AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
So your job is to plan a memorable pre-wedding celebration for your best friend. The food, drinks, location and music is organised. You have a couple of activities up your sleeve. But what about the games? Games for the bridal shower can be anything from sweet to hilarious - meaning there's a little something to suit every bride and her shower perfectly! For wedding shower game inspiration, check out our favourite options below...!
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Laughter & creativity – the game that produces some hilarious art work!
First of all, you’ll have to come up with a list of wedding related words. For example, wedding dress, bridesmaids, first dance and romance. Once you have your list, write each word onto its own individual piece of paper. Fold these up and place them in a bowl.
HOW TO PLAY:
To play your game of bridal Pictionary, split guests into two teams. These teams will take it in turns to have one of their members pick a wedding related word from the bowl and attempt to draw it (all whilst their team members try to guess what the drawing is, using pictures alone!). Set a time limit for the drawer (such as 1 minute) to make the game even more fun!
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Tell the REAL story of how the happy couple got to where they are today! This sweet game can be played in two different ways – with both options resulting in hilarious stories your best friend can treasure forever!
HOW TO PLAY OPTION 1 (PASS THE LOVE STORY):
To play, you will need to find some paper and pens. Starting with the words ‘Once upon a time’, the first guest writes one sentence about how the bride and groom met. The paper is then passed to another guest, who adds their own sentence to the growing story. One by one, guests add one sentence each (these can be as crazy, ridiculous or as realistic as they like), and, in turn, play their part in telling the story of how the couple met and fell in love. Once everyone has had a turn, finish the story off with a sentence of your own and then read the love story out loud to the party. Cue laughter!
HOW TO PLAY OPTION 2 (LOVE STORY MAD LIBS):
This option takes a little more work (or, if you don't have the time, there are lots of printable options available on Etsy). Mad Libs are basically fill-the-gap stories; meaning each guest will differ in their responses (meaning your bride will be given so many different and hilarious love stories!)
For example: When Bec met Daz it was _______ at first sight. Daz couldn't believe his ______. Bec was looking ______ in a ______ and smelled just like his favourite ______.
Write up and print off enough of these 'fill the gap' playing cards as there are guests at your bridal shower. Collect the different stories after a certain amount of time and have your bride-to-be award her favourite with a prize!
Let’s get those creative juices flowing. Show your bride-to-be just how amazing she will look on her wedding day in an array of different dresses!
On a computer, paste a sweet photo of your bride-to-be’s face at the top of a blank page. This will become your ‘Designer Gown Game Card’. Print off enough of these game cards for each guest attending the celebration (plus a couple as backup... just in case!).
HOW TO PLAY:
On the day of the celebration, hand everyone a game card and some grey lead pencils. Now explain to the group that they are each going to design a bridal gown for their beautiful guest of honour. This means drawing a dress, veil, shoes, arms, legs, body, etc. onto the game card. When they’re finished, their game cards will no longer be a floating face, but rather a bride about to wander on down the aisle in their finest attire!
Drawing skills, dress-sense and humour makes this game hilarious!
Best dress, as chosen by the bride-to-be, wins!
You could also award a prize to the funniest dress, most unique dress, etc. if you wish. You could also stick each drawing in a special keepsake book for your bride-to-be to look back on (guests could write a sweet message next to their masterpiece).
ALTERNATIVE WAY TO PLAY: Rather than designing a gown for the bride, have guests draw the dress they think she will actually be wearing on her wedding day! Click here to view a pre-made 'Guess the Dress' game card.
MR & MRS GAME
No matter how many times I’ve played this game over the years, it never gets olds. The answers are always fun, sweet and real – unique to that particular couple. It’s so nice hearing these cute insights into the lovebirds relationship!
A few weeks before the Bridal Shower, ask the groom to answer some questions about his fiancé, himself and their relationship.
HOW TO PLAY:
At the actual event, sit your beautiful bride-to-be down and, one-by-one, make your way through these very same questions. The catch is, your guest of honour has to try and work out what her soon-to-be hubby’s thoughts were and answer the same way.
Make this game even more fun by filming the groom’s reaction and answer to each question. You can then follow each of your bride-to-be’s answers with a short video of the groom – telling the group whether or not she was correct!
Help the happy couple celebrate their first year of marriage with a thoughtful time capsule prepared especially for them!
Before the celebration, ask guests to do one or more of the following:
HOW TO PLAY:
Have a special box set up at the celebration, waiting for guests to fill it with their goodies. Following the bridal shower, seal the box and keep it hidden for the next year. In the lead up to the happy couple’s anniversary, gift them the time capsule along with a bottle of their favourite wine. It will not only be a thoughtful present at the time, but is also guaranteed to become a treasured keepsake for the rest of their lives together!
BRIDAL EMOJI PICTIONARY
A fun twist on Bridal Pictionary; where instead of drawings it's emoji's telling the story!
