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If there is one thing that the Southern Wedding ladies love, it’s a good game of cornhole. And a game at a wedding? It’s a practice of which we are definite proponents. Just check out our Southern Traditions post on cornhole and our Pinterest board dedicated to those adorable custom boards!

I think it’s such a great idea that couples are investing in the customization effort behind these lawn games. After all, you’ll be using them well after the wedding! That’s where SC Cornhole Games comes in. They provide boards, bags and sets for your favorite summer past time. I love that they also sell weather-resistant cornhole sets! Genius.

We are pumped that SC Cornhole Games is giving THREE lucky readers a full white cornhole set, including the boards, bags and a tote — totally ready for you to customize!

To Enter: There are two ways to enter!
1. We know y’all are creative. Leave a comment below telling us how you would customize your cornhole boards.
2. Tweet “I just entered the SC Cornhole Games giveaway on @iloveswmag!” Then, come back here and leave a SEPARATE comment telling us you did so!

Win: Three winners will get one complete cornhole set (boards + bags + tote) ready for you to customize!

This giveaway closes on July 25! Good luck!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Taylor J reply

    This is just wonderful!!! I’m not 100% sure whether or not I’d have a Bride’s family vs Groom’s family set where it said our last names on the board….or silhouette’s on the boards…or an Alabama vs. Tennessee college set since our families are fans of arch rivals! haha! I think I’m leaning towards the latter ;)

  2. avatar Taylor J reply

    Tweeted :) – @taykatelyn

  3. avatar Julie reply

    I’d love to have our monograms on the boards. Or since my future husband is from Ohio and I’m from Alabama, I’d love to do one board with Ohio State and one with Alabama!

  4. avatar Rachel reply

    I would have one board with the UGA logo (for him) and the other with a UK logo (for me)! Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

  5. avatar Alexa reply

    When planning our cocktail hour, this was one of the first things my fiance and I said we wanted to have! We both love cornhole, and we have undefeated when playing together – we are huge college football fans and make sure to bring our set to every tailgate we go to.

    I would customize them with our wedding monogram/logo that i designed – my fiance is in the navy and I created a design with our initials and an anchor in our wedding colors – navy and lime green!

    This is a great giveaway, perfect for all the southern brides out there!!

  6. avatar Alexa reply

    I tweeted too! (link to tweet: @VonGator.

  7. avatar Jen M reply

    Steve and I would customize our cornhole sets by either painting them with our favorite team colors Green and Gold for the Green Bay Packers, or we would just leave them white and allow all the winners of every game to initial the board with a Sharpie as a running list of all our amazing friends who share good times with us.

    Speaking of signing with a Sharpie, wouldn’t that make an unique guest book alternative?

    Thanks for another great contest!

  8. avatar Jen M reply

    I just tweeted the message too!

  9. avatar megan reply

    monogram it, of course!

  10. avatar Lindy reply

    I’d use our married monogram… classic, Southern, and so fun! I’d probably also add some fun stripes or other pretty embellishments to jazz it up a bit!

  11. avatar Kristyn M reply

    Oh my goodness! My fiance would be so excited if we won this! We have a little in house ACC football rivalry so one board would get his monogram and NC State Tuffy on it and the other would get my monogram and FSU on it!

  12. avatar Kristyn M reply

    I tweeted about it! @FireflyCarolina

  13. avatar Erin reply

    To customize the cornhole sets I’d definitely make one WVU (for my alma mater) and one Alabama (the beau’s alama mater). Forever a (playful) duel in our household!

  14. avatar Elizabeth @ HobbyLobbyist reply

    OMG, I love this giveaway so much! Because we are classy, I think we would customize our boards with trash talk expressions to promote the competitive spirit in everyone.

  15. avatar Carlie reply

    I could want to get our initials on there, and some lacey -type details painted on. So fun I would love these!

  16. avatar Camille reply

    I’d customize it to reflect cities we love!

  17. avatar Camille reply

    Just tweeted!

  18. avatar Breanna reply

    My fiance and I will have the same initials once we’re married so of course, we’ll have to have our monogram! Both in black and white of opposite colors to go with the colors of our wedding!

  19. avatar Emily reply

    I love this idea!!! My wedding is next June. Our theme is warm colors with a touch of fiesta! A print that I’m carrying through the wedding is big, bold chevron stripes. Here’s what I would do:

    Paint one board with big, bold, pink chevron stripes, and in silver script, paint on “Team Bride.” One the other board, I’ll do blue stripes and paint on “Team Groom.” People from my side will be on the bride side, and people from my honey’s side will be on the groom’s side… it would be a great way for the two separate groups to mix and mingle and better know each other. The spirit of a wedding! :)


  20. avatar Emily reply

    Here’s my twitter post:

    Hope I win!!

  21. avatar Miranda reply

    Since both my fiance and myself attended the University of Florida, there is no rivalry. However, we are Orange and Blue. I would want one board painted with each color. One board would have Albert the gator (our mascot) in a tux and the other would have Alberta (his mate) in a wedding gown.

  22. avatar Amy Yarbrough reply

    I’m so pumped for this giveaway because cornhole is a must-have for our November wedding! If I won these boards, I would monogram the boards and the bags! We are also having a set that is Steelers on one board and Patriots on the other! What a great giveaway!!!

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  24. avatar Lindsay Goldman reply

    I just entered the SC Cornhole Games giveaway on @iloveswmag!”

  25. avatar Kelly M. reply

    I think you’d have to monogram them! Our wedding theme is ‘monograms and mason jars’ so a cornhole set would be the perfect addition!

  26. avatar Lindsay Goldman reply

    I would paint one pink and one navy (our wedding colors), and put my married monogram on it! I loved the ones I saw on weddings on your website but I unfortunately didn’t have the time or budget to include them in mine.

  27. avatar Megan reply

    Since I gave my fiance a set of Clemson boards for Christmas (the same day we got engaged), it would only be appropriate to make these South Carolina boards so that our house divided will be even. :)

  28. avatar Megan reply

    Tweeted! @charlestonmegan

  29. avatar Ashleigh Farley reply

    I’m picturing one teal board and one coral board with a lovely new-last name initial monogrammed right on the middle of each in white. Matching bags with bride stitched on the coral bags and groom on the teal bags! Perfect for all the pre-wedding fun & games and still perfect for all the years thereafter. <3

  30. avatar Ashleigh reply

    tweeted @ashalee126!

  31. avatar Laura reply

    This is on my list of things to do!!!! It would be great if I won! I’m planning on making a pretty curly border and then on the inside, have my monogram on one board and his monogram on the other with our wedding date underneath!

  32. avatar Megan reply

    My theme of my wedding is mustard yellow chevron with mason jars! So, I would paint the yellow chevron across the boards and in the middle I would have a mason jar painted! Instead of putting “Ball” on the mason jar I would put our initials!! I think this would be a great game to play that will always remind us of our wedding theme! :)

  33. avatar Alicea reply

    I would definitely put our new monogram in our wedding colors of pink and navy! I also just tweeted about it!! (@thepreppybride)

  34. avatar rachel reply

    We would customize it to be half dan and half me :) We would put my monogram RHA on one board and his DGC on the other with our wedding date 8.11.12 on the bottom of both boards, and use it at our rehearsal dinner BBQ :) so southern and I LOVE SOME CORNHOLE :)

  35. avatar Sarah L. reply

    I would have a really bright hot pink gingham background with a fancy lettered green “Johnson” in the foreground (My new last name). These are our wedding colors!

  36. avatar rachel reply

    tweeted @rahphotog

  37. avatar Laura reply

    Giant orange tiger paws, of course!

  38. avatar Sarah reply

    I would add our wedding monogram for sure! Since everything is monogramed! I would also add some Orange and Blue since we are big UF fans.

  39. avatar Sarah reply

    Tweeted!!!! Fingers crossed. :)

  40. avatar Sarah U reply

    I’d want one board to have our college logo, to incorporate where we met, and the other side to have the club logo where our wedding will take place in NC. That way our cornhole set would be a mini timeline of our relationship!

  41. avatar Tina Keen reply

    Our wedding theme is Sailor Jerry! We are using the Swallow, the nautical star and the anchor for everything including the grooms suspenders, bow tie and the tops of our 3 daughters tutu dresses. I would design it to match the Sailor Jerry flash. Maybe the boards could have huge anchors and for each set of bag that you toss could bone color with sparrow and the other with the nautical star. There are endless possiblities!

  42. avatar Tina Keen reply

    Tweeted the giveaway! Thank you! @TinaKeenPhoto

  43. avatar Mary Kate F. reply

    If Jason and I were to receive two cornhole boards we would personalize them by painting a white silhouette of Kentucky (our home state!) on top of a UK blue background. I would outline the state in navy and put a heart where the city of Louisville would be. Underneath the silhouette I would write ‘My Old Kentucky Home’. Jason and I are going to be moving around a lot so it would be wonderful to bring the Southern tradition of corn hole and our Old Kentucky Home with us!

  44. avatar Sarah K reply

    We will definitely be having cornhole at our August wedding, along with other fun lawn games. My family is very competitive, so this is a must for our wedding! We met at UNC so we would decorate the boards with the UNC logo, and also our monogram!

  45. avatar Sarah K reply

    Just tweeted! @skraszeski

  46. avatar Michelle reply

    Cornhole is on our must have list for our wedding – our families love games and we look forward to some good-hearted competition between my fiance and I’s families during our cocktail hour, which will take place on a deck and lawn along the Chesapeake Bay! We plan to coordinate our colors (lavender, gold and cream) into the boards by using a gold monogram atop chevron lavender and white design. This pattern matches the rest of our decorations as well. Fingers crossed!

  47. avatar Brianne reply

    My brother-in-law is an artist and animator and I would ask him to create cartoons of Patrick and I that would be painted on to the cornhole set, while incorporating the hole, whether jumping into it, coming out of it, or something else fun

  48. avatar Mary Katherine Cavazos reply

    I would absolutely love to display the cornhole sets across from the croquet field during our cocktail hour, which will be a casual, fun time for guests to mingle before our sit-down meal.

  49. avatar Sloan reply

    Oh, I so want to have cornhole for our cocktail hour! I think I would either monogram them or put a big Georgia “G” on them. With the G, we could use them after the wedding too.

  50. avatar Kelly reply

    I would customize it to show my College and my Fiance’s College – Wake Forest and Florida State!

