The best summer wedding lawn games
Keeping the food and drink flowing will keep your wedding guests entertained for a good while before the dancing starts. However, adding some entertainment during the drinks reception and after the wedding breakfast is a lovely touch. It can really add to the atmosphere of the day, making your celebration feel like a proper party. What's more, have a think about <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/timings-for-your-wedding-day-how-long-does-everything-take/20521.html" target="_self">the timings of your day</a>. If you have a very long gap between the ceremony and reception, having some entertainment can stop <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/guests/how-to-make-sure-your-wedding-guests-dont-get-bored/20832.html">guests getting bored</a> - or drunk! - as they wait for the main meal.<br /><br />Your wedding entertainment doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. Summer lawn games, which you can either buy or DIY, are a great way to keep everyone happy for hours. If you have a large guest list, it's a good idea to have a few games around your venue. So which games go down well?<br /><br />The classic noughts and crosses board is a firm favourite. Create your own and watch as your nearest and dearest get competitive. Genius. <br /><br /><strong>Read more: <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/venues/ideas-for-outdoor-and-woodland-weddings/20535.html" target="_self">Styling ideas for outdoor and woodland weddings</a></strong><br /><br />Or if you're happy to allocate some of your budget, you can buy an outdoor set, like this version from <a href="https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/ubergames/product/giant-noughts-and-crosses?istCompanyId=aa76f5e6-d733-4e56-8409-574cea196cc9&istItemId=xmxmtpxxqt&istBid=t&gclid=CjwKCAjwyrvaBRACEiwAcyuzRPmZ0rqnBz6oLdORFsHE5wJttHcgIlDSHlQqBaLXbFqwhMSCseQ1cxoCi7oQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CIfHpuDDqNwCFZMR0wodNT0KuQ" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">notonthehightstreet.com</a>
Coconut shies are simply perfect for a festival-themed wedding, and you can match the colour scheme to your decor, too. Want more festival ideas? Check out this incredible <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/real-weddings/summer/real-wedding-a-boho-festival-themed-celebration-with-a-rime-arodaky-wedding-dress/22922.html" target="_self">boho festival wedding</a>.<br /><br />If you don't want to go fully DIY, you can buy a coconut shy kit at <a href="https://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_106010268599?brand=Professor-Puzzle&cat1=Toys&cat2=Outdoor-%26-garden-toys&cat3=Garden-games-%26-toys&CMP=SSH_3501728133_1337154445_57208237087&gclid=CjwKCAjwyrvaBRACEiwAcyuzRK2JyiL5E3hBLNfehJeO9KzT-SG6_P38_yCWn-IRHH5yOzdMpk199RoCDiUQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">debenhams.com</a>
We want to meet whoever came up with this giant-size Kerplunk and shake their hand. Check out <a href="https://www.pinterest.co.uk/youyourwedding/diy-wedding-ideas/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">You & Your Wedding on Pinterest</a> for our edit of the best DIY wedding ideas out there.<br /><br /><strong><br /></strong>
Have a hula hooping competition! You'll be surprised how persuasive your ushers can be when it comes to rounding the troops to take part.<br /><br /><strong>Read more: <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/entertainment/cheap-and-expensive-wedding-entertainment-ideas/21314.html" target="_self">Wedding entertainment for every budget</a><br /><br /></strong>For some after-dark fun, get some <a href="https://www.glowsticks.co.uk/light-up-and-flashing-hoop.html?gclid=CjwKCAjwyrvaBRACEiwAcyuzRH8OKop7qn8v53adTLN-CVgnair_VkLgRcUIRYCHSsbJwHnTEQlPixoC-aIQAvD_BwE#FLASHHULAHOOP" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">glowing hula hoops</a> that will light up the night.
This flashback to<em> Gladiators</em> is blowing our minds. Gladiator combat sticks are so simple, yet so effective. Maybe skip the balancing on tree trunks bit, however, and stick to flat ground - a twisted ankle will rather spoil the wedding mood. You can buy sets at various outlets, including these from <a href="https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/283050212563?chn=ps" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ebay</a>.<br /><br />Want to add some more nostalgic childhood favourites to your wedding? Noughties kids should check out <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/shoes-and-accessories/children-of-the-90s-weve-found-your-wedding-day-bag/22444.html" target="_self">this amazing bag</a>.
