How do you ensure a memorable bridal shower? Besides the food and the theme, one sure way to get your guests talking about your shower are the games! They can be sweet and wonderful, or wild and wacky, but whatever the case your guests will definitely come out of the shower with great memories. See our list of games below for all types of brides and guests alike!
P.S. – There’s a LOT to choose from, so be sure to tell your MOH and bridesmaids which ones you want included! (Or better yet, let them decide, and be surprised!)
1. Doubles Jenga
It’s the classic game of Jenga, but with a twist! Instead of players playing individually, pair them up, and make them remove one Jenga block with their hands tied together. (If you’ve got nothing to tie their hands with, you can just make them hold hands–that works too!) The last couple left standing wins the game.
2. Bride and Groom Photo Challenge
I’m sure your guests will have a ball with this one! Print out old photos (you can even print them out in black and white if you want to make it harder!) of the couple at different stages of their life. Stick them to a board and number each photo. Then give your guests a sheet of paper each and ask them to guess what age either the bride or groom is in the photo. The guest with the most correct answers wins.
3. Married or Not?
Print out a list of celebrity couples and put two columns beside the couple’s name. One column says Married, and the other column says Not. All your guests have to do is check the box that they think is right. To make it harder, try choosing the less famous couples like Chris Pratt and Anna Faris, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, and Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.
4. Romantic Movie Quotes
This one is pretty easy. Print out a list of famous romantic quotes from movies, and their answers below. Your guests have to match the movie to the romantic quote, and the person with the most correct guesses wins. If you want to make it harder, you can even have them write down who said the quote too.
5. Name that Love Tune
Prepare a playlist of cheesy love songs–probably 10-20 would be a good number–and have your guests write down the name of the song and the artist or group that sang it. The person with the most number of correct answers wins.
6. With this Ring
This one’s a good icebreaker as it gets the ball rolling the minute the guests arrive. Give each guest a ring (no, not a diamond one–it can be a novelty one from a hip jewelry store or even a ring pop to make it more fun!) and tell them that they aren’t allowed to say a particular word like “bride” or “wedding” (or both!). Whoever catches someone saying the forbidden word can steal the person’s ring. This game can continue for the entire duration of the shower, and at the end of the day, the person with the most rings wins. Even the bride can join in on this one!
7. Bride and Groom Trivia
This is a fun little game to test your guests’ knowledge of the bride and groom. How well do they really know them? All you have to do is prepare a list of trivia questions about the bride and groom (don’t forget to double check the answers with the couple) and have your guests answer it to the best of their ability. The person with the most correct answers wins.
8. Newlywed Tip Jar
Here’s a fun activity you can have your guests participate in as soon as they walk through the door. Have a jar by a table, some paper and pens, and have them write down some tips for the soon-to-be newlyweds. They can be funny and sarcastic, or sweet and wise, and you can have the bride read a few out during some down time in the shower.
9. Pinoy Henyo: Celebrity Wives Edition
Gather a list of your favorite celebrity wives (e.g. Beyonce, Chrissy Teigen, Blake Lively, etc.) and write them down on cards. Divide the guests into pairs, with one person being the guesser, and the other one the prompter. The guesser will take a card and put it on her forehead, facing the prompter. The guesser asks the prompter questions that will ultimately help her guess the person on the card. The prompter can only answer the questions with a YES or NO. The first pair to guess their card wins the game.
10. Wedding Taboo
This one requires a bit of prep as you’ll have to make the Taboo cards in advance, but it’s definitely a fun game to play with your guests. First, you’ll have to make the Taboo cards. Choose wedding related words like, “Vows”, “Reception”, “Garden Wedding”, “Boutonniere” and place them at the top of the card. Then below it, write down the taboo words that guests cannot say when describing the word to other people. When playing, divide the guests into teams, and the first team to correctly guess all the cards wins.
