There are as many bridal shower games as there are wedding style, and really anything can be turned into a game. Read on for some of the most popular ideas (and some less popular but no less exciting).
1. Find the Guest
This is a great game for getting started, as it will help the guests interact with one another. It is highly customizable. The main and simplest version is to distribute a checklist of facts about the guests and find one guest that matches each one. The main challenge here is to find unique attributes so that only one guest can fit the fact. General tips like a married person (among a myriad of married guests) is not recommended.
2. The Newlywed Game
Basically, this is answering questions about your relationship. The answers should be pre-recorded by the partner. The ideas are many, and here are some examples: Who paid the bill for our first dinner? What color was the shirt he was wearing when we went [insert location]? Who invited whom to the movies first? While you should get creative, by all means, don’t forget that private things should remain, um, private.
3. Where Were We?
Hang up a couple of pictures of the couple in different locations. Have the guests guess each location. The one with the most correct answers gets a prize (this can be anything—from a special drink to a significant memento).
4. Paper Bride
Divide the guests into teams of at least three people. One team member should serve as a model and others should make a wedding dress using toilet paper. The bride then picks her favorite design.
5. Music Matching
Play dance songs from the couple’s extended family’s weddings. Show wedding photos of the pairs and have the guests guess which couple danced to each song. The prize for the guest with the most matches can be a musically-themed gift.
6. Interactive Scavenger Hunt
An interactive scavenger hunt will spice things up and set a somewhat competitive setting, which may be inspiring in some cases. For some added fun, you can include clues related to the couple (i.e., this is where the couple went on the first date).
7. Purse Scavenger Hunt
Make a list of common items people are likely to carry in their bags (obvious and less obvious ones). Have the guests answer who has the most of these. Reward the winner with another item suitable for the bag.
8. Make the Best Cocktail
Set up a bar and label all of the ingredients. Invite the guests (set up in teams) to make the best wedding cocktail. The soonlywed can then choose their favorite.
9. Custom Vows
Print out traditional vows and leave blank spaces. Each guest can fill in one word (adjectives, verbs, nouns). The couple then reads all of them. The funnier, the better.
10. Whose Memory Is This?
Have the guests write down one memory with the couple. Put the papers in a basket and have the soonlyweds read them aloud. The guests guess whose memory is related to each of them.
11. Wedding Scramble
Make a list of scrambled words associated with the wedding and the couple. The guest that can solve the most of them wins.
12. Guess the Couple
Print out celebrity couples and ask the guests to identify the couples in the photos. Don’t make it too difficult, but don’t make it too easy, either. You want to make it a fun game. The guest with the most correct answers wins.
13. Celebrity Spouses
Another similarly themed game is guessing the celebrity partners. Write the names of the spouses on separate cards and tape them to the guests’ foreheads. Have the other guests describe the person on each card and the “owner” of the card should guess the celebrity.
14. Customized Charades
Make a list of wedding-themed movies and make a card for each. Divide the guests into two teams and have each team act the title to their own team members. Set a time limit for some added fun. Some ideas include The Wedding Crashers, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, My Best Friend’s Wedding, The Wedding Planner, Four Weddings and a Funeral, etc.
15. Steal a Ring
Give each guest a plastic ring to wear at the beginning of the shower. Whenever a guest says “bride,” "groom," "married" or “wedding,” another guest can steal their ring. The guest with the most rings at the end of the shower wins.
16. Guess Wedding Customs
There are so many wedding customs and traditions that people just do without knowing why they’re doing it. This game is a little more educational but can still be fun. List some popular wedding traditions and have the guests choose and answer from the list of pre-prepared ones. The guest with the most correct answers wins.
Make a list of interesting trivia questions about the couple and ask the guests to guess answers. You can further customize the game by providing a multiple-choice quiz. The cliché questions are all too easy to guess but they’re a good starting point nonetheless. Consider including “Where did the couple first meet?” and “Who confessed their love first?”
18. Dream Date
Have each guest write down the name of their dream celebrity on a card. Every guest should then match the date with the guest. You can make the game even funnier if you ask the guests to write down the name of their most hated celeb on the other side of the card. Then the guests will have to guess who is the good guy and who is the villain, too.
19. Telephone Wedding Toast
Telephone is probably one of the most popular games ever, so customizing it to fit the occasion is guaranteed to be fun. Have one guest "call" the couple and start with a toast. Have the other guests add their wishes and try to remember the whole speech. When everyone has finished the toast, enjoy the hilarious result.
20. Tie the Cherry Knot
This is a symbolic game perfect for the occasion and super simple...all you do is have the guests literally tie cherry stems into knots! Give each guest a bowl with cherries and set a time limit. The guest with the most knots wins.
Printable Bridal Shower Games
If you’re out of your depths or would simply like an additional boost, you can look up printable shower games. Needless to say, the choices are endless, as everyone customizes bits and pieces of their best-loved games. Add a touch of personalization by adding to the mix the couple trivia or something unique related to your special someone for best results. Here are some ideas.
1. How Well Do Guests Know the Couple?
This is probably one of the most popular games, as it helps the guests learn something new about the pair or show off their knowledge. Either way, the couple should pre-record the answers. The guest with the most correct answers wins the game.
2. They Said, They Said
This game adds the partner into the mix even if the poor thing isn’t present. Before the shower, the couple decides who each of the 15 statements applies to most. Then ask the guests to guess the correct answers. The guest with the most correct answers wins the game.
3. Bridal Shower Bingo
Bridal shower bingo is one of the most popular printable games because it is easy and fun. Distribute the playing cards and have the guests write down which gifts they think the couple will be receiving. Mark the correct answers on the go; the first guest to get 5 in a row wins the game.
4. Would They Rather
Have the guests guess which of the two choices the couple would rather pick. Of course, the soonlyweds need to pick the questions and pre-record the answers, so even if the game is printable, it also requires some time for preparations. The guest with the most correct answers wins.
5. Disney Love Songs Game
This is a popular choice because there are small chances that guests are unfamiliar with at least one Disney love song. Distribute game cards to each guest and have the guests match the movie to the corresponding song written on the card.
These are but some of the most popular ideas. You can find additional ones through a simple Google search. Opt for the games that are customizable, as you don’t want your friends to feel like you didn’t spend any time planning the games.
Bridal Shower Tips
There are all kinds of bridal showers, as is only to be expected. Some brides will go for themed showers while others will go more with the flow. Choose the games in accordance with your theme (if any) and customize them so the guests will be certain to enjoy them.
Overall, there are games for everyone, but it’s the customization that makes them special. Take your time preparing them so that your bridal shower will be interesting for all your guests.