Have a Sports-themed Wedding
If your fiance has a sports obsession and wants to make it part of your wedding day don’t shriek in horror because it can be done in some subtle ways that shows you care about his needs and desires but still let you have the wedding you’ve always dreamed of.And, if you are a big sports fan also then this is a perfect way to show off your favorite sports and teams to your guests and have that day even more special filled with memories, fun and joy.There are really no limits to the sports things that are now available and can be used in your wedding.Let me run through some of them and show you how you can incorporate sports into your day, colors and theme that will please the both of you.
Wedding Invitations and Programs
You can give your guests an idea of what your theme will be as early as when they open their wedding invitation!How about sending them an invitation that looks like a sports programs or, if you still want a more traditional invitation then how about including cards that look like baseball cards or football cards (or whatever your favorite sports are) and use picture of the two of you; you can even put some “statistics” on the back or some of your favorite quotes or whatever you feel you’d like to do.Another idea is to design them to look like tickets to a sporting event.You can get more ideas from a site like CustomSportsCards.com.
- Sports Card Wedding Invitation
- You can also get sports-themed wedding day programs.
- Wedding Accessories
- Sports Themed Wedding Garter
Surprise him when you take off your garter and he sees that it is in team colors or something sports related and then toss another garter and give that one to him.The groomsmen might wear cufflinks in the shape of a ball of a favorite sport or the logo of a favorite team.Argyle socks in a favorite school of professional team color would work well and be fun.You can get flowers with a sports theme… like in the team colors or with small sport/team related trinkets embedded into the flower arrangements.Flower Girl and Ring BearerYour flower girl might scatter her petals from a basket that has a logo of a favorite team or sport on it; as just about everything else, they are available on the InternetFor your ring bearer, pillows can also be found with the same logos on them.
Wedding Theme Colors
As an example, to everyone at the ceremony your bridesmaid dresses in blue and white is a lovely colorto dress them in, but to your groom it’s also the color of his favorite LA Dodgers baseball team.Depending upon what the team or school colors are, you can find great dresses in those colors.
Wedding Rehearsal Dinner
This is a time when you can have a lot of fun especially with a sports theme.For example, book a bowling alley for the day or evening or maybe get some box seats at his favorite sporting event.You might even be able to have the event at a local public golf club.Wedding Guest BookSports Themed Wedding Guest Book For a wonderful keepsake in your new game room or office have the guests sign:A sports jersey of your favorite team A team helmet (for small weddings or get multiple helmets) If you like a specific sport have something specific to the sport like an actual basketball to sign if you are a big basketball fan or if baseball is a favored sport then get a home plate for people to signYou can use your imagination and come up with something yourselves that reflect your favorite sport.
Wedding Table Centerpieces
The ideas for your table centerpieces is really limitless as you can fill containers shaped or relating to your sport with your favorite flowers and greenery; or cut basketballs, footballs, or soccer balls in half and fill them with flowers.Just a couple of other ideas would be to fill a clear tall tubular vase with tennis, baseball or golf balls and top it with an elegant or casual flower arrangement.Make the guests an edible centerpiece by filling containers of your choice with peanuts in the shell and other stadium snacks and surround it with the sport-related items.See just how much fun this can be when you get creative with the table centerpieces. If you need more ideas here is a page with lots of pictures of sports-themed wedding centerpieces.
Wedding Party Photos
Even though you want those very important formal photos it would be fun to incorporate into less formal shots the sports items related to the sport you are featuring on this day.You could also have a sports themed wedding album and, if you’re a real fanatic you can make the album just like a sports media guide!Wedding Cakes and Cake Toppers
Sports Themed Wedding Cake
Your wedding cake will be a focal point during your reception festivities.Guests arrive at at the reception will be looking for your wedding cake.Be sure you know exactly what it is that you want your cake to look like, you really cannot afford to have your baker make a good guess at what it is you want it to look like.Bring photos, magazine clippings, your team logo, jersey, etc. along with you.In fact, take whatever it is you need to get your ideas across to the bakers you interview and give them lots of sports themed wedding cake ideas.Click here for some pictures of sports themed wedding cakes.You have almost a limitless choice of sport-themed cake topper and the Internet will be your best friend in finding the one you want for your perfect sport-themed wedding cake… here are some ideas…Sports Themed Wedding Cake Toppers
If you are doing a groom’s table really do it up with an out-of-the-park cake and decorate the table with sports items he will love.This is a very special way to feature and honor the man of the hour.Cracker Jacks, Peanuts and Candy Bars for a Sports-themed Wedding Favors
There are a myriad of options for sports themed wedding favors, here are a small selection of ideas to get you started:
- Custom embossed baseballs hand signed by the bride and groom
- Boxes of Peanuts and Cracker Jacks
- Personalized mini plastic helmets or mini baseball bats with your wedding date and logo
- Custom made pennants and rally towels.
- Engraved baseball bat shaped pens
- Even baseball cookies in stadium shaped tins from the Cooperstown Cookie Company
You could also have some of the reception staff walk your popcorn, peanuts, cracker jacks, and even things like packs of sports themed cards, your custom pennants, etc.
You can serve fun and tasty food based on what your particular sport features at their events, i.e. stadium food! But you can also, serve just whatever food you and your fiance like and think your guests will enjoy.
You can start with some of the basic ballpark standbys:
- Hot dogs
- Ice cream
Then add some of the specialty foods, here are some I got by doing this Google search.
From Maxim Magazine:
- The Schmitter
- Crab Cakes
- Turkey leg
- Baked potato
- Krispy Kreme donut burger
- Fish tacos especiales
- Gilroy Garlic Fries
- Rocky Mountain Oysters
From Men’s Health:
- Tri-Tip Sandwich
- Dungeness Crab Sandwich
- Fish Tacos
- Philly Cheesesteak
- Cheese Curds
- Elote Corn
- Pulled Pork Sandwich
- Pickle Dog
- Turkey Leg
Sports Themed Wedding Food Veggie Dog
Want some vegetarian choices also, how about these from PETA:
- Poppie (made with fresh mozzarella, roasted eggplant, red peppers, and sun-dried tomatoes)
- Vegan chicken-steak sandwich
- Italian vegetable grinder
- Vegetarian Italian sausages
- Veggie barbeque riblets
- Mushroom fajitas
- Vegan Sloppy Joe
- Veggie sushi
- Bean burritos
- Veggie wraps
- Vegan chili
- Tofu sandwiches with Vegenaise
- Pasta primavera
- Vegetarian lo mein
- Salad with fried green tomatoes
- Veggie “walk-a-taco”
- Vegan mousse martinis
- Vegetarian stir-fry
- Minnesota’s “accidentally vegan” apple pie
- And, of course, the ever-popular veggie dogs and black-bean burgers
One Final Surprise
Did you know that many stadiums will let you have your wedding right the one the field?So if you want to say your vows right on the 50-yard line or a home plate just contact your nearest ballpark or your favorite team to see what they can do.One caveat though, since the teams need to play on those fields you’ll need to schedule this way in advance, don’t be surprised if they require a one year advanced reservation.And there you go… some great ideas and suggestions to make it even more fun to have a sports-themed wedding and ways to add a “sports touch” to any wedding so you have a really perfect day and a theme that includes the two of you.Below, please share other sports-themed wedding ideas you have seen or used that you think are great and thanks so much.