Wedding Shower Games-yuck

Updated on May 16, 2008
K.K. asks from Wauconda, IL
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I can't stand playing games at showers. They are torturous enough without putting people through games. However, my Aunt has asked me to come up with a few games or door prize type activities for my sister's shower. Anyone have any ideas? She already bought the prizes!
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S.S.

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We played an un-game at a friend's shower. We bought a bunch of prizes and wrapped them up. While the guest of honor was opening gifts, we set a timer for every three minutes (adjust the time for the size of the party.) Whenever the timer went off the guests gift that was being opened by the mommy/bride at that moment would get to pick a prize. People thought it was fun, and won prizes for doing nothing!!

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N.S.

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One game that I have tried and played that people seem to like is where you give the name of the TV show and they have to tell you who the married couple was on that show. I have had great success with it.

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L.S.

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Hey K.,

Here's some games for the shower: 1. Come up with ten question about the bride and groom's relationship whoever answers the most correctly wins 2. Scrabble 10-20 words related to a wedding the person with the most unscrambled wins. (e.g.bride,best man,ect.) Write sayings about life and marriage such as "Never Go to Bed _____" and have them fill in the blanks, the one with the most correct wins. Good Luck, have fun! Games aren't that bad.

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S.D.

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K. - I, too, hate games at showers. This is one I do like though. I call it "the timer game." Set a kitchen timer for several minutes while the guest of honor is unwrapping her gifts. When the timer goes off, whoever the gift is from receives a door prize. If you have lots of prizes, set the timer for just a few minutes. If you only have a few prizes, set the timer longer. (And, you can always "cheat" with this game. If there is someone who you want to get a prize, 'fudge' the time & make sure it goes off when their gift is being opened.)

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M.M.

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Hi! I know how you feel! The games are usually a pain in the butt!! Here's a thought...have everyone write their names and addressess on the envelopes that will be used for the thank you cards, and have the guest of honor pick out some..like a raffle - to give out the prizes!
Or fill a jar with some kind of candy, pass it around to have people make guessess on paper and whoever gets closest wins!
Hope this helps!

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S.A.

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You need to do a Google search, but there are games that are fun and I've never been to a party where everyone was required to play. If you don't like games then don't participate. Since you will be coming up with the games, then it makes sense that you will be directing the games and thus don't have to play.

Simple things to give away prizes for:

Put stickers under certain chairs in which the person sitting there gets a centerpiece off a table or a prize.

Freeze small plastic wedding bells in ice cubes put in the punch and give away a prize for those people.

Written games:

Put together a list of marriage words like honeymoon, wedding cake and so forth....scramble them and give everyone so much time to unscramble.

Give everyone so much time to create a list of as many famous couples as they can.

Have everyone write down a piece of wedding advice for a small little candy prize.

Longest married couple gets a prize. Newest couple gets a prize.

Get a list of questions together for couples to determine how much they know about eachother...the couple that comes up with the most correct answers wins. Examples: what color is his tooth brush, what is her favorite flower, favorite colors, favorite foods, date of first date, and so forth....

And again try a Google search and then hit some bookstores for shower game books.

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L.C.

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For my wedding shower I think i went to a website www.bridalshowergames.com or bridalshower.com. check that and see what happens.

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H.D.

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Easy answer...."I know you will come up with something fun!"
or..."I would rather not, thank you." or even..."If you need me to pick up the cake or set up decorations I am there!"
Very quietly let her know that this is not your "thing" but you are happy to help in other ways.
If you can't do that then go to Target or Party City and look in their party section, often times they have games already made up and all you have to do is buy them. =)

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R.H.

