Field day wedding! Or…maybe not?

posted 1 year ago in Reception
Post # 2
3582 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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
876 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

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 # 5
7416 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
749 posts
Busy bee

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
47204 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

 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
787 posts
Busy bee

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
1422 posts
Bumble bee

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.

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