Are you planning a bridal shower? This special event is a fantastic way to celebrate the bride-to-be and get family and friends together for a party. If you’re in charge of making the event entertaining, it’s up to you to prepare some bridal shower game ideas ahead of time. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know to get started.
What are Bridal Shower Games?
Bridal shower games are different tasks and activities you can plan to keep the guests busy during the party. There are no hard and fast rules here. The key is to make the games entertaining and easy (especially if guests are drinking during the shower).
18 Fun Bridal Shower Games
If you need some inspiration to help you along the way, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a list of 18 bridal shower game ideas you can play at your event. Choose the activities that you think will most appeal to the bride and your guests.
1. Bridal Shower Bingo
Ready to shout “bingo?” Not only is it one of the easiest bridal shower games you can play, it’s a lot of fun. Simply make your own bingo cards ahead of time. You can buy printable bingo cards on Etsy or, should you have a flair for creativity, make your own.
Each card will have a selection of gifts that the bride-to-be is likely to get. For example, a typical card may include ‘body lotions,’ ‘jewelry,’ ‘gift cards’ and ‘chocolates.’ When the guest of honor is opening her gifts, the rest of the group can compete to tick off all the squares on their cards.
2. Wedding Vow Mad Libs
Have you ever played mad libs? Here’s a fun twist on the classic game that is perfect for a wedding shower. You can get mad lib cards on Etsy! Each card will have a vows template with some choice words missing. Hand these out to the guests and let them go wild. When everyone has filled in their answers, mix up the completed cards and read them out.
3. Bride-to-Be Trivia Quiz
How well do you know the bride? This is a game that’s certain to break the ice. Ahead of the event, work with the bride to create a fun quiz about her. The questions may include where she went to school, her favorite ice cream flavor, or even her first pet’s name.
During the wedding shower, gather all the guests and start playing! You can host the quiz, asking various questions and letting the guests around the room answer. At the end of the game, the bride takes over giving her (correct) answers to each of the questions.
4. Show and tell
Next up, is a quick way to help guests get to know each other. Ahead of the event, ask each of the guests to bring an object that is meaningful to them and the bride. For example, the maid of honor might bring a necklace she wore the first time she met the bride.
Have each guest take a turn showing the object she brought to the shower and then have her tell the story behind it. To add a little spice to this game, you could offer an award for the best anecdote. Have the guests take a vote on who wins a prize.
5. Dream Date
If you want an easy but amusing activity, this one won’t disappoint. When everyone has arrived, give each of them a card and a pen. Ask the guests to write down their ultimate dream date. Tell them they can be as creative and imaginative as they wish. Nothing is off-limits here.
When everyone is finished, collect them and mix them up in a huge bag. Then have the bride randomly pick out date cards and read them aloud. Each time she does so, the bride has to guess which of her guests wrote it.
6. Flower Arranging
Looking for wedding shower games that are perfect for guests of all ages? Flower arranging could be the answer. This creative and fun activity is easy to grasp and will entertain all of the guests. Make sure you have plenty of flowers, scissors, vases, and ribbons ahead of time.
If you’re completely new to this art form, do yourself a favor and invest in a flower arranging book. You don’t need to be an expert but getting the basics down is a must. That way, when the guests come to play this quick game, you will have the knowledge to guide them.
7. Cocktail Making Contest
Planning a boozy bridal shower? If so, why not host a cocktail making contest? Set up a table with all the essentials — spirits, mixers, garnishes, cocktail shakers, ice and glasses. Next, challenge the guests to compete.
You can either tell the bridal shower guests to make up their own cocktails or ask them to whip up a classic. Why not set a timer and make things interesting? When the contest is over, have the bride taste all of the creations and pick the ultimate winner.
8. Say Yes to the (Paper) Dress
Get the toilet paper at the ready for this game! Have the guests split off into teams of three and give each of them a toilet paper roll. Each team must create a stunning wedding dress using nothing more than that paper. One of the members of the team will play the model (wearing the paper dress) while the others will be the expert fashion designers.
Set a 10-minute timer and let the team members get started. At the end of the challenge, the model from each team will show off the toilet paper dress in all of its glory. Of course, the bride will get to judge the dresses and choose which one she will say ‘yes’ to. Decisions, decisions!
9. Guess the Bride’s Age
Let’s take a trip down memory lane with the bride-to-be! For this game, you will need to get some throwback pictures of the bride ahead of time. You might have a couple of childhood photos, some photos from college, and so on. Pin all of the pictures up on the wall with a sheet of paper and a pen below each of them.
When the guests arrive, tell them to circle the room, guessing how old the bride is in each picture. They can write their name and guesses on the paper. Once all of the guests have had a shot, the bride comes into play. Have her reveal her age in each scene in a dramatic way.
10. Bride and Groom Tips Jar
With the wedding just around the corner, the guests may have some advice to share with the soon-to-be newlyweds. When it comes to bridal shower games, it doesn’t get much simpler than this one. Grab a large jar, some slips of paper, and a load of pens.
You should label the jar ‘Bride and Groom Tips.’ Throughout the bridal shower, the guests can take turns writing advice for the happy couple on a piece of paper. Not only is this a game that the guests will actually want to play, but it will give the bride some fun mementos of the event.
11. Groom Trivia Quiz
Most of the time, bridal shower games are just for the guests. However, here’s a sneaky game that only the bride can play. Before the bridal shower, speak to the groom-to-be and put together a list of super tricky questions about him. For example, you might include where he had his first kiss or what color his first car was. During the bridal shower, get the bride up on stage and have her answer all of the questions. The more she gets right, the better she knows her groom!
