Bridal Shower Question Game Card Printable

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Today I wanted to share with you the bridal shower question game cards printable I made. If you are planning any bridal showers this year (or know anyone else who is) and you need a game to play, absolutely consider the Bridal Shower Question Game. It’s a game where you ask the Groom a bunch of questions about his and the Bride’s relationship and then you ask the Bride those same questions to see if she comes up with the same answers.

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I wanted to show you all what it would look like when you printed it out. I bought a pack of white paper from Paper Source and printed all of the cards on there, trimmed them down to size, and started filling them in.

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You can find a list of all 30 questions in this blog post – and if there’s any custom questions that you would like, just let me know.

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The Average Wedding Gift Amount

I’m 25-years-old and have now been to about 15 weddings.  Before every wedding (usually about an hour before I leave) I remember that I haven’t quite decided on a gift for the happy couple yet and a bunch of questions start going through my head.

Should I give money or buy something off the registry? Wait, registries are just for bridal showers, aren’t they – maybe not. How much money should I be giving? This one’s an evening wedding. I wonder how much the food is going to cost, maybe I should google the venue and try to make sure I cover the cost of my plate. I’m not bringing a date, does that mean I have to double how much I would give? How well do I know this person? Have I ever even met his/her significant other? Etc, etc.

I finally got to the point that I was curious about other people did for their wedding gifts and so I made a google survey and put it on Facebook.  I gathered 100 responses and decided to take a look at what the average person between ages 20 and 40 is giving as a wedding gift these days.

Fun fact, the average wedding gift amount at an evening wedding is $120.71 and the average wedding gift amount at an afternoon wedding is $95.05.

Here’s what I learned:

Wedding Stats

I was surprised to learn that in almost every case the average amount that the guys would give is higher than the amount hte ladies would give.  In addition, I thought that it was interesting that you could see that engaged people give a little bit less, probably because they’re saving for their own weddings.  Also, apparently around age 29-32 you’re either (a) kind of over the whole wedding thingor (b) focused on other life-monteary goals because the amount given drops again.

I also learned a few things about wedding gift giving in different cultures.  For example, in the Jewish culture it’s traditional to give money in multiples of chai ($18), meaning life – and in the Hindu culture it’s good luck to give gifts that end in the number 1, so $101 or $151 or $201.  Kind of cool.

Some people always give the same amount for a wedding gift, but make up the difference in a bridal shower gift. Some people still try to just make sure to cover the cost of the meal. Some people say if they didn’t feel so pressured by wedding gifts, they would probably give less. And some people think that you should give knives as wedding gifts because it’s the only time you’re allowed to appropriately buy somebody a sharp, pointy, potenitally dangerous gift.

Most people that I have talked to that have had a wedding of their own have said that it doesn’t matter what the gift is, you give what you can, which is good to hear. If you made the wedding list that means they want you there and you shouldn’t feel pressured to give anything beyond your means. This was not found out through the survey, but rather through conversations and last minute panicked phone calls on my behalf.

Now that you have all the data, what are your thoughts?  (That was the most engineer meets residential assistant question I’ve ever asked.)  Did anything surprise you?

Update: This does not account for the Manhattan area. That’s a whole different ballpark.

Bridal Shower Games: The Purse Game

Bridal Shower Games - The Purse Game via Chrystina Noel

Two of the most popular posts here on Chrystina Noel are the Bridal Shower Question Game post, by MXK and its follow-up post Ideas for Bridal Shower Question Game.  These posts were written by or inspired by my friend Marie.  Marie has been a bridesmaid SIX times already, that number is ridiculous to me.  But you want to know what that means?  She knows her stuff when it comes to bridal showers, so I asked her to share another one of her favorite games with us here today.

How to put the FUN in BriFUNdal Shower: The Tried-and-True Purse Game

Hello everyone! This is not rewriting the book, just helping explain the book in regards to the Purse Game. I have a bit of street-cred for having taken part in planning/hosting 6 bridal showers so far (as well as gone to countless others). This game was tested and shown TRUE at a shower on Sunday, April 6, 2014 and it was a great success. See details BELOW if you want to put a little POP-POW into your friend’s next shower! Wooo!

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How WE GOT IT DONE.

Start with a list. You can find lists all over the web. We found this one.

Fancy an MC. