Teamwork makes the dream (wedding) work! Score major points with the hubs and knock your wedding plans out of the park via injecting a little team spirit into your big day — in the chicest way possible, certainly. These 5 sports-inspired wedding ideas are insured to win over the crowd and give you and your guests something to cheer about.
1. The Food
Skip the stuffy rehearsal dinner and model your pre-wedding party after a high-end tailgate — complete with your favorite food trucks, booze and sports team friendly decor, suggests Chancey Charm Richmond wedding planner and coordinator Alana Futcher. Also, you can incorporate your favorite game-time snacks by serving them up stadium style for your guests to enjoy as a late night treat before your send off, adds Chancey Charm Charlotte planner Miranda Tassi. Um, nachos and sliders, anyone!?
2. The Cake
The groom’s cake is a given (score!), but if a full blown sports-themed cake won’t make the cut, Jessica Janik, Founder of The Invisible Bridesmaid, has another, more understated idea. “Have the inside of your wedding cake dyed to match your team so that when you cut into it, it bleeds the team colors.”
3. The Color Scheme
Instead of plaster your reception with team gear, Phoenix, Arizona-based wedding planner Chandra Keel, owner of Chandra Keel Events, advises couples to incorporate layers of subtly that show off their team loyalty. “For example, Packers fans can choose lots of greenery, such as eucalyptus or tropical palm branches, for centerpieces and accent it with gold. Otherwise, opt for bouquets of green and yellow mums.” If your team colors aren’t exactly wedding-friendly, she recommends using the colors as an accent to white, which always looks elegant.
4. The Program
Real bride Morgan Haile of Morgan Taylor Lacquer is tying the knot to former pro-baseball player Tony Gonzalez next year and certainly plans on tying in the whole sports theme. Instead of traditional wedding programs, theirs will be designed to look like a game program with pictures of the duo and bridal party members in them. So cute.
5. The Guestbook
If you’re a diehard fan of a baseball team, for instance, have your guests sign baseballs in place of a traditional guestbook, suggests Keel. “Hockey fan? Let them sign a hockey stick.” One groom Lynn Jawitz, owner of Florisan Wedding and Event Design in NYC, worked with actually worked for the Cincinnati Reds and had guests sign his baseball jersey with sharpies.