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Y’all, my mom can sew anything. Amazing quilts and intricate Halloween costumes are among the many awesome things she makes, but according to my brother in law, the best thing she’s ever produced are the custom (read: manly!) bean bags for his cornhole game.

Cornhole, bean bag toss, baggo, or — for my northern friends — bags is a lawn game in which players take turns throwing bean bags at a raised platform with a hole in the far end. But y’all already knew that, I’m sure! A corn bag in the hole scores three points, while one on the platform scores one point. The object of the game is to be the first player to reach 21 points.

There’s actually very little information on this Southern staple’s history, but there’s LOTS of debate over its origin. One story claims that the game was created in the Kentucky farmlands, and another that it originated in the 14th century in Germany.

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No matter where it was invented, I’m happy to see it taking root in the South, and especially at weddings! I mean, come on! A custom monogrammed cornhole platform? Can it get any better? Besides debuting your married monogram (which is a good enough reason for me!), a cornhole “court” is the perfect place for guests to mingle during cocktail hour or the reception! You’ll definitely find out who the competitive ones are :)

What’s your favorite lawn game? Cornhole? Bocce ball? Will guests be playing lawn games at your wedding?

P.S. Check out our cornhole Pinterest collection for even more lawn game goodness!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
13 Comments
  1. avatar Megan reply

    I love cornhole! I gave my fiance a set of boards for Christmas last year and we’re always inviting people over to play! I’m hoping to have two sets at our wedding reception for our guests to play.

  2. avatar Emily reply

    LOVE cornhole! Whenever we get together my whole family plays tournaments. At my wedding there will for sure be some rounds of cornhole! The monogrammed boards are so cute!

  3. avatar Brandy reply

    Here’s the one we are using at our reception!
    http://masondixonbride.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/photo-18.jpg

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Oh, Brandy!! I love that board – and the monogram is so perfect! Can’t wait to see how much fun guests have!

    • avatar gail reply

      Brandy:
      If you could send details of where you had got your cornhole board I would be thrilled – what a great idea for a wedding with a green area !

      Thank you,
      Gail
      205.276.8862

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Hey Gail! It looks like Brandy made them herself. She has a great blog post on it here: http://masondixonbride.wordpress.com/ Best of luck!

    • avatar Jeremy Staples reply

      gail: My wife and I design and make wedding cornhole sets and sell them through our Etsy shop. http://www.stylemycorntoss.com :) We have several stock designs, some personalized sets, as well as a listing fully customizable boards. Apparently we haven’t been doing a good enough job marketing our sets, we haven’t even made it onto Marissa’s Pinterest board yet. :(

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  5. avatar Kelly reply

    Do you guys make custom corn hole for weddings?

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Hi Kelly! We don’t make custom cornhole boards, but this is a great place that does. http://www.bigtimegameboards.com Best of luck! xx

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