  51. avatar Jessica reply

    My fiance and I are both originally from Virginia but we now call South Carolina home, since both states are very important to us we have been finding unique ways to incorporate them into our wedding. On one board we would put a silhouette of the state of Virginia and in very pretty script write over it “Virginia Is For Lovers”. On the other board we would put the silhouette of South Carolina and in lovely script write over it “Sweet Carolina”. We’ve used the same state descriptions as the names for our signature drinks during our cocktail hour! Another fantastic contest SW Mag, I hope we win!

  52. avatar Jessica reply

    Just tweeted to you guys @jsprad !

  53. avatar Rachel May reply

    I would monogram one with a B for boys and one with a G for girls… we play a lot of girls vs boys games around here! :)

  54. avatar Sarah reply

    We have been hoping to get a set to personalize — this is such a GREAT giveaway :) We would have them match our wedding colors; yellow with black lettering and put Mr. & Mrs. with his last name on them and some type of decorations to go around the lettering. We’d have the bags be black and white gingham and yellow and white gingham fabric.

  55. avatar Whitney reply

    Would love to win a set! Would customize with our monogram and colors!

  56. avatar Kaley reply

    My fiance is from Boston and I’m from Northern NJ, so we would probably have a Yankees vs Red Sox cornhole set!!!

  57. avatar Jaime reply

    We LOVE cornhole! My fiance and I met at Dartmouth, so one of them would have a Dartmouth logo on it. The other would likely be a combination of our monogram, wedding colors, and wedding date.

  58. avatar Caitlin reply

    My fiance and I have always been HUGE FSU tailgaters and cornhole is a tailgate staple with us. I would love to have bust silhouettes on each side of the cornhole set, not of us, but of our animals! Anyone who knows us, knows that we are crazy about our animals, a tuxedo cat named Robert and a black labrador named Doak. One side would have a silhouette of Robert and the other of Doak. Under each silhouette would be our new monogram. Our wedding colors are smoke grey, dusty blues and touches of burlap and mercury glass throughout. Burlap bean bags with either “Robert” and “Doak” or our wedding date would be perfect! We would love to have a cornhole game set at our plantation wedding reception to represent our playful personalities and love for our fur babies!

  59. avatar Laura F. reply

    How fun! My fiance is from Bostonm and I’m from Atlanta, and our whole wedding has a north meets south theme. i would love to continue that – maybe Braves vs. Red Sox or even apples vs. peaches.

  60. avatar Jennifer reply

    I would monogram them and spice it up with our rival schools mascots! A little competition never hurt anyone!

  61. avatar Abby B. reply

    Initially I’d been planning for a monogram or simply the color scheme of choice (navy & green) but I just saw a creative use for cornhole-use the boards as a guest book after everyone plays during cocktail hour! Of course you’d choose permanent markers most likely so the playing could continue well into the night. It would be wonderful to win one of these beautiful sets & carry out this creative idea!

  62. avatar Caitlin Allen reply

    I love the idea of cornhole at the reception! What better way to start a marriage than a friendly, competitive game with the new hubby?!

  63. avatar Jessica H reply

    I’d buy vinyls lettering and put some of the lyrics of our first dance on each board

  64. avatar Laura L reply

    Oooo! Such a good idea! We’re having a literary themed wedding, so maybe write quotes all over it… or paint it to look like a book!

  65. avatar Harris reply

    Simple monogram for us. In wedding colors.

  66. avatar Cecilia reply

    We are getting married in my home town which is known for its annual watermelon festival so I would paint the boards like Hempstead watermelons and make the bags look like seeds!

  67. avatar Briana reply

    We are getting married overlooking a vineyard beneath some oak trees. I would want to make the boards into scenery… maybe the holes could be the middle of a tire swing or a hole in the tree…

    Our “cocktail hour” is really going to be a bunch of lawn games- corn hole, washers, bocce, etc. so we would love these!

  68. avatar Stacy reply

    I would make them “His” and “Hers”

  69. avatar Stacy reply

    I also tweeted!

  70. avatar Angela reply

    I just entered the SC Cornhole Games giveaway on @iloveswmag!
    If I were to win I would have them customized to match our monogram so we can use it for years to come!

  71. avatar Angela reply

    Just tweeted: I just entered the SC Cornhole Games giveaway on @iloveswmag!

  72. avatar Megan D. reply

    I’d personalize ours in Navy and White our wedding colors with our monogram. It would be a nice keepsake that we would use for years to come.

  73. avatar Ashley reply

    My mother and I would make this a special DIY project to do together! We have always done crafts together, but I’ve recently moved 200 miles away and wedding planning without her here is very hard emotionally. We would paint it in pinks, peaches, yellow and neutrals to pop on the green grass where it will sit during our reception, and top it with my new monogram!

  74. avatar Lauren Jolly reply

    I would turn the corn hole set into a guestbook. All the guests could sign them and we would have the set forever! It would be so sweet :) Fingers crossed!

  75. avatar Lauren Jolly reply

    I just tweeted, ya’ll!

  76. avatar Caitlin reply

    I just tweeted as well!

  77. avatar Brianna reply

    Love cornhole! We always play at our tailgates and I’d love to have it for bbqs!