11. Design a Dress
Fans of Project Runway will absolutely love this game! Start off by dividing everyone into teams, then ask them to pick one model from their team, and provide them with materials to make a “dress”. You can provide toilet paper, newspaper, crepe paper, tape–keep in mind that the less materials you give them, the more creative they’ll have to be. Set a time limit (maybe 10-15 minutes) and have each team create a dress for their model in the given amount of time. Once the time is up, have a mini fashion show where each model walks to show off their team’s creation. The bride, of course, is the judge, and gets to choose the winning the team.
12. Pin the Moustache on the Groom
This one doesn’t need much explaining, as it is literally what its title says. Print out a picture of the groom (you might need to make it bigger than just one piece of bond paper), and cut out individual moustaches that your guests can pin to the picture. Don’t forget to put the blindfold on your guests before they start their turn. The person closest to the perfect placement of the groom’s moustache wins.
13. Sketch the Dress
Everyone always wants to know what the bride’s dress looks like, so this is their chance to bring it to life. Give each guest a paper and pen or pencil, and ask them to sketch what they think the bride’s dress will look like. The bride chooses the winner, and she can choose either the one closest to her dress, or even the one she likes the best (just to throw them off, you know?)!
14. Find the Guest
This is a great game to help encourage your guests to mingle. Once the guests arrive, hand them a sheet with some interesting trivia about each of the guests. Each guest will then have to talk to all the other guests to try and guess who did what. The person with the most number of correct answers wins.
15. Musical Bouquet
Here’s a twist on musical chairs, but with a bouquet. (Plus, your guests don’t really have to move in this one!) Have your guests sit in a circle. Start the music, and have them pass the bouquet to the person next to them for as long as the music is playing. Once the music stops, the person holding the bouquet is out. Keep going until only one person is left standing.
16. Mad Libs
You can place a printed set of mad libs at each guest’s table, and encourage the guests to answer with the funniest responses. You can have the bride read out a few of the funniest ones while everyone is eating to have a laugh or two.
17. Pictionary: Wedding Emoji Edition
Ahhh, what would our world be like without emojis? Print out a list of wedding phrases that are completely written with emojis. Have your guests try to guess each phrase, and the person with the most number of correct guesses wins.
P.S. – It’s not as easy as it looks, so expect a lot of laughs as people try to guess each number!
18. Fold and Pass Poem
Here’s another easy prep game you can play during a lull in the conversation–and all you need is a pen and a paper. Make a starting sentence for a poem to the bride, and have each guest look at the last line, add their own line, and fold the paper so that only their line is seen for the next guest to write. Keep going until every guest has written something. Then have the bride read the entire poem at the end to see what the finished product looks and sounds like.
19. Telephone Wedding Toast
This game is very similar to the classic game of telephone. Divide the guests into two teams, and have them form one line per team. The person at the head of the line starts the telephone by whispering a wedding toast (maybe one to two sentences) into the ear of the person beside her. Have all the guests continue to whisper the wedding toast down the line until it reaches the last person. The last person has to say the wedding toast out loud to everyone. The team with the answer closest to the original wedding toast wins.
P.S. – You can only whisper once! If someone didn’t catch it the first time, too bad!
Bingo is definitely one way to put some fun into the time the bride unwraps her presents. Print out Bingo cards with items you think the bride will receive from her guests, and give each guest a card. As the bride unwraps each gift, guests check and mark their Bingo cards. The first one to mark their entire card wins. (Don’t forget that each guest’s Bingo card has to be different or else everyone might just turn out to be the winner!)
21. Charades: Wedding Movies Edition
This one’s pretty simple. It’s exactly like charades, but the category is wedding movies. Divide the guests into teams, and give them one wedding movie per round. The team that has the most correct answers the fastest wins the game. And if you’re looking for a list of wedding movies, here’s our handpicked list to help you get started!
22. Finish the Thought
Here’s another game you can play during some down time. Print out incomplete sentences or phrases, and have everyone (including the bride) write their answers down. The person with the most number of answers that are closest to the bride’s answers wins. Some samples for sentences can be, “Love is…”, “You know you’re in love when…”, “Once upon a time…”.