THE GAMES PEOPLE PLAY...AT WEDDING RECEPTIONS

By Marsha Koller, Wedding Consultant

 

One of the most fun things about planning a wedding is thinking about how you are going to celebrate at the reception with your friends and family.  Brides have become very aware of their guests’ experience at the reception, making sure that downtime during bridal party photos are filled with activities.  Enterprising brides incorporate games into their reception mix, ensuring that their guests are entertained and have fun opportunities to get to know each other.  These oversized games are big for impact and are a throwback to lawn games in the days of croquet, and people love it.  (Actually, croquet is not a bad idea either.)
Jumbo Jenga
Oversized Jenga pieces invite oversized fun, and give guests something to laugh about during cocktail hour.  You can buy a supersized set, but these can be a DIY project for a dad or your groom that will be treasured for years to come.  Keep in mind that pieces need to be sanded and oiled to work like they are supposed to, and you can find instructions online.  A heartfelt addition to your giant Jenga vignette is to put several sets of regular sized Jenga pieces on a table beside your big game, and let guests write advice or a note to you (with a permanent marker) on each piece.  On your family game nights to come you can revisit your special day.
Titanic Tic-Tac-Toe
Oversized X’s and O’s – easy to find online or at a craft store – with a rope “board” make Tic-Tac-Toe a simple addition to your reception game play.  This also makes a great photo opportunity for the bride and groom and guests with the X’s and O’s doubling as kisses and hugs. This is a perfect, easy game to keep your smaller guests occupied as well.
Chubby Checkers
Oversized Lawn Checkers and chess are great time fillers.  If your venue approves, paint a large lawn Checkerboard pattern on the grass (just use white with plain grass as the opposite color) with waterproof spray paint.  Even any residual white will be gone after a mowing or two.  You can make Checkers out of tree slices, including bark for a rustic look, or buy ready-made wood circles from a craft store. 
Custom Corn Hole
Corn Hole games are everywhere from tailgating to cookouts in the South. For your reception, customize your set as a His and Hers and play the girls against the guys – then everybody wins. 
Have Fun
You can have as many or as few lawn games as you like. Some couples even have fun competitive games like sack races, for example, to add fun to the event.  What makes it funny is doing casual games in formal attire.  The photos will be great, and remember... the more people laugh, the better the party!

 

 

 



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