  78. avatar Melissa Vause reply

    If you follow my blog you know I LOVE to paint! And I especially love painting college mascots! I’ve done a few of my alma mater, the USC Gamecock…and not just the cartoon version of Cocky either. The actual animal! The best present to me is a blank canvas…or a blank wine glass, or blank slab of wood. Whatever it is, I will turn it into art. I would die for the chance to paint this awesome cornhole set for our wedding–the gamecock on one, and our new monogram in Carolina colors on the other. It’s where my fiance and I met and it’d be perfect for our future tailgates!

  79. avatar Melissa Vause reply

    Just tweeted! @melvause

  80. avatar AshleyHH reply

    I love the idea of some gals vs. guys action goin on and my guy’s last name is King so it would be fun to do a play on that and do Kings and Queens. And of course, I could play on either side since, by that point, I will be a King!!!! =)

  81. avatar ashleyhh reply

    Oh yeah, I also tweeted. @AshleyHH12 :)

  82. avatar Kaitlin Boles reply

    I tweeted on Twitter!

  83. avatar Kaitlin Boles reply

    This would be perfect for our fall themed weddign we are planning on having a cotton candy station, popcorn station, candy apples, apple cider, hot chocolate, coffee, and a candy station so these would be perfect for our whole fall festival type theme! Love these!

  84. avatar KristinD reply

    I LOVE these!! I’d love to put these outside during our cocktail hour. Our reception venue has a huge courtyard with fire pits and a huge lush green lawn. It would be ideal to include some lawn games for kids and adults!

    I’d paint these with our new monogram or I love seeing the silhouettes of bride on one and groom on the other.

  85. avatar Emily reply

    Monograms would be cute – but I’d totally make it “ours” by having a bowtie on “his” board and a champagne glass on “my” board.

  86. avatar Abby reply

    Just entered on Twitter and here, but not sure your website is responding! I hope so!

  87. avatar caroline p reply

    I’ve been meaning to purchase a cornhole or as we call it “baggo” set for a while now and this is the perfect opportunity! I’m a graphic designer so I’m into typography & fonts to begin with but I would incorporate a bunch of logos & quotes that represent us and our life together into a typographic collage. The other cornhole board I would leave open for our friends and family to write messages on for us. Also I would love to do some iron on logos on the actual bean bags too!

  88. avatar caroline reply

    just tweeted I entered! @carolinemperry

  89. avatar Kelly reply

    I just tweeted from @kckalmar

  90. avatar Kelly reply

    This would be an awesome gift to celebrate our upcoming wedding, since my fiance and I met tailgating for a baseball game. Cornhole is the tailgate game of choice where we live. We had a nice competition going at our engagement party too. I would decopage the boards – 1 with a picture of me and 1 with a picture of my fiance, both pictures with us sporting our best, “intimidating game faces.” Keep it lighthearted and fun, just like us.

  91. avatar Sudie Pennebaker reply

    We are HUGE cornhole fanatics. We would decorate it with our monogram–in navy and white of course. So not only would it work for our outdoor wedding in South Georgia, but it would also work at Georgia Southern Tailgates!

  92. avatar Sudie reply

    Entered on twitter and on here! @sudieraeep your website isn’t loading my comment though!

  93. avatar Kristen reply

    We’ve been planning on having cornhole and other lawn games for our Jane Austen inspired wedding. My fiance and I would LOVE to be able to customize a set with our wedding colors (navy and plum) and adding butterflies to memorialize my parents.

  94. avatar Kristen reply

    Just tweeted @kristenpsherman

  95. avatar Kathryn reply

    My boy and I both love our monograms, so I’d do one of each. Mine might be light blue and white for UNC and his purple and gold for ECU. I could also do light pink and white for my sorority colors and light blue and white for his board, with a quatrefoil shape behind our monograms (my sorority’s badge shape) – his idea, I love it!

  96. avatar Kathryn reply

    I tweeted about it @kwstell

  97. avatar Laura reply

    I would definitely do monograms on ours! So Southern.

  98. avatar Laura reply

    I just tweeted :)

  99. avatar Janelle reply

    I just tweeted! (@hope4afrika) We’d LOVE to win!

  100. avatar Janelle reply

    So our whole outdoor woodsy wedding is focused around the Gospel, so we’d probably have a tree on both, with Ephesians 3:17-18 split between the two games! And of course, they’d be in our wedding colors- mustard, moss, and brown!

  101. avatar Amanda reply

    Cornhole is definitly a big thing for my family. When my husband meet my sister for the first time and actually got to spend time with my family, we spent hours playing. My husband is in the Air Force so we would probably decorate them to suit or with our last name with our wedding colors. I would love to be able to have these at our wedding!

  102. avatar Jamie C. reply

    Being big college football fans and living in the south, cornhole is a big deal!!! This is why we have already talked about incorporating it into our wedding! If we won we would decorate it in green and gold for the University of South Florida, Go Bulls! We would also want to personalize it so perhaps add our name at the bottom of each board with the wedding date. I think sillouettes dressed in green and gold would also be neat! Either way this cornhole set would look awesome and be used regularlly!!

