Drinking can be a significant (and fun) part of any bachelorette weekend! However, not every game played needs to be focused on booze. Here are 13 fun games that can be altered to be as scandalous or as wholesome as you would like to help you escape the cascade of cringey bach drinking games on the internet.
2. Forbidden Fun
Pick a few words at the beginning of the night that are banned from being used by anyone for the rest of the evening. The goal is to not say any of the forbidden words. Penalties are given out if group members say any of them! Keep the list short so that the group can remember which words they can’t say.
Suggested banned words: bachelorette, bride, shots, married, bar
Suggested penalties: 5 minutes of no speaking, tell a secret, buy a drink for another member of the group
3. Ring Hunt
Hide rings around the house or hotel rooms that the party is staying in. These can be cute jewelry pieces, over-the-top plastic rings, pipe cleaner bands, or candy. With each ring found, some sort of prize, rule, or silly penalty can be dispensed. You must wear all of the rings you find, and once every one is discovered, the person with the most bling wins! Think: Easter egg hunt meets bach weekend!
Fake rings, rule sheets, and prizes
- Fake rings
- Rule sheets
4. Adult Pictionary
Buckle up, because your parents’ game of Pictionary is about to get spicy. Have each person in the party put a few scandalous prompts down on pieces of paper–emphasize that everyone’s imaginations should run wild with their suggestions. Then, have your MOH split everyone into two teams. Now, the regular rules of Pictionary apply. Let chaos ensue.
- Large Paper
- Slips of Paper
5. Mystery Kiss
While the bride is distracted, the MOH gets everyone in the party one at a time to put on lipstick and kiss a large poster board. The kisses should be in rows and not overlap. Each person also writes some words of advice to the bride on a separate piece of stationary. The bride guesses which kiss corresponds to each person. With each correct guess, the accompanying note is given to the bride. Bonus! With some forethought, the MOH can get the groom to put on some lipstick, pucker up, and write a little note to the bride.
- Poster board
- Some extra, cheap lipstick for those that don’t have one
- Small Stationary
6. Trivial Pursuit
This game is a take on Trivial Pursuit and can be made as dirty or as clean as desired. The goal is to be the contestant with the most correct answers in a certain amount of time. Before playing, have the bride create a list of questions about her, her relationship, and the groom. Have her also list the answers to them. To start the game, give each participant a piece of paper and a pen. The bride will read out each question one at a time, and the contestants will have a short amount of time to write their answers. At the end, the bride will read out the correct answers. This can also be played as a Kahoot or with a slide deck containing funny pictures. Whoever has the most correct wins!
Supplies: Laptop or paper, pens, and surface to write on
- Laptop or paper
- Surface to write on
This one is especially fun while on the road somewhere. Before playing, the bride will write out a story. It can be generic, or it could be something funny that actually happened (like how she and the groom met, a significant part of their relationship, etc.). This should be able to fit on less than a page. This will act as the MadLib key. Next, 10-20 words will be taken out, labeled (such as verb, noun, adverb), and given to the group to fill in the blanks collectively (or, for more competition, in small groups,. At the end, the version(s) with the new words will be read aloud to the group.
- Something to write on
8. Arts and Crafts
This one is especially fun for a lowkey group. Turn on a Bob Ross tutorial and paint along to his relaxing voice together. All you need are personal canvases, some paint, and paint brushes. This doubles as a fun keepsake from the weekend.
- Paint brushes
9. Wishes for the Bride
Similar to “Mystery Kiss,” but without the kisses. Have each guest write a note with advice or well wishes to the bride and give them to her to read in private either during the weeknd or to save for her wedding day. Do this anonymously or not.
10. Would She Rather
Create a sheet of “would you rather” questions for the bride to answer in advance of the party. These can be general, random, and/or pertaining to her relationship. Next, present the questions to the group and have guests answer them with their best guess of what the bride would choose. Play for fun or for points.
- Optional score board
11. Groom Quiz
This one takes a little forethought on the part of the MOH. Before the bach weekend, interview the groom about the bride-to-be. Aim for answers on 10 or more questions. These can be things like: Where was your first kiss with the bride?; What was your first impression of her?; What are you most nervous about for your wedding day?; What do you think the bride’s dress will look like?; etc. Record his answers (on paper or, for extra fun, on video). At the party, present one question at a time and have the bride as well as the group guess the answer of the spouse-to-be. Then, present his answer.
12. Two Truths and a Lie
This one can be fun in a group that knows each other well or one that doesn’t. Have each person write down two truths and one lie about themselves. Each guest shares with the group, and the group guesses as to what is the lie and which are the truths. Play for fun or play with penalties for wrong guesses. Remember: the more outrageous the better.
13. Bride Balderdash
Before the game, the MOH generates a bunch of questions about the bride on slips of paper and places them all in a bowl. Try to have a mix of easier and more challenging questions. She will also need something to keep score with during the game. Once the game starts, The MOH takes a slip of paper out of the bowl and reads the question on it to the group. Everyone in the group has a set amount of time to write their answers on a card. Once time is up, the bride tells the group her answer. Points are tallied on the scoreboard for correct answers. Once the game is over, points are tallied. Winner can get a prize and/or the loser has to do something silly!
- Score sheet
Here are some low-prep old favorites that are always fun to do as a group!
High stakes or low stakes, a game of poker can be a fun way to hang out and let loose. Play with real money, fake chips, or fun prizes. Dress up like professionals or keep it casual, this party game can be a great night or a fun way to get ready to go out.
Supplies: Deck of cards
All you need for this one is a T.V. and any object remotely shaped like a microphone (bonus points if you actually have one). Pull up YouTube and search for the karaoke versions of your favorite songs.
Our Song Recommendations: I Want It That Way – Backstreet Boys, Crazy in Love – Beyonce
Bonus! Divide into pairs and make it a duet contest! Vote on your favorite performance.
- TV or laptop
- Microphone or microphone-like object
So, there you have it! 13 (and 2 bonus) games and activities to have you and your bridesmaids in stitches at your party. Whether you’re out on the town or enjoying a lowkey night, these games are perfect for any comfort level. Remember to take lots of pictures, savor your big trip with the girls, and let loose!