Lawn games are an awesome way to entertain guests of all ages at a wedding reception. Read on for our list of 8 MUST HAVE wedding lawn games and how to personalize them.
Photo: The Pink Bride
Wedding reception lawn games are a great way to infuse action, excitement and a little friendly competition among wedding guests! From crowd favorites like corn hole and giant Jenga to ring toss and even giant Scrabble, law games allow you to keep guests engaged and entertained while you’re busy taking family photos – without added pressure. Not just for daytime, lawn games are also great as late night options for guests – an alternative to the dance floor or once the DJ wraps up.
“Now that the weather has warmed up, it’s time to take your wedding festivities outside. An alfresco cocktail hour — complete with fun lawn games! — is a great way to help break the ice among guests and get friends and family members mingling, “ says Brides.com.
Unlike your standard backyard BBQ, you’ll want to infuse some personal touches to make your games wedding themed. Create bride and groom bean bags for cornhole, chalkboard score signs that read “team bride” and “team groom” or consider writing love quotes on each of your giant Jenga pieces, for example.
Take a look at how this couple set up a variety of lawn games for adults and kids to enjoy during cocktails and at their wedding reception!
Facilitating Organic Family Connections:
Lawn games are a great opportunity for new family members to connect and engage in some friendly competition as a way to bond. “If you’re really wanting something that will get both sides of the family mingling and laughing together in no time, regardless of age, you may want to look into hosting a few classic yard games at your event!” says the Pink Bride.
If you’re hosting a kid-friendly wedding, be sure to include games that are fun for both adults and kids and most importantly, offer a variety of games for guests to choose from!
For even more inspiration on lawn games to include at your wedding reception, check out our “Wedding Lawn Games” Pinterest board.
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Croquet is a true classic, and easy to pick up for guests who aren’t familiar. The object of the game is for each guest to hit their ball through a set of six hoops in a pre-ordered sequence. If you’re considering croquet, keep your wedding reception lawn size in mind as this game does take up a bit of space.
2. Giant Jenga
There’s just something about a giant Jenga – people go crazy for it! This oversized childhood classic is so hot, it’s quickly becoming a wedding reception favorite. It’s also a great game for guests of all ages including kids and grandparents. While completed sets can get pricey, you can make your very own giant jenga set with this DIY giant Jenga tutorial. Just remember, when you’re making your set, it’s important to cut all of the wood to exactly the same length so you don’t end up with a crooked tower!
3. Bocce Ball
Bocce ball, most similar to croquet, is another classic lawn game that your guests will love. It’s simple to set up and can be played by 2 to 8 guests at a time. Consider challenging your groom to a match – you and your bridesmaids against him and his groomsmen! Don’t forget to map out your bocce court ahead of time!
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4. Giant Tic Tac Toe
X’s and O’s… so fitting for a wedding! Your guests with love the giant lawn game version of this best known classic. It doesn’t take up a ton of space, it’s easy to set up, clean up, and of course, everyone will already know how to play. As an added bonus, it’s also an awesome photo opportunity both because of it’s novelty and because your guests will want to snap themselves with these classic symbols of love – XOXO!
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5. Giant Scrabble
For the more cerebral crowd – this oversized Scrabble board is the perfect way to keep them engaged and have a TON of fun! When you’re setting it up ahead of time, remember to set up a sample board with sweet words of love – also a cute photo opportunity to create lasting memories at your wedding reception.
6. Kan Jam
Kan Jam has become incredibly popular and taken lawns everywhere by storm! It’s super simple yet challenging enough to keep guests determined, and of course it’s fun to play! All you need are two plastic barrels with slits cut out and a frisbee. But trust us, it’s much harder than it looks!
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7. (Wedding) Ring Toss
The play on words here is just too easy – A “ring” toss is naturally wedding themed! This is a great game for both weddings and engagements. Sass it up with a sign that says “Put A Ring On It” or “He put a ring on it…can you?”
Photo: The Pink Bride
8. Bride and Groom Corn Hole
Corn hole is by far a crowd favorite – if there’s one game you have to include, it’s this one! Easy to customize (as shown below) for the bride and groom and OH SO CUTE! For the DIY bride, buy a plain set and personalize using decals from a local craft store or Etsy.
If you’re looking for an easy way to entertain guests and take advantage of your outdoor wedding venue space, wedding lawn games could be the answer! You’ll not only enjoy them yourself, you’ll also love seeing how much fun your guests are having!
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