Wedding Shower Games

party-party.gifby Lyn Bell

Who said games are just for kids? Wedding shower games can make the wedding shower a fun and memorable event. Unlike the actual wedding, which tends to be a solemn affair, wedding showers are a place for the wedding party and friends to let their hair down and have some fun.

Wedding showers are fashionable at the moment, although they have been around for some time. They can be attended by both men and women, unlike the hen party which is the domain of the female friends of the bride and the stag party for the men. There is also the kitchen tea or bridal shower that is for the bride and her female friends. The kitchen tea is a party where games are played similar to the wedding shower.

If the attendees are a mixed audience it is important not to offend or embarrass with games that are a little risqué. Games can be used as an ice breaker for those who do not know one another. If the people at the party know each other you can use games that are more personal and designed with them in mind.

It is usually up to the bridesmaid, maid of honor, best man or close friends and family to organize the wedding shower. Some of the things that need to be arranged are the choosing of any theme, organizing the food and drink, sending the invites and coming up with a selection of wedding shower games that are appropriate.

It is not always necessary to have games and in some cases may be best left out of the party. Watch the guests for their reaction and have an alternative plan in place if games are not going down well. Most people though, once they have got over their initial inhibitions, will be glad they joined in so be gently encouraging.

Finally, choose interactive games and make sure that the bride and groom remain the stars of the event – everyone should have the chance to socialize with them.


The birth of the Wedding Shower

windmill.jpgMany years ago a poor miller fell in love with a beautiful young woman, the daughter of a wealthy townsman living in a Dutch village. The beautiful woman returned the love of the miller. He was charming and generous, a man who earned the respect and friendship of all the villagers.

The handsome young miller was poor but this did not stop him from being generous with what he had – always willing to lend a hand to others.

The beautiful young lady had been promised by her father to another, a rich and elderly landowner. He was not pleased at his daughter’s devotion to this handsome but poor young man. So much so that he forbad his daughter from marrying him and stormed that if she were to do so, she would not be welcome in his house as his daughter.

Each night the beautiful daughter cried herself to sleep but the father was staunch in his resolve not to allow any marriage.

The villagers heard of the plight of the couple of love birds who had decided to wed and came up with a plan. Their poor miller friend had always been there for them and they would not forsake him in his hour of need.

Each and every villager came to the young couple with a gift to help start their married life together. The young girl and her true love were overcome with the generosity of the villagers.

The father heard of this generous outpouring from the village folk and visited his daughter feeling very sad and heavy of heart at what he had done. His daughter greeted him with open arms and forgave her father. Wanting to make up for his behavior towards the couple he threw a party and invited all the villagers who had so generously showered the couple with gifts.

And thus the Wedding Shower began …in a Dutch village many years ago.


Wedding Shower Games: Games are not just for kids.

bride3.jpgAlthough wedding showers have been around for many years they are very much in vogue at the moment. A big part of the success of the wedding shower is the wedding shower games that are played. This is a time when the bride and groom have a chance to let their hair down along with their friends and guests and make a memorable event. Games are used as an ice breaker to introduce strangers to one another and help get the wedding shower in the mood.

Unlike the kitchen tea or hen party which is designed for the female friends of the bride, or stag party for the men, the wedding shower can be attended by both sexes. It is therefore important not to have games that could offend or embarrass.

Ice Breakers:

My name is…As guests arrive pin the name of a famous person to their back. They must then ask the other guests questions to gain clues as to their ‘identity’.

Don’t say it! As guests arrive give them a name tag with their name and 10 tabs each partially cut for easy tearing. Tell them that they must not say the word ‘wedding’ all evening. If they do a tab will be torn off. The one with the most tabs at the end of the evening is the winner and gets a small prize. Now everyone can shout ‘1…2…3 wedding’.

Wedding shower games

Trivia. Write some questions about the bride and groom such as how they met, what was the bride or grooms first job and so on. The winner is the guest who answers the most questions.

Pass the parcel. Wrap up a small gift in multi layers of gift paper. You can put in a box with more paper so that it looks quite large. Play some music while the guests continue to pass the parcel. When the music stops a layer of paper is taken off and the music starts again. This continues until the gift is unwrapped and the last person gets to keep it.

Cake of chocolate. Guests sit in a circle and throw a dice. In the centre is a large cake of chocolate in its wrapper and on a plate, a pair of gloves and hat as well as a knife and fork. Whoever gets a six when they throw the dice must don the hat and gloves and proceed to unwrap the chocolate using only the knife and fork. They can continue until the next six is thrown and then they must take off the items and the next person continues.

Bridal Shower Scratch Off Game Who’s waiting for the bride at the alter? A frog? A nerd? Or some other funny undesirable character? Who will get the winning card… the handsome Prince Charming? This game is sure to have guests laughing.

The wedding dress. Guests are divided into groups and given a roll of toilet paper. Each team must choose a bride and make a dress using only the toilet paper. Accessories can be used such as a brooch. Give the teams five minutes to come up with their creation. The bride will choose the winning team. Remember the camera!

Guess. Use a jar or attractive container and place a number of jelly beans or safety pins or some other suitable item in the jar. Make sure you know the answer but ask the guests to guess the number in the jar. Give a small prize to the winner.

Kitchen tea game

Under the blanket. Dress the bride to be in ‘clothing’ made of kitchen items – for example a bikini made of tea towels. Have her sitting next to the wrapped up gifts. Each gift must be felt before opening and described to the guests – it has a long bit, oh it’s quite soft etc. Someone writes the comments down and at the end the bride must read back the comments saying after each comment ‘under the blanket’. This is what she is supposed to say on her wedding night. Can be hilarious and, as you can imagine, a bit raunchy.

Guess the gift. Once again dress the bride appropriately but this time she must guess what the gifts contain. Each time she gets the guess wrong she must take a sip from a potty. In the potty is a cooked sausage and orange juice….not very nice to look at. If you lace the orange juice with alcohol do be responsible.