6 Guaranteed Ways to Keep Your Wedding Guests Entertained

Updated 09/25/14

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Planning the perfect wedding reception that you and your guests will love takes tons of effort. While you can carefully craft the tastiest menu and painstakingly pick the perfect playlist, making sure the party lasts all evening long requires activities beyond eating, drinking, and dancing. Providing entertaining and interactive activities for your guests to enjoy will ensure that friends and family are happily involved throughout the reception.

Trust us, wedding games don't have to be tacky or awkward. From nostalgic childhood favorites to inventive ones, we found six games even the most mature adults will love to play.

Jenga (above): Who doesn't love the classic block-stacking game Jenga? This bride and groom upgraded from the traditional tabletop version and created a life-size set of blocks that friends and family could build and destroy.

Connect Four: An oversized version of this classic game is sure to garner attention from adults and kids, alike. This couple offered a series of lawn games, including ring toss and other carnival-inspired activities.

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Corn Hole: Corn hole is the perfect lawn-game offering for couples that want to make extra activities feel like a cohesive part of your décor. This creative couple used wood grain paint with lace-inspired details for a look that matched their rustic style. To complete the game, they included custom beanbags, painted with a silhouette of Texas to showcase their hometown roots.

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Board Games: Not all guests want to spend the night on the dance floor. Offering a selection of quick, multi-player board games (read: not Monopoly) will entertain your more introverted guests throughout the evening.

Photo: Laura Dye

Oversize Word Search: Transform a classic chalkboard into a creative word search that your guests can try their hand at all evening long. The trick is to write the letters in permanent paint and provide chalk only for circling words. Get creative and include details about you and your groom for guests to find.

Photo: Studio 29

Wheel of Fun: To encourage major 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 "Bride and Groom Kiss."

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