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Bridal showers are supposed to be fun, but it's hard not to roll your eyes when you have to construct yet another toilet paper wedding dress during one of those traditional bridal shower games. So here are some ideas for more creative, quirky diversions that attendees can get excited about. See which bridal shower games you and your guests might want to play!
"He Said She Said"
Hand out "He Said She Said" cards and guests can guess fun facts about the couple, like who said "I love you" first, who is more forgetful and who is the better dancer. You can make your own or find some beautiful options on Etsy. — Anna Kesten of My Chic Nest
"Find the Guest"
Another great Etsy-inspired game is "Find the Guest." Everyone will have a ball chatting up the room to find out who speaks a foreign language, who traveled over 50 miles to attend the shower and if anyone doesn't have a Facebook account. — Kim Forrest of WeddingWire
"Where Were We?"
Hang up ten or so numbered pictures of you and your fiancé on various trips or in different locations throughout your hometown. Guests can write down where they think each picture was taken, and the person with the most correct guesses wins a small prize. — Lauren Yang of GoodWorld
Play a music matching game that pulls wedding songs from the couple's extended families. At the shower, display wedding photos from the bride and groom's parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and siblings. Then have guests try to match the photo of each couple with their first-dance song. If you can pull it off, play a slideshow with the correct songs (shortened, for time). The guest with the most matches gets a CD with all the songs or an iTunes gift card. — Trish Simitakos of Trish Star Events
If you're thinking of going above and beyond for your bridal shower, a rustic weekend retreat at a log cabin can be the backdrop for some serious fun. Swimming or boating on the water, hiking and biking through the woods, fireside s'mores, all in the name of pre-wedding relaxation. Outdoor games like corn hole, badminton and mini golf can be a hit with groups. — Andrea Freeman of Andrea Freeman Events
A Scavenger Hunt
An interactive scavenger hunt will get guests up and on their feet while getting to know one another better in a relaxed yet competitive setting. It's an especially good idea if you're hosting a co-ed shower. If the event is in the couple's hometown or clues like, "This is where the couple had their first date" or "This is where the bride and groom shared their first kiss" are usually a fun place to start. Up the fun factor by booking limousines to take everyone around town and having a cocktail waiting at each stop. — Kim Sayatovic of Belladeux Event Design
Twists on the Traditional
Use traditional place cards to play a rousing round of Head's Up. While holding a name card on your head for everyone else to see, you'll receive clues hinting to the person on that card and you have to guess the name correctly. Or, set up a full bar, label all ingredients with cards, and have teams compete to concoct the best wedding cocktail. The bride can then choose her favorite drink and the team chosen gets bragging rights at the bar. — Brianne Noonan of Pretty Polite Print Boutique