    • avatar AshleyHH reply

      Jamie C.: I know these gals are all about SEC rivalries but I gotta throw in a Go Knights! ;-)

    • avatar Jamie reply

      AshleyHH: I am only a Bulls fan BUT I did get my graduate degree from UCF ;)

  103. avatar Jamie C. reply

    I jut tweeted :) (@JLCooler2)

  104. avatar Brittany T reply

    I just entered the SC Cornhole Games giveaway on @iloveswmag from @ABTeague

  105. avatar Brittany T reply

    Oh my goodness. This is EXACTLY what I have been trying to find for my wedding. I’m having one of my bridesmaids customize them for me with our monogram. Nothing screams southern more than a monogrammed cornhole set!

  106. avatar Emily B reply

    The very first thing my fiancee and I agreed upon when deciding the feel of our wedding was that we wanted it to be FUN! Naturally, fun reception lawn games were the first thing we agreed upon! We’d decorate both cornhole boards with our new married monogram (EKD) in the classic circle motif and incorporate our wedding colors of navy and orange (the perfect project for my dad and me tackle over the holiday season). I’d also steal a trick from my good friends’ wedding last summer and install battery-operated light rope around the board holes so that our guests can keep playing even after the sun goes down! Throw in some hurricane lanterns around the perimeter to light the night, and we’ll have a reception full of fun for our family and friends to remember!

  107. avatar Emily Martinez reply

    My wedding has taken on a bit of state fair feel. I’ve been planning to have a couple different games for everyone to play. For our cornhole boards I want to do something similar to the silhouette idea. I’d like to get poster sized pictures of my fiance and I each, then transfer the photo to the board. We’ll either be holding hands or making kissy faces. This contest is perfect!

  108. avatar Vanessa reply

    I would just monogram it, so that we could use it even after the wedding. Maybe add our favorite sport team logos to it, etc.

  109. avatar Trista reply

    I would love to have our faces on it! cartoonized :)

  110. avatar Trista reply

    tweeted! :)

  111. avatar Katie reply

    With the white cornhole set I would put the couple’s monogram in the center in turquoise, probably in a circular/non-cursive monogram so it was a little less feminine and the guys would actually play with it. Then around the edge I would stencil a nice wavy border on al four sides about an inch from the edge. Centered at the very bottom I would put the wedding date. Turquoise is one of my favorite colors, so it will definitely be involved in my wedding!

  112. avatar Lerissa C reply

    We’re having a family weekend four our wedding our own Corn Hole set would be amazing!

    I think it would be awesome to give the girls and guys a couple pints of paint (in pre-selected colors) and let them each have a board to customize then have the girls sign theirs and the guys sign their own. Then to stick with the theme of the wedding I will go back, and add burlap knitted lace with gold accents along the outer sides then modge podge the boards to preserve the creativity and the fun times we had preparing for our wedding.

    It will be so much fun bringing the boards back out for other gatherings all had part in creating. All of our closest friends will have partial ownership in its creation and will be excited to see them when we bring the boards out when we get together.

  113. avatar Lerissa C reply

    Tweeted @LerissaLeigh

  114. avatar Eva Harrison reply

    We would love a cornhole set for our wedding! We would customize by painting them turquoise and then painting the state shapes of Georgia (groom’s home state) on one board and Virginia (bride’s home state) on the other board!

  115. avatar Eva Harrison reply

    Just entered and tweeted!

  116. avatar SusanB reply

    We’d personalize it with Dallas Maverick and Oklahoma City Thunder logos

  117. avatar Susan reply

    I would personalize it with a big tree on one and a fox on the other

  118. avatar GKH reply

    We were thinking getting two sets. The first set would be Mr & Mrs Last Name with the boards reflecting the colors of our bridal party for the boys vs girls them. The fonts and stylings would be the same.
    The second set will be the corn hole version of our invitation and the other the corn hole version of our program.

  119. avatar Brianna reply

    Just tweeted! I’d love to Monogram this with my new last name and blue and yellow Chevron print!(wedding colors)

  120. avatar cathy steiner reply

    I would stencil on some sailboats and anchors for our nautical themed wedding :)

  121. avatar Tara Woolsey reply

    ” Something Old, Something New, Something Fun for our Guests to Do! ” I’d have this painted in a cute font (and probably paint the boards blue). It be cute to have half of the bean bags in a white silk with some lace trim and the other half in a gingham, seersucker or tweed material.

  122. avatar Susan reply

    Just tweeted!

  123. avatar Valerie reply

    I just tweeted! You guys have to follow me to see it, though, because my tweets are protected :)

  124. avatar Sara reply

    I’d have each of our favorite sport team and out monogram with wedding date on them. His Ohio State Buckeyes, mine Cincinnati Bengals

  125. avatar Courtney reply

    I would have our last name stamped where it would come down from the hole… maybe in a pretty red (for Alabama, roll tide!)!

  126. avatar jay reply

    I would decorate them with green and mustard colors and let the guests sign them with wishes.

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  128. avatar Nicole reply

    I would do murals of our hometowns, Pittsburgh for him and the beach for me!

  129. avatar Molly reply

    My future husband is the sweetest man on earth, and a diamond in the rough for sure. He’s a baseball scout and has grown in up a baseball family, so I would probably put a baseball diamond on one side with home plate as the hole, and a more kitschy “Lou and Molly are like finding a diamond in the rough!” on the other side.
    Thanks! Love this site and miss the South! (We’re currently in Chicago)

  130. avatar Kellie reply

    On 1 board I would put his fraternity, and on the other one I would put my sorority, along with our same college logo on both! My sorority sisters and I always beat him and his brothers and we always made it such a big deal and joke with them about always losing! He would absolutely love this, as would I. And I can guarantee, my sisters that will be there will get a kick out of it and be so excited to once again, beat the brothers! I also would love for all of my guests to use this as kind of a sign in book, so every time we pull this out to play we remember everyone that was there to witness and share our special day with us.

