Make Your Haldi or Mehndi a Fun with Lots of Engaging Games & Activities
Indian weddings are nothing less than a Martin Garrix concert celebrating the union of two souls & two families making merry, grooving around and of course, with loads of fun and jollity. Which is why couples and their families leave no stone unturned in making sure that their guests are treated and spoiled with everything at its best. Be it the food spread, the unique & hep wedding parties to keep them entertained or even incorporating fun and popular Indian wedding games at their revelries.
Having said that, including joyous indoor and outdoor games and activities at their pre-wedding ceremonies is one of the most out-of-the-box ways that couples are indulging in to keep their guests entertained. Be it an intimate ceremony with lesser guests or big fat celebrations with loads of numbers, there are innumerable trending Indian wedding games that are a rage. Right from the haldi or mehndi ceremonies, the pool parties and sundowners to even sangeet and after parties, there ain’t no ceremony where you can’t incorporate a peppy and exciting wedding game for your guests.
Wedding games, in fact, are the perfect icebreakers amidst all the guests and the couple along with making sure that the entertainment and merriment of the wedding celebrations don’t dwindle down. Not to forget how they keep the kids engrossed in all the fun too!
If you’re someone who would love to incorporate some of the best Indian wedding games into your revelries too then you’ve landed at the right place. Because we know how tricky it would get for you to decide the kinds of games you can infuse into your wedding, we did the task for you. We fished out some of the trending and popular Indian wedding games that you can choose from for your wedding and boy all of them are going to be so much fun! With something for everybody, be it the kids, the younger gen or the oldies, this list is replete with umpteen wedding games options that would spoil you for choices. These trending Indian games are surely going to make your wedding celebrations more LIT and happy ‘cuz they would make up for one helluva feisty time for you and your guests. So start taking notes!
Indian Wedding Games for Couples & Guests
- Who is most likely to
This wedding game is going to be one entertainer for all your guests. Simply have the guests equipped with paddle boards with the groom’s and bride’s face on a side each and ask them questions regarding the couple. Let the guests take guesses and play along. This is the latest Indian wedding game that’s taking over the wedding scenes. You can have a list of funny and relatable questions and statements that the guests would take a guess at.
- Saree tying competition
For that uncontrollable laughter riot, a sari tying competition between the men from both the bride and groom side would undoubtedly make for a kickass and funny Indian wedding game to incorporate in your soirees. Now obviously, seeing all ‘dem men trying so hard to tie a sari is undoubtedly going to have everybody rolling on the floor laughing, literally.
- Giant Jenga
One of the most popular Indian wedding games, this addictive block game is a must have as it’s sure to give your guests a hearty joyous time. Have small ones on the tables or the gigantic ones in the lawns for some added “Gaming mode: ON” feels. Lawn Jenga has been an in-thing in wedding scenes for quite a while now and we don’t see it ending anytime soon. You can also have the couple’s names or their hashtags engraved onto the blocks.
Having a trampoline is an edgy way to add fun to your ceremonies. Also, it’s going to keep the kids happy and busy because we all know how kids just love trampolines. And well, the biggies too! Don’t believe us? wherein, amongst unique wedding ceremonies, a white party with a trampoline seemed like the happiest one.
- Giant snakes and ladders
Now, who hasn’t ever loved this iconic Indian game, right? Gone are the days when you played this game on small boards. Have a huge snakes and ladders board spread on the floor and let people play. Roll that huge dice and let people take their turns walking ahead, climbing the ladders or bitten by a snake. And imagine how much the kids at your wedding are going to enjoy playing this life-size game!
- Giant Twister
This fun game makes up one of the top Indian wedding games that people love playing. Having an oversized one spread across the lawn and then playing would definitely make up for a fun activity for all the guests. If you do not plan on playing this game with the signboard then you can even play it with music. Whenever the music stops and the emcee (referee) calls out the colour along with the hand or feet everyone does just that! The rules are still going to be the same but, the music is really going to add an edgy vibe to the game.
- Beer pong
The game of beer pong is a highly incorporated one at weddings these days. From pool parties and beach parties to sundowners and after parties, beer pong is the most famous and a must have at your wedding soirees. It’s one of those hyped drinking games that’s somehow become an essential element of any wedding.
- Pop the balloon
We’re sure everybody is aware of this famous ‘mela’ game that we’ve all played back in our childhood. Have a ‘pop the balloon’ stall at your wedding space and even keep gifts for the winners. Let the guests pop the balloons with those darts or guns and win themselves gifts. Another variation of this game is the classic can toss game. For that matter, why not have both of them?
