The purpose of a bridal shower is to support the bride-to-be with a good time in the company of her closest family and friends. If you're organizing a shower, don't forget to plan a few games to help break the ice among guests and create lasting memories. And one of the most popular games—trivia questions about the couple commonly referred to as How Well Do You Know the Bride?—is a fun way to get all of the guests involved.
Planning Bridal Shower Trivia
To play this trivia game, you'll need some time prior to the shower to gather information and prepare questions about the soon-to-be newlyweds. First, create a list of fun facts you know about the couple. If only one member of the couple will be attending the shower—e.g., just the bride and not the groom—you can gear your questions toward that person.
Questions can cover details about their childhoods, as well as recent years. In fact, the childhood questions often are the most entertaining because some guests only met the couple as adults. In addition, silly childhood blunders are not nearly as awkward to reveal as adulthood mistakes. Still, if your questions cover any potentially embarrassing information, think carefully about whether the person will be amused or upset. This shouldn't be a roast; it should simply be a reveal of lighthearted anecdotes.
To bolster your trivia, ask the couple's friends and family for additional information. The wedding party, as well as the couple's parents, might be good sources. But if your sources will be participating in the trivia game, avoid composing the majority of your questions from one person's information and rigging the game in their favor.
Once you've gathered your information about the couple, the next step is to form questions around it. Try to vary their difficulty level, so all guests can answer some. This shouldn't feel like a test they forgot to study for.
Here are some examples of potential questions to include:
- What was the name of the bride's/groom's grade school?
- What was the name of the bride's/groom's first pet?
- Did the bride/groom have a nickname as a child? What was it?
- Where did the couple meet?
- What is the bride's/groom's favorite food?
- What is the bride's/groom's favorite color?
- Are there any pet names the couple use for each other?
- What was the bride's/groom's first job?
- Where is the couple going on their honeymoon?
- Where did the couple go on their first date?
- What is the couple's favorite restaurant?
- What was the bride's/groom's first car?
- What was the bride's/groom's major in college?
- As a child, what did the bride/groom want to grow up to be?
Type your final list of questions, leaving space for guests to write their answers. And don't forget to create an answer key for yourself. Make enough copies for all of the guests (plus a few extras), and gather writing utensils for them, as well.
At the Bridal Shower
One option is to distribute the questionnaires when guests arrive at the shower, giving them a time limit for completion. Alternatively, you can pass around the questionnaires when the bride begins to open her gifts, so guests have something to do in addition to watching the bride.
Finally, once everyone has completed their questionnaires, stand in front of the room and read each question, asking the group to call out the answers. Each person can score their own sheet, and the person with the most correct answers wins a prize.