  131. avatar Brittany reply

    This would be such an incredible and meaningful addition to our wedding! We are going with a traditional Southern style wedding in our college town, so a cornhole set would fit in perfectly! My fiance and I played an intensely competitive game of cornhole the day before he asked me to marry him, so it would be very special to me to have that memento on my big day. I love crafts, so if I won a set I’d likely keep the boards white and hand paint portions of 1 Corinthians 13 and our monogram in either red or teal/Tiffany blue (our wedding colors!).

  132. avatar Abbey R. reply

    My fiance and I both went to the University of GA so I would probably make one board a lady bulldog, and the other a male bulldog! This would be a fun tribute to the place that we met, and all our friends went there as well so the guests would love it! We even talked about having cornhole at our wedding, but there’s just no room in the budget. We have a perfect gravel courtyard for it though : )

  133. avatar Laneigh reply

    I would use the cornhole set for my club’s kentucky derby function! I will also use it for lawn games on my own wedding day!

  134. avatar Cary reply

    Aw, this was an exceptionally good post. Spending some time and actual effort to make a very good article… but what can I
    say… I hesitate a whole lot and don’t seem to get nearly anything done.

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We love when things come full circle! Samantha + John’s photo in our Engaged Reader Round-Up was too adorable (read their proposal story and it gets even better!) Their April wedding by the water took place just a few miles from the Southern Weddings office and was full of community-made charm. I love that Samantha’s lace dress was a Goodwill find and that she and her new hubs decided to mix their two favorite love songs together for a dream walk down the aisle. (And bonus points to Samantha for sharing one of my favorite songs, too!) We’re dishing out big hugs to our friend, Nancy Ray who captured all of S + J’s sweet moments.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: We had a very tight budget to work with ($2000), and I had just seen a feature in which the bride found her dress at a second-hand shop. I kind of scoffed and thought, “Well that would be nice, but how often does that actually happen to people?!” A week later, I was in Goodwill and saw a gown bag hanging, and thought I’d give it a look-see, preparing for 80s-style gigantic tulle sleeves. Instead, I found a lovely, simple white wedding gown. It was marked at $100 and I was alone, so I just kept walking. For months I wondered about that dress, but figured it had already been bought. Later, I went back with my roommate looking for a pie plate and left with THAT gown, which had been marked down to $50 and fit me like a glove! The manager of the Goodwill actually stopped and shook my hand, saying “We’ve been waiting for the right lady to find that dress, and you’re it!” I may not have had a boutique experience, but that was perfect!

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We decided not to. I adore first look photographs, and think it’s a great decision for many couples! John and I both felt the same in waiting until I was coming down the aisle. I just think there is something so precious and timeless about a bride being revealed and presented as she walks down the aisle toward her husband-to-be.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. Our friends made up a small acoustic ensemble of a guitar, banjo, violin, and piano. It was phenomenal and just what we wanted! John and I are both musicians so the songs we chose and the instrumentation were very important to us. I had always hoped to walk down the aisle to the theme of one of my favorite movies, Romeo + Juliet, Balcony Scene/Kissing You.” John had always dreamed that his bride would walk down the aisle to a song from his favorite movie, Braveheart, “The Secret Wedding.” We arranged both themes together in one song, and it was absolutely gorgeous and perfect for us! We recessed to the We Bought A Zoo theme by Jonsi. Our first dance was “This Magic Moment” by Ben E King and the Drifters, a la Squints and Wendy Peffercorn from The Sandlot.

