Bridal showers are meant to be fun, both for the bride and for the friends and family members sharing the party with her. Often, the guests are a motley crew of colleagues, family, BFF’s, old school friends and the fiancé’s family. This invariably leaves a few people who do not know one another. Playing bridal shower games is the best way of getting everyone to loosen up and enjoy the celebration.
The following games are fun, relaxed and easy enough for everyone to enjoy:
- Toilet Paper Wedding Dress – divide the group into smaller teams. Each team must elect one of its members to be the “bride” and then dress her in a wedding gown made entirely of toilet paper. The best or most innovative dress can win a prize.
- Two Truths and a Lie – get each guest to introduce herself to the rest of the bridal party group and then tell them two true things about herself and one false thing. The rest of the guests should guess which statement is the lie (they can either shout it out or write it down). Do not pressure very shy guests to participate.
- How Well Do You Know the Bride? – ask the guests a number of questions, ranging from easy to difficult, about the bride, or both the bride and groom. These may include her natural hair colour, his favourite movie, her hobbies, how they met, where they first kissed, and so on. The person with the most correct answers can win a prize.
- How Well Does the Bride Know the Groom? – before the bridal shower, ask the groom questions about himself. These can include his favourite things, his aspirations and his childhood experiences. Write the question and the answer down. Then, at the bridal shower, ask the bride the same questions about him and see how many answers she gets correct.
- Gossiping – write a question about each guest on a separate piece of paper. The questions should be slightly personal but never offensive. They can include items like “Who was Tanya’s first kiss?”, “Why does Nicole like caramel so much?” and so on. Then, hand a question to each guest as they arrive and allow them 30 minutes to answer the question without asking the person to whom their card refers.
- The Bride’s Poem – this is a great way to keep guests entertained while the bride opens her gifts. Get the ladies to sit in a circle and pass a piece of paper from one to the next. The first person will write the opening line of a poem about the bride. As each guest gets it, they should add another line. Each line should follow on from the previous line in a logical sense and guests should be encouraged to use rhyme and rhythm. At the end, the Maid of Honour or the bride can read the poem out loud.
It is important that the games played at the bridal shower always be kept fun and light-hearted, not embarrassing or offensive. Take into account whether her older relatives will be present as these ones might feel that some of the games played and the language used is offensive. Always remember that not all guests feel comfortable playing in front of people they may not know all that well. Their wishes should be respected.
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