Entertain Your Guests With Wedding Activities

Let’s be honest, wedding guests can get antsy between activities.  To increase the fun factor at your wedding consider including a few of the following activities.  Let me be clear though, DO NOT do all of these, half of these or even a fourth of these.  Instead, choose only a few activities and do them well!  Too many activities will make your event about the games and not about your marriage.

Yard Games

There are so many options for yard games.  There is corn hole, ring toss, jenga, horseshoes, checkers, connect four, scrabble, beersbee, tic-tac-toe, lawn bowling, croquet, bocce ball and burlap sack races just to name a few.  Get creative and pick whichever ones you like the most. Here are even more ideas.

Interactive Games and Dances

  • The shoe game is a great way to give people as break from the dance floor for some laughs.  Bridal Guide describes it as follows, “Remove both of your shoes, then trade a shoe with your new spouse so that you’re holding one of each. Then, have a designated person ask a series of questions about the two of you and your relationship (i.e.. “Who will be doing most of the cooking?” “Who said ‘I love you’ first?”). After each question, hold up the shoe of the person you think is the best answer to the question.”  See their blog post for more details.
  • Get your guests involved in the shoe game by giving them something to hold up to weigh in on the questions.  Some people print the face of the bride and groom for their guests to hold up.
  • The dollar dance is a bit controversial to some, but it can be hysterical if you’re up for it.  Traditionally, guests contribute money to the bride and groom in order to dance with them.  The money can be for the honeymoon or whatever they want.  Luckily, The Knot wrote a post about etiquette for and alternatives to the dollar dance.
  • The anniversary dance gets guests of all ages on the dance floor.  Ask all married couples to come dance to a classic tune.  Then excuse couples in order of how many years they have been married starting with 1 year and working your way up.  This is a great way to celebrate lasting love!

Stations

Get your guests up and moving by creating stations spread around your venue with actives.

  • Have a table for guests to make their own party favor.  The can personalize their favor or select their favor from several options.
  • Food stations such as candy bars, s’mores bars and baked potato stations are always a hit.  Guests love options!    Here are more food station  and drink station ideas.
  • Depending on your crowd, you could do wine, craft beer or whiskey tasting stations.  We especially like the idea of a Kentucky Bourbon tastings here in Kentucky.
  • For the guys you could even do a cigar rolling station.

Photo Activities

Photographers capture the beauty of your day, but they don’t always get all the casual, candid and comical moments.  Photo activities can help you and your guests see your event from different angles in an entertaining way.

  • A traditional option is to hire a photo booth to set up at your event.  They provide all kinds of props and usually give you access to see all the photos afterward.  You can personalize your photo booth with a custom backdrop (ideas here).
  • Do a polaroid seating chart or guestbook to keep track of everyone that attends your event.
  • Print I Spy cards to encourage your guests to take certain pictures throughout the event.
  • Even without hiring a photo booth you can creative a fun photo backdrop for your guests to snag photos in front of.
  • I love the idea of doing a video booth to capture messages from your guests.  You can ask them to say something specific or let them be creative.

Table Activities

Consider table activities if you want to provide things for your guest to do that don’t require a lot of space or even for them to get up.  Mad lib sheets, advice booklets and icebreaker activities are always a hit if your guests are the type to give them a chance.  In the advice booklets you could ask for date ideas, anniversary ideas or even marriage advice.  Etsy has soooooo many options.

Creative Guestbooks

A standard guestbook is totally fine if that is your style, but their are so many way to jazz up this oftentimes dull task.  You can venture out from the norm by having one of the following as your guestbook.

  • Have guests sign pieces of a Jenga or puzzle set.
  • A Map or globe where people pin where they are from and sign their name.
  • Guests can leave a note on quilt square.
  • Ask guests to put their finger print on a canvas.  There are so many shape options for this and Etsy is a great place to see your options.
  • Have small pieces of paper for your guests to write a message to put in a bottle.  You could burry the bottle as a time capsule to be opened on 1st, 5th and/0r 10th anniversary.
  • Provide a giant color-in mural for guests to add to throughout the night, like a paint by numbers.  Guests can sign the portion they color.
  • Praise Wedding gives you 28 other guestbook ideas.