12. Guess Who Newlywed Game
How much do the guests know about the soon-to-be newlyweds? Here’s a way to find out! The Guess Who Newlywed Game from David’s Bridal will test their knowledge. Questions include ‘Who popped the question’ and ‘Who is better in the kitchen.’ Hand the cards out to the guests and have them answer the questions during the bridal shower. The guest who gets the most answers right (according to the bride) wins a prize.
13. Prosecco Pong
You’ve heard of beer pong… but have you heard of Prosecco pong? If you’re looking for some entertaining activities, don’t miss this one. Set up some plastic Prosecco glasses on a table and fill each of them up. Next, have the guests take turns trying to bounce a ping pong ball into the glasses. For every shot a guest makes, they can choose someone to drink up.
14. Rom Com Charades
When it comes to the best bridal shower activities, you can’t beat a classic. Charades is a great party game that’s suitable for guests of all ages. Before the event, write down all of the most famous rom coms you can think of, such as the following:
- Wedding Crashers
- There’s Something About Mary
- Bridget Jones
- Love, Actually
- Pretty Woman
- Four Weddings and a Funeral
- When Harry Met Sally
- Last Christmas
- About Time
- Leap Year
- The Five-Year Engagement
- Love Wrecked
- A Cinderella Story
- Runaway Bride
- My Best Friend’s Wedding
- Working Girl
- The Switch
- Sweet Home Alabama
- Valentine’s Day
- 27 Dresses
When you have written your list of movies, separate them by cutting up the paper. Fold each of them and pop them in a large jar. During the bridal shower, announce that it’s time to play charades. Split the bridal shower guests into two teams and get started.
Have one player from each team come to the front and take a piece of paper from the jar. They have to act out the movie that’s on the paper without saying a word, while the rest of their team try to guess the answer. At the end of the game, the team with the most points wins a prize.
15. Find the Guest
The games you choose should be entertaining… but they can also break the ice. Find the Guest is a quick game that will help everyone get to know each other. You can get printable cards for this game on Etsy. Each card will have a list of guests that people have to find. For example, it might say ‘find the guest who is the same age as you’ or ‘find the guest who got married last year.’
All the guests have to do is go around the room and find a person for each category. When they have done so, they should write the person’s name next to the line. The first guest to fill in their entire card wins a prize. Pro tip: This is one of the best bridal shower games if you’re hoping to get the guests mingling and talking super fast.
16. Bridal Makeup 101
Are you searching for a quick wedding-related game to play? Bridal Makeup 101 is the way to go. Before the event, print out a bunch of pictures of the bride with no makeup on at all. Hand the photos out to the bridal shower guests along with some brightly colored pens. Give all of the guests 15 minutes to ‘makeover’ the bride as best they can using the pens as makeup.
When the time is up, the judging begins. The bride will be the judge and award titles to some of the creations. For example, she might want to give a prize for the funniest makeover, the classiest makeover, the most creative makeover, and the worst makeover. Who knows… She may even get some makeup inspiration ahead of her big day!
17. Name That Song
How well do the guests know their love songs? This game will put their musical knowledge to the test. Give each of the guests a pen and paper to get started. Next, play the intro to some of the most famous love songs. The guests have to guess the song in record time. If you’re looking for some inspiration, here are some of the songs you could include:
- My Heart Will Go On — Celine Dione
- Your Song — Elton John
- Just the Way You Are — Billy Joel
- Perfect — Ed Sheeran
- You’re Still the One — Shania Twain
- Love Story — Taylor Swift
- Love is All You Need — The Beatles
- Endless Love — Lionel Richie
- Truly Madly Deeply — Savage Garden
- She — Elvis Costello
- We Belong Together — Mariah Carey
- I Will Always Love You — Whitney Houston
- We Found Love — Rihanna
- All of Me — John Legend
- Breathe Me — Sia
- Angels — Robbie Williams
- Crazy in Love — Beyonce
- Eternal Flame — The Bangles
- Careless Whisper — George Micheal
- Can’t Help Falling in Love — Elvis Presley
- You Make Loving Fun — Fleetwood Mac
Of course, you may also want to tailor your quiz playlist to suit the bride’s taste. For example, if you know that she is a huge Bruno Mars fan, pick out a few of his favorite tracks. On the other hand, if she is an all-out Swiftie, make sure your playlist includes a few Taylor Swift classics.
18. Name the Celeb Couple
Brad and Jennifer. Tom and Rita. Johnny and June. Ellen and Portia. We all know some of the most famous celeb couples. Here’s a quick game the guests will actually want to play. Ahead of the event, get pictures of some iconic celeb couples.
When the guests have arrived, you can play Name the Celeb Couple as a quick ice-breaker. Hold up each of the pictures in turn. Have each of the guests write down their answers when you show them a picture. At the end of the game, the guest who knew the most celebrity couples will be crowned ‘Celebrity Know-It-All’ of the bridal shower.
Bridal Shower Games FAQs
How many bridal shower games should you plan for your event?
If you’re planning a wedding shower, it’s a good idea to have at least a few games planned. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Having a variety of activities lined up means that you will never be at a loss for something to do during the party.
What are the best games to play at a bridal shower?
We’ve shared a list of our favorite wedding shower games here. When you’re choosing what games to play at a bridal shower, keep in mind that they should be fun and easy to understand. You don’t want to bamboozle your guests with complicated games that take time to learn.