Post # 1
We are having our ceremony on the beach and then simply moving to the picnic area adjacent to it for our reception (we are renting a State park/beach). The menu is BBQ, the vibe is super casual and fun. We are not doing a lot of the traditional “wedding” stuff, my main goal is for everyone to have fun.
I’m trying to figure out the logistics of the reception and want to incorporate some games into the day. We’ll have the beach for the day so I was thinking of making some cornhole boards and maybe bringing horse shoes? I’m not sure how to go about scheduling my day though. Is anyone else going more casual or doing their entire thing on the beach? Have any tips for scheduling the day? Incorporating more fun activities into the day?
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
We’re having a backyard-style wedding reception. Lawn games are a must for us!! We play them all summer with our friends and family. Cornhole and monkey nuts / ladder ball are our favorites and both are easy to make. Bocce ball and crouquet are fun too if you can afford to buy a couple sets. We’re also having a bonfire and smore supplies, and I’m sure that’ll turn into a jam session because FI and a bunch of friends are musicians.
Our rough schedule is 3 pm pre-ceremony cocktail hour, 4 ceremony, 4:30 more cocktail hour, 5:30 first dance and toasting, 5:45 dinner, 6:45 cake cutting, 7 live music and dancing (and more lawn games I’m sure), 10 music cuts off and bonfire / general revelry continues.
Hope this helps. Your wedding sounds fun!
Post # 4
@lolot: SMORES!!! Genius. I hadn’t thought of that.
This helps! Thanks!
Post # 5
@lolot: Our weddings sound a lot alike! We are also having some lawn games set out and a bon fire with s’mores bar!!!
We are having a very intimate (28 invited) wedding, and renting out a rustic mountain lodge for the weekend, so everyone will be there Friday night through Sunday. Wedding is on Saturday. Saturday morning, those who want to can go on an easy hike with us. There will also be hay rides and lawn games, board games and a pool table for everyone to use during the day too.
Our ceremony will begin at 4:00 — outdoors, and short n’ sweet. Then right into the open bar, appetizers, pictures and mingling. We’re skipping any sort of ‘grand entrance.’ Dinner will be around 5:30 or 6, and a little more formal as we are having prime rib and some other nice sit-down entres, but overall the vibe will be low key and relaxed. We’ll do our first dance and parent dances after dinner, and maybe our crowd will want to dance… or maybe they won’t. We’ll see. After cake cutting (around 8ish), we’ll start the bon far and s’mores station…. and people will just hang out until they feel like going to bed.
Post # 6
@Ivelanded: We’re doing a pretty casual wedding too. We rented a barn and really just want to make it a comfortable, fun day. Im thinking lawn games too- though not sure FI is so onboard lol. Every time I bring up more ideas he gets that overwhelmed look lol. Anyways, I was thinking of putting them out prior to the ceremony and people can use them as long as they’d like. Our schedule looks like this:
3:30 ice cream social
4pm formal pictures start with family
4pm- all guests have the option of going on a farm tour/ wagon ride. I thought the lawn games would be good for anyone who didn’t want to go.
5pm- cocktail hour starts, just simple appetizers and again if people want to play games, it’s a great time.
If it rains, the guests will be inside the main reception area the whole time, so we’re going to bring board games in that case and put them out to entertain people…it will be a long two house between 4- 6 and hope people will just entertain themselves 🙂