After choosing the location and deciding if your event is formal or informal, you might want to consider including appropriate games and activities to keep your guests entertained. Plan, shop, and prepare the games, activities, prizes, and supplies in advance. Remember, the bridal party and groomsmen are there to help, so ask if someone can help with the preparations. After all, the fun begins with less stress on the wedding couple!
Here are some examples of some fun games and activities to help make your occasion great!
Activities and Conversation Starters
Provide blank name tags and ask each guest to write how they’re associated to the bride or groom. This will help guests with enjoyable conversation starters.
For a small affair, introduce each guest with a little bit of detail about the guest’s relationship to either the bride or groom, and then have your guest share a story about the bride and groom in return.
Truth or a Lie: This is similar to an old game show where one determines who’s lying or who’s telling the truth. This could be a conversation starter for the table or used as a group game about the bride and groom (see below under Games). Each person tells a quick, but elaborate story, and everyone guesses if it’s the truth or a lie. If it’s about the bride and groom, guests can write down their guesses and after the game you can determine the winners.
Mad Libs featuring the bride and groom: make or buy print-outs, and let guests fill in requested names, nouns, verbs, etc. There are many free templates available online, and some even include funny marriage advice and stories. You can either place the Mad Libs in a box with pencils on the tables or at another location of your event. These can be read at the rehearsal dinner or stored in the box for the bride and groom to amusingly read later.
Have guests write a funny story or experience about the couple, and puts them in a set container. These can either be read at the event or by the couple later.
Truth or Lie: For a larger version of this game that extends beyond conversation starters for a table, the bride and groom should prepare five elaborate stories, such as a funny experience growing up. Example: I once tried ice skating and met a famous ice skater, or my parents didn’t let me try soda until I was eight years old, etc. Everyone writes down if they think the story is a truth or lie for each statement and a winner can be chosen at the end.
Set up a trivia game about the bride and groom with about a dozen questions in advance. For example, where they were born, how they first met, first date, who cooks better, favorite colors, who likes sushi, favorite food, etc. Mix everyone into small groups, as some know the couple better (such as the Best Man and Maid of Honor). To say answers, guests either clink their glass or raise hands.
Check Amazon, other websites, or party-themed stores for games, such as wedding bingo. For markers, you can use colorful Hershey kisses or other candies. You can also use special table decorations as markers.
Prizes and Party Favors
There are many things available for just about every budget. Giving out prizes to winning groups or individuals helps bring out the competitiveness of guests. Here are some places to shop for prizes and party favors:
- Dollar Stores
- Craft Shops
- Import stores, such as World Market
- Target and other large retailers
- Specialty candy shops
- Party-themes stores
- Amazon or other shopping websites
- Online shops for personalized gifts, such as Etsy
- Take notes when walking around the store, as you’ll see many great ideas. Look for edible prizes or favors like candies, or items that can be personalized, such as small candy jars, mugs, wine glasses, wine stoppers, etc. You can also buy small gift boxes or jars to fill with candies, wedding colored ribbons, or other things to decorate the prizes or favors.
Fun Activities and Games for Children
You might be thinking about setting up a children-only table, which is more fun for the kids and less stressful for the adults. For added fun, put together group or individual entertainment kits for the kids, and set-up games in a specific area to keep them busy. Make sure you assign someone to keep an eye on the kid’s area, to ensure no damage is done to the venue (think crayons plus wall) and that everyone is getting along.
Here are a few ideas:
- Bring classic board or card games for the young and place in a specific playtime area.
- If they have their own table, try using butcher paper, as the table cloth for crayon drawing.
- There are many activity and coloring place mats available on-line, which have kept many children busy at restaurants.
- Don’t forget party favors for the young (no nuts or allergy triggering edibles). Instead, get glow sticks, crayons, coloring books, puzzle booklets, stickers, temporary tattoos, mystery character or play packs (Disney, Avengers, etc.).
Here’s to the happy couple and their guests!