Coed Wedding Shower Games

by Katharine Mitchell, Demand Media

    Although wedding showers are typically held for the bride among female friends and family members, coed wedding showers are becoming more popular for the modern bride and groom. Playing games with the mixed company at a coed party can be especially humorous and even be revealing about the couple's attitude towards marriage.

    Guess Who

    Create a list of common chores, such as washing the dishes, folding laundry and scrubbing toilets. Make enough copies for each guest, including the bride and groom. Instruct participants to go through the list and mark "bride" or "groom" beside each chore, based on how they think the bride and groom will answer. Play a song about three minutes in length while the sheets are filled out. Ask the bride to call out how she answered each question first, followed by the groom. Collect the guests' lists and award prizes to those who answered most like the bride or groom.

    Find Your Groom

    Invite all the men in attendance, including the groom, to the front of the room. Blindfold the bride. Instruct the men to change places, roll up their sleeves, and hold out one hand. Suggest they hold out their right hand if they are wearing a wedding ring. Lead the bride down the line of outstretched hands. Egg her on to touch and hold each hand in efforts to identify the hand of her future husband.

    Dating Trivia

    Quiz each of the honored guests separately prior to the shower. Ask them to describe their first date, including details on what they did and what they wore. Probe for the details on the couple's first kiss and when they met each other's family. Create a list of trivia questions based on the couple's individual answers, and ask small groups of guests to attempt to answer each question, such as "Describe the couple's first date" or "Name the place where they first kissed." Invite each group to share its responses. Cap off the fun by asking the bride and groom to read out their own answers.

    The Spice Cabinet

    Fill some small bottles with various spices and other common ingredients. Include spices with familiar scents, such as cinnamon and rosemary, as well as more obscure spices, such as celery salt. Make the game more challenging by including similar-looking items, such as corn starch, baking soda and cream of tartar. Label each bottle with a number. Pass the bottles around and instruct each guest to write down her guesses. Reward the winner with a spice cabinet or a bottle of specialty olive oil.

    About the Author

    Katharine Mitchell began writing in 1994. She has has written for "Fodor's," "The Insider's Guide to Beijing," "Time Out", "City Weekend" and Matador. She attended the Summer Literary Seminar in St. Petersburg, Russia. Mitchell has a Master of Fine Arts in fiction from the University of Montana and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Mississippi.

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