6 Fun Wedding Games to Make You Laugh at Your Bridal Shower


We're not making toilet paper wedding veils today, ladies

by Maddie Eisenhart, Chief Revenue Officer

bridal shower scene from bridesmaids with bridal shower wedding games text over it

Oh wedding showers. For something that involves all of my favorite activities—parties, booze, and games—I don’t know how we’ve managed to make them so un-fun. Maybe it’s the forced awkwardness of all those wedding games. Or the assumption that everyone is an extrovert. Because if I’m at a party with both my mother-in-law and my aunts and my best friends from college, there’s nothing I love more than the wink-wink-nudge-nudge of pseudo-sexy Mad Libs derived from your reaction to opening presents. (Yes that’s a real game I have played at a shower before.)

But the problem with wedding showers isn’t necessarily that there are wedding games (games can be a great way to break the ice, especially with multi-generational guests). It’s usually the kinds of games. Not that I mind bridal bingo—I’ll put my game face on for anyone I love—but that can’t be the best we can do, right? So with that in mind, here are six ideas for wedding games you can play at your shower, that don’t involve an abominable amount of setup, and promise to be fun instead of awkward (and none of them involve toilet paper).

wedding games to break the ice

Telephone, Pictionary Style

There’s an official board game version of this called Telestrations (which I highly recommend for your Friday game night), but you can do it with a bunch of those mini spiral notepads. The game is essentially telephone, but with drawing instead of whispering. Game play goes like this: the party host writes a word on the first page of each notepad. Then the first person in possession of the notepad has to draw the word to the best of their abilities. The next person then can only look at the page with the drawing on it and must write down their guess as to what the original word was. Then the next person draws a picture based off of that person’s guess, and it goes on until everyone at your table or at the shower (depending on party size) has gone around and the notepad is in the original owner’s hands. The “official” goal is for the last guess to match the actual word, but it’s obviously way more fun when it doesn’t. Make it wedding themed by having all your original words be wedding themed. How does one draw “vows” exactly? Works best in groups of eight to ten, so if you’re having a large party, you might want to play by table or in small groups.

Celebrity/HEADS UP

Another great icebreaker is Celebrity, or Heads Up, and it’s probably the easiest to set up. Buy notecards and put a word on the back of each. You can keep them within a theme (things you’ll find at a wedding) or general pop culture. Then one guest at the party (or table, depending on the size of your shower) chooses a card and places it on their forehead without looking at what it says. The rest of the guests or people at their table must give clues without saying what the word is, and hope that the person guesses it. And if you don’t want to bother with note cards, you can always assign one person at each table or a handful of guests to download the Heads Up app, which the benevolent Ellen DeGeneres has made available for us on both iPhone and Android.

TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE

If you have ever been to a sleepover, you’ve probably played this game, but it might not occur to you that you don’t have to be ten years old to like it. It’s also a great intro for guests who are new to one another. Here’s how it works:

Each guest tells the group three experiences he or she has had with the couple: one is a lie, two are true. Everyone takes a turn guessing which one they think is a lie (or the group can just shout out what they think).

Wedding Games to Entertain a Crowd

chubby bunny, with gum and trivia

One person (or the group) comes up with a bunch of questions to ask one partner about the one the wedding shower is for (fifteen is solid). For example, you can ask where they met, what book the partner likes the most, etc. You record all of the responses, and at the shower you ask the guest of honor the questions in real time. He or she has to guess what their partner answered, and every time the answers don’t match or the answers are wrong, he or she has to pop a piece of gum into their mouth—the chewier, the better (think Bubble Yum). This also works if both partners are invited; just turn it into a competition to see who can still talk by the end of the round.

PUB TRIVIA gets personal

Sometimes trivia at showers can be isolating. What if you’re the new friend who got invited to the wedding, and not the BFF who’s known the couple for twenty years? Easy. Multiple-choice questions that are so hilarious you don’t care if you get them right or not. Here’s how this one will work: gather up enough information about the engaged couple to properly arm yourself for the shower. This means if you’re having five guests, you might need twenty questions. If you’re expecting twenty guests, you might want more than that. Once you have your questions and answers from the couple, create multiple-choice options for the wedding shower guests.

Example question: What did Alex say to Sam the first time they met?

A: I’d be mad at you, but I really like your hair.
B: I’m the king of the world!
C: Did you actually like The Incredible Hulk, or are you just a really big Ed Norton fan?
D: Want to see how far I can spit?

The game can (obviously) be as hilarious as you want to make it.

Mad Libs (without the innuendo)

I love Mad Libs. Who doesn’t? But you know what I do not love? The kind of bridal shower Mad Libs with weird innuendo. Like where if the couple says, “Oh, it’s bigger than I expected,” when opening up a toaster, and then you put that in a list of things they might say to each other on their wedding night. Because I don’t know about you, but if we had done that at my shower, my Nana would die just so she could roll over in her grave. But! The secret sauce of Mad Libs is that they’re funniest when you’re not trying to be funny. So print out some sample wedding vows, and leave some spaces strategically blank. For example:

TODAY, I PROMISE YOU THIS: I will VERB with you in times of NOUN, and VERB you in times of NOUN. I will VERB in your dreams and VERB you as you strive to achieve your NOUN. I will listen to you with NOUN and NOUN, and speak to you with NOUN. Together, let us build a home filled with NOUN, NOUN and NOUN, shared freely with all who may VERB there. Let us be partners, friends and PLURAL NOUN, today and all of the days that follow.

