10 Best Ideas for DJ Wedding Games & Activities
In the entertainment business, one of the best paying and demanded services out there are DJs that can effectively handle weddings. And while most of these guys need to be mainly concerned about things like handling song requests and making sure the ideal music is being played at the right times, there are a few other things that are important to ensure your clients are as satisfied and entertained as possible. One of these things is wedding games!
While the role of the wedding DJ in the past has mostly consisted of playing a bunch of songs without much active input on the wedding itself, this has been slowly changing as time goes on, with many clients now expecting the DJ to also double as a kind of MC that can keep guests entertained for several hours.
And while this can be seen as a daunting task for many reading this, I assure you that is not the case! In this article, I go through 10 ideas for wedding games that are guaranteed to entertain the event guests. This article is perfect for those who are new to DJing at weddings and need a few ideas to implement in these events. I hope you enjoy!
Things to Look for in a Wedding Game
Now, below are 10 ideas that I strongly recommend that you try out, but before you check them out, I think it's important that we talk about the things to look for in any wedding game. And there are 3 main things when it comes to this, including:
- Simplicity: One of the main things to look for in a wedding game to implement while you are DJing is simplicity. Since you are managing the game and playing music at the same time, You don't want to be overwhelmed, and guess what: the wedding guests do not want to either! Since the ambiance of the typical wedding can pretty relaxed, it's better to look for games that can be explained in a few minutes, without anything too complex or esoteric.
- Cheap To Implement: Since many of the DJs reading this article do this for a living, the last thing that you want is to increase your expenses too much. That's why you should avoid games where you need to use a lot of gear or equipment. That's why games like musical chairs, pop the balloon, and the shoe game is excellent choices: you can easily entertain the guests with them, without needing many things to make them happen.
- Appropriateness (Family Friendly): It's not a secret that the best wedding games out there are the ones that are politically correct. Not saying that edgier games aren't fun, The risks of offending wedding guests far outweigh any benefit that you might get from implementing such games. I mean, the risks are apparent: damaging the wedding's ambiance and possibly ruining the whole event. So try keeping it PG, especially if there are kids attending the wedding.
These are the 3 main things to look for in a wedding game. As you will notice below, most of the games that I talk about below fulfill these characteristics. So without further ado, let's go to the list!
10 Wedding Game Ideas
The best dancer
A classic and very simple wedding DJ game is the best dancer game. As you probably deducted, the premise of the game has to do with groups of people being involved in a dancing competition, and the best one at it gets to sit first. You ideally want to use this game in large weddings where there are several tables in a spacious venue. It's also a perfect choice as an initial icebreaker when the wedding is starting and it could even be used to know which table is going to be served first.
There are a few cons to this game though. The first one is the fact that if you are going to be introducing the game alone, you are going to have to manage the microphone, work as an MC, while at the same time having your gear close enough to start and stop the music. It can be overwhelming, especially if you are only used to just playing at clubs. Aside from this, you do need some charisma to really pull this game off.
Gunny sack racing
This game is perfect if you are working at a beach wedding or if the wedding attire isn't as formal. For those who have never played this game, it's just a race but instead of the competitors running, they hop onto a sack and jump to the finish line. The first one to cross is declared the winner. You want several burlap sacks for this, but a large pillow cover will work too.
Ideally, you want to play this game with at least 4 persons, with some more players if the space allows. You will obviously want to play more energetic, upbeat music before, during and after the race takes place. This game is also perfect if there are a lot of kids at the wedding for obvious reasons. Many adults tend to skip these types of games, especially if there are no prices involved, and so if that’s the case, you can always incorporate this activity to the smaller invitees instead.
Little ball game
The only game that isn't PG in this list, I honestly do not know the original name of this one, so I’m just going to call it the little ball game. The premise of the game is this: 4 teams of 2 compete with each other to see which team can move more balls between one end of the member’s pants to the other. The team that has moved the most balls is the winner. This can be a very steamy game and it can be seen as taboo for some types of people, so as always you want to talk with the venue organizers to see if the game is a good idea in the first place.
This game is perfect when the guests have had a few drinks already. You will want to spot a few couples on the crowd, invite them to play, explain the rules, and of course try to provide rewards for the winning team. Aside from this, the usual things apply: I recommend that round 1 last for 1 minute, and try playing fitting music for the duration of the game.
