Whether you’re planning an outdoor wedding or your venue has open spaces, lawn games are a great way to entertain guests at your wedding. They provide an ice breaker for members of the two families that might well be meeting for the very first time (and an opportunity for them to mingle), entertainment for the time between the ceremony ending and the reception beginning, and opportunities for some fabulous photos! We’ve put together some ideas to help you make the most of the summer weather.
Hook The Duck
A fairground classic, and perfect for a festival wedding or a vintage wedding! We float a number of rubber ducks in a vintage tin bath, and provide you with rods to hook your duck with. Three goes – can you pick a winner?
An ever-popular game at fetes and fairs, but much harder than it looks. Score points by landing balls in the numbered holes. Our ball toss game is a vintage fete attraction, purchased from a village just across the border in Suffolk.
Noughts and Crosses
Who hasn’t played noughts and crosses? Two players, X and O, take turns placing their markers in the spaces of a 3×3 grid. The player who succeeds in placing three of their marks in a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal row wins the game.
Still found at funfairs, the coconut shy is a traditional game. Throw balls at the coconuts to try and dislodge them. Our Edwardian set up looks amazing in an open field or within the gardens of a venue.
A game I remember playing at the village fete when I was young(er)! Throw your horseshoe at the stake in the ground. There are two ways to score: by throwing “ringers” or by throwing the horseshoe nearest to the stake. A ringer is a horseshoe that completely encircles the stake.
The name ‘Jenga’ comes from the Swahili word meaning ‘build’. Players take turns removing one block at a time from a tower constructed of wooden blocks. Each block removed is then placed on top of the tower, creating a progressively taller and unstable structure.
Chess and Draughts
Test your guests’ thinking skills with chess. Our vintage chess table comes with wooden playing pieces in one compartment, and if you don’t fancy chess you can use the draughts playing pieces found in the other compartment!
Croquet is a quintessential English garden game. It is played by two sides. One side has the black and blue balls and the other side has the red and yellow balls. The object of the game is to advance the balls around the lawn by hitting them with a mallet, scoring a point for each hoop made in the correct order and direction. The winning side is the first to score the 6 hoop points and then finish by scoring one peg point for each of its balls.
Tin Can Alley
This is another fairground favourite. Build up the stack of tin cans and try to knock them over with the bags provided.
Duck Shooting Gallery
Roll up, roll up! All the fun of the fair is here in our duck shooting gallery. Shoot the ducks down, one by one, then finally shoot the target to make the ducks reappear.
So, there’s 10 wedding lawn games ideas for you to be getting on with… and we haven’t even mentioned quoits, giant connect 4, skittles, or welly wanging! Are there any other lawn games that you would like to see at your wedding? Let us know in the comments below…