Even if a few of these games sound a little cliche, they’re actually surprisingly fun with a group! Below, everything you’ll need to know to prep and play.
The Game: Bridal Shower Bingo
The Gist: It’s bingo with wedding-themed pieces.
What to Prep: Create bingo cards, but replace the word “bingo” with “bride” along the top margin. Instead of numbers, list facts relevant to the to-be-weds inside each square. For example, one might be the name of the city where the couple is getting married or the place they got engaged.
How to Play: Follow traditional bingo rules: The first guest to mark off a line horizontally, vertically or diagonally wins a prize.
The Game: Purse Raid
The Gist: It’s like a scavenger hunt using each guest’s purse or bag.
What to Prep: Before the shower, create a list of standard items you might have in your purse—start with the basics (lip gloss, credit cards, keys) and work your way up to more random or risqué objects (condoms, dog treats). You’ll also need to buy a few little gifts to be given out as prizes to the guests that win. Prizes could be anything from candy to coffee shop gift cards.
How to Play: The host calls out the items on the list and the first guest to pull the object from their purse wins a prize.
The Game: Wedding Jeopardy
The Gist: Guests choose one of the wedding-related categories and then have to answer a question to win points.
What to Prep: Create a chart by labeling pieces of paper with the bride-to-be’s name written across the top margin and then several categories down the left side (flowers, cities, restaurants, movies, colors). Come up with difficult questions that pertain to each category. For example, “What flower has to be flown in from Holland in the off-season?” (The answer is the peony!). Finally, you’ll need to set out pens and note cards for each guest to use. If you want to give out a prize to the winner, buy that as well.
How to Play: Give each person a turn to pick a category. When a category is called, read out the question. Each guest then has two minutes to come up with the answer and write it down on her note card. When time is called, everyone has to put their pens down and show their answers. Give one point for every right answer, and the person at the end with the most correct answers is the winner.
The Game: The Newlywed Game
The Gist: Just like the famous game show, put the to-be-wed in the hot seat to answer questions about their fiancé to see how their answers compare.
What to Prep: Before the bridal shower, interview the fiancé with questions about each other and their relationship: “Where was your first kiss?” “What is his most annoying habit?”
How to Play: At the shower, ask the bride the same questions and see if she can answer correctly. To get the full effect, record a video of the answers and play back the responses to each question for everyone to see and hear (allow a pause between each question or record each question and answer as separate videos).
The Game: Pass the Love Story
The Gist: Each guest gets their chance to exaggerate the “story” of how the couple met and fell in love.
What to Prep: All you need is pen and paper for this one.
How to Play: The host starts it off by writing a line at the top of the piece of paper about how the couple met. For example, “Tess and Toby met at the office.” She then passes the piece of paper to the next player, who writes a line to follow that one. Once that player writes their line, their job is to fold the paper over so only their sentence is revealed to the next player. After everyone has contributed, the guest of honour should read the final piece aloud to the group.