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Top Outdoor Games for Weddings

- Brent Doud

Weddings are a time to catch up and to have fun with friends and family. While most weddings have the DJ or live band covered, consider all of the fun you could have while chatting over some fun outdoor party games—a wedding is a really big party after all. Just because everyone looks their best doesn't mean you can’t include some fun and simple outdoor games. I’m not talking about volleyball or football. That’s a little too rough and involved for a wedding! You need something simple, easy to play, and conducive for conversation. Here are some of the top outdoor games you can offer guests at a wedding.

CornHole

Another ideal wedding game is Cornhole. It’s incredibly simple - just toss a bean bag in the hole and it doesn't take up a lot of space. Anyone can play, you can modify the distance of the holes to suit whoever is playing, and you can set it up on any surface, like grass, gravel, or concrete. For a little extra fun, you can also decorate the Cornhole boards for the wedding reception. Some have gone with bride and groom themed boards and we can help you with the custom designed Cornhole boards too.

Bocce Ball

A typical bocce ball court isn't all that complicated. It’s just a rectangular court with surfaces that can vary from dirt to gravel. If you’re playing for fun, you can just find a flat spot of lawn, roll out the smaller pallino ball, and then compete to get your ball closest to it. You could say it's a bit like horseshoes, but it doesn't have the rusted metal or loud clang of hitting the pins. Bocce balls are also easy to roll so that a wide variety of participants can join in. Are you planning a night wedding? No problem! You can pick up a glow in the dark, LED bocce ball set. Just turn them on and start rolling!

Croquet

If you have a little more room to set up games and you’re looking for something a little more competitive and involved, croquet is the ideal choice for a wedding game. Croquet games can keep guests entertained for long stretches of time if you need to provide an activity during the bridal parties photo shoots or to just keep the party going a little bit longer. Croquet has long been a popular party game, and you’ll no doubt get some great pictures of your friends playing in their dress shoes and high heels.

Giant Tumble Tower

While games like croquet and bocce require a certain amount of physical skill, there are other games that will suite wedding guests who prefer to rely on their wits. There is no shortage of outdoor games for weddings that will provide fun challenges for everyone who thrives on strategy games. Giant Tumble Tower is a great game to start with. Most people will recognize that Giant Tumble Tower has a lot in common with the table top game you grew up with. The concept is the same: remove wooden blocks until the tower tumbles over. This game is ideal for wedding receptions because it is a low key game that will give your wedding guests a pleasant dose of nostalgia.

Giant Chess and Checkers

If you have enough room to set up these boards, wedding guests will love a casual game of giant checkers or a more challenging game of giant chess. These outdoor games offer a couple of great advantages. For starters, there aren't too many families who own either giant checkers or giant chess sets, so you’ll immediately provide a fun novelty that most people haven’t enjoyed before. However, most importantly, these are relatively simple games that everyone knows how to play. Once you set them up, you don’t have to worry about instructions or alienating everyone. At the very least, everyone knows how to play checkers, and guests won’t have to exert themselves physically.

Brent is the founder and CEO of Tosso.com. Also the inventor and designer of the Ladder Golf and Hammer Crown collections of games. Brent enjoys working, playing games, mountain biking, swimming and family time.



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