Giant Connect Four - it's a classic for a reason. <br /><br /><strong>Read more: <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/how-to-plan-a-wedding-for-under-2000/21084.html" target="_self">How to plan a wedding for under £2,000</a></strong><br /><br />There are lots of versions of giant Connect 4 - also known as four in a row - out there to buy, including a version from <a href="https://www.biggamehunters.co.uk/acatalog/Maxi-4--543.html?gclid=CjwKCAjwyrvaBRACEiwAcyuzROP85t8TKwiNElva13FFqgSkMs85VKmG3OQy6zXrRSYcxyb1hJl--BoCy80QAvD_BwE" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">biggamehunters.co.uk</a>
It doesn't get more retro than space hoppers! You could organise races, or just let your guests take it in turns to bounce happily around your venue. After all, one of <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/13-things-your-wedding-guests-wish-you-knew/22865.html" target="_self">the 13 things wedding guests wish couples knew</a> is that fun entertainment is always appreciated - and it doesn't have to be anything over-complicated.<br /><br />Get yours at <a href="http://www.argos.co.uk/product/4286318?storeID=20&cmpid=GS001&_$ja=tsid:59156|acid:444-797-0832|cid:598623310|agid:28645206445|tid:aud-140969654713:pla-290682974394|crid:96091159045|nw:g|rnd:511917726668486300|dvc:c|adp:1o2|mt:|loc:9045945&gclid=CjwKCAjwyrvaBRACEiwAcyuzRIHbTE3wQQMF6IjA2P8k089rng4p7qPJyhRFRhVoaNKWlaHD_UkH0RoCVH4QAvD_BwE" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">argos.co.uk</a>
Everyone loves proving that they have a good aim after a few drinks! This is a fairly simple game to put together yourself, if you're keen <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/ideas/diy-and-craft/20-creative-ways-to-diy-your-wedding/20789.html" target="_self">to DIY your wedding.</a><br /><br />Alternatively, you can save some time by buying a readymade version - we like the wooden quoits game at <a href="https://www.waitrosegarden.com/product/_/wooden-quoits/classid.2000031278/?gclid=CjwKCAjwyrvaBRACEiwAcyuzRJxS-FjpTZiu_92TUg140vTXjC9QtDR0pYS8IMevK1CUmCCveT4LkRoCgqoQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=COPz6OHhqNwCFUJ00wodvToBPw" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">waitrosegarden.com </a>
If you're having multiple games, why not hold a mini Olympics and get a tally board involved to spice things up? Just one thing: don't make it compulsory. Fun things immediately cease to be fun when they're compulsory. For some people, competitive games have been their personal nightmare since school. If anyone wants to watch from the sidelines and cheer others on, let them.<br /><br /><strong>Read more: <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/guests/35-thoughts-every-guest-has-at-a-wedding/20841.html" target="_self">35 thoughts every wedding guest has</a></strong><br /><br /><br />
Boules is a great game for everyone - not too difficult, but challenging enough to keep people interested. It brings a certain French sophistication to your day, too - perfect if you're dreaming of <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/real-weddings/autumn/real-wedding-vineyard-views-at-a-chateau-in-the-south-of-france/21670.html" target="_self">a French chateau wedding</a> (even if you're getting married in the UK!). You'll need to buy a set or two. There are lots of cheap versions available. However, we do love the personalised boules set from <a href="https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/bespoak/product/personalised-wedding-boules-and-petanque-set" target="_self" rel="nofollow">notonthehighstreet.com</a>, which you can have as a lovely keepsake after the wedding.
Croquet is one of the best lawn games out there. <br /><br /><strong>Read more: <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/entertainment/the-ultimate-wedding-party-playlists-for-your-reception/22436.html" target="_self">The ultimate wedding reception playlists<br /><br /></a></strong>Sets vary greatly in price, depending on how high end you want to go. We like the £20 set from <a href="https://www.theworks.co.uk/p/wooden-toys/wooden-croquet-set/5052089223837?CAWELAID=720011340002595233&catargetid=720011340002299425&cadevice=c&gclid=CjwKCAjw-dXaBRAEEiwAbwCi5pehdoBoOftxyvWsxzgYFKrUVcqP-SwOIPCgJ-6axTygEWvcosIiUxoC0XMQAvD_BwE" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Works</a> as a budget-friendly option, or there's one for £35 at <a href="https://www.marksandspencer.com/wooden-croquet-set/p/p60172587?extid=ps_gglpla_Home&Furniture_1343165966_52887351494&s_kwcid=AL!2750!3!262227119889!!!g!310610964633!__EFKW__&device=c&cvosrc=ppc%20shopping.google.Home%20&%20Furniture%20%3E%20Garden%20&%20Travel%20%3E%20Outdoor%20%3E%20Garden%20Games&cvo_pid=52887351494http://servedby.flashtalking.com/click/1/37735;928990;369310;252;0/?ft_section=60172587&ft_keyword=googleshopping&url=https://www.marksandspencer.com/wooden-croquet-set/p/p60172587?extid=ps_gglpla_Home&Furniture_1343165966_52887351494&s_kwcid=AL!2750!3!262227119889!!!g!310610964633!__EFKW__&device=c&cvosrc=ppc%20shopping.google.Home%2520%2526%2520Furniture%2520%253E%2520Garden%2520%2526%2520Travel%2520%253E%2520Outdoor%2520%253E%2520Garden%2520Games&cvo_pid=52887351494&gclid=CPj6hIyStdwCFQOShQodwCkGIQ&gclsrc=ds&pdpredirect" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Marks & Spencer</a>.
