As the maid of honor, one of the trickiest parts of hosting a bridal shower is getting the guests to introduce themselves to and interact with one another. Often you have two sets of families who have never met, mixed in with friends of the bride and groom who may not know anyone outside of their own group. This is where the bridal shower games come to the rescue, which is why it’s so important to choose a select few that will both break the ice and have guests bonding in no time. Below is a list of our 8 favorite bridal shower games guaranteed to give your bride-to-be and her guests a great time. As an added bonus, we’ve featured a few games that can be personalized by you to make this pre-wedding party one to remember.
1. The Ring Game
This is one of the most classic bridal shower games to play because it encourages conversations among all guests while also getting their competitive streak going. The rules are simple- If you get caught saying the word “wedding” or “bride”, your ring will be taken from you. Vice versa, if you catch another guest saying “wedding” or “bride”, you get to steal their ring. To set up, display a sign and a pile of plastic rings on a table by the front entrance so that each guest can grab one on their way in to the party. Whichever guest has the most bling at the end of the shower wins a prize.
2. The Memory Game
This is one of our favorite bridal shower games to play because it allows the guests to recreate personal memories they have with the bride, who in turn gets to take a fun trip down memory lane. For this game all you need are a stack of index cards, a box of pens and some kind of memory box (or even an empty kleenex box!) Once everyone has gotten settled in with food and drinks, pass out an index card and pen to each guest and ask them to record a specific memory they have with the bride. While the bride is opening her wedding gifts, read each memory aloud one by one and have her guess who it belongs to (3 guesses max!) There are no winners in this game, just lots of laughs.
3. Save the Date
To set up this bridal shower game, you must get together with your bride and have her provide you with some dates that are important to both her and the groom (i.e. their anniversary, first kiss, date he proposed, future wedding date). Next, create your own game cards by listing the name of the occasion by number in the left column and the date of the occasion (only month and day, no year) by letter in the right column (think of those matching tests you had to do in school where you draw a line to connect the two that correspond). Make sure to have enough copies for all guests to participate and see who can guess the most correctly!
4. What’s My Age Again?
To pull off this particular bridal shower game, you’ll need to enlist the help of both the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom. First, ask each to provide you with pictures of their respective child from infancy through teenage years (anywhere from 10-15 photos is ideal), making sure they include the age that the bride or groom was when the photo was taken. Once you’ve collected all of the pictures, secure them onto some sort of poster board, in random order, with a corresponding number (i.e. 1-10) placed next to each (don’t forget to make an answer key for yourself). At the bridal shower, display your picture poster board for everyone to see and provide enough pens and pieces of paper for all guests to participate. The guest who guesses the most correct ages wins!
5. Where Were We?
If the couple you’re celebrating are big travelers, we highly suggest this as one of the bridal shower games you play. Similar to “What’s My Age Again?”, except instead of individual childhood pictures of the bride and groom, you’ll need to gather 10-15 photos of the couple throughout their relationship. The goal of this game is to have guests guess where the couple was when each of the photos were taken, so make sure these pictures aren’t selfies from their couch. While pictures taken during travelling vacations are ideal, feel free to feature everyday pictures like the couple at their favorite bar, restaurant, brewery, etc. As I’m sure you’ve figured out by now, the guest with the most correct answers wins a prize.
6. Musical Bouquet
Similar to musical chairs, but with a fun wedding twist! This is the only one of our bridal shower games guaranteed to get guests up off their chairs and is especially funny after a few trips to the mimosa bar. To play, fashion a bouquet out of real flowers or use the ribbons and bows from the gifts, then have the guests create a large circle. Once everyone is in place, turn your back to the circle and start the party music. Guest will quickly pass the bouquet around the circle until the music stops, and whoever is left holding it will be eliminated. Continue on until there is one woman left standing and she will be crowned the winner.
7. Couples Jeopardy
Of all the bridal shower games on our list, this is the most creative and crafty (aka DIY). Although it takes some effort on your part to put together, it’s a great way to show your bride that you care enough to go the extra step. In order to make the game board you will need a large poster board, colored markers and post-it notes. The category choices are up to you, but the most common include the bride, the groom, the couple, and fun facts. Feel free to add in wedding related categories like movies, traditions or celebrity couples. For each category, come up with 5 questions that rate from easiest to hardest and score them from 100-500. To play the game, split the guests into two teams however you see fit and get ready to do your best Alex Trebek impersonation. The team with the most points at the end wins a prize!
8. Love Songs
While this is one of those bridal shower games that requires a bit of planning on your part, it’s super easy and fun to play once put together. Start by making a playlist featuring both classic and current love songs (remember that you’ll have guests of all ages attending, so it must be fair to everyone). We recommend choosing anywhere from 10-20 songs as to not make it too hard or too tedious of a game. At the bridal shower, pass out a pen and a piece of paper to each guest, then one by one play a snippet of each song. It’s up to you to decide if guests should guess the name of the song or the artist who sings it (or allow them to guess both for double points). Whichever you choose, the guest with the most correct answers wins.
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