Alternatively, this roundup from Pop Sugar has a bunch of great printable wedding Mad Libs that won’t make your family feel awkward.

WHAT OTHER WEDDING GAMES DO YOU LIKE TO PLAY AT A SHOWER?

Maddie Eisenhart

Maddie is APW’s Chief Revenue Officer. She’s been writing stories about boys, crushes, and relationships since she was old enough to form shapes into words, but received her formal training (and a BS) from NYU in Entertainment and Mass Media in 2008. She now spends a significant amount of time thinking about trends on the internet and whether flower crowns will be out next year. A Maine native, Maddie currently lives on a pony farm in the Bay Area with her husband, Michael and their mastiff puppy. Current hair color: Purple(ish).

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  • Cara

    “Sometimes trivia at showers can be isolating. What if you’re the new friend who got invited to the wedding, and not the BFF who’s known the couple for twenty years?”

    YESSSS and it can get weirdly competitive between high school friends, college friends, family friends, etc. Not because women are inherently catty or anything (has nothing to do with women!*) but because I think it’s human nature to be both welcoming and suspicious of outsiders, as well as feeling left out when stories you can’t relate to are told. It’s just a wasp nest covered in honey if you’re not careful—I think the example here could definitely work! But I’m a Cautious Cara and even go as far as to recommend not having a Maid of Honor or even a wedding party because I felt like it made too many people I love feel ‘less-than’ in a subtle or not subtle way…so grain of salt with my more extreme take. ;)

    *Anecdotal evidence that it has nothing to do with women: My husband actually ended up dealing with this the most, when a trivia question at his bachelor asked, “What is Husband’s favorite band?” His BFF from high school excitedly shouted out a punk band and our best man (in not his best moment) snorted and said, “Maybe when he was a child. It’s actually {correct name}.” They…didn’t exactly ever mesh.

    • Jess

      Oh man, never forgetting the time that we all had to go around in a circle at a bridal shower and be like, “I’m so and so, I’ve known the bride for X years, and this is a thing I’d like to say about how wonderful she is” for my FSIL… who I don’t really know/connect with and have generally found super intimidating.

      Everyone’s like, “She’s so wonderful and kind and welcoming and everyone here is such a testament to her friendships” and I’m like… “um… Yeah, I’m engaged to her brother. ::shrug::”

      Felt awkward as hell.

    • MsDitz

      I was just maid of honor at a wedding for a good friend of mine from college, but the whole planning process was awkward because she purposely chose me to be her MOH over her two sisters because of her not-so-great relationship with both of them. I felt like at all of the wedding events I was being tested on how close we were and if I was going above and beyond for the bride. Especially since I pretty much knew no one in her family or childhood friends group, so every event was filled with, “And who are you? Why are you MOH?” I was constantly having to justify and prove myself as a worthy holder of the MOH title and it was exhausting.

  • Eenie

    Pictionary telephone!

    • ART

      I have played a version of this called EPYC (which stands for something gross) that uses sentences instead of words (e.g., “I went camping with my friends”) and it’s really fun! It can take a while – the more people you have, the further it usually gets from the origin point (as with telephone), but people have to spend some time drawing the scene :)

    • emilyg25

      aka Writey Drawey. It’s so fun!

  • Amy March

    I will never forget the time I played shower bingo at a shower where everyone was 30 years older than me and I was the only person who didn’t speak their common language. It was cut throat, fast paced mayhem and wonderful.

  • Bandy

    Love the multiple choice questions idea! We plan on doing a game like this at the wedding itself, and I was tossing ideas around in my head about how to make it more fun and less challenging. This is perfect!

  • khshire

    This is along the lines of the Mad Libs suggestion since it doesn’t rely on inside jokes or 20 years of friendship… At my bachelorette party, one of my best friends surprised me with a homemade version of Scattergories. I was touched and excited because Scattergories is my fav game! She used my initials for the letters and then all the categories were wedding or marriage themed (e.g., honeymoon destination, what you find in the bedroom, etc.).

  • Natalie

    At my shower, everyone wrote a bit of relationship advice on an index card, and then I had to read them aloud and guess who had written it. It was fun, because the advice ranged from sincere to hilariously ridiculous. The hostess put them all in a little photo album interspersed with pictures of us. My shower was a party with just one particular set of friends who all knew each other, but I think it could be as entertaining in a larger mixed group.

  • We played the bubble gum game at my shower, and I ended up with a huge wad of Double Bubble in my mouth! Hilarious.

    This isn’t a game, but every lady at my shower wound up telling a story about how they met me, as they introduced themselves, and it was really sweet. I had both new and old friends at my bridal shower and it was really touching to tell the stories.

  • april

    Unbeknownst to me, my bridesmaids passed this book around during my bacehlorette party: http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/why-youre-so-awesome-by-me-book?country=US&gclid=CjwKEAiAluG1BRDrvsqCtYWk81gSJACZ2BCeDC9jWUUt6kPLzhmhY6Qo4L7Pd1U-SZx1Cuu9UeCL_RoCF1rw_wcB They then presented it/read it aloud to me at the wedding. It was awesome.

  • Sara

    For my friend’s shower, on the RSVP her mother (who hosted it) had asked all of us to provide an interesting fact about ourselves. The ice breaker game was a bingo sheet where you had to figure out who had what fact and they signed the spot. It was a good way to get people to walk around and chit chat while not necessarily being about the bride.

  • DreamlinesWeddingDressSketch

    So many great ideas! Games will hopefully help to break the ice, as there are usually so many different guests there.