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  • Writer's pictureKatharine Snowden

Best lawn games for your outdoor marquee wedding

Updated: Nov 27, 2023

Bring on the fun with our pick of the most loved marquee wedding games!


Marquee weddings are a great way to celebrate your love in the great outdoors. They offer a spacious and versatile venue that can be styled to fit whatever vision you have for your big day. And, of course, no marquee wedding would be complete without some fun outdoor wedding games!


Outside a Peacock and Bow pole and canvas marquee, a wedding guest plays giant connect four with a small child.

From classic favourites to unique twists, we've rounded up the best loved wedding activities for guests that will transform your celebration into a festival of fun.


Here are our favourite outdoor lawn games for marquee weddings. Let the games begin!


Cornhole

The cornhole game, or bean bag toss as it’s more commonly known here in the UK, is an ever-popular wedding game to kick off the fun.


Cornhole is a lot of fun and can be enjoyed by people of all skill levels. Set up a few cornhole boards in different areas of your marquee so guests can easily find one to play.


You can personalise your boards to match your wedding theme and let guests form teams for a friendly bean bag tossing competition. It's the perfect icebreaker that will have everyone aiming for victory.

Cornhole or beanbag toss game set up at a Peacock and Bow pole and canvas marquee wedding.

Boules

Or Pétanque if you want to get really Provençal about it. Bring a touch of French Riviera charm to your event with a boules tournament. Set up a dedicated area outside your marquee and provide elegant boules sets. Add our outdoor terrace to your marquee package. With matted flooring, seating and festoons hung on giant shepherds crooks it will provide the perfect spectator’s area.


Boules is a timeless lawn game that pairs perfectly with our elegant pole and canvas marquees. It’s sure to add an air of sophistication to your marquee wedding without sacrificing any of the fun.


A boules set at a Peacock and Bow pole and canvas marquee wedding.

Ring Toss

This simple game is perfect for kids and adults alike. Try to toss rings over a peg to win points. This is a great game to play at the reception while guests are waiting for dinner to be served. The wooden pegs and rope rings also add to the rustic charm of our traditional pole and canvas marquees.

A ring toss game, perfect for a Peacock and Bow pole and canvas marquee wedding.

Croquet

Channel your inner Winona Ryder with a game of croquet (‘Heathers’ anyone?). This classic lawn game is perfect for a summer wedding. Designate a space where guests can test their ball-hitting skills. It's an excellent way to get people mingling, and if they’re of a certain age, shouting ’What’s your damage Heather!’ at each other.


A scene from the film Heathers, Winona Ryder's head is sticking out the ground, croquet balls lie nearby.

Giant Jenga

This classic game is always a hit at weddings. The bigger the Jenga blocks, the more fun it is! Set up a giant Jenga game in a central location in your marquee, or in the surrounding grounds, and let the fun times stack up (yeah, I even made myself groan with that one!)


Sack Race

Recreate sports day and unleash your inner child with a sack race! This game adds a delightful touch of nostalgia and encourages a healthy dose of friendly rivalry. Emphasis on the ‘friendly’ for those of you who have ever taken part in the Dad’s race.


The hessian sacks perfectly compliment the look and feel of your beautiful pole and canvas marquee, so it's the ideal wedding activity for your guests. Gather participants of all ages for a race that's sure to produce plenty of laughs.

A child takes part in a sack race at a Peacock and Bow pole and canvas marquee wedding.

Hula Hoops

Hips don’t lie on and off the dancefloor with a hula hoop station! Invite guests to showcase their skills and see who can last the longest. Hula hoops are fun for all ages and a great way to get guests limbered up for the evening entertainment.


Planning your outdoor wedding lawn games

These are just a few of the many outdoor wedding lawn games and activities that you can have at your marquee wedding. With so many options to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect wedding games to keep your guests entertained all day long!


Here are our tips for planning your outdoor wedding lawn games

  • Choose games that are appropriate for all ages

  • Make sure you have enough space for the games you choose

  • Have prizes on hand for the winners of the games

  • Decorate the area where you're playing the games to match your wedding theme

  • Enlist the most authoritative, head teacherly person in your wedding party, or hire a professional to help run the games and keep guests safe


With a little planning, you can easily create a fun and memorable outdoor wedding lawn games experience that your guests will love.


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