28 Bridal Shower Game Ideas to Play With Guests (2022)

28 Bridal Shower Game Ideas to Play With Guests (1)

Looking for bridal shower game ideas? We’ve got tons! From the tried-and-true traditional games of old to creative new takes that are sure to become fan favorites, these games offer up a slew of fun for everyone, from your besties to your family members. Although games at your bridal shower aren't absolutely necessary, they're a tradition for a reason—they help your closest pals get to know one another, celebrate the couple, and ensure the party is a fun time for guests of all ages. We suspect the list of 28 games below will be approved by every generation in attendance.

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Where Were We?

Hang up around ten numbered pictures of the couple on various trips or in different locations. Guests can write down where they think each picture was taken, and the person with the most correct guesses wins a small prize.

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Find the Guest

Find the Guest is a game that also serves as an awesome icebreaker to get guests interacting. Each attendee receives a checklist of characteristics—like who has been married ten years or longer, speaks a foreign language, is wearing blue shoes, etc.—and must circulate the room to find a guest who matches each one. Everyone will have a ball chatting up the room and finding out more about your nearest and dearest!

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Musical Matching

Play a music-matching game that pulls wedding songs from the couple's extended families. At the shower, display wedding photos from the to-be-weds' parents, grandparents, aunts, cousins, and siblings. Then, have guests try to match the photo of each couple with their first-dance song. Play a slideshow with the correct songs (shortened, for time) and award the guest with the most matches a musically themed gift.

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Interactive Scavenger Hunt

An interactive scavenger hunt will get guests up and on their feet while getting to know one another better in a relaxed yet competitive setting. It's an especially good idea if you're hosting a coed shower. If the event is in the couple's hometown or an appropriate location, clues like "This is where the couple had their first date" or "This is where the couple shared their first kiss" are usually a fun place to start.

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Vow Mad Libs

Print out traditional vows and leave blank spaces for nouns, verbs, and adjectives. A bridesmaid asks each guest for a word. At the end of the party, the bride reads the wedding vows. For an added bonus, you can ask their SO to arrive at the end of the party and hold a mock ceremony with the funniest vows.

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The Newlywed Game

One half of the couple answers questions about the relationship ("Who paid on the first date?"), which their partner has responded to on a pre-recorded video. Then, someone plays the clip with their partner's answer to see if they match. Nosy guests and oversharers will love this one, but remember, there is such a thing as too much information—so keep it (relatively) clean.

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Paper Bride

Guests divide into teams of three or four. One member of each team is the model; the others construct a wedding dress using toilet paper. The models strut; the bride picks their favorite look. Pro tip: Use triple-ply.

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Who Can Make the Best Cocktail?

Set up a full bar, label all ingredients with cards, and have teams compete to concoct the best wedding cocktail. The bride can then choose their favorite drink, and the team chosen gets bragging rights at the bar.

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Whose Memory?

There are a ton of treasured memories within a room of BFFs. Have everyone write down one of their favorite memories they have with the bride. Put the memories in a basket and have the bride read them aloud. Then, the guests can guess who each memory belongs to.

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Who's That Couple?

Make color printouts of celebrity couples and leave one at each place setting. Ask guests to identify both people in the photo. Don't make it too easy—the less obvious the better.

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Wedding Word Scramble

List off scrambled words associated with the couple, the bride, and the wedding. Whichever guest can untangle the words the fastest wins.

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Charades: Wedding Movies Edition

Write names of wedding movies on cards and divide the party into two teams. Players act out titles to their own team members, who must guess the answer in three minutes or less. To really make this work, go heavy on the cocktails. Here are some movies to get you started: 27 Dresses, Mamma Mia!, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Wedding Crashers, and The Wedding Singer.

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Why Do We Do That?

There are so many wedding traditions that we just do without really knowing why. This is one of those unique bridal shower games that's fun and teaches you a thing or two. Make a list of wedding traditions, like having a designated ring finger or the bouquet toss, then have the players choose an answer from a corresponding answer bank and see who can guess the most correctly.

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Cold Feet

Place a bunch of toy rings inside buckets or bowls of ice water. Guests must plunge their feet into the icy water and pull the rings out with their toes. Whoever can get the most rings out in two minutes wins.