Kid Friendly Fun

There are so many activity options for keeping the kiddos busy at your wedding.  Know your crowd and choose games that are appropriate for the age and taste of the kids.  Consider: board games, custom wedding coloring books, I Spy with disposable cameras, holla hoops and/or glow sticks.  BuzzFeed gives you even more ideas.

Get Social

  • Have a custom wedding hashtag so you can easily find all the images your guests and vendors are taking at your event.  Be sure to post the hashtag where everyone will see it.
  • You could even do a custom Snapchat filter to make your snaps extra special.

We also love these 31 Impossibly Fun Wedding Ideas from BuzzFeed, these 30 Unique Wedding Ideas from The Knot and these 10 Wedding Games That Your Guests Will Love.

A Vibrant Flower-Filled Wedding | Jessica + Timothy

Vibrant Summer Color Palette, Blue, Grey, Pink, Peach and Green, Photos by Jessica Moore Photography
Vibrant Summer Color Palette, Blue, Grey, Pink, Peach and Green, Photos by Jessica Moore Photography

Jessica and Timothy are just the sweetest, most considerate, fun-loving couple.  They laughed and enjoyed their weekend with help from an all-star team of talented friends, family and vendors.  Every inch of Warrenwood was dressed to perfection; from the mantles in the house to the garland hung in the barn.  The bright, vibrant florals and cobalt accents were a refreshing departure from our normal color palettes.  See for yourself how stunning this event was.  It is so much fun working with nice people putting on a beautiful event.

Vendors

Mermaid trumpet wedding dress hanging in the Warrenwood Manor Bridal Suite
Vibrant bridal bouquet with pink, peach and blue by Carol Smith Botanical Styles, Photo by Jessica Moore Photography
Bride with sweetheart cut neck line, loose curls and vibrant bouquet at Warrenwood Manor
Mermaid trumpet wedding dress (back view) in the Warrenwood Manor Bridal Suite
Charming southern bride at historic Warrenwood Manor, mermaid dress, sweetheart cut wedding dress
Bride and flower girl at Warrenwood Manor, a central Kentucky wedding venue
Bridal party in navy at historic Kentucky mansion
Bridal party dressed in navy blue, different dresses but same color
Groom dress in grey, white and peach at Warrenwood Manor
White and blue boutonniere on grey suit at Warrenwood Manor, Kentucky Wedding Venue
Groomsmen in grey for Kentucky farm wedding
Groomsmen in grey for Kentucky farm wedding
Simple and classic wedding rings
Warrenwood Manor Barn, central kentucky wedding venue
Alter table for barn wedding ceremony
Laser cut ivory wedding ceremony program
Perfect Kentucky barn wedding ceremony at Warrenwood Manor
Bride & Groom during vibrant Kentucky summer barn wedding
Wedding Unity Ceremony, Sand ceremony at summer barn wedding
Kentucky Summer Barn wedding ceremony
Kentucky Summer Barn wedding ceremony
Kentucky summer barn wedding ceremony, vibrant florals, refined rustic, southern
Wedding Party in Grey & Navy Blue at Kentucky farm wedding
Bride & Groom with windmill at Warrenwood Manor
Wedding rings and bright bouquet at vibrant summer wedding
Wedding party in front of historic Kentucky mansion in Danville, KY
Sweet and vibrant summer wedding at Warrenwood Manor, bride & groom portrait
Sweet and vibrant summer wedding at Warrenwood Manor, bride & groom portrait
Sweet and vibrant summer wedding at Warrenwood Manor, bride & groom portrait in barn with chandeliers
Bride & groom portrait at summer estate wedding
Vibrant summer wedding of blue, white, pink and peach
Historic home in Danville, KY hosts stunning vibrant summer wedding
Unique wedding favor with Kentucky and Ohio flair
Cobalt tablescape with lots of flowers
Pink and blue floral centerpiece in wooden box
Cobalt tablescape with lots of flowers
Cobalt mantle decor for wedding in an historic home
Three-tier ivory polka-dot wedding cake with pink and peach flowers
Bride & Groom's first dance
Outdoor wedding reception at Warrenwood Manor
Sparkler sendoff from Warrenwood Manor wedding

