Summer and lawn games seem to go hand-in-hand. Even at the most formal of weddings, the guests love to be kids at heart and, (with a signature sip in hand), visit with friends & family and partake in the summer rituals of croquet, bocce ball or badminton during cocktail hour.
We often encourage our couples to schedule out cocktail "hour" to about 90 minutes to give guests time to enjoy each others' company and the food and drinks offered, but also for our couples to have ample time for photos. While that extra 30 minutes can be golden, we don't recommend it unless you have something for your guests to do during this time. Enter fun, like a caricature artist or lawn games.
When planning out your summer celebration and bringing in the fun factor consider these tips:
1. Offer an assortment of games. One won't do, especially for large weddings. Offer one or two of horseshoes, corn hole, croquet and bocce ball or badminton.
2. Hold a contest for the guest who wins the most rounds and offer up a fun wedding-related prize.
3. Place signage around the lawn games so guests know what they're all about. Dot bistro tables and some benches around the space as well so guests can gather 'round and have a place for their nibbles and drinks.
4. Stage overhead globe lights and lanterns around the lawn game space so that after dinner guests can revisit the fun.
At Brad and Katie's wedding (above) a blue ping pong table served two purposes: it acted as their wedding guest book (guests signed with white paint pens and the photographers snapped photos of each message) and as sporting fun.
Will you have lawn games at your wedding? What's your favorite summer lawn game?