8 Bridal Shower Games We Actually Want to Play
Bridal showers have become notorious for the games that make guests want to run screaming from the room or avoid the event altogether. But you don’t have to bore your guests to death with traditional games that no one really wants to play.
Instead, try to put a new spin on old games, or try out completely new games to keep your guests entertained and engaged throughout your bridal shower. Better yet, let your guests know ahead of time what type of games you’ll be playing so they can come prepared. The bridal shower invitation itself is a great avenue to give them a heads up.
Here are eight bridal shower games your guests will actually want to play.
Purse Scavenger Hunt
To play this game with your guests, come up with a list of typical items a woman might carry around in her purse, such as lipstick, perfume, hand sanitizer, dental floss, gum, or a receipt. Each guest is then prompted to check her purse for each item, and the one with the most items on the list wins a prize.
Romantic Movie Quotes Game
If you’re a sucker for a good rom-com — and you know a lot of your guests are too — a movie quote game can really make game time at your shower so much more fun. Create a list of movie quotes from your favorite romantic movies and have your guests guess which movie they’re from by writing each movie title down on a piece of paper. The person who guesses the most movie titles wins.
Scratch-off games are simple and fun, and you don’t have to explain the rules. You can buy them online and simply pass them out to guests. The ones with the winning cards get gift bags or a prize of your choosing. Make it something worthwhile, like a gift card or a free lunch with the bride.
Bridal Shower Jeopardy
Bridal shower Jeopardy is played just like regular Jeopardy, except the topics might have something to do with weddings in general or something specific about the bride and groom. You can download an online game template and print out copies or you can create your own.
Break up the room into three teams and give each team a buzzer or let them use an app on their phones. To decide who goes first, think of a number between one and 10, and have each team guess the number.
Find the Guest
Find the Guest is a game that involves each of your guests receiving a checklist of criteria. Each person must go around the room to try to find someone who meets each of the criteria on the list. The list might include things like “traveled to a foreign country,” “lived abroad during college,” or “speaks another language.” This is a great icebreaker game to get everyone talking and learning more about each other.
Celebrity Wives Guessing Game
Write down the names of some celebrities’ wives on a few index cards. Then, let each of your guests to tape a card to their forehead and allow the other guests to describe the celebrity wife. Keep going until every wife has been guessed. While this isn’t a game anyone can win, it can still be fun.
Guess the Number of Hershey Kisses in a Jar
Indeed, it’s an oldie, but a goodie. Guessing the amount of a certain item is in a jar is a traditional game with a bit of a spin. Instead of using gumballs or other common items, have your guests guess how many Hershey Kisses are in a jar. The one who guesses closest to the right amount wins a gift bag.
Vow Mad Libs
This game involves printing out traditional wedding vows but leaves blanks for all the adjectives, verbs, and nouns. Have your guests fill in their own random nouns, verbs, and adjectives and then let one of your bridesmaids read the vows aloud to the rest of the guests. It’s sure to be one of the funniest readings of vows any of you have ever heard.
Preparing Your Bridal Shower Games
Liven up your bridal shower by leaving those lame games in the past where they belong. Instead, use some of these bridal shower game ideas and treat your closest friends to something they would actually enjoy playing. Start gathering what you need to make your bridal shower games the best they can be and your guests will be talking about it for months — and maybe even years — to come.