The Best and Worst Bridal Shower GamesDevan McGuinness
‘Tis the season for weddings, and with that brings all those traditions couples revel in before saying their vows. We spend time sorting out all the details of the wedding itself, along with hosting bachelor and bachelorette parties, and of course: bridal showers.
I’m not much of a “shower” person. Now I’m not referring to the “clean-yourself” showers, but the ones that are used to celebrate things, like engagement parties, bridal showers, or even baby showers. I love the idea of celebrating and the gifts are always nice, but the way typical parties pan out with games and guests you barely know, it’s not my cup of tea. And if you consider yourself an introvert, I imagine you don’t care for them much either.
While I dislike like them, I know there are plenty who love them. You’re probably a lot less grumpy than I am and know how to have fun while making yourself look a little silly — and more power to you! I wish I had some of that in me.
If you’re planning to host a bridal shower, be the recipient of a bridal shower, or just attend one this summer, here are my picks for the worst and best bridal shower games.
1. How Well Do You Know the Bride?
The problem with this game, while it seems harmless, is it always singles someone out for not really knowing the bride. It’s usually a guest from the groom’s side of the family, and the whole thing just ends up feeling all cliquey and that’s not fun.
2. Words of Wisdom
The guests take an index card and write their “words of wisdom” on marriage to the soon-to-be bride, and she’s supposed to read them and consider the advice. I don’t like this game simply because no one really likes unsolicited advice. And when it comes to making a marriage work, you need to have wisdom from a group of women who have been married for longer than a decade, which isn’t always the case at these parties.
3. Guess Whose Underwear
There is something gross to me about a group of adults pretending to draw what the bride’s soon-to-be husband looks like naked. I mean, could you imagine what it would be like if the guys were sitting around doing the opposite? It’s creepy.
1. Toilet Paper Wedding Dress
I know every bridal shower basically does this, but there’s something fun about creating dresses with nothing. Who knows, you may really surprise yourself with your awesome creation.
2. Taste the Cake
This one is all winning because you set up a cake bar (right, I have you already!) and you get blindfolded and try to guess the flavor of the cake. Hello? Awesome!
3. The Couple’s Roast
This is perfect for one of those couple bridal showers where the groom also attends, but it can be done with just the bride, too. Guests take their turns mimicking the bride and groom and the person (or people) who do it the best, win. You need to have a light heart and good sense of humor, but oftentimes it’s totally funny.
What are your thoughts on bridal shower games? Best ones and worst ones — go!
Main photo credit: adapted from marina guimarães|Flickr
Devan is a freelance writer living in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and four kids. No, those aren’t her kids’ real names – they’re online pseudonyms. Read more from Devan on Babble as she dishes about babies, pets, and love + keep up with byDevan on Facebook and Twitter!