Wedding Reception Games - Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt is a great icebreaker to get your guests mingling.

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A scavenger hunt is a great icebreaker for your special day. This type of wedding reception entertainment will appeal to guests of all ages and encourage everyone to meet new friends as they rush to find all of the items on your list.

Organizing Your Scavenger Hunt

A wedding scavenger hunt is easy to organize. Here’s what you do:

  • Divide guests into teams of 10-15 people, depending upon how many guests wish to participate.
  • Pass out a scavenger hunt list and a pen to every team member.
  • Give guests 20-30 minutes to see how many items on the list they can find. Tell them to bring the judge a picture of each item they’ve located.
  • Award a small prize to each member of the winning team.

Scavenger Hunt Ideas

Your scavenger hunt list should feature a wide range of items—including some that are very easy to find and some that will require a little more work.

You could include items that are likely to be found in purses, wallets, or inside someone's car. For example:

  • Piece of hard candy
  • Stick of gum
  • Breath mints
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  • Driver's license of someone under 21
  • Driver’s license of someone over 70
  • Employee badge
  • College student ID card
  • Business card of someone who lives out of state
  • Receipt from a fast food restaurant
  • Expired coupon
  • Quarter from 2000 or earlier
  • Crisp $5 bill
  • Grocery store loyalty card
  • Red lipstick
  • Clear lip balm
  • Aspirin
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hair tie
  • Hair brush
  • Dental floss
  • Book of postage stamps
  • Water bottle
  • Something with today's date on it
  • Deck of cards
  • Granola bar
  • Child’s toy

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Encourage guests to be creative by including some items on your list that are open to interpretation. For example:

  • Something old
  • Something new
  • Something borrowed
  • Something blue
  • A symbol of love
  • Something heart shaped
  • Something with a knot in it to symbolize tying the knot
  • Something you think will last forever

You could also require guests to submit some creatively staged photos. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • All the married female members of the team showing off their wedding rings
  • All the married male members of the team showing off their wedding rings
  • All the single men and women holding hands
  • A kissing couple who isn't the bride and groom
  • Someone who has known the groom for more than 10 years making a silly face
  • Someone who has known the bride for more than 10 years drinking a glass of champagne
  • Someone who has known both the bride and groom for more than 5 years eating a piece of wedding cake
  • Someone who traveled from out of state to attend the wedding showing off their best dance moves
  • The person who lives closest to the reception venue blowing a kiss to the camera

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Prizes for Your Winner

The winning team is the team that collects the most items on your list within the allotted time frame. Reward them for their hard work by providing a small prize. Some ideas to consider might include:

  • Specially decorated sugar cookies matching your wedding colors and/or theme
  • Small mason jars filled with Hershey's kisses
  • Dollar bills folded into a heart shape
  • Decks of personalized playing cards
  • Let each guest on the winning team take home one of your wedding centerpieces at the end of the night or pass out flowers from one of your larger table arrangements.

An Event to Remember

A wedding scavenger hunt is a simple icebreaker that encourages guest to work together as a team to accomplish a common goal. If you include a scavenger hunt as part of your wedding reception entertainment, the event will be one guests will be talking about for years to come. 

Written by: The Printable Wedding Team