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A couple having funYou have a wedding underway and you have already booked for the wedding venue, found your photographer and even your Big Day attire. You may be very excited by this event and there might be many other elements you have to plan before it comes. Everything is now in good progress, you are prepared with food you are going to serve, table plans for your reception, but have you thought about how you will entertain your guests?

Obviously, your wedding will be a memorable day for your closest friends and family, but it's also up to you to make

sure  all attendees will have a great time. If you really want to have a fun celebration, playing games might be a nice option.  Besides the usual entertainment, this will help you catch your guests attention and even make them participate in the celebration. However, be sure you don't plan too many games, it's all about entertaining people attending without depriving them of having fun on the dance floor. Once the wedding dancing have started, you shouldn't insert a game, no matter how fun it might be. The best moment to play games is during the dinner as it takes time to serve everyone or while waiting for the bride and groom 's grand entrance.

Here are some wedding game ideas for a successful wedding reception to make impressions last for your guests as well. Most of these games are very simple to play, and you will not need to purchase any additional equipment, except gifts to award winners.

An improved version of musical chairs

Musical chairs is a classic game but with some variations, it's one of childhood game you may still love as an adult.
How to play
: As a classic musical chairs game, arrange chairs in circle at the centre of the reception hall. The number of chairs is one less than the number of participants. A non-playing individual or the toastmaster ask participants to stand up and fetch for an object in the room (a spoon, a neck tie, a mobile phone for example) while the music is playing. The player who comes back  last is out and have a forfeit for the wedding couple (example: first dismissed has to invite them for dinner within the follow 3 months, the second have to take care of their cat while they are on holiday...). One chair is removed at the end of each round and so on till there is only one player left in the game.

Mummy rap game

This game is very simple. Select 10 to 12 people and divide them into pairs. One person in each team will have to wrap his partner standing still with rolls of toilet paper. The first one to wrap up their partner completely with no body parts showing wins!

The broom dance

This game is very embarrassing for the looser but very funny for other people. It's really simple, all you will need is a broom and a good DJ. Couples are on the dance floor and one extra man dance with the broom. When the music stops, couples have to change dancing partners quickly, the man who stays without a partner has to dance with the broom.

Quiz for the wedding couple

Having this kind of game will allow guests to know the bride and groom better and ask them questions anonymously!

The master of ceremonies will explain to the couple that he will ask them few questions they should answer honestly. Both of them will have their own panel, or balloon with "HIM" and "HER" written on it (make sure the panels are large enough for all guests to see easily. The wedding couple should sit back to back. The toastmaster would have circulated among the guests with a hand basket to collect their questions written on a piece of paper. Now the game can start. A question will be chosen and asked to the wedding couple and when the signal is given, they will have to answer at the same time, without any of them noticing the answer of the other.

Here is an example of "who" questions that can be asked :

Who does the vacuuming?
Who does the dishes ?
Who snores the loudest ?
Who made the first move ?
Who takes out the garbage ?
Who spends more time in the bathroom ?
Who proposed ?
Who makes the bed?

In order to make this a little bit more fun, the bride and groom could be awarded a small gift  to encourage them to help each other, for example a small broom, ear plugs, dish washing...marriage is all about team work!

You can also choose another variation of wedding quiz. If you want to make your guests participate more, the questions can be addressed to them instead of  the wedding couple. They will try to guess the answers and the winner will be the person who knows the newlyweds better.

Marriage advice

Most of people who are already married love to give advice about how to maintain a good mood in the couple and tips to keep the marriage strong. Living together is not an easy thing and both bride and groom have to work on it and make effort every single day. You could organize a challenge for the best advice to give newlyweds. Provide each guest with paper and pen before serving dinner. Explain the rules and let them think about what advice they can give during the whole festivities. At the end, collect all papers and read them out. As this has to be a funny game, decide to award the funniest, the  craziest or the most original. This is a good way to make them stay till the end, as they will like to know if they won!

Pink dice with hearts


The title says a lot about this game. The facilitator collect a shoe of each lady and then place them in the middle. Gentlemen will have to pick one and find the owner to invite her for the next dance. This game is best for guests who are still single.

Balloon popping dance

This is a fun game but tiring for the participants. Choose 8 girls and 8 boys. Tie an inflated balloon to one ankle of a member of each couple. Give the signal so that couples can start dancing. the object is to burst other peoples balloons while keeping your balloon intact. The winning team is one with the last balloon.


Rollin pin game

Between ten and fifteen guests line up next to each other. The bride is the first in line,the groom at the end. A spectator then puts a rolling pin between the groom’s knees. He must now waddle over to his bride and manoeuvre the rolling pin into place between her knees – without using his hands! If he achieves this masterpiece, the bride then has to convey the pin to the person next to the groom and so on. Anyone who drops the rolling pin owes a forfeit. Based on the old German saying ‘What’s this forfeit worth to me, what should be done to redeem it?’, a draw is made at the end of the game to determine who has to pay their forfeit and how.

Parasol dance

After all this flow of activities to add spice to the reception, here is a relaxing thing to do. All you will need is a big parasol, confetti and and streamers. The newlyweds will dance ( waltz for example), under the parasol. All guests will then come from everywhere to throught confetti  on them. This will be a very nice memory and allow the photographer to make nice shots.

Does the bride knows the groom from top to toe?

This is a funny game, only if the answer to that question is YES! This time, it's the bride's turn to leave the reception hall while chosen men among guests line up alongside each other by standing on a chair. They will show their calf and let the bride blindfolded feel calves in order to recognize her husband.

Pink wrapped giftGifts for the competition winners

There is nothing better to motivate your guests than award them with a gift if they win. This will give them an additional reason to play. For example promise them a travel for two, a set of jewellery, a washing machine, CDs.... Of course, This is not about  spending a fortune and go bankrupt but to make a good joke to them. These expensive gifts can be replaced by common transport tickets, a stunning candy necklace...


You can also choose to book a professional to entertain your guests. find the best entertainment expert to give the joyous feel to your special occasion!


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