Imagine the varying answers you may get!

Choose modest questions that will not embarrass the newly married couple too much in front of close family, co-workers, and young children (especially if they are relatively private people). You know them best!


Can’t Touch This!


Inspired by the classic children’s game of musical chairs, this wedding game requires guests with quick hands and a rhythm for juggling! You will need to create small bags of candy using cellophane and ribbon (or any other trinket) and an energetic song to mimic the up-tempo pace of this game (our title may give hints to a possible song choice). Have all the participating guests stand in a circle. The objective: at the sound of the music, guests will have to quickly pass the candy around the circle. When the music stops, everyone stops moving. The person with the candy is eliminated and returns to their seat. Let him/her keep the candy as a sweet token for playing the game. This continues and the last person left receives a prize!


Feed Me, Feed Me


Marriage is all about teamwork. This hilarious game is perfect for the wedding reception and requires the new bride and groom to communicate and work together as a team. Begin with the bride sitting in a chair while the groom is blindfolded. Place a piece of banana into his hand and spin him around once. Now, listening only to the directions given by his new bride, he must make his way over to her and feed her the banana! Once he is successful, switch positions. This time, give the bride a nice juicy piece of wedding cake topped with whipped cream. How well will the groom do in guiding his bride to feed him? A few notes: since the bride is wearing all that lovely makeup, make sure to give the groom a food item that isn’t too messy or it may ruin her look and possibly her wedding dress too. Have the wedding party shadow the bride and groom while they are blindfolded to avoid any accidents.


Guess Who?


This is another wedding game for the reception that aims to place the bride and groom in the spotlight using one very simple prop: a blindfold. To test how well the groom knows his new bride, have him blindfolded and seated in a chair facing all the reception guests. Now comes the fun part. Round up as many guests as possible, from the young to the old, men and women. The objective: can the groom figure out which one in the lineup is his new bride? In the tame version, the groom can shake each guest’s hand to find his new wife. Remember to play some fun and upbeat music during this game! Other possibilities: Have each guest kiss the groom on the cheek; the groom must feel each person’s leg (particularly fun if there are a lot of men in the lineup!).


La La La La Love Song


Liven up the wedding reception and get the guests involved! Inspired by the “Shake Shake Shake” game, guests will have to sing a few bars for the bride and groom to kiss. Determine what songs can be used. You can choose a theme, such as songs that contain the word “love” or songs from the 1980s or have guests sing for a certain amount of time. The point is to have fun and enjoy the entertainment (and to get the bride and groom to kiss, of course)!


Marriage Advice 101


This is a great game to play at a small wedding reception with close friends and family. Raise the laughometer with this simple yet fun game of “Marriage Advice 101″. Provide guests at each reception table with index cards and pens. Their task: to come up with the best marriage advice they can give for the newlyweds. DJ can read out some of the highlights during the night. Award gifts for “The funniest advice given”, “The best advice given”, and any other category you can think of.


Piggy Back


This wedding game requires a strong groom and a spacious hall. Rather than carrying his bride over the threshold of their new home, this bold groom is going to bravely perform a piggyback ride in front of all the reception guests! Have the Master of Ceremonies (MC) announce this brave feat of strength as he piggybacks his new bride around the reception hall, symbolizing their new journey together as husband and wife. Make sure to have the guests cheer on the groom. Safety comes first, so please prepare accordingly if you plan on using this game! Another possibility: Tell the groom he must get from point A to point B in the reception hall with his bride but her feet can’t touch the floor! This version tests the crafty wits of the groom and will bring just as many laughs from the guests as the original game.


Shake Shake Shake


Want the bride and groom to lock lips during the reception? Guests will have to do a little moving of their own in this wedding game we call, “Shake Shake Shake”. Create a CD with a variety of fun and upbeat songs (Chicken Dance anyone?). Guests who want to see the newlyweds kiss will have to do a quick boogey on the dance floor! This is a great wedding game to play with a lively group of guests. Children can get involved too!


Aloha hula hula


Have your guests doing a lip hip action with this fun and hilarious wedding game! This game is all about making your guests work for that golden kiss from the bride and groom. All you need is a hula hoop and leis for participating guests. During the reception, have the MC or someone in the wedding party announce a special hip twist to the night’s festivities. If anyone would like the newlyweds to kiss, he/she must hula with the hula hoop for 30 seconds! Now you know this game will produce some laughs!


Celebrate with a Bang!


