Wedding rehearsal dinners can be a fun time to relax and enjoy yourself before the big day. Adding games to the evening can help everyone let off some steam and have a good time. Here are some fun ideas for games to play at your rehearsal dinner.
There has been a lot of planning, and a lot of stress and the wedding party and close friends and family will welcome the opportunity to have a little fun. If you are planning a formal dinner, consider fun games and activities to keep your guests entertained. Even if a formal dinner is part of your plans, having interesting activities can be a great idea.
The success or failure of any games or activities largely depends on the venue. If you are having a sit-down dinner in a restaurant, try to get a private room. This will allow for a myriad of fun activities to be planned, such as “pin the veil on the bride”, in which blindfolded guests spin around a few times, then try to pin the veil on a picture of the bride. These types of games are silly, but also fun.
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Here are some popular games to play at wedding rehearsal dinners:
Truth Or Life
Truth or life is a great game to play with friends. It is similar to an old game show where someone has to determine who is telling the truth. This could be a conversation starter for the table or used as a group game about the bride and groom. It can be fun to see who can get the most right, and it can also be a learning experience to see how well you can read people.
Each person tells a quick story, and everyone guesses whether 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. Guests can also write down their guesses for other guests’ stories. The bride and groom can give out prizes for the best truth or lie guesses.
This is a great way to let your guests interact and share stories. You can create bingo boards with pictures from family, friends and of course, the bride and groom.
A fun activity that is sure to help everyone blow off some steam is charades. In this game, one person will act out a scene from the bride or groom’s life. For example, this could be a scene from when they graduated from college or got a huge promotion at work.
The “it” person might choose to act out when the bride tripped and fell at another person’s wedding or when the groom saved a dog from getting hit by a car. This is a little game that helps people get to know the bride and groom better and adds intimacy to what is already an intimate event.
Bride And Groom Trivia
This is always a hit, especially at rehearsal dinner parties. This is a fun way to see who knows the couple best! Have the bride and groom come up with 10-12 trivia questions about themselves and their relationship. Questions like, “What town was the groom born in?” and “Where did the couple go on their first date?” are good to start with.
To make the game more challenging, divide the guests into small groups and make sure that people who know each other are not in the same group. The maid of honor and the best man should not be in the same group.
Bride and groom alternate asking questions, with the group letting the host know when they have an answer. The team with the most correct answers wins a prize.
Take The Cake
In this game, you will be paired off with someone. You will both be blindfolded and will need to feed your partner a cupcake within one minute.
Celebrity Couples Ice Breaker Game
Take two pieces of paper and write one celebrity couple on each. Then split your guests into two teams, give one team a list of celebrity couples and the other team a list of iconic couples. The team with the most matches at the end of the game wins!
When guests arrive, have them write the name of a celebrity on their back. The goal is for each guest to find their other half by asking yes or no answer questions. When they guess correctly, they can place their identity on their chest. When both people have their identities figured out and find each other, they win!
If the rehearsal dinner is less formal and held in someone’s home, there are many more activities that can take place. For example, how about a night of playing board games? Who needs formal food? You can have that the next day at the formal wedding. At this rehearsal dinner party, games are center stage.
Come in with some sandwiches and tell everyone to dress comfortably and get settled in for some board games. You can set up games on different tables and have people rotate groups at designated times.
If you move to a different table during a game, the game stays the same way it is. For example, if dad starts playing Monopoly at the bride’s table, he’ll be stuck with a small amount of money and no houses on Boardwalk.
Put A Ring On It
You can’t have a wedding without the perfect ring. Let’s give the ring some attention with this fun game where each player will have a ring pop and will need to try to eat it within one minute.
If the bride and groom are into sports, why not have a game of touch football or baseball at the wedding?
You can pit the bride’s family against the groom’s family, have men and women compete against each other, or for a change of pace, let the bride and groom play against each other’s families. Any of these combinations will work well. The idea is to have some fun and relax while enjoying each other’s company.
Other outdoor activities can include anything that is physical and might help people blow off steam. Has the bride been more demanding than anything? How about a game of tag where she’s it?
Groom The Balloon
We want the groom to look his best for the wedding, so let’s practice our shaving skills. This game will make sure we are skilled barbers. To play this game, each player will need to shave a balloon without popping it and within the one-minute time limit. To win, blow up the balloon and spread shaving cream all over it. Shave the balloon within one minute to add a point to your tally.
Pin The Ring On The Groom
To play, you will need a poster-sized picture of the groom, faux wedding rings (stickers or plastic rings), and blindfolds. Taking turns, each guest is blindfolded, spun around, and pointed in the direction of the picture. They must try to pin the ring on the groom as close as they can to his finger. The one closest to the finger wins!
You can create two bridesmaids‘ dress-up trunks by going to a thrift store and filling them with old prom dresses, large-size shoes, and costume jewelry.
Split the guests into two teams and have someone sit with a timer. The team who dresses one of the men (ideally, the groom and best man or perhaps the two dads) first wins. Be sure to have a camera at the rehearsal dinner/event, because this is one activity you’ll want to have pictures of!
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