The Name Game
Break out the name tags and give each other silly nicknames. One idea is to go with your "porn name," taking your childhood pet's name as your first name and the street your grew up on as your last.
Bridal Ban Game
Give everyone at the party 10 grains of rice. Every time someone says "bride," she loses a grain to the woman who called her out. At the end of the evening, the woman with the most grains of rice wins.
Bride and Groom Trivial Pursuit
Ask guests trivia questions about the bride and the groom. Some ideas: What's the groom's middle name? What's the bride's pet name for the groom? What color is their bedroom?
Wedding Mad Libs
Get a bunch of Mad Libs books. You can choose only bridal-themed answers (w.g., noun = gown, cake, reception; verb = dance, kiss).
I Never ...
You probably haven't played this game since college, but surprise! It's more fun than ever. Get started with tamer items like "I never smooched in a foreign country" or "I never did a walk of shame" and let the fun build from there.
DVR a Bridezilla marathon and drink every time the reality-TV bride throws a fit or cries.
Carve the Cucumber
Forget toilet-paper brides. In this game, you carve a cucumber to look like your significant other's member.
Anonymously write down your best bedroom advice: It can be anything from never go to bed angry to get monthly Brazilians. Have the bride guess who wrote each one.
Pin the Penis on the Man
Pin the Tail on the Donkey for grown-ups. Make it silly by using photos of rockets, vegetables, etc., and a recent issue of Honcho -- or a Calvin Klein underwear ad for the more modest bride. You can also order a ready-made game like Pin the Hose on the Fireman. http://www.bacheloretteparties.com/pinhosonfirg.html
In this spin on the Bob Eubanks classic game from the '70s, ask the groom before the party a few questions about the bride and their relationship that range from funny to intimate. If you have a Flip or video camera, record his responses. If not, write them on poster board. Sample questions:
- If the bride were stranded on a desert island, name the CD she couldn't live without.
- Where's the craziest place you ever made whoopee?
- What did the bride say when you proposed to her?
Anne L. Fritz is the founder of The Jet Set Girls, a website about girls' getaways. Fritz is the former style director for Life & Style Weekly and has written for DailyGlow.com, Daily Makeover.com. and InStyle.com.