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Because why shouldn't weddings be all fun and games? With more and more brides and grooms opting for casual family-style dinners and DJ-run dance floors, it's no surprise that games are growing in popularity at outdoor weddings too. After all, it's your party, and you can play bocce ball if you want to! From giant Jenga to dart art, here are six adult-friendly games your guests can definitely get on board with.
1. A Giant Jenga Game
Always a winner, this game gets even more entertaining to watch as the night goes on and the alcohol is flowing, notes wedding planner Leah Weinberg, owner of Color Pop Events. Of course, kids can play too and it's a great way to keep them busy. So yeah, basically it's a win-win for everyone.
2. Bocce Ball
Wedding planner Tracie Domino, founder of Tracie Domino Events, recently had clients with an Italian heritage who opted for bocce ball at their outdoor cocktail hour. "It was pretty easy for our team to set up and the rules are fairly simple to understand so their guests happily embraced it." Another great idea if you're not into bocce ball and you have the space is a badminton game. "You don't have to have experience to play and the badminton ball doesn't go that far, so you don't have to worry about losing it or hitting anyone," says Chancey Charm Atlanta wedding planner Brie Owens.
3. Dart Art
Calling all artsy brides and grooms (and well, couples that are really just kids at heart!). Instead of a traditional guest book, event designer and Chosen Few member Anthony Taccetta suggests having your friends and family help you create your own unique keepsake. Here's how to play: "Attach balloons filled with paint to a board and instruct guests to throw darts to pop the balloons, which will splatter the paint and produce a piece of art for you, the bride and groom, to cherish forever."
4. Couples Ring Toss
He liked it so he should have put a ring on it! Seriously though, spice up your regular ring toss by writing guest and bridal party names on the rings, recommends Ani Keshishian, Creative Director of Anoush Banquet Halls & Catering and L.A. Banquets. "Set up an entire row of bottles to toss the rings on and see who competes the best to pair their name with another guest at the wedding. You'll have lots of laughter and maybe even a new couple meeting right before your eyes!"
The perfect place for the boys to hang late night! Chancey Charm Boston wedding planner Jyl Deering had one couple who set up a poker table outside near the bar and it became very popular once the dancing started. "The guys gathered there and it was kind of a 'man cave.'"
6. Flip Cup
After the party it's the after party! For couples that aren't keen on games at the actual wedding, why not get your game on afterward? For example, wedding planner Sandy Malone, owner of Weddings in Vieques, says she helped set up a late-night flip cup tournament after a Valentine's Day wedding last year and everyone had a blast.