“Low-key and easy, with a backyard BBQ vibe,” is how Meredith described her August 17, 2013 wedding day. And while the festivities appear fairly relaxed throughout the day, they weren’t without the most creative details inspired by board games. Since I couldn’t pass up a fun and interesting wedding, I was super excited when Amanda Lloyd kindly shared her work with us.
So how did the couple think up such an idea and successfully infuse it throughout their event? Meredith responded, “The board games idea came about pretty naturally, since that is our main activity with friends and family. We felt it fit perfectly as a theme for the wedding! We also incorporated a few lawn games as entertainment during the reception, which also fit wonderfully with the theme!”
“I think my favorite find was the invitations. I Google’d ‘board game invitations’ and stumbled upon the Monopoly invitations that can be personalized to fit your wedding. I loved that they came with the ‘property’ cards that contained your venue information and the RSVP resembled a ‘chance’ card!”
“For all of the table decorations, I wanted board games set up so it looked like they were in mid-play. I had a few of my friends go to a bunch of thrift stores to find any and every game they could, and since we weren’t going to be playing any of them, it didn’t matter if they had all of the pieces. Additionally, on the day of the wedding I had my bridesmaid style my hair, and my sister do my make-up, so I didn’t have to hire anyone.”
Is there anything that didn’t go as planned and how did you handle it?
“The rental company dropped off the tables and chairs a day late. We had planned to have everything set up the day before, but since they came late, we spent the morning of the wedding setting up tables, arranging chairs, and decorating. Luckily we had plenty of able-bodied people already present to help with the set-up so it went rather smoothly.”
Advice for future brides?
“Delegate A LOT! It was amazingly helpful to be able to give other people tasks so I had less to worry about. The key to delegating is to choose people that are perfect for the task and to trust their judgment. For example – I am not very knowledgeable about flowers, so I had my mother-in-law (who has a gorgeous garden) pick out the flowers for the bouquets and boutonnieres, and my sister find flowers for the centerpieces. I wasn’t picky about the color, so she found this amazing woman down the street from our venue, who sells flowers from her garden, and got a huge amount of flowers for super cheap already arranged and ready to go!”