Wedding Reception Games - Scavenger Hunt

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

A scavenger hunt is a great icebreaker to get your guests mingling. The premise is simple: participants are assigned a list of things to find that are hidden somewhere, and madness ensues. The winner is the person finds the most items on the list, but the true objects of the game are to make new friends and have a blast.

How it Works

This wedding reception game calls for one volunteer per table. Have a few items hidden in various places within the reception hall. The DJ or master of ceremonies then calls out the item, and the table volunteers rush to find the item. This can be quite hilarious as guests climb under tables or rush past one another to find the item. The guest who finds the most items wins a special prize--perhaps a small kiss from the bride!

Make it Personal

A great way to make guests feel more connected to the couple is to include items that have some personal or symbolic relevance. For example, have the guests find someone with a baby picture of one of the newlyweds or a coin from the year the bride or groom was born. Another item could be something with that day's date on it, in honor of the bride and groom. Have guests find a camera and take a picture of the happy couple. Find a shoestring, to symbolize the couple "tying the knot." Or, find someone with an out-of-state driver's license to demonstrate how far people traveled to share in the couple's special day.

Be Creative

Ramp up the fun by making the requests a little tricky. Ask for things like a perfectly square piece of toilet paper or Hawaiian money (it's U.S. money, of course). Or use riddles as your requests: Find something with a head but no face (Answer: A match). If your venue is near a pool, lake or ocean, make guests bring back water without using a glass or cup. This will supply plenty of laughs when your guests come back with water filling their shoes or cupped in their hands.

Take the Wedding Party Off Site

Some time before the wedding, set up a scavenger hunt challenging the bride and her bridal party against the groom and his groomsmen. They must go to a mall or some other busy location. Each team brings along a video camera so the fun can be replayed at the reception. The first group to accomplish all the tasks (try: find a store clerk named Amy; wear a red wig; take a picture with a stranger) on the list wins a prize. If the bride's team wins, make the groom's team wear dresses and take a picture. If the groom's team wins, make the bride's team sing a silly song at the reception. Remember that it is all in good fun, and will make for great memories.

Written by: Jessica Springgay