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Purse Scavenger Hunt

Make a list of common items people might carry in their favorite bags as well as less common—and racier!—things one might stash. Give a prize to whoever keeps the most items in their purse and reward them with something else they can stick in it, such as a gift card. Include items like a hair tie, a pen, red lipstick, or a fast-food receipt.

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Put a Ring on It

This is one of those fun bridal shower games that you'll play all party long. Each guest gets a plastic ring to wear at the start of the shower. Whenever a guest says "bride" or "wedding," another guest is allowed to steal that person's ring. Whoever ends the bridal shower with the most rings wins.

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Newlywed Trivia

Collect interesting—or ridiculous—information about the couple, then ask guests to guess the answers to your questions. Consider typing out a multiple-choice quiz you can grade as guests eat cake, or conduct a Jeopardy!-inspired live competition where guests vie to be the first to shout the correct answer. Questions can range from easy for fewer points to hard for more. Include questions like, "Where did the couple meet?" or "Who said 'I love you' first?"

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Celebrity Wives

Gather the names of your favorite celebrity wives and then write each name on a single index card. Ask each guest to tape a card to their forehead—no peeking!—and then have the other guests describe the person on the card until everyone guesses their celeb status. Who wouldn't want to be Beyoncé for a day?

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Fantasy Date

Each guest writes the name of their dream celebrity date on a card. Everyone tries to match the date with the guest. For a more advanced game, have guests fill the other side of the card with their celeb date from hell; you have to guess not only who wrote it but also which side is which.

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Tie the Knot

To round out our list of unique bridal shower games, we had to include a game of tying cherry stems into knots. Give each guest a little bowl of cherries and see who can tie the most knots with cherry stems in two minutes. For a little extra fun, soak the cherries in vanilla vodka overnight.

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How Well Does the Bride Really Know Their Spouse-to-Be?

Compile a list of tricky questions about the bride's other half. Have the guests guess how many questions the future Mrs. will be able to answer correctly. Whoever guesses the most questions correctly wins.

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Date-Night Ideas

This is one of those fun and useful bridal shower game ideas. Have pretty card stock and glitter pens ready to go. Pass them out and have everyone write down their favorite date-night suggestion for the happy couple. After everyone reads their suggestion aloud, deposit them into a cute box that the bride can take home and use for future Friday nights.

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Pen a Poem

Grab a blank sheet of paper and ask a guest to write a single line of a romantic poem dedicated to the couple. Then fold the paper over, hiding the guest's phrase, and pass the paper to another guest with the same instructions. Make your way through all the guests; then, in your best dramatic stage voice, read the (disjointed) poem the brides' guests have dedicated to their great love.

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What's In Your Cell Phone?

For this game, guests will whip out their phones for a cellular scavenger hunt. They'll search their phones and get points for each item they can find. For example, allot one to five points for things like a selfie, a photo with the bride-to-be, the wedding date saved in your calendar, etc.

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Musical Bouquet

Think musical chairs but with a bouquet. Have guests sit in a circle and pass it around. When the music stops, whoever has the bouquet is eliminated. The last woman standing wins.

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Pictionary: Wedding Edition

Divide the guests into teams of two and settle in for a rousing round of Pictionary. Remember that classic? Each team writes down words on slips of paper and the other team must draw whatever the word is and get their teammates to guess it. In this edition, of course, all the words must be wedding-related.

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Telephone Wedding Toast

Playing Telephone is always funny—and it's made even more enjoyable when you start the "call" with a toast to the bride. Have each guest whisper well wishes to the bride and then sit back and listen to the funniest toast ever when the message reaches the last guest.

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Over or Under

Have someone gather intel from the bride on facts about their relationship or partner that pertain to numbers. For example, how many wedding venues they looked at, how many children they want, or how many years ago they met. Then print the questions as facts with arbitrary numbers and have guests guess if the numbers provided are too high, too low, or accurate.

FAQ

  • Depending on the length of the bridal shower, most guests can expect to play anywhere from two to four games (or one game per hour).

