Now that you’ve picked an engagement party theme, it’s time to plan what to do at the engagement party. All the couple’s best friends are going to be in one place, meaning there’s potential for a whole lot of fun. Sure, it’s going to be awesome just to have everybody together celebrating the engagement, but you also want to plan out engagement party games and activities, of course. Chances are you’ll be seeing these people quite a bit for the next few wedding-related events to come, so what better way to get to know everyone than with some quirky ice breakers?
Engagement parties are meant to gather close friends and family around to celebrate the future bride and groom. There’s no reason that these parties can’t be just as fun for the guests. Guests will love these engagement party games that encourage them to have fun and enjoy themselves.
These engagement party games will break the ice, add some friendly competition to the mix, and ask your guests to put their memories to the test. Most importantly, they’ll make sure that everyone is smiling, laughing, and making memories.
You don’t need to give away prizes for the winners of these games, but if you’d like to, some fun ideas include gift cards, candy, chocolate, notebooks, lip balm, bottle openers, and tea leaves or coffee beans.
Fun Activities That Will Dazzle Your Guests
Create a Prediction Vase
“Prediction boxes are a great way to make sure you bring all of the love in the room with you through your first few years of marriage. Use a decorative vase or box as a container, and have your guests write predictions about your lives together. For example, where you will live, how many kids you will have, etc.,” suggests Rachel Dodson, Wedding and Events Manager for The Nantucket Hotel and Winnetu Oceanside Resort. Guests gathered by the vase writing down their fortune tellings for the future is also a great icebreaker for everyone to get acquainted. “Bring the vase or box home as a keepsake and then open up the messages and read them on the first anniversary of your engagement! There are a lot of ways to commemorate your wedding anniversary, but this allows you to take a moment to remember the proposal and engagement as well.” If you choose, carve out time during the party to have your bridal party read out some of the best ones, and cue the tears of laughter.
Paint a Puzzle
Don’t worry, and we’re not talking solo exploration with a 1,000 piece set. This fun game infuses some friendly competition into the part and gets people energized while encouraging mingling with your various friend groups and family. “One thing that we’ve seen great success with here at Hilton Los Cabos is an activity where four to six teams each paint a piece of a ‘puzzle,'” says Erendira Carrillo, Weddings Coordinator at Hilton Los Cabos, a popular destination wedding resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. “This brings families and friends together as each team completes their art without knowing what it is that they are painting. Once all teams are finished, they join their paintings to create a complete piece of art.” Enter: Instagram picture-perfect (be sure to let guests know the hashtag for the special day)! Even better: You and your future hubby get to take home the piece as a memory of your special celebration.
Create Your Own “Who Said It?” Game
“Give each guest a print out of 10-15 quotes from one of you about your relationship. (For example, ‘I saw him/her in the elevator of our building but didn’t strike up the nerve to talk to him/her until three weeks later!’) Next to each quote, your guests will guess who said it,” recommends Dodson. “Add in some embarrassing moments, and you will keep everyone laughing as they try to guess. Don’t forget to get a fun prize for the winner!” Another festive option is to play couples Trivia Pursuit. “It’s a great game that allows guests to guess different things about the couple. A couple of questions could be. Where did we meet? Where was our first date? In the end, you tally up the points and give away gifts to the winner,” suggests Shanoya Watson, Master Wedding Planner of Half Moon, A RockResort in picturesque Montego Bay, Jamaica. “You can very inexpensively create a questions card on cardstock that matches your wedding colours or engagement party colour scheme so guests can quiz one another about ‘Who won third place in the shot put at state their junior year in high school?'” adds Samantha Martin, Catering Sales Manager at the idyllic Wild Dunes Resort, A Destination Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina.
Play Bingo to Battle Present Opening Boredom
Real talk: Watching folks open presents can be a bit of a buzzkill for other guests in attendance. But if you love the idea of being able to thank loved ones publicly and want to incorporate it into your engagement party, you can make it interactive and fun with this clever tip: “Play ‘Gift Opening’ Bingo to keep the attention of your guests while the guest or guests of honour are opening their presents. The first one to mark all of their boxes of gifts received [fill in the rows with common registry items] receives a special gift!” offer Erica Grauer, Maura Ryan, Emily DiBello, and Molly Emond of the charming Newport, Rhode Island Castle Hill Inn events team.
Stock the Bar Game
We’re all about a little festive bubbly to toast the newly engaged duo! “[Let guests know that in lieu of gifts] to bring your favourite wine, beer or spirit to fill up the newly engaged couples’ cabinet!” advise Lindsay Johnson, Senior Event Planner and Kaitlin Still, Junior Event Planner at the ART hotel in Denver, Colorado. Provide a notebook and your favourite mixers for guests and encourage them to mix up their favourite cocktail and leave the recipe behind for you to have as a souvenir.”
How Well Do You Know The Bride & Groom?
When guests arrive at the party, have them fill out this free printable from Something Turquoise to see which guest knows the bride and groom the best. There are 20 questions all about the bride and groom, with questions ranging from favourite TV shows to dream jobs. The winner is the guest who gets the most questions right.
This versatile trivia engagement party game is fun, foolproof and all about the couple. Create a list of 10 to 20 questions (or as many as you want) about either the couple individually (like their favourite band, food or season) or their relationship (like the date of their first kiss, date or dance). Have the to-be-weds answer the questions beforehand, so you have a correct set of answers. Read each question out loud and have guests write down their answers, then call out the right answers at the end, counting one point for each question answered correctly. Whichever guest knows the couple best wins an engagement party favour.