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did. I was actually freaking out a bit because it was the last thing we had to figure out and we did it the day before the wedding! John and I met the morning before our wedding day, prayed, developed a kind of structure we’d go with, and parted ways for a few hours. I went to the dock by the lake and prayed again and then just started writing. Later we met with our friend and officiant, Dan, who helped us make some small tweaks, but was clear to tell us how perfect our vows were! It’s hard to pick a favorite line or phrase because every line was packed with meaning. It was definitely a special moment for us and for everyone who was there to witness.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Psalm 45, which was originally written as a wedding song. It’s beautiful.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Both John and I were born and raised in Raleigh, with both of our families having a long heritage in the area. I’ve always wanted an outdoor wedding, so when we were offered the house and considered the budget, all of those quaint and lovely Southern details came about very naturally. We used hay bales for seating and decor, rocking chairs, mason jars for drinking and decor, corn hole that my brother-in-law made, and many Southern vintage touches all over.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert: I asked the many Southern cake-makin’ women in my life to bring their best homemade cakes and pies for all to enjoy! We had a mix of coconut cake, pineapple cake, carrot cake, apple pies, and more. Southern women are serious about baked goods.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Food! Our good friends are amazing chefs and have experience in catering, so they purchased all the ingredients and spent two days making all of the food! It was like a good ol’ family reunion. We had potato salad, baked beans, three kinds of cole slaw, and of course, a pig pickin’.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. John and I met almost 10 years ago! He is my best friend, Jess’s little brother. The many years that I spent at their house eating meals, making music and hanging out, John was always just like my little brother — but everyone knew he had special eyes for me. I went off to college and we both dated other people and lost touch with one another. When I graduated and moved home, I was single and began working at the same Chick-fil-A as John. It was there, on our lunch breaks, that we re-kindled our friendship and I got to know John as a very wise, adventurous, loving, and handsome young man. Soon after I moved home, however, he moved to Africa for three months, leaving our relationship being a little difficult to interpret. After 10 years, we had never once spoken about any romantic feelings between us! So, I waited and hoped he was feeling the same as I was. When he came home, it was clear. He was a man on a mission to win my heart! We dated for a year and were engaged for four months.
Describe the proposal. John and I had openly talked about our intentions and had been looking at different styles of rings, so I knew a proposal was coming but had no idea how surprised I would be! One night, after falling asleep, I heard a knock on my bedroom window. Certain there was an intruder, I turned on the light prepared to run into my roommate’s room when I hear “Sam! Sam! It’s me John!” Still groggy-eyed and heart racing, I opened the door to him with a huge smile on his face. He passed me a note and said, “I’ll be out here when you’re ready.” The note had a list of things to pack: two outfits, one warm and one nice. We were off on a midnight road trip! John had made a bed for me in the back of the car, complete with blankets and pillows. Hours later, we arrived at a small cove at one of our favorite beaches. John parked the car facing the sunrise, set up the back with roses and candles, and after some sweet words, got down in the sand on one knee.
In what month did you get married? April
How many guests attended your wedding? Approximately 130
Describe your wedding flowers: They were a mix of tulips, stock flowers, snapdragons, and asters, cut fresh and locally grown from Homestead Flower Farms. They were arranged by family and friends.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The fact that so many of our closest friends and family came together that weekend and helped make it happen. A friend of mine told me later that it reminded her of the Amish. People just came together and brought whatever was needed to make sure it happened beautifully — and it did! Everyone loved having a hand in making it happen. When the sun went down and the trees lit up with lights and hanging lit mason jars, that was pretty magical!
What range did your wedding budget fall into? Less than $10,000
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? It’s so difficult to pick just one, but I’d have to say the whole ceremony. There was something so tangible, special and inclusive about our ceremony. I’ll never forget how blue and intense John’s eyes were as they set on me, coming toward him down the aisle. We just locked our gaze. The sun was just over us, peeking out from behind the clouds with a light breeze, and I had a peace and presence of mind the whole time to remember it all. Saying our vows was the most precious moment, and many of our guests agree that it was theirs, as well.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Embrace the craziness. A good friend of mine told me that there would be stressful moments, and no matter how great I was at planning and organizing, there was no way around it. So don’t be discouraged! Embrace the stress, craziness, and alleged “imperfections” as good, normal, beautiful things. You’re getting married — aim to enjoy it all!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? John and I love to make music and we love to travel. We’re currently set up in our cozy home in Raleigh with our instruments and dreams of living in a number of other countries as ministers. We’re also looking forward to having lots of kids! We’re not sure how those things all go together, but we’ll find out.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Lauren reply

    Everything about this wedding is absolutely perfect, right down to the shot gun shells stuffed with flowers! I dream about a wedding like this one! Thank you for sharing your special day.

  2. avatar amanda reply

    It’s not very often that a GROOM catches your attention but that groom is adorable!! He looks SO insanely happy I can’t stand it! LOVE LOVE LOVE. The pictures at the end with the bride in the short dress are my fave, they are so dreamy! It’ just a fun wedding filled with l-o-v-e! Perfection!

    • avatar Nicole reply

      Hi Amanda! I absolutely agree — I love how happy this groom is to marry his sweetie! Their engagement photo is just as adorable.

  3. avatar Victoria reply

    I think the humility and genuineness of this couple shines so much through this interview and the way they handled their wedding, so precious and inspiring!

  4. avatar Ashley reply

    What a beautiful wedding! I love Suzanna’s Antiques and I’ll definitely be shopping there for my upcoming wedding :) Such sweet details!

  5. avatar Maddison reply

    Who is that lovely man in the suspenders? Is he single? I love this wedding! I just love down to earth weddings!

  6. avatar Liz reply

    Nicole/Anyone know where the flower crown that the bride is wearing in the last couple of pictures is from?!?! I love it :)

    • avatar Samantha reply

      Liz: Hi Liz! Here is the link to this head piece

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  8. avatar Megan reply

    Hello! I was wondering where I can find a mint colored gingham shirt! I love the look but have yet to find one for my future hubby!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Megan! J.Crew is always my best source for gingham shirts. They don’t have any online right now, because they’re not really in season, but check early next spring! In the meantime, they do have this solid oxford that looks like it’s mint:

  9. avatar Lauren Shaw reply

    Hello! I love this whole look. Can you tell me where this venue was? Thanks!

  10. avatar Pamela reply

    The Wedding was beautiful …they are so cute

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Y’all didn’t I say this wedding was amazing? Bright graphic details ruled the night at Katie + Max’s reception and most of them were handmade by the couple! Even their corn hole boards were designed by K + M and then painted by Emily Brown Lacroix at Merriment Events. Standing out from the crowd of plain white cakes is the couple’s three-tiered sweet concoction based on Damien Hirst’s “Albumin, Human, Glycated.” Art-inspired desserts? They’re now a favorite in my book. Biggest hugs to Jodi Miller Photography for sharing this fun day with us!

