Everyone looks forward to the games that are played after the wedding. Wedding games are a tradition followed in almost all cultures and communities. Apart from adding to the celebration, they help the newlywed couple relax after the stressful wedding rituals. Once all the wedding formalities are taken care of, the game props are brought out and the entire family gathers for some whole-hearted fun accompanied by light-hearted leg pulling. In addition to the ‘search for the ring’ game, here are some cute shaadi games you can play with your bhaiya and new bhabhi after the wedding.
1. Find Your Name
This game is quite common throughout India. The mehendi person is asked to tattoo the groom’s name into the intricate henna pattern on the bride’s hands. The groom is then challenged to find his name in the design. If he succeeds, he supposedly rules the marriage. So let’s hope he doesn’t! ;)
2. Strings Attached!
Multiple tight knots are made on a thin rope. The couple is then asked to untie the knots. Again, whoever does it quicker rules the roost, marriage-wise. Also, the sooner the couple can unravel the knots, the happier their marriage will be, supposedly. So get them to work those fingers!
3. Tug Of Love
A tug-of-war between the two sides is a popular wedding game as well. The bride’s side and the groom’s side engage in some good old-fashioned show of strength. It is said that whoever wins will have the last say, family-wise. Obviously, family members from either side pitch in, in strength and in numbers, to make sure nobody gives way easily.
Speaking of jugalbandi, how about some good old antakshari between the two newlyweds? Generations have bonded over antakshari and till date this remains one of our favourite-st wedding games. We’re totally #TeamBride!
4. Ye Hai Antakshari
5. Dance Off
Remember Hum Aapke Hai Kaun where the ethereal Madhuri Dixit dances it out with a young, dreamy-eyed Salman Khan? A dance-off between the two sides is mandatory in an Indian wedding. Post-wedding, you can gather the two sides for some good old dance jugalbandi.
6. Rice and Cowrie Shells
This wedding game is quite popular in some parts of eastern India. Cowrie shells and rice are placed in a bowl, and the groom is asked to empty the bowl slowly, one fistful at a time, and place the contents on a metal plate. How quickly he can manage to do this will reflect his problem-solving skills and the noise he makes will reflect how smoothly he’ll manage it. If he makes a lot of noise dropping the rice and cowries on the plate, he’ll probably not be able to solve problems without conflict and be a little bit of a slob in the house. Uff, so much pressure!
7. Lemon and Spoon Race
This is a common family picnic game that is often incorporated into weddings to include the younger cousins. The little ones from both sides are asked to race each other with a spoon held in their mouths. The additional challenge is that they also have to balance a lemon on it. It is great fun to watch the little soldiers put in their heart and soul for the cause of the bride’s victory. Or vice versa!
8. Do You Know Me?
This is not a traditional wedding game, but fun nevertheless. It is more like a quiz. Questions are prepared based on personal trivia about the bride and groom. For example, questions regarding favourite things, first vacation etc are asked. The person who correctly answers most of these questions, wins. Sounds a lot of fun to watch (and tease over!), right?
9. Truth or Not?
This game might touch some embarrassing territory for the bride and groom but what is a game without some risky fun? The bride and groom are seated with their backs to each other. They are then asked questions to which they can only nod an answer. The questions can be anything from acknowledging the other person’s clumsiness to nodding away about their first romantic moment. The fun part is that the two cannot watch each other’s expressions. It is best to keep the elderly folks out of this one though!
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Published on May 23, 2016