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We played this one at my wedding shower and it was hilarious! It was called, "How well do you know your future husband?" Ask the groom-to-be a list of questions prior to the shower (if you could be any animal, what would you be? What is your favorite meal? Where was your first kiss with your fiance'? Where was your first date?...etc) The crazier the questions, the better. Make him promise not to tell his fiance about the questions so she's not prepared to answer them on the day of her shower. Have her sit infront of her guests at the shower and ask her the same questions you asked the groom-to-be and see if she gives the correct answers. For every question she gets wrong she has to put a bubble gum ball in her mouth (they found huge green bubble gum balls...and I had to eat quite a few...WHILE still trying to answer the rest of the questions correctly). It got everyone laughing (mostly at me!) but it was fun. Good luck!

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S.B.

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This is a fun one: go to your sunday paper with the 50th wedding anniversary photos. A lot of the time they post the original wedding photo and then a photo of the couple as they look now. Pick 5 or so couples and separate the photos and put them all on one poster board. Have guests match them up. It's harder than it looks. You may have to look at 2-3 weeks worth of papers to get enough photos.

Another was a short questionnaire that had 'fill in the blank' - and the answers were read to the bride. She picked her favorite of all the answers and the person who had supplied the answer got a gift.

Google bridal shower games and you may find some you actually like.

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J.W.

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Something easy- Give a gift, small plant, etc, to the first person who RSVP's. I was at a shower and they did this and it really reminds us how important responses are for planned events....:)

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C.W.

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Have to share one that a very creative friend of mine did last year that was actually fun/funny - "Celebrity Bride" - you take a bridal magazine and rip out ads for wedding gowns. Attach to construction paper. Then you take a celeb magazine (like People) and cut out just the faces of various famous women (no hairstyles, just faces) glue the celeb faces over the model brides faces. So now you have like Jessica Simpson's face with different hair/bridal veil/etc. Pass around the sheets and your guests will have to guess the celeb. It was actually very hard when all you have is just their faces and the bridal outfits - its all out of context! You could even have an answer form with all celebrity names you used which your guests could match to numbers if you think that they are not totally up on their Hollywood gossip...

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D.J.

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We played BINGO while gifts were opened, made cards with things like dishes, sheets, kitchen utensils, coffee pot, something handmade, picture frame, etc.

We also did a scavenger hunt of items in your purse, with things like: check book, library card, Jewel card, baby picture, gum, expired coupon, toy, candy, nail file, etc. It was fun, only took a few minutes.

(We also played this at my baby shower and put on the list a photo of my husband and I on our wedding day and my aunt had it in her wallet!) The ones that won were they ones that had ALL of the most items. So we asked who found everything? Then, who found 19? 18? etc.

Under the coffee cups we placed a piece of chocolate or something little and whoever had it got to take home the centerpiece.

Hope this helps!

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D.S.

answers from Chicago on

Hi K.,
I own a mom-owned business located in Oak Lawn. I design and sell invitations for every event along with shower favors. I do carry bridal bingo if you would like information on that. My email is [email protected]____.com. I can send you a sample of what it looks like if you are interested. Thank you!
D.
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K.L.

answers from Chicago on

Try Googling "Bridal shower games". I did this for a baby shower and came up with tons of different games! Hope this helps!

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K.Y.

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Hi K.! Briday shower Bingo is always good. You can make up blank bingo cards and let you guest fill in the blanks with gifts they think your sister may recieve. As she opens they cross off until someone has Bingo. You can also have some sort of ribbon with something cheap related to weddings attatched to them (get at a party store). Put them around each guests neck and let them compete. If someone says the word marriage or bride, the person who hears it, gets to take their ribbon. WHmever has the most ribbons wins!

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J.F.

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Try a Human Scavenger Hunt. Even my friend whi HATES party games loved this game. All you have to do is come up with about 10 to 15 questions like: Find someone who has lived in another country. And the guests writes the name of the person who they found that this matches. The questions can vary if there are all ages present. Some of the ones we used for a girl scout event were Find someone who is wereing green earings or prurple nail polish. Find someone who works in a school. Find someone who owned a farm animal in their lifetime. The first person who finds aperson for each one wins a prize. Also you can do things like ask for the person whose birthday is closest to the wedding date or to the babies due date depending on what kind of shower it is. There are also hundreds of games on-line but alot of the probably the ones you don't like. Hope this helps!