Come up with approximately 10 different words or phrases that can be broken down into emjoi form (e.g. bridal shower could become an emoji of a bride next to an emoji of rain). Create a playing card that has each of your words or phrases in emjoi form only (click here for examples) and print them off.
HOW TO PLAY:
At the celebration, hand your playing cards to each guest/team and ask them to try and guess the words/phrases written with emojis. The person/team with the most correct answers wins!
A unique bridal shower game that will result in lots of fun photo memories!
Before the event, come up with a list of categories. Some examples include ‘The first time I saw you’, ‘Our first date’, and ‘The proposal’.
HOW TO PLAY:
At the bridal shower, break guests up into small teams. Assign each team one of the categories from your list (‘The proposal’, for example). On ‘Go!’, teams have 2 minutes to create a photo or selfie that relates to the category they were given. Using the example category ‘The proposal’, my team could have one member proposing to another, whilst the remaining team members stand around clapping. When time’s up, teams get another 30 seconds to go through the pictures they took and pick a fave; which is then presented to the bride.
Once your bride-to-be has received one photo from each team, she selects the winning image (i.e. her favourite photo!). That team receives one point (or, if you’re only playing one round, is crowned the overall winners!).
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There’s nothing more unique or more personalised than a trivia game dedicated to the beautiful couple!
HOW TO PLAY: To organise, ask your bestie and her partner to give you some fun, cute, sweet details about their relationship. This could be anything from the date they started dating to what their favourite holiday destination is. Turn these bits of information into questions and then section them into rounds (e.g. when they first met, wedding bells, etc.).
On the day of the celebration, separate guests into teams and, one-by-one, make your way through the questions. One point per correct answer. Play some fun game in-between rounds (such as having one person from each team acting out the bride-to-be) and award extra points to the winners. The team with the most points at the end of the game, wins!
An easy game to organise and play whereby conversations become quite the competition!
Before the celebration, pick a few words that guests won’t be able to say for the duration of the bridal shower. When coming up with your list, make sure you pick words that have a high chance of coming up in conversation (for example, the groom’s name, the word ‘wedding’, popular catch phrases amongst your group, etc.).
HOW TO PLAY:
On the day of the Bridal Shower, hand each guest a fun prop (this could be anything from a ribbon tied around their wrist like a bracelet, to funny dress up props you’ve scored from the local op shop ...or, if you’re anything like me, from your very own stash in the cupboard!). Let guests know that whilst they are encouraged to mingle and chat, there are a few little words that cannot be mentioned. And every time one of these banned words happens to be used, that particular guest must pay the price!
Now, the price isn’t a bad one. It’s simply giving the ribbon (or costume prop) to the guest who caught them out. The guest who has the most ribbons (or who is the most decked out in costume) by the end of the day wins a prize!
Because who doesn’t love wearing a wedding dress... even if it is made out of toilet paper? Right?!
HOW TO PLAY:
To play, you first need to split guests into teams (each team having at least 3 members). On ‘Go!’, these teams then have to come up with their own designer wedding dress using toilet paper ONLY! This is achieved by dressing one member (i.e. the model) with toilet paper – wrapping it, throwing it, twisting it, etc. until it resembles something of a wedding dress. With 10 minutes on the clock, this isn’t as easy as it sounds!
Once the time is up, the models from each team can then put on a hilarious catwalk event – strutting their stuff (and their outfits) to fun music tracks such as ‘I’m Too Sexy’ by Right Said Fred. As they glide past, guests can ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ at the craftsmanship and imagination behind each design.
When every model has shown off her new outfit, the judge picks best dress, and that team wins!
FUN TIP: have a ‘speaker’ from each team describe their creation as their model walks down the catwalk. Hearing the hilarious description whilst their model attempts to move in a toilet paper getup just makes this game even more memorable!
FIND THE GUEST
A great ice-breaker game for the start of your bridal shower – ‘Find the Guest’ will have everyone mingling in no time!
Come up with a few different statements (such as find the guest who... ‘speaks a foreign language’, ‘is related to the bride’, or ‘is afraid of heights’). Write these statements as a list and print them off.
HOW TO PLAY:
When guests arrive at the bridal shower, hand them a game card and a pen; explaining that they are to try and find a guest who matches each statement. This means mingling, chatting and getting to know one another from the very start! Guests receive one point per answer – the guest with the most points after a certain amount of time wins a prize!
HE SAID SHE SAID
★Click here to view beautiful 'He Said She Said' playing cards★
A game that’s not only interactive, but also gives you a fun look ‘behind the scenes’ of the couple’s relationship!
To start with, you will need to come up with some ‘he said she said’ questions. Some examples include ‘Who wins the arguments?’, ‘Who is the most adventurous?’, and ‘Who proposed?’. Print these questions off and ask your favourite couple to answer them truthfully. Once you have the answers in your hot little hand, print off as many question cards as there are guests attending the bridal shower (find example question cards here).
