If you are a maid of honour or a bridesmaid planning a hen night (as we call it here in the UK) or a Bachelorette Party (as it is known in the US) you may want to play a few games to liven things up a bit or just to break the ice. After all, not everyone may know each other and it is good to have a focus to the event..
The Bachelorette party or hen night is a time when the bride can get together with her friends and family members, receive gifts and have fun before the wedding. Not
If you are stuck for ideas here are some suggestions to help you.
(1) Don't Say The Word
This is a great ice breaking game. As people arrive give them 10 small objects (e.g. coins). Tell them they are not allowed to say a certain word the whole evening e.g. 'wedding' or 'bride'! You can probably imagine just how difficult this could be at wedding shower or hen party! Every time someone says the word, they have to give a coin to the person they were speaking to, and there is a prize for the person with most coins at the end of the evening. Then everyone can shout, 'One ... two ... three ... WEDDING!' or 'One ... two ... three ... BRIDE!'
(2) Wedding Dress Game
This is a fun game that doesn't need much preparation. Divide the guests up into teams and give each team a roll of toilet paper. Each team must choose a "bride" and make her a wedding dress out of the toilet paper. They can use accesssories and jewellery but no clothing items. The bride does not play but she gets to pick the winner and take some photographs.
(3) Guess the Answer / Bride and Groom Trivia
Before the event, email or phone the groom and ask him a few questions about himself and the bride to be. These could include things like "what do you like best about your bride to be?", "where did you meet the first time?", "what is your ideal romantic date?" "how many girlfriends have you had?". The questions can be as varied or as intimate as you want them to be, depending on who the audience will be! Once you have all the questions and answers you should ask the bride to answer the same questions in front of everyone to see how well she knows her groom!
(4) Name Game:
All the guests have to come up with as many different words as they can from the scrambled letters of the names of both the bride and the groom. You could also give a prize to the guest who manages to make the longest word.
(5) Celebrity Couples Charades
Prepare some cards with the name of a celebrity couple on each one. The guests separate into two or more groups and each of the groups takes it in turn to select a card and then act out the names of the couple as a charade without speaking.
If the bride is planning a theme for her wedding you may also want to adapt the games to suit this and create a theme at the wedding shower/ Bachelorette Party or Hen Night .
You probably only need two or three of these games and they should hopefully make your night more memorable and lots of fun.