  • While Etsy has bridal shower game templates that can be printed and downloaded, party supply stores such as Party City are often stocked with budget-friendly bridal shower games to fit your theme.

  • From snapping photos in a DIY photobooth with playful props to mingling over cocktails and mocktails from a bridal shower bar, there's no shortage of ways to keep guests engaged.

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FAQs

How many games should be played at a bridal shower? ›

With an average battery life of three hours, a bridal shower typically has three games going on at once. If you're worried about making the wrong choices, talk to the bride-to-be and make your decision based on her input.

What do you do at bridal showers instead of games? ›

9 Bridal Shower Activities Besides Opening Gifts
  • Create a signature cocktail during the bridal shower. ...
  • Create a sweet memory book for the bride-to-be. ...
  • Play wedding traditions trivia… ...
  • ...or couples trivia. ...
  • Collect date night ideas. ...
  • Take the fun outside. ...
  • Get creative with the invite.
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How can I make my bridal shower less boring? ›

  1. Plan Activities. Play classic bridal shower games, make your own flower crowns or decorate cookies—whatever your preferred activity, offer more than just sitting around and chatting. ...
  2. Go Somewhere Unique. You're not obligated to sit on the back patio or stake out your parents' country club. ...
  3. Open Gifts Later. ...
  4. Make It Coed.
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What is the apron game? ›

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Should there be games at a bridal shower? ›

Although games at your bridal shower aren't absolutely necessary, they're a tradition for a reason—they help your closest pals get to know one another, celebrate the couple, and ensure the party is a fun time for guests of all ages.

Who pays for what at a bridal shower? ›

Often, the maid of honor and her fellow bridesmaids throw the bridal shower and pay for it, and the mother of the bride contributes. With this model, the bridal party pays for the bridal shower for the most part and split the price, but the parents of the bride may contribute some part of the expenses.

How do you play the ring game at a bridal shower? ›

The Ring Game

In this wedding shower game, each guest starts the party with a ring. Every time one of your guests says one of the designated words, another guest gets the chance to take their ring. The winner is the person with the most rings collected by the end of the party.

How do you play pass the poem? ›

Pass the poem! This fun bridal shower game has you start by choosing someone to read the first line, then pass the poem to the person in the rhyme. Whoever is holding it last wins!

How long should a bridal shower last? ›

Weichelt says bridal showers should ideally last between two and four hours. Anything shorter and guests will feel like they didn't have a chance to spend time with the bride; anything longer and they'll be itching to head home. Three hours might just be the sweet spot, then.

Should you play music at a bridal shower? ›

Since bridal showers are traditionally brunches or luncheons with a mixed-age crowd, we included plenty of upbeat, classic love songs that'll get everyone in the mood to toast the bride (you). We also love more up-to-date tunes to play as background music for the festivities.

How do you plan a low key bridal shower? ›

Planning a simple bridal shower is easier than you think.
  1. Talk to the bride about the guest list. ...
  2. Determine your budget and theme. ...
  3. Send out invitations and gather RSVPs. ...
  4. Plan a simple menu. ...
  5. Have a couple of 'fallback' activities. ...
  6. Greet guests and be the hostess with the mostess! ...
  7. Provide a handy gift list for the bride.

Do you open presents at a bridal shower? ›

As opposed to the actual wedding, it's appropriate to bring shower gifts with you. After all, a portion of the party will likely be dedicated to the bride opening her gifts.

What time should a bridal shower start? ›

Pick the right time of day.

A bridal shower usually starts between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. and lasts between two and four hours. If the bridal shower theme includes brunch, you'd want to host the event on the earlier side, while an afternoon tea would be on the later side.

What's in the sock bridal shower game? ›

Bridal Shower game: "What's in the sock?" place items that the bride might need on her honeymoon in long socks and number them. Guest can only touch socks with their feet to guess what's in the socks. Person with the most correct answers wins.

How do you play ring hunt? ›

To play this game, hide plastic rings around your bridal shower venue for the guests to find. Guests will look for the rings and try to find and wear as many as possible before the gifts are opened. Whoever finds the most rings wins a prize or bragging rights!