- Shoe game
This highly popular Indian wedding game is super fun and adorable to play. While the bride and groom play this, it’s equal joyous and a laughter riot for everybody watching them play it. In this game, the couple sits back-to-back holding their shoe in one hand and their partner’s shoe in the other. They are then asked questions and statements related to them and their relationship to which the couple has to reply to raising the shoe for who matches those statements the most. Don’t forget to include some ‘spilling the beans’ kind questions to get the game exciting and as much fun as possible. If not with the shoes, the couple can also play with placards of their faces and use them for answering.
- Cricket match
A game of cricket between the groom side and bride side is a super fun idea to have your guests enjoy the wedding a bit more. It’s becoming a huge trend of late and so much so that even PeeCee & Nick Jonas were seeing playing this game on their mehndi ceremony along with their friends and families. In fact, you can host an entire cricket match brunch ceremony complete with personalized squad wise favours like caps, sunnies or even tees.
This classic dance game is the perfect Indian wedding game for reception or sangeet night. Also somehow, it’s more fun after people are a few drinks down!
- Stand up & sit down
A rather quirky game that as many guests can play, this can be quite a funny Indian wedding game. The game simply involves a host or an emcee to ask questions or statements to everybody and the ones agreeing to them have to stand up. Including funny and even embarrassing things would definitely take the fun a notch above.
Go the old school way and play that super fun game of tic-tac-toe. Ditch the paper this time and have either small boxes of the game on the tables or better yet have a giant one installed in the lawns and get set playing. You can also replace the naughts and crosses with the couple’s initials to add a personalized touch. Playing with huge blocks is going to get so engrossing!
Set up a colourful hula hoop corner that would keep the kids busy and would even have the guests enjoying when they’d get down to try it themselves. You can even plan a competition amongst them with a few surprises and gifts for the winners.
- Couple Trivia
A unique take on the ‘who is most likely to’ game, curate a fun quiz about the couple that your guests can play. Have the questions and statements printed in beautiful designs and stack them up on a table for the guests to fill them up. This also makes up for a great way to include some personalized stationery in the wedding revelries.
Yet another game that can be played amongst the bride squad and the groom squad, tug-of-war is one of the best Indian wedding games. As kids, you’ve always loved playing it and we’re sure you’re going to love playing that at weddings too! To add a bit more fun you can have punishments for the losing team or prizes & gifts for the winning team as well.
- Musical chairs
The ever-so-classic ‘every birthday party game’ can unquestionably and obviously make it into weddings too. This would make for one of the best Indian wedding game for the reception with the couple and guests participating alike. And don’t forget to keep gifts for the winners by the way!
- Black Jack
This classic casino table game is surely gonna grab all eyeballs and have your guests indulging in it greatly. A fresh entrant into the wedding games list, this should definitely make it to your pool parties, cocktails or after parties. People who have a thing for casinos are literally going to thank you for incorporating it!
- Kite flying competition
Kite flying is fun and is enjoyed by the adults and kids alike. Play it in teams and race against each other trying to cut the other’s kites ‘cuz it’s always fun! And why wait for the Independence Day to feel that “aaaiii booo kaate” moment! Create your own at your wedding as you’re about to get Independence from singlehood. 😛 A game like this is best suited for those haldi and mehndi ceremonies
If your wedding venue offers you a large lawn space or a beach then how about organizing a volleyball match between the two sides? A volleyball match with funny punishments for the losing team and gifts for the winning team would definitely make up for one of the best Indian wedding games. You can also include pool volleyball for that matter.
- Marriage advise for a couple
A rather adorable and important activity, this would not only have the guests engaged in something interesting to do but, would also lend the couple some useful and some funny advice for their new lives. Have a pretty corner set up with pens, colourful paper chits and jars where your guests can write the piece of advice they’d like to give you and put it in a jar.
- Paper dance
We all know how this trending Indian game works, right? Infuse this game in your sangeet or your reception. And who knows this game might end up playing the perfect cupid for somebody?!
Yet another casino game that would make for one of the best Indian wedding games that’s definitely going to have your guests swooning over it. For that matter, you can even plan one of your ceremonies around casino theme like many other couples is doing. Include other casino games as well to keep up with the aesthetics of the theme.
- Ring toss
Arrange for this game and include prizes to be won along with. Keep a lot of prizes on the table and let your guests toss ’em rings at their favourite gifts. Also, don’t forget to keep some cutesy stuff and toys for the kids as well. For that matter, you can infuse this game with wedding favours too. Have your guests win their favours.
- Name that song
This top Indian wedding game can be played amongst the ladkewala and ladkiwala. Have your DJ play just the initial tunes of some famous songs and whichever team makes the most number of guesses, wins! You can even incorporate doing the hook steps of those songs to further elevate the fun factor of the game.
- Spin the wheel
Yet another fun and crowd engaging activity, this game is perfect for your haldi or mehndi ceremony. Have some funny and some mushy dares mentioned on the wheel board and keep some gifts and prizes handy.