Do you want to have your wedding at Warrenwood Manor?  We’re now booking events for 2018!  Check out our website for more information then contact us to arrange a tour.

A Classic Rustic Wedding: Abby + Joe

Abby and Joe tied the knot at Warrenwood Manor in August of 2015.  It was a classic event with a touch of rustic flair.  They opted for an outdoor ceremony in front of the cottage.  The aisle was lined with pink and ivory floral arrangements atop wooden stumps while the cottage was decked out with garland and two huge hydrangea arrangements.  To top if off, they provided shade for their guests with canvas umbrellas.  It was stunning!  The reception took place in the house and on the back patio.  Even after a little rain, it was a beautiful evening.  Abby and Joe are the sweetest couple and we were so happy to be a party of their special day!

Vendors

A Rustic Country Farm Wedding | Kaylon + John

Kaylon and John’s summer wedding was just so perfect I can’t even explain it!  Kaylon knew exactly what she wanted for her big day from the very beginning and she made it happen in a big way. It was so awesome to see so many great people come together to make this wedding special. Really, the best part of my job is getting to know couples, their friends, and family. I loved working with Kaylon and John and getting to know those who love them most was a true joy! From their cowboy boots to their sparkler send off, this rustic farm wedding was just perfection from beginning to end!

VENDORS

Casual coral bridesmaid dress hanging in the Warrenwood Bridal Suite
Wedding dress hanging in historic Warrenwood Manor
Bridesmaids boots for a rustic country wedding at Warrenwood Manor, a central Kentucky wedding venue.
Photo of Bride's accessories in Warrenwood Bridal Suite
Bride getting ready in bridal suite at Warrenwood Manor
Bridal party in monogrammed button downs and leggings
Rustic Country bridal party in cowboy boots and coral dresses
Rustic country bridal party portrait at farm wedding in central Kentucky
Bridal Portrait with southern charm and rustic elegance at Warrenwood Manor, a Kentucky wedding venue.
Bride dressed in a sweetheart cut mermaid dress with soft airy veil
Country Rustic Bride in mermaid dress train in historic Warrenwood Manor, a Kentucky wedding venue.
Country Rustic Bride in mermaid dress train in historic Warrenwood Manor, a Kentucky wedding venue.
Country Rustic Bride in mermaid dress with train during farm wedding in central Kentucky
Country rustic bridal bouquet of baby's breath, coral roses and coral gerber daisies with burlap wrap
Rustic country flower girl and ring bearer at Warrenwood Manor wedding
Southern charm groom dressed in light khaki with light blue tie and gerber daisy boutonniere
Southern rustic charm groomsmen in light khaki suits at Warrenwood Manor
Groom dressed for southern rustic country wedding in central Kentucky
Rustic country wedding party in coral, khaki and blue
Outdoor rustic country wedding ceremony in the back yard at Warrenwood Manor with bourbon barrels
Daisies and baby's breath in mason jar on shepard's hooks for aisle at rustic country outdoor wedding
Rustic country alter table at Warrenwood Manor outdoor farm ceremony
Rustic country outdoor ceremony at Warrenwood Manor, a Kentucky wedding venue.
Rustic country outdoor ceremony at Warrenwood Manor, a Kentucky wedding venue.
Rustic country outdoor ceremony at Warrenwood Manor, a Kentucky wedding venue.
Rustic country outdoor ceremony at Warrenwood Manor, a Kentucky wedding venue.
Rustic Country Bride & Groom in Warrenwood Manor barn
Rustic Country Bride & Groom portrait in front of historic rural estate, Warrenwood Manor
Rustic Country Bride & Groom portrait at historic rural estate, Warrenwood Manor
Rustic Country Bride & Groom portrait in historic mansion on rural Kentucky estate, Warrenwood Manor
Kentucky barn wedding venue
Rustic country barn wedding reception at Kentucky wedding venue
First dance at rustic country barn wedding reception
Wedding decor- mason jar glasses for wedding reception
Rustic country table setting with wood table numbers and baby'sbreath in blue mason jars at Warrenwood Manor barn
Bouquet toss at rustic country wedding at Warrenwood Manor, a Kentucky wedding venue.
Cake cutting at rustic country wedding reception
Sparkler sendoff from rustic country barn wedding at Warrenwood Manor