How do you break the ice at a bridal shower? ›

Bride-to-Be Trivia: Start off this game by asking the guest-of-honor to leave the room, standing just out of sight but within hearing distance. Ask guests what she is wearing, how her hair is styled, etc., and then move on to harder questions such as how the bride and groom met or her favorite animal.

What is Bridal jeopardy? ›

Bridal Shower Jeopardy is such a fun game to include at your wedding shower or bridal shower. Based on the popular TV show Jeopardy, Bridal Shower Jeopardy focuses on categories and questions that are related to weddings and the couple who is getting married.

Who should throw a bridal shower for the bride? ›

Who hosts? The maid of honor traditionally takes on the role of chief planner. But she isn't a one-woman shower machine: She relies on the bridesmaids to help her with planning logistics. On the day-of, the girls run the show, making sure everything goes smoothly and guests are taken care of.

How much does a bridal shower typically cost? ›

According to the consumer information site CostHelper.com, a typical bridal shower costs $15 to $40 per person.

How far in advance should a bridal shower be? ›

So when's the best time to throw a bridal shower? Tradition (and Emily Post) states that the bridal shower should take place between two weeks and two months before the wedding.

What are the mother of the bride duties? ›

The mother of the bride plays the role of hostess, meaning you should spend some time greeting guests during the reception. Although there are exceptions, other wedding-day duties may include sitting at the parents' table and dancing with the father of the bride to help warm up the dance floor.

Does the mother of the bride plan the bridal shower? ›

Typically, the mother of the bride or the maid of honor hosts the shower, so final decisions should be left up to them—taking the bride's preferences into consideration, of course.

What does the groom's parents pay for? ›

What Does the Groom's Family Pay For, Traditionally? The groom's family is responsible for corsages and boutonnieres for immediate members of both families, the lodging of the groom's attendants (if you have offered to help pay for this expense), and sometimes the costs of the rehearsal dinner.

How do you play find the guest? ›

Guests are given Find the Guest game cards. They have to find the guests that match the statements on the cards. They will do this by walking around and talking to different guests and asking them the questions. The person that writes down the most names wins.

What is the put a ring on it game? ›

- This Bridal Shower Game is simple yet entertaining for all of your guests. Guests should take one ring and wear it. The Rule is they can't say "WEDDING" or "BRIDE", whoever slips up will have to give up their rings. The way to win this ladies' game is to collect the most Bling!

Who know the bride best questions? ›

20 Fun Questions to Ask About the Bride
  • What was the bride's first job?
  • When was the bride's first kiss and who was it with?
  • Who was her celebrity crush as a teen?
  • What was her favorite subject at school?
  • What was the name of the bride's first pet?
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How do you play musical bouquet? ›

Everyone's favorite childhood party game goes bridal when guests pass a bouquet (made from real flowers or the gift-bow variety) 'round the room in Musical Chairs fashion. Music plays while the bouquet is handed from guest to guest, and the music stops at intermittent points.

How do you play pass the gift? ›

How to Play Pass the Present - YouTube

How do you play left and right game? ›

How to play Left Center Right - YouTube

Who cuts the cake at a bridal shower? ›

As per tradition, the bride and groom get the first bite of the wedding cake. Whether you serve the cake to each other with a fork or delightfully smash the cake into your faces is your decision. Either way, it's a sweet and sentimental moment that your guests look forward to.

Do you invite groom's family to bridal shower? ›

A bridal shower guest list will be mostly the bride's closest friends and family. If the groom's mom is helping with the organizing, she may ask to invite the groom's sisters and aunties, so you can count on including the groom's close family too.

What is the bride wearing game? ›

The guest with the most answers correct wins. For this game, have the bride-to-be make a brief appearance then, she has to go somewhere private. While she is gone guests will have to answer questions about what she is wearing.

How well do u know the bride questions? ›

"How Well Do You Know the Bride" is an easy, fun, and cost-free choice.
...
Questions About Her Past
  • What was the bride's first job?
  • When was the bride's first kiss and who was it with?
  • Who was her celebrity crush as a teen?
  • What was her favorite subject at school?
  • What was the name of the bride's first pet?
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