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Guess the Groom’s Guns

Materials Needed

  • A blindfold
  • An open-minded bride and groom
  • With this coed or couples bridal shower game you can see how well the bride knows her groom as she must identify him while blindfolded only feeling his arm muscle.

    The Setup: Unbeknownst to the bride, recruit some of the men at your shower to show off their biceps to the bride. Ideally, you would pick gentlemen that are of a similar build to the groom. When you are ready to play, blindfold the bride.

    The Rules: Assign each of your gentleman volunteers and the groom a number starting with number one. In order, have them stand in front of the bride and make a muscle with the their arm. It is a good idea to have them pull up their sleeves so the bride cannot get clues from the shirts they are wearing. Guide the hands of the blindfolded bride to the exposed biceps and let her feel around only the upper arm area. Once she has had a chance to examine the guns of all of the guys let her take off her blindfold and guess the number of the fellow that was her groom. If she is right, she wins a prize. If she is wrong she might have some explaining to do.

    Turnabout is Fair Play: You can play the game in reverse with the blindfolded groom trying to guess the bride by touching the calves of some of the ladies at the bridal shower.

    Bridal Shower Wedding Vows

    Materials Needed

  • Two clipboards
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Encourage your bridal shower guests to be creative with their suggested wedding vows. They can be romantic, heart-warming or go for laughs with a funny vow. The only limitation is that they should take care to not write anything that might make the bride uncomfortable on her special day.

    The Setup: Across the top of a piece of paper print out or write, ” I (bride’s name) take you (groom’s name) and promise to…”. On a second piece of paper do the same but from the groom’s point of view. Put each on a clipboard with a pen.

    The Rules: Have your shower guests sit in a circle and hand each clipboard to a random person to start. The guest with the clipboard will write down their own suggested vow for the bride or the groom(depending on which clipboard they have). It can be funny like the groom promising to “Always put the toilet seat down in the bathroom” or touching like the groom promising to “brush the brides hair once a week”. Once the first guest is done they fold down the top of the paper to cover their vow, reattach the paper to the clipboard and pass it to the person on their left. That person then suggests a vow, folds down the paper and the process continues.

    When everyone has written a vow for both the bride and the groom read the bridal shower wedding vow suggestions to the entire group. The bride then selects one bridal vow and one groom’s vow as her favorite, the author of those two vows are the winners of the game.

    Make a Keepsake (optional): Once you have finished playing the game, type up both the bride and groom’s vows and print them on separate pieces of paper. Give them to the bride as a keepsake from her bridal shower.

    Name That Spice

    Materials Needed

  • 10 herbs or spices
  • 10 small bowls
  • Pens
  • Paper
  • Name That Spice is a must have addition for any kitchen themed bridal shower, but is also a quick and easy game to include in any shower since you just have to grab some spices and bowls.

    The Setup: Select a total of ten herbs and spices and put a small sample of each in a bowl. You want to include some that will be relatively simple like cinnamon, oregano or curry as well as some that will be difficult like cumin or tarragon. Place your spice bowls in a row on a table and label each with a number from 1-10 so the guests can number their guesses. Pass out pens and paper to everyone.

    The Rules: The shower guests are allowed to smell and look at the spices but not touch or taste them. When they are ready, they write down the number of the spice and their guess as to which spice is in the bowl. When all of the guests have finished with all of the spices reveal the correct answers, the person who got the most right wins.

    Increase the Difficulty: If you really want to challenge your bridal shower guests, cover the spice bowls with aluminum foil and poke a few holes in it. That way the guest can only smell the spices. But be warned, even kitchens divas can have a hard time playing Name That Spice with only their noses to help them out.

    The Happy Couple Word Scramble

    Materials Needed

  • A computer and printer
  • A stopwatch or clock
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • In a marriage, two people join together and create something new. With the Happy Couple Word Scramble game you join the names of the bride and groom and see what your guests can create.

    The Setup: Print the first name of the bride and groom in large letters on the top of sheets of paper(ex. Richard and Emily). If the first names have few letters you and you want to give your shower guests more options you can also add the groom’s last name(ex. Richard and Emily Wilson). Give each guest one of the game sheets as well as a pen.

    The Rules: Give the players eight minutes to write down as many words as they can come up with using only the letters in the names of the bride and groom. All words must be at least four letters and the singular and plural of a word both count. If the letter appears once in the names it can only be used once in the answer word.

    After the eight minutes is up the guests are awarded one point for a four letter word, two points for five letters, three for six and so on. Words related to weddings count double points, so for example with Richard and Emily you could find the word “maid” as in Maid of Honor for double points. Have the guests add up all of their points and the person with the most is the winner.

    Hot Bouquet

    Materials Needed

  • A bouquet of flowers
  • Ribbon or something else to secure the bouquet
  • Music
  • (optional): A Vase
  • Played just like the traditional game Hot Potato, the guests pass around a bouquet of flowers until the music stops.

    The Setup: Make a bouquet of lovely flowers and be sure to wrap it tightly with ribbon to keep it together while the guests are passing it around. When you are ready to play, have your shower guests stand in a circle and give the bouquet to a someone for the start of the game.

    The Rules: Play music and have the guests start passing the bouquet around the circle. Face away from the circle and at a random point stop the music. The guest that is holding the bouquet when the music stops is out of the game and must leave the circle. Start the music again and repeat until only one guest remains. The last guest standing is the winner and gets the bouquet as a prize.

    Add a Vase (optional): When you give the bouquet to the winner, put the flowers in a nice vase with some water. So the winner also gets a vase as part of her prize!

    “A Happy Wife Remembers to…” Memory Game

    Materials Needed

  • A good memory
  • If you have a sharp and focused group of players this game can last a surprisingly long time. Try to keep the pace of play rapid, sometimes guests will take forever trying to get it right.

    The Setup: Have your guests sit in a circle in a large open area and select a random player to start.

    The Rules: The first player will say, “ A happy wife remembers to __________” filling in the blank with whatever advice they choose. It can be realistic like “make time for herself” or a bit silly like “drink wine daily”. For purposes of example the first person said “make time for herself ”. The person to the left of the starter(clockwise) goes next. They will say, ” A happy wife remembers to make time for herself and __________” filling in the blank with whatever they choose. The third person would say the entire phrase including both of the previous answers(in order) and add a third.

    This continues moving left around the circle with each person repeating what the previous person said and adding an additional piece of advice until someone forgets a previous answer, messes up the order or in some way makes a mistake. That person is out and leaves the circle. The person to the left of the person that is now out starts the game over again from scratch. Continue playing and eliminating players until only one person remains. That person is a very deserving winner.

    If the Game is Taking Too Long: Sometimes this game can bog down with guests taking long turns. If your game starts to slow down or even from the very beginning you can add a five second rule. So if any player on their turn goes for more than 5 seconds without adding to the list they are eliminated.