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A Curated Vintage Wedding | Julie + Austin

Sometimes I lose track of time reminiscing about all the beautiful weddings I’ve had the privilege to be a part of and the wonderful people I’ve met along the way.  Running a wedding venue is hard work and when things get tough I motivate myself by reflecting on weddings like that of Julie and Austin.  In the fall of 2015, Julie and Austin along with their family and friends held a refined event at Warrenwood Manor with a curated vintage feel.  Every detail was perfect, from the handpicked farm fresh florals to the heirloom vases and china to the classic getaway car.  The Love Wedding was a beautiful event, but it was the true love, kindness, and thoughtfulness shown by everyone involved that made it so memorable.

Vendors

Historic Gothic Villa Wedding Venue
Vintage-inspired wedding invitation and RSVP on bricks with flowers
Dusty Blue and champagne bridesmaids dresses
Gold, Burgandy and Ivory dried Flower Bouquet
Capsleeve bridal gown with Bridal Bouqet and Silver Flats
Bride using mirror to finalize her bridal hair
The Mother of the Bride helping the Bride into her dress
Bride putting in earings in front of large bridal suite windows
Bride in classic and conservative capsleeve bridal gown with veil
Bridesmaid in Mint Dress with Dried Fall Bouquet
Bridal party in green pasture with fall floral bouqets
Informal bridal party photo from farm wedding with fall floral bouqets
Bride dressed in conservative gown with farm backdrop
Fall Bride with timeless dress and perfect wavy hair
Engagement ring and wedding band on decorative home accent
Groom's shoes, bowtie and watch
Groom in groom's quarters of Warrenwood Manor
Dapper groomsmen in suspenders
Groom dressed in light brown three piece suit
groom and groomsmen in a Casual Southern look
Wedding Barn in Central Kentucky
Warrenwood Barn Wedding Ceremony alter and greenery lined curtains
Vintage Wedding Ceremony Program
Groom and Groomsmen await the Bride in barn wedding ceremony
Chandeliers drapped in greenery in the Warrenwood Barn
Vintage Rustic Barn Ceremony in Central Kentucky
Wedding party standing for charming wedding ceremony in a rustic barn
Bride & Groom Exchange Rings
Bride and groom exit vintage rustic barn ceremony
Southern Vintage Wedding Party on Warrenwood Cottage Steps
Wedding party dressed in light brown, mint, champagne and ivory
Portriat of Bride & Groom by pond at Warrenwood Manor
vintage rustic fall farm wedding
Bride & Groom in front of historic Warrenwood Manor
Couple's portrait with farm backdrop
Candid Portrait of Bride & Groom at their Tasteful Fall wedding
Portrait of Bride & Groom at Central Kentucky Farm Venue
Couple on Front Porch of Warrenwood Manor
Flocal floral arrangement in center hall at Warrenwood Manor
Handwritten chalkboard welcome sign with wooden frame
Vintage Ivory Birdcage for Wedding Cards
Unique placecards and wedding favors on moss covered table
Pennant welcome sign on vintage bike with basket of flowers
Guestbook sign in gold vintage sign
Quilt for guests to sign at wedding
Italian Soda Bar Display
Personalized Cocktail Napkins in Burgundy
Sweetheart table with ivory lace overlay and large floral swag
Vintage Wedding Reception Centerpiece with Local Flowers and Old Books
Heirloom table setting with gold chargers and coral napkins
Local in-season flower centerpiece
Handpicked garden blooms as bistro table centerpiece
Heirloom table setting with gold chargers and coral napkins
Eclectic vintage wedding reception
The Wedding Shoe Game
Bride & Groom dance first dance at wedding reception
Lightly frosted two-tier wedding cake with farm fresh florals
Mr. & Mrs. Cutting their cake during vintage estate wedding
vintage fall naked wedding cake details
Rolls-Royce Stunning Classic Vintage Get-away Car for Bride & Groom
Bride & Groom with their classic Rolls-Royce Get-Away Car

