Bridal Shower games and activities

posted 3 months ago in Parties
Post # 2
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Busy bee

I’m afraid I’m no help on the shower games, because I 100% agree with MOB here. Bridal showers are best without games the vast majority of the time. Things either get super awkward or people aren’t into it. As soon as games come up at a shower, I have to force myself to glue my butt to the seat and remind myself that leaving early isn’t polite. 

I think the succulents are a cute favor idea, but I’d also make sure to have them in a pretty painted pot or something, rather than the little plastic ones they come in at the garden center/nursery. It would cost a bit more, but it would seem a lot more personal and give things less of a “here’s your succulent, take it home and neglect it” vibe. 

Post # 3
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Helper bee

My Maid/Matron of Honor put together a fun game of “Where in the world are the Bride and Groom” We travel quite a bit so she printed off 10 pictures of us and everyone had to guess where we were. We actually only had one person get them all right. 

One of my other bridesmaids printed off Bridal Shower Bingo sheets, people seemed to get really into that. The bingo squares were all things you’d typically get at a bridal shower, appliances, dishes, etc. I think it helped to keep people entertained during the gift opening.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

mainebride092018 :  “where in the world is the bride and groom” – I’ve never heard of this one! That’s fantastic!! So cute and personal

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Iowa

My fav. would be bridal shower bingo… but start with a blank card and the guest fill in gifts they think she will get. Makes gift-opening less boring for guests.

The Purse game is fun too, where guests get points for certain items that they have in their purse.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

I just had my brother’s and fiance’s bridal shower this past weekend. The ring game we did….but you couldn’t say the word bride or wedding and if you caught someone saying it, you take their ring. Whoever has the most rings at the end got a prize.

The shoe game – bride and groom sit back to back with one of their own shoes in their hand and in the other the SO’s shoe – ask questions and they raise who it’s truest for. Like who snores the loudest or who said I love you first.

We also had bride bingo – fill in the blanks of what gifts you think the bride will get and then the first 3 or 5 get prizes.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I co-hosted a bridal shower last year- we played a game where I played a small snippet of various love songs (“All You Need is Love,” “A Whole New World,” etc.) and people had to guess the song. We also played a game that we called “The Wedding Coordinator” but I’ve also heard it called the Purse Game. Basically the idea was that whoever had the most items in their purse out of a list I put together of things that might be helpful during the wedding day would win the title of “Wedding Coordinator.” You can find all sorts of lists online for it- I used them as a guideline but put together my own list of 15 items that included dental floss, a hairbrush, hairspray, a band-aid, tissues, etc.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

For my sister’s bridal shower, we had a mix of her friends and her mother-in-laws friends/family, so I organized games that were optional because I knew not everyone would want to play.

1. Clothespin game
– I decorated clothespins with silver damask tape from Michael’s craft store
– guests could take a clothespin when they entered the shower and the game is to not say the word “bride”. If they did, then someone could call them out on it and steal their clothespin. The person at the end of the shower who had the most clothespins won.

2. Guess the Bride’s Age
– I put together a picture frame with 10 pictures of the bride-to-be at different stages of her life (made sure not to put any awkward or embarrassing pictures as she is my bigger/stronger sister haha)
– Guests came up and looked at the pictures and if they wanted to play then they filled out a ballet with their guesses as to how old she was in each picture. Whoever had the most correct guesses wins.

3. Kisses for the Soon-To-Be-Mrs.
– another guessing game. I filled up a nice jar with chocolate kisses and had ballets for people to guess how many was in it. The closest guess wins (plus wins the chocolate)

4. What’s in your purse
– Each seat had a “what’s in your purse” checklist. You can also do this with “what’s in your phone”. The checklist included things like passport, book, lipstick, bandaid, etc. The more rare the item (like pantyhose/underwear), the more points it was worth. Again, totally optional if people wanted to fill it out. The person with the most points wins.

5. The Nearly-Wed Game
– I compiled a list of questions like “what is the bride’s/groom’s favourite band?” “where did you two first meet?” etc. and videotaped the groom answering them ahead of time
– at the shower, my sister had to give her answers and after each one, I would play the groom’s response. It was really funny and the guests found it really entertaining. (So this is good if the bride is okay with being put on the spot – need to ask her first)
– we played it as a gift opening game (cuz watching someone open gifts can be really boring). So if my sister answered the question the same as the groom did, then she got to open a present. If not, then we went to the next question.

 

Overall, my sister’s bridal shower went really well! Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves! It helps if you know your guestlist. Since ours was a mix of young and old – we kept the games optional and to a minimum. No ice-breaker games or anything where the guests are put on the spot. Near the end of the shower (it was an afternoon tea thing for 2 hours), we announced it was last call to complete ballots and then after that we annouced winners and gave out prizes.

The best part is that we kept all of the games, signs, ballots, etc. so we will be using them this weekend for MY girls’ night. haha I love hand-me-downs!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

I’m not a fan of shower games, to be honest.  When the games start, that’s usually my cue to leave early or to position myself right next to the mimosa bar.

It’s a “know your crowd” kind of thing; do you think your crowd will go for shower games (like the ring game)?  Or will they be trying to escape early?  How will the bride react if none of the guests are into the games?

Post # 10
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Busy bee

bayoubee :  We did that purse game! It was fun – we had things like lip gloss, checkbook, condom, mail, hairbrush, earpods, hair tie, makeup, etc ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 11
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Busy bee

One thing the MOB did was give a speech about the bride and groom, but she used props! Like her first line was bride and groom met on a website (her helper held up a spider web for ‘web’site) or at the end she said, I hope everyone has a fantastic (helper held up the cleaning product Fantastic) time at the wedding. It was cute, and the MOB cried during her own speech ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

twinkie698 :  We played #2 at my shower! It was harder than I thought it was going to be for people to guess. They had to put them in order and then guess which age for extra points. 

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

kstir2015 :  a bridal version of pin the tail on the donkey but instead you print out a big picture of the groom and buy some stickers like this to pin on the picture of the groom and call it pin the kiss on the groom. The aim is to get the lip sticker as close as possible to the grooms lips. 

You can for example photoshop the head of the groom onto a picture of a hot fireman or the Statue of David!! It usually always gets a laugh as someone ends up placing a kiss somewhere a bit more naughty. It’s also a short game where people who have had their turn can go back to talking amongst themselves.

Toilet paper bride is another popular one at every shower I’ve been to. It’s also a good ice breaker amongst groups of people that don’t know each other well. You basically divide the group into smaller groups and  get them to work together to make one of their group into a bride using roles of toilet paper to fashion a wedding dress. The bride judges the best outfit and the group win a prize. 

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