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S.F.

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K.,

We did this game at a baby shower but it could be done at a bridal shower too.

When each guest comes in pin a name to thier back of a famous wife, ie Lucy, Mrs Brady, Barbara Bush ect... be creative. It could be a TV wife or a famous person ect. Even throw in the furure mother in law too! The each guest has to ask yes or no questions to other guests about the name on thier own back. Like am I a TV personality? Am I a wife from the 70's? Do I have 6 kids? Are they 3 boys and 3 girls? Am I Carol Brady? The first one to figure out who they are wins!

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J.A.

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At one of the showers I attended, you received a large safety pin when you walked in, that you were supposed to fasten to your shirt. Then we were told that you could not cross your legs, because if you did, the person who noticed it would get your safety pin. The person with the most pins won a prize. You wouldn't have to use safety pins, you could use any kind of pin, or a ribbon or something. The game wasn't bad, since you didn't have to do anything goofy.

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C.M.

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Although it's not officially a "game", it is something that the bride can actually keep and treasure as a wedding memory. I too hate those hokey games.

Have everyone is the room write a piece of advice, funny or heartfelt on colorful paper you have provided. They can put their name on it if they choose. Slip them into one of those small photo albums. The bride can read them outloud to the group. Lots of laughs and tears will follow.

I love my little advice book. I looked at it after more than 10 years and found the words from my late grandmother, so special to me. I laughed at the silly statements from my young cousins who are now grown. Really sweet keepsake.

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S.

answers from Chicago on

Bridal Bingo! Target even has sheets all made up in their bridal section. It also keeps people engaged while the gifts are being opened.

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M.C.

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One of the games i like and i usually use it for baby shower but you could do it with bridal. You have a bunch of items in a basket and go around to the guest and give them 30 seconds or so to memorize the items. Once all guest had a chance to look then put the basket away and have them write down what they remember. i like this one because then the bride/mom-to-be can take the basket home with some goodies. Some ideas to put in it are recipe book, kitchen utensils, towels, candle, soap, ect.

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S.R.

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My favorite one is really obnoxious but everyone laughs...each person takes a turn in the middle of the circle of guests and you blind fold the one in the middle. You give her a bowl of cotton balls and the objective is, using a wooden spoon, to see how many cotton balls she can get on her head in 60 seconds. The one who gets the most gets the prize. Get a decent prize for that one. It's too funny and since it's so bizarre I've never had anyone complain.

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M.K.

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I totally agree that shower games are horrible! I was at a shower recently and they did a game with how well do you know the bride and groom. That was not the worst ever. People actually seemed to enjoy it. God Luck!

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N.F.

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HI K.,
I just threw my best friend's shower and i, too, hate games. However, we did Bridal Trivia. We came up with 15 questions about the bride or the bride and groom's relationship and then we sent the questions to the groom with strict instructions that he was not to cheat and ask his future bride. The bride was completely unaware of the questions until the day of the shower. We passed out all the questions to the shower guests during lunch and had them answer to the best of their ability. Then while the bride opened gifts we asked a couple of questions at a time. It was really cool to first see how well the groom knew his bride, but also how well the guests knew the couple/bride. We gave 1 point for every correct answer. We had the guests correct their own papers. We gave prizes to the top 5 winners. It went over great and the bride LOVED it!

In addition, we came up with 10 Wedding movie trivia questions and asked those througout the shower. Whoever got the question right won a prize.We used My best friend's wedding, Wedding singer, 27 dresses, Father of the Bride, Steel Magnolias, Wedding Planner, The Wedding Date.

Please let me know if you'd like any of our questions. I'd be happy to send them to you.

HOpe this helps.

N. F.
SAHM of a gorgeous 6 month old baby boy
Bartlett

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