Bridal Showers Traditions/Games
Posted on: June 20, 2018

A Celebration Unmatched: Special Bridal Shower Traditions

Your bridal shower is an opportunity to share one of your life’s most momentous occasions, and it’s truly a special day when you get to celebrate it with the ones you love. And for brides, bridesmaids, and maids of honor, bridal shower planning is one of the most exciting parts of the process. You get to shower the bride with love, support, and maybe a few gifts, all while enjoying a relaxing brunch or luncheon. It’s undoubtedly a time to cherish.


Hampshire House is a premier destination for your perfectly planned Boston bridal shower — we’re happy to help you commemorate any special occasion, but especially your nuptials, within the walls of our elegant Beacon Hill mansion. Besides providing you with the perfect setting, we’re also happy to help pick up some of the (sometimes hefty) planning burden. One way we can do that is by helping you plan and execute fun bridal shower games and celebratory customs.

Bridal Shower Traditions and Games

If it’s your first time planning a bridal shower, it helps to know a little bit about how bridal showers typically function. But don’t worry — if you’re dealing with a non-traditional bride or just want to shake things up a little bit, you can skip these customs entirely.

  • Classic Brunch Fare — Who doesn’t love brunch? Often, bridal showers are held during the late morning or midday (with a starting time sometime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.), thus making it the perfect time for some mimosas, pastries, and coffee. To knock it out of the park, pick selections from our tasteful, locally inspired brunch menu.
  • The Ribbon Bouquet — Typically, the bride-to-be will open her bridal shower gifts during the event (maid of honor, make sure you’re ready with a pen and paper to write down gifts), often after everyone has eaten. During the gift-opening process, bridesmaids or little ones typically collect the discarded ribbons to create a bouquet, which the bride can use during the rehearsal.
  • Advice from Your Elders — Another common bridal shower tradition is getting marriage advice from long-married friends, aunts, grandmas, and moms. You can make this a part of a game or simply have a stack of notecards and a card box displayed so that guests can give advice as needed.
  • The Newlywed Game — Just like the game show of the same name, The Newlywed Game challenges how much you know about your partner. This one is always funny and is sure to get a chuckle out of your guests.
  • The Purse Raid Game — If you’re not embarrassed by the idea of emptying out your purse and showcasing its contents — with the incentive of winning a prize, of course — then the Purse Raid Game is a fun choice. It’s essentially a scavenger hunt using the contents of your guests’ purses.

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Your Own Personal Twist

The most important thing you can do when you’re planning a shower to remember is to partner with a venue that will help you execute your special day in exactly the way you envision. Hampshire House is always honored to help bring bridal showers to life!