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Entertaining your wedding guests

Updated: Jan 11, 2023

When planning a wedding, you’re not only planning the biggest day of your lives, it’s also a special moment where you bring two sets of families and friends together. Many of your guests will know each other, but some could be meeting for the first time. So you may want to consider ways to 'break the ice' by planning fun and creative activities, and minimise any potential wedding stress about whether or not every single guest is enjoying themselves.

Keeping wedding guests entertained during a wedding day’s downtime is becoming increasingly popular with couples. Wedding reception games can be the perfect icebreaker to get your guests mingling whilst you and your wedding party are busy being photographed, or changing outfits from ceremony pretty to party perfect.

There are many unique and fun ways to keeps friends and family happy ensuring that your wedding will be one to remember for both you and your guests. Even if you are planning a small intimate wedding, you can add some exciting games to make all the guests blend into one to make an unforgettable moment. Just don’t over do it, remember it is still a wedding and the focus should be on you!

Before choosing what games to include, there are a few things you will need to consider:

Firstly, you will need to think about the time of year you are getting married. Outdoor games are perfect for the spring and summer months. The weather is warmer, gardens are in bloom and evenings are lighter, giving you more of an opportunity to enjoy the gorgeous outdoor space of your wedding venue. As we know, the British weather can be unpredictable, so always check with your wedding venue about a wet-weather back up, such as a marquee to host your activities.

At Frensham Hall, many of our summer wed couples have taken advantage of our stunning grounds by kicking off the post-ceremony celebration with wedding lawn games. Set up on the lawn for couples or groups, these have included ladder golf, giant jenga, croquet, giant checkers and we've even hosted an old traditional Ceilidh dance! When selecting your outdoor activities, think about how they can be an extension of your decor, theme, colours and anything that helps to tell your love story.

If you're marrying in the autumn and winter months, although the weather can be sunny the temperature is fresher so you may want to consider indoor activities and if your venue has the space to accommodate them. When your guests are seated for dinner, there can be a lot of downtime before food is served or before tables are called to the buffet. Stave off hunger and awkward moments by providing wedding table games to encourage your guests to engage and have fun.

If you have little people attending your wedding, don't forget about them too. Not only do they bore easily, but sitting still during ceremonies and dinners can lead to antsy pants. Why not set up a wedding games area or fun things to do at the table to keep them entertained?

If you have no idea how to choose the right games for your wedding, you may want to ask an event specialist or your wedding planning team at your venue. They will be able to tell you what has worked well in the past, and what hasn't. More often, they will organise everything for you so you do not need to spend lots of extra time on this.

If you are about to start planning your wedding, we would love to hear from you! With a unique versatility within the house and throughout the grounds, our Wedding Team will take you on a journey of possibilities to create your perfect day at Frensham Hall. And if wedding reception games are on your agenda, let us entertain your loved ones, encourage them to meet new people, and put a unique twist on your celebrations! To get in touch, contact Kerry on 01252 797435 or email



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