Wedding Games & Activities for your Nigerian wedding reception in 2022

Photography: Sottu Photography

After the church or a civil wedding ceremony, the newlyweds throw a party which is normally called the wedding reception. One important reason why this is done is to entertain their families and friends who have shared their big day with them. Wedding games and activities are a source of entertainment and play a huge part in wedding receptions. If you’re looking for wedding games for the bride, groom, and guests, you’re in the right place. We’re proud to present some of the most popular wedding games and activities we’ve seen at Nigerian weddings.

Wedding: #HDLoveStory | Photography: Weezy Scott 

1. The Shoe Game

This involves the newlyweds taking off their shoes, with their backs to each other and the MC asks them a couple of questions. The couples are asked personal questions like

  • Who fell in love first?
  • Who is the better cook?
  • Who said ‘I love you’ first?
  • Who wakes up first in the morning?

The couple answer the questions by raising up the shoes of either the bride or the groom. For example, if the groom fell in love first, he and his bride would be expected to raise his shoes. 

And for those who don’t like the idea of holding your spouse’s shoes, you can use alternative items such as cutlery like #TemiDotun17

2. The blindfold game

This is where the bride or groom wear a blindfold and are asked to touch the hands of several ladies or men to identify his bride/her groom by just feeling their hands.

Wedding: #Atinmore18  #TheDOPEWedding| Photography: Jide Odukoya Photography Studios (JOP Studios) | Planner: TrendyBE Events  

3. Gele game

In this game, wedding guests or sometimes the bridal party (bridesmaids and groomsmen) or even the couple are asked to tie the gele (head tie) on a volunteer or on each other for a given time. The crowd picks the winner with the sleekest gele

Event: #TheIgwesEst1997 | Photography: Kevin Obosi | Planner: Events on Wheels | MC: KG tha Comedian

4. Dancing competition

This game usually involves the wedding guests or sometimes the bridal party and can come in two forms – the usual dancing competition and musical chairs.

  • The usual dancing competition is done between two or more individuals, and the winner(s) are decided by the crowd and often rewarded with a price.
  • Musical chairs: Here, individuals dance around the chairs with the music on. There’s usually one less chair for the number of people participating in this game so the participants have to listen carefully and fight to get a seat when the music stops. Anyone without a seat at the end of the round is out. This process is repeated until there is a last man/woman standing sitting.
MC: Gloria Ade

5. The Kissing Game

This is where the couple are asked to kiss each other for as long as the MC likes.

Wedding: #Ayowa18 | Photography: Wani Olatunde Photography

This is self-explanatory. Here’s an example from Oyeyemi and Ayooluwa’s #ForeverOA17 Nigerian wedding.

7. Table Games

At some Nigerian weddings, you’ll find card games, ayo as centrepieces on the table. This is a really clever way to get your guests talking and networking.

Photography: Wani Olatunde Photography

We don’t quite know what this one is called but in this game, the MC asks selected wedding guests or the bridal party to go fetch items and bring them back to him/her within a set time. For example, the MC might ask the participants to go into the crowd and bring back a Google Pixel phone or a Brazillian wig, and the last person to bring one over or the person/people who can’t fulfill this task are automatically eliminated. If you know what this game is called or you have a video, please share it with us.

9. Spin the wheel

Challenge your wedding guests to spin the wheel of fortune and do whatever the wheel lands on.

10. This or That!

Here’s another new game we spotted at #MyPrinceandI planned and coordinated by Cupid Events.

11. The Limbo Game

One of our favorite wedding games ever.

12. Traditional dancers

13. Find your bride/groom blindfolded and kiss him/her

What wedding games would you consider for your wedding? Tell us in the comments section.

Find more wedding ideas for your Nigerian & African wedding here


Eguolo Anita Etefe is a wedding and travel enthusiast

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