Post # 1
We’re early in the planning process and kicking ideas around. We’re broke recent college grads so no matter what we do, we are striving for simple and fun.
We’re hoping to have a field day! Soccer, volleyball, horseshoes, camp games (egg spoon rages, water guns, etc.) and all that jazz. But we have many older relatives and younger relatives who are differently abled. So, what can we do to include them? Or what alternative can we do that is still a fun, light-hearted, afternoon appropriate summer activity? (Cards Against Humanity, Apple to Apples, Uno, Catchphrase, etc. are all givens.)
And keeping that all of that in mind, what games and things would you like to play at this kind of party?
(P.S., our families and friends are flexible and fun people. We’ve attended their Vegas weddings, Renaissance Fair Weddings, etc. etc. Weird and wacky is fiiiiine with this crowd.)
Guest #: 110
Venue: Public park with a beautiful community hall attached and gorgeous gazebo
Date: September 2019
- Late morning ceremony
- Light appetizers and lunch, followed by awesome, bountiful dessert
- Less than an hour of dancing, to make sure we get our first dance and classics like father/daughter. It is the afternoon, after all.
- TBD Afternoon Activity! 🙂
- Everyone leaves to get their own dinner
- After party (that is open to all invitees) at a bar. Maybe a late night snack?
***All food and entertainment plans will be clearly communicated on invites and the wedding website so no one is expecting something fancy/traditional.***
Edit: We came up with a theme to tie it all together and set the tone. Camp [OurLastName]! Guests have the option of staying in cabins nearby, we’re getting an early start to the big day, we’re having a sandwich lunch, camp games for entertainment, and part of the afterparty can be smores in the big firepit. I’m stoked; it’ll be super cute, very untraditional, and very us, while still taking care of everyone and making them feel included and looked after.
This topic was modified 1 year, 1 month ago by everwoods. Reason: Edited to add theme info
Post # 2
everwoods : many people will just socialize. Make sure to have plenty of seating, some music if that’s a possibility, and sure – board games can be great.
ETA: lawn games like cornhole and giant Jenna are classics that you can’t go wrong with!
Post # 3
Ok this sounds so cool, can I come?? I agree with PP that cornhole and giant Jenga are great and always a hit. I think any oversized lawn game could be fun, giant checkers, connect 4 or chess maybe? A few multiplayer games would be good as well, maybe with UNO or apples to apples or various card/board games on the table for those who prefer to sit in the shade.
Post # 4
Yay, thank you both! We both love the idea, but not everyone can roll with the weird.
With regard to games, we would want it to be mostly big games that involve most of the guests. Thus soccer, volleyball, etc. Obviously, 100 people would have trouble playing soccer together, but we’d want to focus on big games and have seating for spectators and card and board games out for everyone else (on tables of course).
Big games would also be the spoon egg race, water balloon toss, etc. that are typically played with pairs of people but 50 pairs can do at once and everyone is in on the fun.
Post # 5
I would nix the after party. It seems really cheap to let guests fend for themselves for dinner then suggest they come back out at your request to go drinking.
Cards Against Humanity is not an appropriate choice.
You may want to research how much you will spend on games equipment like water guns, board games and stuff. Would that money be better spent on the guests’ food or something else that benefits the guests rather than your theme?
Post # 6
What about a treasure hunt where people can compete in teams? They can work together to figure out clues and maybe have one person as messenger that can do the actual fetching of items.
Post # 7
I agree with Horseradish. Don’t try to make it an all day event when you want to download the most expensive part of a reception- dinner- on to your guests.
Post # 8
I agree with no after party. If you just end the reception before dinner that’s fine but saying go find your own dinner and come back after is pretty rude. I would also put more money into the lunch than the desserts. I’d rather have a bountiful lunch than a bountiful dessert.
The games sound like fun though and I think card games like the ones mentioned will be fine for a less intensive activity. I wouldn’t have water guns or water related games though it just seems like a recipe for disaster mixing that with drinking.
Post # 9
We had a games/picnic wedding. What worked really well was lots of games “stations”. That way everyone had something they could enjoy. And others just grabbed chairs and watched.
Here are some games that were hits:
- ladder toss
- giant jenga (kids loved this)
- bounce house (kids and my parents’ generation loved this)
- giant bubbles (mostly kids)
- giant card games
- “easy” giant board games for the little ones – like snakes and ladders
Keep in mind that outdoors and active are both things that make you tired. So people tend to be done a little earlier than if they were sitting/dancing/listening to music.