Try that school sports day favourite, the sack race! This one's got fall-over-and-create-a-massive-bundle-with-the-groom-at-the-bottom written all over it, but it'll be fun, nevertheless.<br /><br />You'll be able to order inexpensive sacks on <a href="https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/Yuzet-5-X-Adults-Sack-Racing-Game-Sacks-Sports-Day-60cm-X-110cm-Hessian-School/3003300920?iid=192238933637" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">eBay</a>. This is a great option if you're looking for entertainment while keeping to a tight wedding budget. Want to save money on other parts of your celebration? Read our guide to <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/your-wedding-budget-what-to-spend-where/20113.html" target="_self">how to avoid wasting wedding money.</a>
Giant chess is fun for the more cerebral guests. And for those who aren't into chess? It's a great photo opportunity! If you're having giant chess, make sure you posing on the board is <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/photographers/12-wedding-pictures-you-should-ask-your-photographer-to-take/21236.html" target="_self">one of the pictures you ask your photographer to take</a>.<br /><br />If you're saving money - or just don't know where you'd keep a giant chess set after the day - it's worth looking into hiring a set. Alternatively, you can buy your own at different price points; there's a £318 version at <a href="https://www.partypacks.co.uk/giant-plastic-chess-pieces-pid63925.html?gclid=CjwKCAjw-dXaBRAEEiwAbwCi5oYsjuDPVUfda8YCw9PnkzaCz746Yp6COp5gHakqPq_5YgWjx3IKvhoCqy0QAvD_BwE" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Party Packs</a>.
Give Twister an outdoor update! This one is SO easy to do. And it will be so much fun. Just do it.<br /><br />Be sure to check with your venue that they're happy for you to spray the grass, and use non-toxic paint that won't cause any damage.<br /><br /><strong>Read more: <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/best-diy-wedding-ideas/20574.html" target="_self">The best DIY wedding ideas</a></strong>
Giant Jenga is a classic! And you can even turn this into a fun guestbook idea by asking people to sign a piece as they pop it on the tower. Two birds, one stone. (We have plenty more <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/ideas/mood-boards/best-alternative-wedding-guestbook-ideas/20969.html" target="_self">alternative guestbook ideas</a> if you want further inspiration.)<br /><br />There's a sturdy-looking version for £49.50 at <a href="https://www.marksandspencer.com/wooden-giant-toppling-tower/p/p60172586?gclid=COHj3OuYtdwCFUImGwodK9UNrA" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Marks & Spencer</a>.
Spotted on Pinterest: a hanging doughnut display. Apparently you just hang some doughnuts off a tree and ask people to eat them with no hands and without licking their lips. This is one of the most <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/13-amazingly-unusual-wedding-food-ideas/22274.html" target="_self">unusual wedding food ideas</a> we've seen, and it has split the You & Your Wedding team. The doughnut-lovers think this is a dream; the rest worry the dangling doughnuts would attract insects. <br /><br />
Supersize Scrabble is a perfect form of entertainment - especially when you provide comfy seats and a cosy setting like this one. Want to make it even more laidback? Put out a basket of <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/shoes-and-accessories/havaianas-has-launched-a-collection-of-wedding-flip-flops-and-we-love-them/22300.html" target="_self">wedding flip flops</a> so guests can slip off their shoes and really relax.
Photo boards can be fun, especially for young children. Want more ideas to keep little ones amused? Here are the most fun ways <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/entertainment/fun-and-exciting-ways-to-entertain-children-at-weddings/22493.html" target="_self">to keep children entertained at weddings</a>.
Limbo, anyone? All you really need is a long stick and two willing helpers prepared to hold each end. For something a bit fancier, you can set up a limbo station like this.<br /><br />There's a set on <a href="https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/ubergames/product/limbo" rel="nofollow">Not On The High Street</a> for £30.<br /><br /><strong>Read more: <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/how-to-make-your-wedding-aisle-look-pretty/20914.html" target="_self">How to make your wedding aisle look pretty</a></strong>