The shoe game
The shoe game is another very common game often seen in weddings, and unlike the other games, this one is meant to be played by the groom and bride instead of the venue goers. The game consists of the groom and the bride sitting in chairs opposite of each other, with both having both their own shoe and their spouse's shoe, one on each hand. After this, the game can start!
You are going to ask the players several questions such as “who fell in love first” and “who’s the first to apologize” and they will answer by raising either their own shoe or their partner’s shoe. Funny moments will ensue when the spouses answers contradict each other. Another thing that I love about this game: it’s a great way for the wedding attendees to learn more about the spouses.
This is definitely one of the easiest and most common wedding games out there and I'd strongly recommend that you add this to your repertoire. The premise of the game is simple. Have a certain number of guests that are willing to play, and then arrange chairs on a circle, making sure that you have one less chair than the number of players participating. Explain the rules, and ideally start with a slow song. After 30 secs or so, stop the music, and the player that you find without a seat is eliminated. Repeat the whole process with faster songs until the end.
This is an excellent game to implement if the wedding is more casual. If the event is super formal with a lot of structure, arranging chairs at your will might not be the best idea and you might want to skip this and try another one on the list. Because of this, it's important that you talk with the event organizer to make sure what you can and can't do in the wedding venue.
Bride and groom trivia
This game requires a little bit more setup but it’s well worth the effort. You are going to create several trivia cards with at least 10 questions related to the groom & bride’s life, like for example “when was their first date” or “who asked who out first”. Ask the future spouses for the answers to these questions and write them down for future use. After this, it’s time to actually make the trivia cards. If possible, it’s best to try to have the spouses make the trivia cards themselves because that way you can have lower costs, but it’s not always possible though, so if you can’t make them make the trivia cards, you are going to have to spend your own money on them.
After you have the trivia cards ready, it’s time to hand them out to the guests. Many DJs implementing this game at their weddings usually give 20-30 minutes for the guests to fill out the info, so I would recommend that you do so too. In the end, the table or player with the most correct answers is the winner. Also, it’s best to provide a small prize for the winner. Again, it’s a good idea to talk with the event organizers or spouses so that they can provide the price themselves.
Pop the balloon
Another very fun choice for any wedding is the pop the balloon game. It consists of several teams of 2 trying to pop as many balloons as possible with their own bodies. So imagine groups trying to pop balloons by trying to crush them with their backs, using their hands, etc.. It’s definitely a very simple but very entertaining game for both the parties participating and the people spectating.
You can even get a little bit creative with this one and give this game a slight twist. You could introduce this game in other events such as a gender reveal with one of the balloons being popped containing the official gender reveal information or with general prizes for the guests in general. One of the things that I really like about this game is the fact that you don’t need much setup to play it. You only need to inflate several balloons and have an open space and that’s it!
Guess who's the gusband
This game is ideal for medium and bigger sized weddings with a lot of guys with similar size and weights as the groom. The way that you play this is by lining up several chairs (over 7 or 8 is best) side by side with several male guests sitting on them, with one of these men being the groom. The bride then needs to be blindfolded, to then start touching those sitting. The bride tries to guess which one of the men sitting is his partner.
The bride may not agree with playing this game because of the blindfold messing her hair, so to circumvent this it might be a good idea to introduce the game after the ceremony takes place (if it's possible)
I personally love this game and I'd recommend that you implement this one as much as possible when DJing at a wedding. This game consists of you hiding several random items in different places, like for example under a table, inside a decorative plant, or behind the door of where the wedding is taking place. The ones that are able to bring the items back to the DJ gets a prize.
Now, this game isn't the best one if the wedding is taking place at a more open space such as a beach because there are fewer spots to hide the items. Where it really shines is in closed facilities though. Any venue or place that has lots of furniture or items around will lend itself well to this activity.
Perfect for smaller and bigger weddings alike, the karaoke is another option for DJs looking to entertain the venue’s guests in an effective way. There’s only 1 problem with this though: you are going to need either a projector or any other way to show the song’s lyrics, such as a big TV. So it might be wise to talk with the wedding planners to see if a big screen is going to be available because many people are not going to know the lyrics of the songs.
But aside from this, this is an excellent choice for a wedding game, and it’s also great because you can burn a significant amount of time while the guests sing, which might be perfect if there’s some sort of time constraint in the wedding. You are going to have to find karaoke versions of popular songs, ideally songs that appeal to the most of the venue goers. Youtube is your friend when it comes to finding these tunes.
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