What’s a wedding reception without a little fun aimed at the bride and groom? This wedding game is ideal for any reception. Celebrate the wedding with a bang! This silly game requires one balloon and the bride and groom. The objective: the new Mr. and Mrs. must work together to pop the balloon using any body part except their hands and feet! Hmm… this game sounds very interesting. Remember to have the guests cheer on the newlyweds! Modified version: if you want to see the game go faster, use a bag of ice!


Cherry on a String


Now this is one wedding game for the reception that really aims to put the bride and groom in the spotlight. It receives a “spicy” rating because, well, the newlyweds are really going to have to work during this game! This game requires one bride, one groom, and one cherry on a string held by a willing member of the wedding party. The goal: using only their mouths, the newlyweds must work together to eat the cherry. Begin by positioning the fruit within close reach of the married couple. Raise and lower the treat to add suspense and much laughter! The game ends when the cherry is gone.


Garter the Gander


The saying goes, “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander” and what better way to show this off than with a gender switch on this timeless ritual! For this wedding game, pre-arrange to have the groom put on the garter (without anyone noticing, of course!). Sometime during the reception, gather all the single men and announce that the garter toss is about to begin. Have the groom act as though he will be revealing the garter on the bride. Now, flip the switch! Play frisky music as the groom begins to pull up his pant leg and hear the guests roar with laughter! Let the bride slowly take the garter off the groom…and the rest, they say, is history.


Key to His Heart


This wedding game really tests how well the new bride and groom work as a team. The only materials required are a long strand of ribbon (enough to wrap around the groom a few times over) and one clean generic house key. With the groom standing up, have him hold one end of the ribbon while his groomsmen wrap the rest of it around his body. One groomsman continues to hold the other end of the ribbon while the bride is given the ‘key to her groom’s heart’. The object of the game: the groomsman strings the key onto the ribbon and the bride must now move the key around the groom until she reaches the end that is in his hand. The catch: the bride can only use her mouth to move the key!


Leggs Work Together


For this wedding game, you will need one relaxed wedding reception, one hard-boiled egg, one daring groom, and one bold bride. The objective: with patience and concentration, the bride tries to transfer the egg up one leg of the groom’s pants and over to the bottom of the other pant leg, all without dropping the egg!


Putter Up


This is another great way to have your guests moving and swinging at your reception. All you need is a golf club, some putting green, and guests with a good swing! Let family and friends know at the onset of the night’s celebrations that the newlyweds will only kiss if someone can get the golf ball into the hole! There will be plenty of laughs as guests attempt to putt their way into wedding bliss history! For an added touch, bring along a green jacket (homage to a famous golf tournament) to be worn by the first person to get a hole-in-one!


Show Me Your Love


Rather than the traditional tapping on dinnerware to have the bride and groom kiss, this wedding game requires a little more effort from the guests. As family and friends begin the classic ritual, have the MC announce a special twist to the night’s festivities. Since imitation is the greatest form of flattery, guests who would like to see the newlyweds lock lips must first come up and show everyone how the kiss is done. The newlyweds must then re-enact the same kiss! From the romantic peck on the hand to the fiery passionate hair tossing lip lock, what will your guests brave to demonstrate?

 
Wedding DJ games

One question we get asked is: Can our wedding DJ do wedding games? Our answer is YES! Wedding Games are a great way to engage your Guests and keep people entertained. Our DJ's/MC's conduct the games for you.

There are a few things to remember though. Doing too many wedding games can stop the excitement of dancing. When asking this question to yourself, keep in mind two things.


1. Your Guests. Are they the Game type? Will they participate? How many people are attending? If your guests are not the dancing type, Games may be a GREAT addition to the evening. They bring laughter, fun, and engage your guests even more. Even though you may anticipate participation, your Guests may not be all that willing. THis is where out DJs/MCs can make the decision to return to music, wait a little longer, or keep gathering Guests to participate in the games. if you have fewer number of Guests attending, pick Games that are not "Large Group" orientated or if it's a really small number of guests, Games may not be the best choice. In the end, you know your families best! 


2. You and your spouse. Are you both the "Game Type"? Are you doing the wedding games for your enjoyment or Guests enjoyment? If you're not the "Game Type", thats ok! Your Guests may be. But it's YOUR Wedding, and you should ultimately choose this option if it's something you want.


No matter how you slice it up, weather you want No games at all, or a ton of games, we will accommodate your wishes because it's YOUR night! If you want to select a few games and have you or our DJ/MC decide on the night of your wedding, thats acceptable too! 


WE HAVE MANY OTHER GAMES, PLEASE ASK.