Do you want to have your wedding at Warrenwood Manor?  We’re now booking events for 2018!  Check out our website for more information then contact us to arrange a tour.

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Wedding #1: Our Wedding

We. Are. Crazy.  Or so they say and we like it that way.

First and foremost, we are CRAZY about each other. 1507687_706076920543_1382396911704920265_nTwo peas, one pod. Ying and Yang. All the adages apply. I love him despite and because of his hardworking, dirty caveman ways. He loves me for my thoughtfulness and quick-witted humor. After four years of marriage, I mean dating, Nick finally proposed on May 9, 2014 in the middle of a cattle pasture. Romantic, right?

I had always dreamt of a fall wedding and we didn’t want to wait until fall of 2015, so we left ourselves just five months to plan a fall wedding in 2014. We work best under pressure.

We live a CRAZY life.

With 800+ cattle, 11 chickens, 2 cats and a dog, hosting our own wedding wasn’t originally on the docket. But, three months into our five-month engagement, we changed our minds. What can I say? We like a challenge.

While we had to bring in a few professionals along the way, most of the projects and wedding details were done in a true DIY fashion with a lot of help from family and friends. In two months, we cleaned and decorated our historic home, landscaped, completely renovated the barn and created all the wedding décor. On top of wedding tasks, the farm was in peak work season so we baled hay, chopped silage and had a bunch of cute little calves. No big deal.

Here are a few of our projects:

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We had a CRAZY awesome wedding.

One hundred and fifty of our friends and family gathered in the barn at Warrenwood Manor on the afternoon of October 11, 2014 to witness Nick and I exchange our vows. Everything was perfect as I walked down the aisle past rows of smiling faces. The aisle was lined with arrangements atop stumps cut by my Mr. Right himself. Lights hung from the wooden beams and sun shown through the slats in the barn. A magnolia garland arched above the ceremony table covered with moss, flowers and floating candles.

All ceremony and reception formal arrangement were done by Doug Smith Designs and Events. jack table

It was a simple ceremony with just Nick, the pastor and I at the front. I know Amazing Grace is a funeral song, but it was my great grandmother’s favorite and mine too, so the violin and cello played it softly as we tied our God’s Knot. This is us exiting the barn as husband and wife!

Mr. & Mrs. AdamsAfter the ceremony, we took family pictures and had a short reception. We wanted to keep things simple and low budget, so we bought and prepared all the food on our own. We got creative with the offerings. Beef Jerky, popcorn and sweet treats aren’t your normal reception choices, but it was perfect for us because we aren’t normal.

Dessert Table Outdoor Tablescape Indoor Tablescape Beef Jerky Display

We concluded our special day fireside roasting hotdogs and s’mores with family and friends. We were exhausted, but genuinely happy to be Mr. and Mrs. Adams for forever and always, no matter what.

Britt Nick

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