Traditionally, weddings have tended to be prim and proper affairs. But nowadays, couples have gotten truly creative about having guests literally get in on the fun—by preparing lawn games! Who would have thought you’d see ladies and gents in their wedding finery engaging in some friendly competition, tossing, throwing, hitting, pulling, and what have you? Well, if you’re up to the idea, come see the enjoyable and exciting options we found. Let the games begin!
Make Your Wedding A Fun-Filled Celebration!
Let’s start with some less-active choices that all guests, young and old alike, can really enjoy. Country fair type games like ring toss, corn hole, and horseshoe toss (1, 2, 3) are perfect for an outdoor venue. And are so easy to set up.
Want something a bit more challenging? Why not try giant jenga (4)—an oversized version of the popular building and balancing game using a tower of wooden blocks? Or for the intellectuals on the guest list, what about giant chess (5)? The board and pieces will look great in your photos, too!
Now for some games that will require more moving around while still looking pretty stylish! For the golfer-wannabes at your reception, let them practice their swing at mini golf (6). While traditional pastimes like bocce (7), an Italian game of tossing balls within a prescribed area, or croquet (8) can bring back memories of a more genteel era. For something unusual, have guests perfect their aim at ladder golf (9) which involves throwing pairs of balls joined by rope over rungs of a ‘ladder.’
Finally, here are games to really get your guests up and active! Consider fun rounds of badminton (10) that can be played even without a net, or the European game of skittles (12), similar to modern day bowling but played out on a lawn. And if your guests are really game, form two teams and have an actual tug-of-war match (11)! Yes, it has been done even at weddings.
Some friendly reminders!
Since this will be summertime, do have refreshing chilled drinks on hand during ‘game time.’ Plus maybe fruit-flavored ice pops and citrus sorbets. Also thoughtful would be hand fans, some pairs of sunnies, caps or sun hats, even some cold towelettes to keep guests (competitors and spectators alike) cool and comfy.
In the end, whichever lawn game you choose, your wedding reception will definitely be one your guests will long remember as loads of fun!
1 – ring toss from Two Shades of Pink / 2 – corn hole from Tec Petaja, via Once Wed / 3 – horseshoe toss from Design Love Fest / 4 – giant jenga from Sara Casler on Pinterest / 5 – giant chess from Jenny Sun / 6 – mini golf from Tied Bow Blog / 7 – bocce from Live View Studios / 8 – croquet from Caroline Joy Photography, via Southern Weddings / 9 – ladder golf from Meredith Perdue / 10 – badminton from A Gray Harper / 11 – tug-of-war from Trucie and Ed’s Wedding / 12 – skittles from Kari Bellamy Photography, via Offbeat Bride