Breaking the Ice: Wedding Games
One of the joys of any wedding is that it brings together two families and groups of friends to celebrate, but for some couples planning their nuptials, the mere thought of this can be a concern! If your wedding guests come from different social groups, backgrounds, or parts of the country, then it can often help to include some wedding games or icebreakers to kickstart a conversation between guests who haven’t had the opportunity to meet before…
Keep it simple!
The best getting-to-know-you games are short and sweet, and easy for your guests to get involved with. The one thing you can guarantee your guests will have in common is a relationship with you, which is why quick quizzes or trivia games about you and your partner can work well. Include funny anecdotes from your relationship and your guests may well feel inclined to share their own favourite stories.
While many couples may choose to add their own unique twist to celebrating their nuptials in increasingly different ways, tradition still plays a significant part in any wedding, and there are common features you’ll find across celebrations. If you’d like to make fun of this in a tongue-in-cheek manner, wedding bingo is the perfect way! Whether it’s a quest to find other guests with the outfit detail, job or interesting feature or your guests must mark off key phrases as they pop up during the speeches, these games can be a good way to get your guests to have a giggle. Of course, if you choose to play latter version, it’s only courteous to let your speechmakers know in advance and make sure they’re in on the joke! If the sound of such games appeals but you’re not sure where to start with what ideas to include, Pinterest can be a great source of inspiration.
Try a fun activity
One option unique to The National Piping Centre would be to ask your wedding piper to carry out a Come & Try session, where your guests can try their hand at the chanter and bagpipes. We’d recommend offering this kind of entertainment at your drinks reception – particularly if you’re away getting your photos taken at this point. An interactive activity like this will allow guests to focus on the task at hand rather than feeling awkwardness at having to make small talk, and give them something to talk about at the wedding breakfast!
Game for a laugh?
If your venue has an outdoor space and the weather’s kind, organising a mini Highland games can be a fun way of introducing your guests to one another, especially if you’re holding your celebration over a weekend or couple of days. From hurling the wellies, to tug of war and The Haggis Malt Challenge, these activities are a great introduction to Scottish culture, which might particularly appeal if you have guests joining you from abroad.
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