HOW TO PLAY:
To play, hand each guest or team a question card and a pencil/pen. Slowly read out each question to the group as a whole, and then give individuals/teams a little bit of time to select their answer (i.e. circle either ‘he’ or ‘she’). Once all of the questions have been read out, it’s time to give everyone the actual answers. Individuals/teams receive one point for every correct answer. The person/team with the most points at the end wins!
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HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW THE BRIDE?
A game where fun facts about the bride-to-be are revealed to the group. Some may be known, some may come as a surprise – either way, it’s a great ice-breaker that gets guests mingling and sharing!
First of all, you will need to have a chat with the bride-to-be. Find out some fun facts she’s comfortable sharing (these could be anything from weird little habits she has all the way through to moments in her relationship). Some examples include, ‘what is [bride] most afraid of?’, ‘how old was [bride] when she first met [groom]?’ and ‘what is [bride’s] weirdest habit?’. Type up and print off these questions and answers ready for the big day.
HOW TO PLAY:
At the celebration, ask guests to get into teams (if you’re using this as an ice-breaker game, maybe help with the team selection so that guests are definitely placed with people they don’t know). Hand each team a piece of paper and a pen/pencil.
To start the game, read the first question aloud to the room; giving guests enough time to talk through different answers before settling on one and writing it down. Continue doing this until you have read each and every question on your sheet.
Now, have the bride-to-be go through each question and give the real answer. She could even tell the funny story that goes alongside
WHAT AGE WAS THE BRIDE?
An oldie but a goodie! This game provides guests and hen alike with a sweet walk down memory lane. Amongst other things, prepare for lots of cooing at old baby photos and giggles at awkward high school images!
Print off at least 5 fun photos of your bride-to-be from different points in her life. This could include the baby stage, kinder, primary school, high school, and now. Alternatively, you may choose to go with just one phase of her life (e.g. focus on her childhood) or go a bit rogue and concentrate on the different milestones in her and her groom’s relationship instead.
Once you’ve made your selection, record how old she is in each photograph (and keep this info somewhere safe – this is for your eyes only!).
HOW TO PLAY:
On the day of the celebration, display your selection of photos by bluetacking them to a wall, printing them off as a collage and framing it, pinning them to a pinboard, or even pegging them to bunting/twine (using those cute miniature wooden pegs, you can find some here). Make sure each image is labelled with a number (e.g. if you have 5 images, label them 1 through to 5).
Leave some pens/pencils and paper nearby so that guests can have a crack at guessing the bride’s age at the time of each photo. They do this by writing down the image number (e.g. image 4) and their guess (5 years old). The person who gets the most right wins!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BRIDAL SHOWER GAMES:
Sometimes wrapping your head around all things 'bridal shower' can be quite overwhelming - especially when it's your first time planning such an event! To help, we've answered some of our most frequently asked questions about bridal shower games below. Check them out and, if we haven't answered your question (or you would like us to explain in more detail), please don't hesitate to get in touch by clicking here!
WHAT ARE BRIDAL SHOWER GAMES?
Put simply, they are games that you play at a bridal shower. These games range from those that are typically only seen at bridal celebrations (such as the options mentioned above), through to everyday games that your bride-to-be loves playing (there's no reason you can't whip out her most loved game of all time - twister, for example - for her special day!).
HOW MANY BRIDAL SHOWER GAMES SHOULD WE PLAY?
As a rule of thumb, we like to stick to one or two organised games (i.e. bridal shower games that require the guests to participate as a group); plus a couple of 'optional games' (i.e. games that can be set up on a table, such as 'advice for the bride' cards, and guests can participate if and when they please).
You don't want to go overboard in the game department as it may feel excessive, meaning enjoyment levels won't be as high. That being said, it can be a great idea to have a few alternative games up your sleeve just in case they're needed. You never know, those guests of yours may be screaming for more - and having a couple of extra options organised means you can deliver without any added stress!
WHAT STORES SELL BRIDAL SHOWER GAMES?
There are many online stores who sell both printable and pre-made bridal shower games; a quick Google search will provide you with lots of options! We have our own store if you wish to download printable signs, games and personaliesd products (click here to view our range; or join our member's area and grab yourself some free printable bridal shower games!).
Speaking of freebies, you don't have to purchase games. For instance, the majority of options listed in this article are DIY, often just requiring a pen and paper to complete. You should definitely keep this in mind when organising your celebration - and especially when you have a budget without much wriggle room!
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AND THAT'S IT FOR BRIDAL SHOWER GAMES IDEAS... FOR NOW!
Phew! That was a lot of games for bridal showers to go through! But hopefully it will make your planning a little bit easier. I'll add this article as more bridal shower games come to mind. Likewise, if you have any fun options that aren't on the list, please don't hesitate to share them below or via our socials (AUS Facebook Group | Worldwide Facebook Group | Pinterest).
Cheers to a wonderful Bridal Shower full of awesome games!
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x
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