Inside: Best Outdoor Wedding Games + Fun Confetti Cannons.
Looking to make your wedding reception a fun and festive affair your guests will never forget?
In addition to a delicious feast, flowing drinks, and a killer wedding playlist, some couples like to get the party started with wedding reception games, ice-breakers, and other interactive experiences, which might include everything from classic lawn games to bride and groom trivia, a photo scavenger hunt, a well-stocked photo booth and plenty of activities to engage the kids, too.
These sorts of activities work especially well at large, outdoor weddings with space to spread out, but there are plenty of options for indoor weddings, too. If the idea of adding a couple of games to your wedding day sounds like fun, by all means, have at it! We’ve rounded up the best outdoor wedding game that guests of all ages will enjoy.
Best Outdoor Wedding Games
Croquet: Who can resist a round of croquet? Invite guests to grab a mallet and get a match started on the lawn.
Badminton: If you have space, why not set up a badminton court? The equipment is light and portable, and the classic game is easy enough for guests of all ages to play.
Spin the Wheel: To encourage guest interaction, consider creating a custom wheel of activities that can be spun throughout the reception. This creative option includes details like “Pick a Couple to Kiss,” “Show Us Your Best Dance Moves” and the classic “Bride & Groom Kiss.”
Photo Scavenger Hunt: Send your guests on a digital scavenger hunt by creating a list of 20 wedding moments for them to capture with their phones, such as the newlyweds kissing; someone cheers-ing; a group selfie; etc. Not only does this give your guests a fun activity, but you’ll also end up with even more pictures at the end of the day.
Giant Outdoor Wedding Games
Jenga: Who doesn’t love the classic block-stacking game Jenga? The traditional tabletop version adds a dose of fun and whimsy to any tented or outdoor reception area.
Giant Connect Four: An oversized version of this classic game is sure to garner attention from adults and kids alike.
Dice Games: Shake things up with a jumbo set of dice! This unexpected wedding reception game is perfect for bringing guests together.
Giant Checkers: Simple and fun, get the party started by ordering a checkers mat so large it can double as a picnic blanket—or DIY your own.
DIY Outdoor Wedding Game Ideas
Cornhole: Corn hole is the perfect lawn game for couples that want to make extra activities feel like a cohesive part of the overall wedding décor. This creative couple painted and personalized their boards and the beanbags, too.
Large Word Search: Transform a chalkboard into a creative word search that your guests can try their hand at all evening long. The trick to DIY-ing this word search game is to write the individual letters in permanent paint and provide chalk only for circling words. Get creative and include personal trivia about the two of you as a couple for guests to find.
Tic-Tac-Toe: It’s simple and fun, and an extra-large version will add an unexpected twist to the classic game.
Photobooth: Dressing up is technically a game… isn’t it? Regardless, guests of all ages love a themed photo booth! There are so many ways to get creative with how your guests to take selfies and group shots together. And when it comes to props, the more, the merrier, of course!
Fun Confetti Cannon Ideas for Wedding
Who doesn’t love confetti? I mean I know I personally love everything about it, from the colorful raining beauty to the festive excitement that it brings. Here are a few fun ways to make a game of tossing confetti into your outdoor wedding.
The Countdown: I love the celebration idea of after or during the first kiss, setting off colorful confetti cannons to bring that extra pump of excitement to the big moment. Make it a game with your guest. Hand out the confetti poppers to everyone before the ceremony, and make sure they hold out till just the right moment. *Note – I would make sure to have whoever is officiating or planning your wedding to make it VERY clear that the cannons are not to be popped until the perfect time!
First Dance: Oh what a fun way to get some great photos, but also really kick off the party. Give each guest some poppers and when the song starts or when the chorus hits they can set off the cannons for a super festive moment.
The Sendoff: We all know the classic confetti send-off, it’s the perfect time to make the most of the moment and really give the newly married couple one more moment to remember.
More Great Game Ideas You’ll Love
- Minute to Win It Bridal Shower Games – Have you jumped on the Minute to Win It craze yet? If not, you are definitely missing out. They are such fun and simple games to put together and a blast to play. We thought it would be so much fun to create themed party games for an upcoming bridal shower, and boy are they fun. From tossing bouquets to saying yes to the dress these Minute to Win It Bridal Shower Games are a blast!
- Bachelorette Party Games – Planning a bachelorette party can be super stressful because there are so many things to think about. But girl, I’ve got you covered with the games and activities. Here you’ll find twenty-five printable bachelorette party games.
- Boozed Up Drinking Games – Oh we have all had “ONE OF THOSE” nights. You know what kind of night I’m talking about, the ones where it just seems like you are exactly where you are supposed to be. Surrounded by friends, laughing all night, cheering to the best days of your life. Those sweet, sweet nights. I love night like that. These boozed-up party drinking games are the perfect way to celebrate the best nights of your life.