Congratulations! You’re the maid of honor… now what? When asked to be a maid or matron of honor it truly is (as the name itself implies) an honor. But it’s also a lot of responsibility. One of the most important tasks is planning a bridal shower that shines a spotlight on your dear friend, and we’re here to make your life a bit easier. To help add to the fun, we’ve compiled a list of game ideas that guests of all ages will enjoy.
Through the Years
Gather a dozen or so photographs of the bride at different ages. DO NOT keep the pictures in order. Randomly number the photographs and pass them around to the guests. Provide guests with a numbered list and ask them to write down the age they think the bride is in each numbered photo. The person with the most correct answers gets a prize.
Modern Day Classic
While the bride-to-be is opening up her gifts, the maid of honor takes a piece of paper and writes down a sentence at the top. They then pass it on to the next person, who adds a sentence to the “story”. They then fold the paper so that only the sentence they just wrote is visible to the person they pass it to. As the paper is passed, each guest should write down a sentence and then fold the piece of paper so that only their phrase is visible to the next person. By they end you will have collectively written a poem. The bride-to-be can then read it out loud and look at all the different twists and turns in the poem as it was passed around.
A classic and fun game that you can play throughout the bridal shower. As guests are coming in hand everyone a plastic ring and instruct them not to say a specific “forbidden” word or words. Examples are: wedding, the groom’s name, etc. If any of the guests hear someone say the words the can take their bling. The person with most rings at the end wins and gets a prize.
An Artisan Proposal
Bake cupcakes and slip a plastic ring into one before covering the tops with frosting. Set up a bridal themed decoration station and let all the guests decorate a cupcake. The bride picks which cupcake she likes best and that person gets a prize. But wait, there’s more! Before everyone starts indulging in the treats let them know that one lucky lady has a surprise waiting inside her cupcake. Whoever gets the ring not only gets a prize but tradition has it that she is next in line to get married! If the winner is already married she can gift the ring to an unwed guest.
In this game, guests are asked to channel their inner fashion designer and create a one-of-a-kind wedding gown. Provide everyone with toilet paper, set up 15 minutes on the clock and ask them to dress themselves in their own design. Let the guests strut their stuff on the catwalk and ask the bride to choose a winner.
Always and Forever
Do you want the bride feeling sentimental? If so this is the perfect game to achieve it. As you send out invitations to the shower put in a note for the guests to write their favorite memory of the bride, groom or couple. As guests come collect all their cards. During the shower read the cards aloud and ask the bride to guess who wrote it. By the end of the game the bride will have a stack of personal mementos from each special guest to cherish always and forever.
This is a fun game that guests can play while the bride opens her gifts. Create or purchase a version of bridal shower bingo that incorporates gifts the bride-to-be will receive. Then just wait for the first person to yell out Bingo! It’s the perfect option for a “no-bridal-shower-games” kind of bride!
Left or Right?
It’s story telling time! Have all guests sit in a circle and choose two or three presents for them to pass around. Randomly give out the gifts to start and then read a wedding story that uses the words “left” or “right” often. Every time you say “left” or “right” guests have to pass the gift in that direction. Feel free to talk as fast and slow as you want to keep the fun going. The guests holding the presents at the end of the story get to keep them. Below is one story you could use but feel free to personalize it as you wish:
“[Insert bride’s name] knew RIGHT away that she had found Mr. RIGHT and the RIGHT date was set. Now seemed to be the RIGHT time to start so she LEFT RIGHT after lunch and went RIGHT to her mother’s house. She LEFT in such a hurry that she LEFT her to do list RIGHT on the living room table. But there was no time to turn back. She knew she needed to get started RIGHT away to make sure nothing was LEFT undone.
With only 24 days until the wedding day, there seemed to be little time LEFT to spare and so much LEFT to do. She asked her mother to WRITE down a guest list because she knew mom would make sure no one was LEFT out. [Insert bride’s name] LEFT to find the RIGHT invitations. On her way, she LEFT a message at the florist and then RIGHT into the bridal shop she ran.
RIGHT in the window was the perfect dress. “Oh no, I LEFT my checkbook RIGHT in the car.” “Hold that dress, I’ll be RIGHT back.” With that accomplished, she called Mr. RIGHT and LEFT him a message to call her RIGHT back. She LEFT to meet the florist who had LEFT her a message that they had the RIGHT flowers for her.
Mr. RIGHT called her RIGHT back and said he LEFT a message for the preacher RIGHT down the road to call them RIGHT back and that he had just LEFT work and would be RIGHT over. She LEFT the florist and ran RIGHT over to meet Mr. RIGHT. RIGHT away they discussed what was LEFT to do. “Who will be the RIGHT best man?” She LEFT that up to Mr. RIGHT. “I’ll get the RIGHT maid of Honor.”
RIGHT away they started shopping for the RIGHT rings. With that done, the next stop was to order the RIGHT cake. Mr. RIGHT could clearly see his future Mrs. RIGHT was on the RIGHT track.
After a long day, they were both LEFT exhausted. All that was LEFT to do was get RIGHT home to see if any messages were LEFT while they were out. Sure enough, Mom had LEFT a message that the church RIGHT down the road was available so she requested it RIGHT away. Now that was not LEFT to worry about. “Lets call it a day.” “Whatever is LEFT to do, can be LEFT until tomorrow.” They agreed and with a kiss, he LEFT and she went RIGHT to bed…” Give the story your own unique ending!