Table Games: I Spy
Not only is this fun for kids and adults alike, but it’s a wonderful way to get extra photos from your wedding. Ask your guests to use their digital cameras or smartphones to capture the moments even the best photographers sometimes miss. Add a line on your “I Spy” card with an address where guests can upload photos (try one of these apps!). Bonus: With digital cameras, you don’t have to worry about wasting money developing less-than-stellar photos from disposables.
Yard Games: Jenga
An oversized Jenga game is a cinch to create — all you need to do is take a trip to the hardware store for some lumber and have each cut to the same length (a traditional Jenga set uses 54 blocks).
Group Games: Flip Cup
Start off this classic drinking game with a round of boys vs. girls: the groom and groomsmen against the bride and bridesmaids! If you’re not familiar, here’s how to play. Then, open it up to the rest of the guests.
This hilarious game is a great way for guests to get to know you better as you learn how much you really know about each other. Place two chairs back-to-back on the dance floor. Remove both of your shoes, then trade a shoe with your new spouse so that you’re holding one of each. Then, have a designated person ask a series of questions about the two of you and your relationship. After each question, hold up the shoe of the person you think has the best answer to the question.
Group Games: Stand Up, Sit Down
This game literally gets your wedding guests on their feet. Ask everyone to stand up at their tables. Then, read out various statements, like “If the day of the month in which you were born is a prime number, sit down. If you had to ask what a prime number is, sit down” or “If you can roll your tongue, sit down.” You can also bring people back into the game — “If you know how to make a pie crust from scratch, stand back up.” The last person left standing wins a prize (in this wedding, it was a jar of the bride’s father’s famous homemade spaghetti sauce).