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My husband (KoolKow) and I met at a board game meetup (thank you, Games of Berkeley!), so of course we had to incorporate some board game elements into our wedding. Here are some photos and comments about what we did.

Highlights include a board game-inspired cake with meeple cake toppers; board games played at the reception; and a board game played while standing on our hotel room bed dressed in our wedding clothes.
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1. Board Game: FlowerFall [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:3844]
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I remember reading a BGG.con writeup that mentioned playing Flowerfall from the hotel room bed at 3am, or something along those lines, and I thought that we had missed an opportunity to do something equally silly with this game that we picked up there for free.

But then I realized we had an even better opportunity--we could play Flowerfall on the bed *in our wedding clothes*!

Note to anyone considering this: while playing *on* the bed makes for better photos than playing *from* the bed, it doesn't work so well for the actual game. The floor is flat; the bed is not. For a game that requires assessing whether certain symbols are covered or not, a flat surface makes life a lot easier. But needless to say, this wasn't really about the game



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2. Board Game: Innovation [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:277]
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This was the first game we played alone together, on the night we first met. It also happens to be a game that we love and have played over and over again. So when we decided that we wanted to incorporate some sort of board game element into our cake, Innovation seemed like the game to choose. We asked the pastry chefs to combine Innovation elements with architectural elements from our wedding venue, and this is what they came up with:









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3. Board Game: Inspiration [Average Rating:6.21 Unranked]
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For reference, this is the building that provided the second source of inspiration for the cake:





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4. Board Game: Innovation [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:277]
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A couple of photos showing the cake in the context of the room:





We actually had tables set up in two adjoining rooms, which we chose because they had more character than one big one. It worked out perfectly fine.

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5. Board Game: Innovation [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:277]
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When it came time for the cake-cutting, we were told to avoid cutting through the top of the layer, because that could compromise the structural integrity of the cake. Instead, we had to try to excavate a piece from the lower part of the layer. Needless to say, this was not the most effective cake-cutting technique, and much hilarity ensured.





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6. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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We saw these meeple cake toppers at BGG.con (sold by Meeple Source, I believe), so of course we had to buy them.

And then of course we had to add smaller meeples for every place setting:



Up close:



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7. Board Game: Shadow Hunters [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:724]
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These are the games that we brought to the reception, or asked people in our wedding party to bring (other guests also brought games later). We were having a destination wedding, so there was a lot of emphasis on games that are easy to transport. The other primary consideration was whether the games were quick and easy to learn. Our tables were named after board games: Innovation, Bananagrams, Boggle, Flowerfall, Shadow Hunters, and Incan Gold. Innovation was our table for the reasons discussed above, and Shadow Hunters was a table of people who play board games regularly, but the goal for the rest was to have names that sounded reasonably friendly/familiar and games that non-gamers could pick up without trouble, because of course everyone wanted to play the game associated with their table.

There are a couple of games on this table that don't exactly meet our selection criteria, but that came along anyway because I wanted to play them.

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8. Board Game: What's He Building in There? [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:3076]
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This was a gift from a couple of our friends who live in Winnipeg--a game from a local designer!

I like having friends who give board games as wedding gifts laugh

One of the givers was in my bridal party, so while she and I were off getting our nails done or doing last-minute clothing checks in the days before the wedding, Mark and her boyfriend (well, secret fiancé! she kept it a secret to avoid distracting from our day) were able to play this a couple of times, and enjoyed it.

Sorry, no photos of this one.
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9. Board Game: Sheriff of Nottingham [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:244]
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This is one of the games that we brought even though the box wasn't the most transportable--I had been thinking of buying it for a while because it seemed to be so well-received and I enjoy bluffing games, and I figured the wedding trip would be an opportunity to play games that required more than two people. We didn't play on the wedding day itself, but we did squeeze in one play a few days before, with the same guests who gave us What's He Building in There?. A general word of warning: there's really not a lot of time to play games in the days leading up to a wedding. We had to postpone the final scoring for a couple of hours while we went to meet with our wedding coordinator.

Anyway, I'll have to play this game again to form a proper opinion, but I wasn't as immediately wowed as I'd hoped. The most honest player won. Mark and some other friends did play it again the day after the wedding, but that was late at night and I was already asleep. It had been a busy few days laugh
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Anyway, back to the reception: various games were played by guests, including Incan Gold, which is always very popular among non-gamers. (Push-your-luck is really not my favourite mechanic, but it does have a way of levelling the playing field!)









And the important question: how did big round tables work for board games? They seemed to work out okay, though you can see that people were sometimes clustered on one side. We chose the smaller of the two table options, and I'm glad we did.

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11. Board Game: Machi Koro [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:741]
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I had been up since 5am, so we ourselves only ended up playing one game at the reception before turning in for the night. I had been wanting to try Machi Koro and had asked friends to bring it, so I felt like I should actually play it after having them transport it by plane to another state.

I've seen this game in a lot of most-played lists, but I wasn't super impressed with our first play, with four players. I failed at making an effective transition from single-die to two-dice buildings. Still, I'd like to try this one again, so of course we ended up buying a copy when we saw it in a local auction together with the expansion for $25.

I had been planning to keep my wedding dress on throughout the board game part of the reception for more fun photos of board games + wedding dress, but by the time the cake cutting was done and the official photographers had left, I was starting to get tired of it and wanted to put on something more comfortable that would let me go to the bathroom by myself. And so in this picture we're back in normal clothes, but I don't think it would have made for the most exciting dress photo anyway.



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12. Board Game: Saboteur [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:859] [Average Rating:6.62 Unranked]
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We had a midday ceremony and a tea reception, so even the official post-reception board games ended by 11:00 pm. Guests who needed more board gaming continued to play back at the hotel laugh

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And that concludes the board game content, but here are a few more pictures (by Alexi Shields Photography) just for fun:







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