Signature Cocktail Challenge
Divide attendees into several teams, each with the same stash of cocktail fixin’s, and challenge the groups to create a signature cocktail that represents the couple. (“It’s strong — just like their love” or “This one’s bourbon-based because the bride and groom met in Kentucky.”) The couple taste-tests each concoction before declaring a winner. (Up the stakes by ensuring the winning cocktail finds its way on the wedding menu!)
If you’re inviting guests from all over the map, whose only thing in common is their connection to the couple, this picture-matching engagement party game helps jump-start the chitchat. Ask the couple for an assortment of photos of the two of them or print them from online. (You’ll need half the number of photos as there are engagement party guests, so if there are 30 attendees, you’ll need 15 photos). Make sure there are copies of these snapshots if they’re prints from the couple since they won’t be returned in one piece. Cut the photos in half and place each half in an envelope to be handed out randomly to guests when they arrive. Guests have to talk to one another to find their picture’s other half—which can lead to some pretty funny mismatches along the way.
Who doesn’t love an old-fashioned game of Bingo? It’s a throwback that’s perfect for personalizing, especially for an engagement party game. Instead of standard Bingo boards with letter and number combinations (for example B5), create a board with fun images and phrases related to the couple’s relationship (their wedding date, meeting spot, honeymoon location and so on). As the Bingo caller, you can opt to play the traditional way in which anyone who gets five spaces in a row horizontally, diagonally or vertically wins, or switch it up after a few rounds to one direction only to make it a little more challenging. Whichever guest wins each round gets an engagement party favour.
Guess the Famous Couples (20 Questions Style)
For this surprisingly tricky engagement party guessing game, have each guest write down ten famous romantic couples (alive or dead, real or fictitious, together or divorced) and place them in a bowl. Split guests into pairs. With each team going one at a time, one partner (the clue giver) picks a famous couple out of the bowl and must get their partner (the guesser) to guess the right couple—20 questions style. The guesser can ask up to 20 questions to determine who the mystery couple is, and the questions will be answered with either a “yes” or a “no” from the clue giver. For a little excitement, set a timer for a minute or two for each pair’s turn, and see how many famous couples each team can get through before the time is up! Tally and score at the end, and whichever pair got the most couples right gets an engagement party favour.
Swingin’ Into Forever Croquet
Asks guests to don their garden-party best (think seersucker, bow ties, sun hats), then grab a mallet and follow the basic rules of the classic lawn game. (Take it up a notch and embrace a whole Alice in Wonderland-esque theme, complete with a “Queen of Hearts” card game and a “Mad for Each Other” Mad Hatter hat contest.)
Fast and festive engagement party word games like this one are ideal for Boggle and Scrabble lovers. Have guests list all the words they can make using individual letters of the couple’s first names—depending on name length and difficulty, add last names too, and potentially middle names and nicknames. The person with the longest list of actual words wins an engagement party favour. Consider rewarding points for categories like the longest word, the most wedding-relevant terms and the funniest word about the couple.
This engagement party game is all about the attendees of the engagement party. With the couple’s help, make a list of facts about each guest (or do some solo online research if you’re feeling confident!). Everyone at the party receives a copy of the list and a pen, then mixes and mingles to match the fact to the guest by asking questions—without using any words in the fact. For example, if one fact is, “This guest was an actor/actress on Broadway before changing careers,” one guest might slyly ask all the other guests what kind of work they do now, then ask if they’ve always wanted to be on that path.
The (Almost) Newlywed Game
The format of the classic TV game shows The Newlywed Game works flawlessly for soon-to-be newlyweds too. Upon arrival, each guest receives a blank index card and writes a question for the couple (for example: What’s your fiancé’s biggest pet peeve? What was your fiancé’s first pet’s name?). When it’s time to play, seat the to-be-weds back-to-back in the centre of the room. Each guest will take turns asking they are The Newlywed Game–style question, and after each question, the to-be-weds will write down their answers on whiteboards. Then one half of the couple tries to guess what they think their partner answered, then their partner flips over the whiteboard to reveal what they wrote, and vice versa for the other person’s turn. The engagement party favour goes to the guest or guests that have the most creative questions. And for a slightly different variation of this game, check out the rules for the Shoe Game.
Couple’s Memory Lane
This engagement party game is juicy. Give each guest an index card and have them write out a favourite funny memory with the couple (if a guest only knows one half of the couple, they can describe a memory they have with just one of them). Then collect the cards and read them all out loud (hopefully over roars of laughter), phrasing the statement as, “Who went with the couple to enter a pie-eating contest?” for example, and everyone will have to guess which guest did what. Have guests complete multiple rounds if it’s a tight-knit group who love walking down memory lane. Whoever guesses the highest number of correct answers wins an engagement party favour.
Hosting an engagement party doesn’t mean just having delicious food and drinks at a fun location—it also means having plenty of enjoyable (and sometimes hilarious) engagement party games on hand too. Why? Well, traditionally speaking, an engagement party is a celebration that’s hosted early on in a couple’s engagement by the bride’s parents to announce and celebrate their impending nuptials, and to introduce family members and friends to one another. But now, either or both sets of parents, or other family members and friends, can host an engagement party. One of the best ways to have guests (who may not know each other) mingle and get acquainted is to play a few engagement party games and icebreakers. Of course, playing engagement party games isn’t mandatory engagement party etiquette, but it can only add to the fun.