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How To Have A Board Game Wedding Reception Theme


Want A Fun and Unique Wedding Reception? How About A Board Game Theme?

When I was planning my wedding reception I knew I wanted it to be unique and fun for all ages. Many of my guests were older individuals but there were also college students, and young children. Planning a reception to incorporate activities people of all ages could enjoy was difficult until I thought about having a board game theme. A board game theme is great if you have a lot of older individuals who can't dance or move around much. They can give younger kids activities to keep busy and out of trouble. Board games are also great tools to encourage interaction and communication if you have a lot of guests who don't know each other. In this article I will share some of my ideas for incorporating board games into you reception in stylish and beautiful ways that your guests will enjoy.

Rock'em Sock'em Robots Was The Favorite Game At My Wedding


My Own Board Game Wedding Reception

At our wedding, most of my husband and I's guests were older individuals, but there were also a few young kids and some of our college aged friends. It was an outdoor wedding on hilly terrain so there was no place to have the traditional music and dancing. Because over half of our guests were older (50-80 years old) most probably would not have danced anyway.

When you have older guests who can't move around well and have health problems related to aging you want them to be entertained. By incorporating board games into our décor we were able to give many of our relatives a chance to play games they may have not seen since childhood. One of our 80 year old relatives had a ball playing Hungry Hungry Hippos and my great uncle played checkers with one of my college friends. If you pick games that are well known where guests probably don't need to learn the directions then people can jump right in and play.

A Board Game For Every Person

As you can see in the picture below, each table had a different board game as part of the centerpiece. Along with each game was a colorful glass vase with cotton candy on sticks and pinwheels. Each table looked elegant but also fun and playful.

The Board games were advantageous for us in helping manage time. There was a small lull while we took pictures after the wedding before food was served. Guests went to the reception area and played games until we were done with pictures. When it came time to cut the cake, we ran a group game of bingo to entertain people and also to give us time to cut out individual slices and serve them. The games were really great in helping us entertain guests while all the behind the scenes stuff was going on.

Aerial Photo Of Board Game Themed Tables


How We Decorated With Board Games

We wanted our reception to look colorful but classy. We used white table cloths to give it a more formal affair look. We then used colorful accoutrements to give the reception area a lighthearted feel. The white table cloths looked nice and helped to make the colorful décor seem even brighter. We picked games like Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots and Hungry Hungry Hippos because they were simple games with lots of nice colors. We found colorful glass bottles for vases at Hobby Lobby and made pinwheels and small bags of cotton candy on sticks instead of flowers as centerpieces. The reception wasn’t about playing board games. It was about having fun and being able to enjoy things you might not always be able to enjoy as you get older.

We made pinwheels and cotton candy bouquets on sticks and put them in vases to accompany each board game. We also had things like a milk and cookie bar with Chocolate YooHoos instead of milk because it was a summer day. We also got glass bottled drinks like Coca-Cola and 7-Up from Sams Club because we liked the vintage feel of them. Instead of a guestbook we bought the Worlds Biggest Coffee Mug and had people sign it. During the serving of the cake we played a group game of Bingo and the winner won a prize (an ice cream machine). Incorporating board games really wasn't hard and being creative with them was a lot of fun. Our guests got to be kids at heart for a day and all had a great time.

Kids Loved Hungry Hungry Hippos


My Reception Table With Checkers and Simple Decorations


Using Wood Board Games For An Elegant Look

As you can see in the picture above, one of the games we picked was a wood version of checkers. The board and its pieces were really pretty and fancy looking. If you are looking for a more elegant look you could search only for games made out of wood. They make wood versions of Monopoly, Scrabble, Clue, and more. These versions are a bit more expensive but they can give the games a more elegant look which is what many may want to see at a wedding reception.

Group Bingo While Cutting and Serving The Cake

At my wedding while we were cutting and serving the cake we decided to have a group game of Bingo with all of our guests. We had 40 guests so we only had to buy one set of Bingo cards but did buy an extra bag of tokens. Before the wedding, at each table near every guests plate we placed a bingo card and a tiny bag of Bingo tokens. My father-in-law served as the Bingo announcer and ran the game for us while my husband and I cut the cake and put it onto plates. One Bingo game does not take long and we had it so that the winner would get a prize. We gave away an affordable but nice ice cream maker. It was a summer wedding and there was a lot of excitement to win the ice cream maker. The game was a hit and it helped us entertain our guests while we served them desert.

List of Ideas For Ways To Use Board Games

  • Use them as centerpieces to reception tables.
  • Instead of putting them on every table, have one special table with all the games where guests can choose one.
  • Choose one game and create a theme using it. Like have a monopoly theme and use game concepts to create other reception décor.
  • Play a group game will all guests like Bingo.
  • Some games offer fancy versions like checkers/chess with a wooden board and pieces. There is also a wood version of Monopoly, Scrabble, and other popular games that look beautiful and less childlike.
  • If you are having an outdoor wedding pick games that don't have parts that will blow away if windy (for example: games with cards). Something like Jenga would be great outdoors.
  • Let guests who win games take them home with them if you don't want them after the wedding is over.
  • It is very popular to have guests sign blocks to Jenga games as an alternative to having a guestbook. See article at Top 10 Unique Wedding Guestbook Alternatives
  • Match table décor to the colors in a game board. Flowers, napkins, tablecloths, and more could match the board making all parts blend together.
  • Have separate games for kids and adults. You can choose easier games for kids like Hungry Hungry Hippos. You can then have games for older individuals like Cards Against Humanity.
  • They sell Rock'em Sock'em Robots cake Toppers if you want to show humor with your wedding cake. Or you could have a board game themed wedding cake. See video below.

Here Is An Awesome Board Game Themed Wedding Cake Video

Links To Other Board Game Wedding Receptions

Below are links to others who have also had board game weddings to give you more ideas. With a little creativity you can do a lot with something simple like a board game and you and your guests can have a ton of fun together.


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