- Identify your bride
As much of a joy this game is for everybody else to watch, it is basically a fun test for the groom. To play this, take a long piece of fabric or some saree and cut out a few holes horizontally (probably 6-7). The hole should only be big enough for a hand to be able to pass through it. Have a few women along with the bride stand on one side of the fabric with only their hands passing through the holes to be visible to the groom who is standing on the other side. And voila, now the groom has to identify his wifey’s hands in one go!
This childhood game would not only be adored by the kids but, also by the elders alike. Let your guests relive those old times once again while being a guest at your wedding.
- The gunnysack race
We all have played this in our childhood and it’s a superb game to play at your outdoor pre-wedding ceremony. Just wear those sacks and start running to win! Have those sacks customized with your initials, your hashtags or some funny and edgy one-liners.
- Tarot card or Parrot Jyotish
Having a tarot card reader or a Jyotish with a parrot at your wedding would be a great way to have the guests occupied with something engaging to do.
Everybody loves Karaoke. It would be a perfect icebreaker amongst your guests and equally enjoyable. For that matter, a Karaoke sundowner or a relaxing brunch would be a great idea for a pre-wedding ceremony. Karaoke as it is an activity that’s know for bringing people together and enjoying in the simple art of singing (even if you sing real bad :P).
- Marriage wishes for the couple
Just like wedding advice, another way to have your guests actively be a part of your wedding is by setting a corner tree wherein, they scribble down the wishes for you. To make it more artsy you can have a tree or an installation setup along with for them to hang those wishes from.
- Test Your Partner
This is the most popular Indian wedding game, which puts the bride and groom’s bonding and compatibility to the test. Give each bride and groom a pen and a piece of paper, and tell them to jot down specific details about their relationship, such as their birthday and favourite colour. This one is gonna be fun!
- Spot Your Name
This game needs no introduction!
In this game, the bride must incorporate the groom’s name initials in her mehndi pattern, and the groom must swiftly discover his name initials in the mehndi design. If he loses, he’ll have to give a special gift to his better half’s at the wedding.
- Ring Fishing
The classic Indian wedding game, Ring Fishing, is played at every wedding. Trust us when we say that when the bride and groom play this game, their family members are more excited than the newlyweds.
In front of the married pair sits a large bowl filled with milk and a pinch of turmeric. The bride and groom wedding rings drop in the bowl. The bride and groom must use their free hand to locate the rings. Whoever discovers the rings first wins it.
- Eating Competition
What could be more enjoyable and entertaining at a wedding ceremony than an eating contest between the bride’s and groom’s families? Pick any food item, such as golgappa or gulabjamun, and start the food fight. Place an eye-catching gift for the winning team to make the competition even more exciting.
- Passing The Parcel
The game begins with the music playing and everyone sitting in a circle transferring the cushion to one another till the song stops. When the music stops, the person carrying the cushion is required to do a task given by the rest of the group. To make the game lively and frisky, make sure you have some super-fun task ideas.
How can we talk about the signature Antakshari while we are at creating the list of best wedding games. We’ve all had a lot of fun with this joyful wedding game since we were kids. Make two teams and have your guests sing and dance until they drop all night.
A game of Tambola is essential at every family gathering! So, no matter what, this one game must be on your list. Remove the numbers from the board and receive fantastic rewards. This is a fun game that will keep all of your visitors on the edge of their seats.
- Dumb Charades
Dumb Charades, like Antakshari, is a great game to play during an Indian wedding. The best part is that it is suitable for all ages, from your 10-year-old niece to your 70-year-old grandmother. People should be divided into teams and play Dumb Charades. Watch how light and vibrant the whole thing becomes—it’ll be a terrific way to relax yourself and others after a long day.
- Treasure Hunt
Treasure hunt games are fun and exciting to play. These activities not only add fun and excitement to any party, but they also elevate it to a new level. All you need to do is make sure you have enough room to set up the game—the larger the area, the better the experience for everyone. The rules are straightforward: Prepare a number of clues or riddles for a treasure hunt and hide them across your wedding location.
Divide the guests into groups and give each one a name. Give each group of guests the first clue card, which contains a riddle and directs them to the next challenge. Similarly, they will continue to look for new hint cards depending on the one they currently have, eventually leading to an exciting prize, surprise, or treasure!
- Truth or Dare
It’s not only a game for college students; you can incorporate it into your wedding as well. This is a great game to play at your bachelor or bachelorette party. Simply take a bottle and begin tossing!
- Untying the Knot
The bride’s sister or one of the bridesmaids links the bride’s and groom’s hands together with a multi-knotted thread. The couple must use their free hands to untangle all of the knots. Everyone enjoys watching this simple and important Indian wedding game for the bride and husband.
So, here we are. These were all the latest Indian wedding games that have either been consistently trending or have been prevalent in the wedding scenes since forever. This list basically included every kinda game that would make for a lively and happy spirited extravaganza that your wedding is going to be.