P.S. Love the details of this wedding? Be sure to check out Courtney’s recent post on Revel — a Shopping Guide based on Katie + Max’s style!

What was the biggest challenge you faced when planning your wedding? (From the groom) Finding an amazing photographer was tough. Katie and I both professionally work with lighting and photography, so you can imagine our expectations were pretty high. Luckily, we knew from the moment we saw the first few pictures from our engagement shoot, that we had found exactly the right photographer.
Favorite design element of your big day: We loved the cornhole boards, and just couldn’t believe how well they turned out. We did the design and Emily Brown Lacroix for Merriment Events painted the boards. They look so professional that I have a hard time believing that they weren’t bought in a store. Emily made large stencils from the design to paint the board. She color-matched the paint using swatches we had sent so that everything matched the colors we had been using for details in the wedding.
What was your reception like? We loved our reception! It was held under a Sperry tent in my parent’s front yard. It almost felt like a circus tent underneath, especially with all of the lights on. We chose to have a Southern comfort food buffet. Everything felt so open, and it was really easy to see everyone. After dinner, the band began to play. We didn’t have a dance floor, so everyone ended up dancing in the mud, which was awesome!
Describe some of the decorations or décor elements you used: We had three long tables that formed a U-shape. We chose to go simple with the white linens, and had many colorful details that popped out against them. Aside from the centerpiece floral arrangements, we made hand embroidered and stuffed muslin hearts for the place settings. Each one had a guest’s name printed on a little hot pink flag that was attached to the heart with a pin. We then made flags of a similar design and color to wrap around our blue striped paper straws. We designed some really colorful table numbers. For the buffet cards, we cut out the name of the dish from kraft paper and glued white paper behind it. We then finished it off by sewing a stitch around the edge of the paper. Toward the end of the evening, we were served mini pies. To embellish them, we made little hot pink flags again and wrapped them around toothpicks that stuck into the pies. One of our favorite parts of the wedding was the untraditional guest book. Instead of having guests sign a book, we thought it would be great if they signed a piece of art that we could display in our home. We bought a blank 18” munny, a vinyl designer ‘toy’, and painted a pattern onto it with our wedding colors. Using a munny also had significance to us because we love and collect vinyl art.
What advice would you give to someone planning his or her wedding? Inspiration is everywhere, you just have to remember to hold on to it. If your wedding doesn’t feel inspired, it runs the risk of being less memorable.
Describe your wedding cake: It was inspired by Damien Hirst’s “Albumin, Human, Glycated”. We substituted our wedding colors for the ones that were in his painting.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Making more movies, and pursuing our lifelong dream of relaxation, good music, good food and amazing friends and family.

Photographer: Jodi Miller Photography // Planner: Merriment Events // Designer: Merriment Events, the bride and groom // Venue: Kilmarnock, Virginia // Florist: Merriment Events // Wedding Cake Baker: The Buttercream Bee // Mini Pies: Sweetest Thing Bakery // Caterer: Mosaic Unique Events // Bride’s Dress: Ouma // Hair Stylist: Avenue 42 Designs // Makeup Artist: Avenue 42 Designs // Bride’s Shoes: Delman Shoes // Bride’s Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. // Groom’s Fashion: Al’s Attire // Paper Goods: designed by the bride and groom, invitations and save the dates printed by Thousand Pound Press // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Skyline Tent Company, Festive Fare // Linens: BBJ Linen and Classic Party Rentals // Ceremony Décor: Honeycomb Balls from Devra Party Corp., glassine bags from Garnish // Reception Décor: Table number frames from Ikea, napkins printed by For Your Party, straws from Garnish, cornhole set from Cornhole Worldwide, painted by Merriment Events, munny from Kidrobot // Lighting: Skyline Tent Company // Band: Northridge booked via Sam Hill Entertainment

Jodi Miller Photography and Merriment Events are a part of our fabulous Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

Want more awesome details? How about these:
Melissa + Matthew’s DIY wedding chock full of colors here and here
Our Multicolored Wedding Details Pinterest Board

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Madelynne Miller reply

    Honestly, one of my absolute favorite weddings EVER. I fell in love with it all over again going through this post!

  2. avatar Saukok reply

    I can’t get enough of this wedding, it’s so happy!! Thanks for the x-link to us, Nicole!

  3. avatar Shelley reply

    Absolutely beautiful! Love that handmade weddings are becoming so popular and brides n grooms are so involved!

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    Wow!!! LOVE the use of color! So fun and cheery!!

  6. avatar Emily reply

    I love this wedding. It became the inspiration and jumping point for most of my planning. From the hanging lanterns to the flower girl pompoms, I loved the fun and colors.

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Emily! I’m SO glad you find this wedding inspiring – I can’t get enough of it, either!

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    These colors are great! Love the details.. and my favorite is the seat chart assignments!

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    Hi, my name is Amanda, I live in Brazil and am planning my wedding. I wonder what is the name of the print yellow table runner because I’m in love with her and I need to find it in Brazil to use in my decorating! This marriage is my starting point!

    Thank you!

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