In our search to plan the ultimate bridal shower, we searched high and low, and asked everyone we know for the best wedding and bridal shower games. Here’s Bridal Couture Magazines Top 10!
1.) Read His Mind
Before the couple become one on their wedding day, test their knowledge of each other to find out if they really are ‘of the same mind.’ A week or two before the shower, ask the groom twenty revealing questions about himself and his relationship (if planning a couple’s wedding shower, give the bride her own set of twenty questions to answer), and film the groom answering each question.
2.) Bangle Shakedown
Looking for a fun game to keep guests as engaged as the bride-to-be? Here you have it. Before the party, come up with a short list of overused wedding-related words or exclamations (e.g. bride, wedding, dress, “Aww!”) to forbid. As each guest arrives, give her a charm bracelet with a little note listing the forbidden words and the following rules: if someone hears another person saying a word on the list at any time during the shower, she gets to take the rule-breaker’s bracelet. At the end of the party, the person with the most bracelets gets a prize—plus the chic set of bracelets on her arm!
3.) Newspaper Wedding Dress
This is a fun spin-off of the classic game, Toilet Paper Wedding Dress. Assign each team a section of the wedding dress (e.g. sleeve, bodice, train, veil, skirt) Then, dress the bride in all the fabulously inventive pieces and have her pose for a very humorous photo-op.
4.) Take Yarn, Tell a Yarn
One of the best icebreakers around involves nothing more than a ball of ribbon or yarn. As your guests arrive, give them the ball of ribbon and scissors and instruct them to cut off as much as they think they’ll need—and remain mum when they inevitably ask, “Need for what?” As soon as everyone is situated—absentmindedly playing with their lengths of ribbon—go around the room and have each person talk about himself or herself for as long as it takes to wrap the piece of yarn around a finger. The longer the string, the longer they talk—and the more you get to know your guests!
5.) Memory Lane Mysteries
A blank note card along with a request to write down his or her favorite memory of the bride, groom or the couple. When they arrive, have your guests drop their memories into a card box. At the shower, read each memory out loud and ask the bride and/or groom to guess which guest wrote it. From childhood memories to milestone moments, each card reflects the personal bond that each guest has with the couple. And, at the end of the day, the bride has a stack of personal keepsakes to cherish always.
6.) Wedding Ring Dec-a-Cake
Double the fun at your wedding shower with a tasty twist on tradition. You may have heard of the age-old bake-the-ring-in-a-cake trick: the hostess takes a toy ring or wedding trinket and bakes it right into a cake; at the shower, each guest takes a slice and whoever gets the ring is the next in line to marry her dearly beloved.
7.) Pass the Presents
Who says the bride and groom should get all of the gifts? With this fast-paced, interactive game, everyone has a shot! Before the shower, wrap two or three gifts in decorative wrapping paper. When it’s game time, have everyone sit in a circle. Give each gift to a random person in the circle—or for the young and spry, put the gifts in the center and have all guests grab for one on the count of three.
8.) Couple’s Roast
Here’s a great one for a couple’s wedding shower (though you can always change it up a bit for a bridal shower). First, cut paper into strips and divide into two equal piles. For the strips in one pile, you’ll write an emotion for the groom and an emotion for the bride. For example, “Jane is mad. John is worried,” “Jane is highly amused. John is bored silly,” or “Jane is scared. John is excited.” Then, write different scenarios on the strips in the other pile. For example, “John tells Jane he can’t go to the mall with her because he made plans to watch the game with the boys,” “John tells Jane he traded in the coupe for a minivan,” or “Jane tells John her mother is coming to visit for three months.” Then, have guests break out into teams of two. Each picks a strip from a different pile, puts them together and acts out the scenario with the assigned emotions—all while trying to mimic the couple’s mannerisms and quirky tics! Give the bride and groom scorecards—0 to 10—to rate each performance. The highest scoring duo wins a prize!
9.) Two Truths and a Lie
This is a great icebreaker for guests who are just getting to know each other. Each guest tells the group three experiences he or she has had with the bride or groom; two are true, one is a lie. Guests then guess which one they think is a lie. Often, the most unbelievable stories are the truth!
10.) Pin the Ring on the Groom
This game can be tailored to fit the mood of any bridal shower. Start with a poster-sized picture of the groom. For a traditional shower, give each guest a faux wedding ring. For a more risqué lingerie shower, give each guest a pair of ladies’ lacy underwear. Blindfold your guests in turn and give each a pushpin and a ring or a pair of underwear. For the ring, whoever pins it closest to his finger, wins. As for the cheeky lingerie, place hooks in strategic places on the poster; whoever throws the underwear on the craziest spot, wins—plus, the bride gets to add the lacy confections to her collection!