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18 nostalgic wedding lawn games for your outdoor reception fête

Outdoor lawn games are a killer way to keeps kids and kids-at-heart busy at a reception. They're even more rad at a no dancing reception. Take advantage of a good season and some good outdoor space for badminton, ring toss, corn hole, and giant versions of your favorite nostalgic games like Jenga and 4-to-Score. Plus, it'll get your indoor gaming friends out into familiar territory.

Let's get to the games!

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Bring everyone together with these collaborative non-dancing reception activities

"When planning our smaller wedding, we defaulted to dancing as the reception activity since that's usually what happens, but it's not really what we'd do for fun. We'd like to have another kind of activity that brings us together as a community. Any suggestions?"

Non-dancing receptions are becoming pretty common in offbeat circles, so it's no wonder folks are considering different kinds of activities. I scoured our archives and did some brainstorming to see what non-dancing reception activities would bring your guests together. Here are some ideas…

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Use these funny bounce house rules to save your deposit

If you're going to rent a bounce house/bouncy castle/moon bounce/inflatable castle (whew there are a lot of terms!) for your outdoor reception, you'll need to make sure rowdy guests don't go too wild in there. Having some well-explained and humorous bounce house rules on hand should ensure that you don't have to pay any repair fees when it goes back.

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Game on, Wayne: our favorite games to play at your reception and pre-parties

You probably already know that a good portion of Offbeat Bride readers don't love dancing. But they DO love games — board games, card games, lawn games, video gamesall games all the time, amirite?! We decided to team up with one of our favorite party games and sponsors, Cads About Matrimony (the wedding game that doesn't suck!), to list out some of our favorite ways to get your party on.

PARTY ON, WAYNE. Gaaaaame on, Garth. Let's do this…

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This stunning boho Half Moon Bay wedding gives us all the feels

Angelica and Brian's Half Moon Bay wedding had a stunning coastal casual chic wedding with musical influences. The reception was (one of my favorites!) a Sunday brunch wedding featuring chicken and waffles, crab cakes, and spinach florentine benedicts. Don't miss the embroidery hoops centerpieces, tambourine bouquets, bud vases, flower stands, and even coffee beans as decor. Oh, and the GORGEOUS ceremony backdrop! Instead of champagne toasting flutes, they got personalized beer steins and drank Not For Sale Calf-eine Coffee Milk Stout, a nonprofit that works against human trafficking worldwide. Let's see the whole delicious and gorgeous event…