With destination weddings becoming more popular, couples are hosting several events the weekend of their wedding!
Here’s a fun idea for the wedding party & families to do before the wedding day! Host a pre-wedding Field Day! Go up to your nearest park or your backyard, set up obstacle courses, races, and games. Split everyone up into teams and have a little friendly competition! This is a great way for everyone to get acquainted with each other while, creating many fun and exciting memories.
Here are just a few ideas that a couples can do for their pre-wedding Field Day! There are some many game options the possibilities are endless!
Have a water balloon toss
Pair up the wedding party. Fill the balloons with water and hand one to each pair. Line up one partner about 10 feet and the other partner on the other side. Count down and then the partners will throw their balloons to their partners. The pairs that balloon break will be out, but the pairs whose balloon made it through the first toss will back up a couple feet and repeat the toss. Keep tossing and backing up until the last pair whose balloon did not break.
Match up in either pairs or teams. Get burlap sacks and hand them out. Race from one end, to the other. If there are teams then keep racing back and forth until all your members have gone back and forth.
Paint a twister mat on the grass and play twister outside!
Bean Bag Toss (a.k.a. Cornhole)The game can be played with singles or doubles. When playing singles, each player throws at the same board. These two opposing players battle by throwing four bags alternating after every bag to complete a round. After each round, the players go to the other side and throw. When playing doubles, each player’s partner is directly across from them competing against the other team’s partner.
> Earning Points - To earn points, you must outscore your opponent for the round. The difference in score is your earned points. Points are scored by throwing the bag:
- On the board - 1pt
- In the hole - 3pt
- In the slot - 5pt
> The player/team that earns points in one round goes first for the next round.
> The player/team to earn at least 21pts by the end of a round wins the game. If there is a tie, another round is played until the tie is broken.
> Dead Bags - Bags can not touch the ground. If a bag hits the ground and then rolls onto the board, that bag is dead and may be removed.
> Skunk - If a player/team is winning at least 13pts to 0pts by the end of the round then that team wins the game. This rule is intended for casual play and not tournaments.
> Set and Match- A set is the best of three games. A match is the best of any number of sets (generally 3, 5 or 7).
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Make sure you get some gift bags or trophies for the winners!!! Don't forget to provide food and water to keep everyone hydrated!
Wedding cake alternatives
Wedding cakes can be plain and boring, so why not mix it up and choose a different kind of wedding “cake”!
Here’s an idea of creating a donut cake. This option allows couples to create a one-of-a-kind cake while catering to the flavors that everyone likes. If not all the flavors of donuts are in the “cake”, the bride and groom can incorporate a donut table! Just ask your local donut bakery if they can supply the desired amount of donuts. Another bonus of creating a donut cake is when buying a certain amount of donuts, the bakery will throw in some for free! Just make sure, when you are hunting for the donuts for your “cake”, find a local baker near you and have a testing day, where you can taste all the different kinds of donuts they offer. Sounds like a fun afternoon to me!!
Being creative with your wedding desserts is a sure way to keep your guests talking about your wedding for years to come!!
What's an Escort Card you ask? An escort card tells your guests which table they will be seated at. It "escorts" them to their table. Not to be confused with placecards which are placed at each place setting to let the guest know which seat they are to sit in. Most couples forgo the placecard, only assigning their guests a specific table and letting them choose their own seat!!
Don't leave out this very important detail when designing your wedding. It is the one thing you can guarantee all your guests will see. How else would they know where to sit??!! It is often the first thing guests will see before entering your reception. Have fun with your escort card display! Bring your personalities into the design!! Tip: If your having an outdoor wedding, make sure the cards are secured. Nothing like a gust of wind to really mess up your display. Also, when handing these over to your coordinator, make sure they are in alphabetical order by last name!!
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Mindy Rossignol, owner of Private Weddings and Events based in Meredith, New Hampshire is a highly sought after Wedding and Event Planner, Designer and Coordinator. She is a Mother of two boys and a lover of Love!