How Old Was the Bride Game: How to Play + Printable Cards

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Our rule of thumb when it comes to picking the best bridal shower games is to keep them simple yet entertaining, while also focusing on the bride-to-be. The How Old Was the Bride game checks all these boxes, which is why it’s at the top of our list for go-to games!

We also love that the setup of this game includes the mother (and/or any other close family members) of the bride, as she is the one who will be providing all the childhood photos of her daughter.

Most importantly, this game creates a glimpse into the bride’s past that is bound to encourage conversation and story-telling among guests (even those who may have never met!)

MODERN MOH TIP: Looking for something that focuses on the bride and groom? No problem! Simply change the game to How Old Were the Bride and Groom and you’re all set.

What do you need to play?

  • Your favorite version of our printable How Old Was the Bride cards (see options below)
  • Ten photos of the bride-to-be from infancy through her teenage years
  • An answer key from the MOB with the age of the bride in each photo
  • A way to display these photos (scroll for our best methods)
  • Enough pens/pencils as there are bridal shower guests
  • A prize for the winner (optional)

How do you set up the How Old Was the Bride Game?

There are many ways to go about setting up this game, but we prefer one of the two following methods:

  1. Purchase a tri-fold display board and glue/tape. Prior to the bridal shower, glue/tape the photos onto the board in random order, using a permanent marker to label them 1-10. This board can then be displayed on a table next to the game cards and pens.
  2. Purchase a roll of twine and a pack of mini clothespins. Once you arrive at the bridal shower venue, tape twine to any wall or table, then secure the photos (again in random order) to the twine using the mini clothespins. Feel free to number the photos by creating your own labels, or simply announce to guests that they’re hung in numerical order.

How do you play?

  • Once all the guests have arrived, make a quick announcement about where the game is set up so that no one forgets to participate. Be sure to instruct them to hold on to their game cards until it’s time to reveal the answers.
  • As the bride gets ready to sit down and open her gifts, grab your answer key and begin reading off the corresponding ages of each photo 1-10, with guests receiving one point for each correct answer.
  • When you’re done announcing the answers, have guests tally up their total points. The guest with the most correct answers wins!

Extra tips for playing the How Old Was the Bride Game

  • Instead of featuring photos from every single age, space them out every couple of years to make it a bit more difficult for guests to guess the correct answer.
  • While reading the answers, encourage participants to share a specific memory they may have of the bride at that certain age. This is a great way for other guests to learn more about her childhood!
  • If you are planning to give out a prize to the winner, consider getting an additional prize or two in case of a tie (you can always give them out to the 2nd and 3rd place players).

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