How much do you know about Bridal Shower Games? It’s just not much of a shower without them. They act as a fun way to get some of the wedding work out of the way while offering an icebreaker and bonding opportunity for the women at the party. Whether you need ideas for your own party, or just want to know what all the fuss is about, we’ve got you covered.
Here Come the Games:
As an icebreaker, the Name Tag Game encourages guests to mingle with the other guests. The hostess writes the name of each of the guests along with a word related to weddings such as veil, favors or groom on a name tag. The rules of the game are that you are not allowed to say the word on your name tag or else you lose your name tag to the person who got you to say the word. If you acquire one or more additional name tags you are tasked with not saying any of the words on either your name tag or any of the other tags. If you say the word on your tag, you have to relinquish it to the person who got you to say the word and if you say the word on one of the other tags, you also have to give that person the tag plus you have to introduce them to the person from whom you had acquired the tag. There is usually a pre-determined time limit for this game and the person with the most tags when time runs out is the winner.
The Who Am I Game is another bridal shower game that encourages guests to interact with each other. In this game, the host prints out pictures of characters from romantic books or movies and tapes one character to the back of each guests so that other guests can see the picture but the person wearing the picture cannot. The point of the game is to ask other guests questions where the answer is either yes or no to try to determine who is on the picture on your back. At the end of the party, each guest takes a guess at who is depicted in the photo on their back.
The Purse Game vindicates those of us who carry everything we can think of, “just in case.” A hostess draws up a list of items likely to appear in a woman’s purse and assigns a point value to each item ranging from 1-5 depending on how unusual the item is. For example car keys might be a 1 on the scale, a mirror a 3 and an eye lash curler a 5. The hostess might also choose to allow 10 bonus points for the woman who can produce the most outrageous item from her purse. The woman with the most points wins the game. Another variation of this game is to have a list of items and call out the items one at a time. The first woman to find each item and hand it to the person judging the game wins one point. After the entire list has been completed, the woman with the most points is proclaimed the winner.
The Television Couple Game requires more outside knowledge. In this game the hostess will read out the first names of a television couple and the guests try to guess the last name of the couple. A few examples clues along with the answers are George and Jane – Jetson, Al and Peg – Bundy, Ward and June – Cleaver. One point could be awarded for each correct answer or a point system could be established to award more points to more obscure references. This game is also sometimes called the Famous Couple Game including references to celebrities or political figures and their real spouses such as Bill and Hillary – Clinton.
The Wedding Jumble requires the hostess to list words related to a wedding day. Next she scrambles each word so that the letters are out of order and provide each guest with a copy of the scrambled words. The person who unscrambles the most words in a set amount of time wins. If more than one person gets all of the words correct then the person who did so in the fastest time is the winner.
The Bridal Shower Memory Game is also very popular. The typical way to play this game is to have a tray filled with various household items. Bring out the tray and allow the guests to study the items for a few minutes and then take the tray away and ask questions about the items such as, where the spoon was and what color was the spatula. Sometimes one of the guests brings the tray out and then leaves the room to take the tray away. You could then catch the guests by surprise by asking questions about the person who carried the tray such as what color shirt were they wearing or on which finger was she wearing a ring instead of asking questions about the contents of the tray.
Bridal Shower Bingo is just like regular bingo. Instead of using letters and numbers for the spaces, each space is filled with a word or words that relate to weddings, love or marriage such as wedding dress, favors, eternal, true, rings, etc. The host creates a set of corresponding slips and places them in a container. During the game, the hostess will draw out a word and read it allowed and each participant will mark that square on their card. The first person to complete an entire row, column or diagonal wins the game.
One game that can be a real benefit to the bride to be is a simple lottery drawing. The hostess may purchase a few inexpensive gifts for the drawing and ask each participant to fill out an envelope with their name and address to enter the drawing. The hostess then picks out a name for each prize. While the participants have the fun of a chance to win a prize, it really helps out the guest of honor because she can use the envelopes to send out her thank you cards after the party.
The Wedding Day Obstacle Course is another game that can really help out the bride. Each guest is timed individually on how fast they can complete a series of tasks such as wrapping a wedding favor, addressing envelopes, filling out a place card, assembling a centerpiece, or other projects the bride has in progress. This can be a lot of fun, but it also acts as a force multiplier for getting work done. Though some detail oriented brides might feel compelled to re-do some of the less carefully executed tasks.
The Price is Right Game offers the hostess a way to kick a little extra in for the bride. For this game the hostess will purchase about 10 different items that will be useful for the couple: towels, soap dispensers, household cleaners, etc. and have the guests try to guess the price of either all the items combined or each item individually. While this is fun for the guests, at the end of the game, all the items used can go to the bride herself.
All of these games are a lot of fun to play at a bridal shower and they encourage the guests to get to know each other in a casual atmosphere. Some of these games even serve the purpose of helping to complete some of the bride’s last minute projects. The fun of these games is that they help people to get to know each other better which is helpful especially if the bride and grooms’ families don’t know each other well.