The #1 rule of bridal shower games: The mimosas need to be flowing before guests start to play. Here, five games that are creative (and not too silly) and guarantee everyone will have a good time.
1. The Nearly-Wed Game. It’s a classic for a reason—mainly, because it’s a fun record of your attitudes toward each other at that time. To play, have one of your bridesmaids interview the groom ahead of the shower with questions like “Who’s messier?” or “Who said ‘I love you’ first?” Then, at the shower, ask the bride the same questions and see how many she gets right. (Guests predict ahead of time if she’ll guess correctly or not to get points.)
2. Pin the Ring on the Groom. So, you’ll need a life-size photo of the groom (maybe you can blow up one of the pics from your engagement session), plus paper cutouts of rings that can be stuck to the poster. Then follow the rules of Pin the Tail on the Donkey—first friend to land closest to the groom’s ring finger wins!
3. The Bride Timeline. This requires some advance prep. Ask every shower attendee to email you one or two photos of the bride along with the year they were taken. (The goal is to collect photos of her from all different ages and stages of her life.) Then, at the shower, display them out of order and have guests fill out a worksheet to put them in the correct chronological order. The person who gets the most correct wins the game.
4. Whose Memory? This game is less about the bride and groom and more about the bride and her BFFs. (Hey, they’re the ones at the shower, right?) To play, ask everyone to jot down a favorite memory they shared with the bride at some point in their lives. Then put all the memories in a bowl and have the bride pull them out one by one and read them aloud. Guests have to guess which memory belongs to which friend. (Have a bridesmaid keep score to see who gets the most right.)
5. Charades: The Wedding Movie Edition. Using index cards, write down the names of a bunch of wedding movies like 27 Dresses and My Best Friend’s Wedding. (Bonus points if you include a photo, too.) Next, divide the guests into teams. Players draw a card and then have to act out a scene from a movie—without speaking—in order to get their own teammates to guess the name in two minutes or less. The team with the most points gets a prize.