With smaller weddings these days, I’ve had more requests for wedding games and activities. Brides and grooms know with a low guest count, the chances of having only a few people on the dance floor is higher. That hasn’t been a problem at any of my 2020 weddings yet, but games and activites are always fun regardless of guest count. Here are 5 great ways to liven up your reception:

1) Anniversary Dance – This is a survivor-style dance where the couple who’s been married the longest wins! We start the dance with a slow song. Everyone gets on the dance floor and pairs off to slow dance. I then ask only married couples to stay on the dance floor. At this time, the singles stop dancing and exit. Then I ask those married more than a year to remain dancing, then 3 years, 5 years, 10 years, and so on. Eventually, we’re left with one couple dancing. A prize from the bride and groom is optional. Regardless, this is a fantastic way to honor couples who’ve been married for decades.

2) The Shoe Game – The name of this game is lots of guest laughter and an opportunity to learn about the bride & groom’s relationship. It starts with two chairs placed back to back on the dance floor. The bride and groom take the seats, remove their shoes, and trade one shoe. Thus, they’re each holding one of their own shoes and one of their spouse’s. With the microphone, I’ll ask them questions like, “Who got better grades in school?” or “Who is a better driver?” The bride and groom will then raise their own shoe or their spouse’s shoe to answer. And because they can’t see each other, there are often disagreements, which guests enjoy witnessing. Guests often laugh at questions like, “Who wears the pants in this new family?” or “Who has the smellier feet?”

Sometimes we’ll plan to have a bridesmaid or groomsman ask the questions. This is great because a bridesmaid or groomsman will know the couple better and know what questions are best to ask.

3) Bring Me – This is musical chairs crossed with a scavenger hunt. Some participants of this game, often female, will be pre-selected, like the bridesmaids. Sometimes I’ll ask for a couple volunteers to get enough participants. They’ll start off in their chairs in a circle facing outwards. I’ll then ask them to retrieve an item, like a necktie, and run back to their chairs. One chair will be removed before they get back, so the number of people in the game will dwindle until there is one winner.

The last time I led this game, the items to bring back were:

  • a necktie
  • a belt
  • sunglasses
  • a suit jacket
  • a wrist watch
  • a shoe
  • a man
  • a $1 bill

The ladies decided to wear these items, so it was pretty hilarious after a few rounds with the ladies donning mismatched menswear!

4) Dollar Dance – This is a wedding classic. Guests line up and make donations to the bride & groom’s honeymoon fund (or any other fund) for the opportunity to dance with them. Each guest gets about 30 to 60 seconds to dance with the bride or groom. Oftentimes, I’ll employ the help of the Maid of Honor and Best Man to manage the lines. It’s a great chance for guests to dance with the bride and groom on their wedding day!

5) Dance Off – It’s always fun to line the groomsmen or bridesmaids up and make them dance for 30 seconds, one at a time. The best dancer is decided upon by guest applause.

Bonus) Shoe Game Survivor – This works just like the Shoe Game, but it’s not just the bride and groom who play. All married couples participate. Every married person brings a chair to the dance floor. I ask the questions, and if a couple disagrees, they’re out of this game. The last couple remaining is the winner!

Not every wedding reception needs games or activities, but some brides and grooms feel it will bring more fun to their special day. Do you know a wedding reception game I haven’t listed? Feel free to mention it below in the comments section!