Games at a bridal shower get the guests involved and break the ice as friends and family of the bride and groom get to know each other. For a bridal shower activity that is inexpensive and easy to learn, try a game that plays on words with a sweet wedding story. This game is appropriate for all ages and both sexes and is good for some laughs and a bit of fun, purposeful confusion.
Prepare for Play
To play this game, you need a wedding-related story that uses the words "right" and "left" throughout. You can use the story suggested herein, make up your own story or order a printable story such as "Mr. Wright" (see Resources below). You'll also need three to five small prizes for winners of the game. Prizes can be small wrapped gifts such as candles, bridal-themed keepsakes, or mementos that represent the bride and groom.
How to Play
To play the "right" and "left" story game, you'll have everyone sit in a circle. Pass out the prizes to several of the guests, spreading them out as evenly as possible around the circle. Try to have at least two people in between people who are holding prizes. Tell guests that you are going to read them a special wedding story, and every time they hear the word "left," those people with the prizes need to pass their items to the left. Each time they hear the word "right," the items are passed to the right. Read the story at your normal reading speed. Part of the fun is seeing how flustered guests become trying to keep up with the many directional changes. Whoever is left holding an item at the end of the story is a winner, and that item is her prize.
Tips for Success
Practice reading the story in front of an audience before the shower to make sure that you clearly enunciate the words and read at a steady speed. Use a microphone, if one is available. Guests will giggle and talk among themselves throughout the game, and you may find yourself shouting to be heard. If you are having a co-ed shower, make sure that the prizes are items that appeal to both guys and ladies. Baked goods and candies are popular prize for both sexes.
Here's an example of a story you can tell (author unknown):
(Bride's name) knew right away that she had found Mr. RIGHT and the RIGHT date was set. Now seemed to be the RIGHT time to start, so she LEFT RIGHT after lunch and went RIGHT to her mother's house. She knew she needed to get started RIGHT away to make sure nothing was LEFT undone.
There was little time LEFT to spare and so much LEFT to do. She asked her mother to write down an address list and she LEFT to find the RIGHT invitations. On her way, she LEFT a message at the florist and then RIGHT to the bridal shop she ran.
RIGHT in the window was the perfect dress. "Oh no, I LEFT my checkbook RIGHT in the car. Hold that dress, I'll be RIGHT back!" With that done, she called Mr. RIGHT and LEFT him a message to call her RIGHT back. She LEFT to meet the florist who had LEFT her a message that they had the RIGHT flowers for her.
Mr. RIGHT called her RIGHT back and said he LEFT a message for the preacher to call him RIGHT back and that he had just LEFT work and would be RIGHT over.
She LEFT the florist and ran RIGHT over to meet Mr RIGHT. RIGHT away they discussed what was LEFT to do. Who would be the RIGHT best man? She LEFT that up to Mr RIGHT. "I'll get the RIGHT maid of honor," she told him.
RIGHT away they started shopping for the RIGHT rings. With that done, the next stop was to order the RIGHT cake. Mr. RIGHT could clearly see his future with Mrs. RIGHT; they were on the RIGHT track.
After a long day, all that was LEFT to do was get RIGHT home to see if any messages had been LEFT while they were out. "Lets call it a day," she decided. "Whatever is LEFT to do can be LEFT until tomorrow. With a kiss, he LEFT and she went RIGHT to bed.
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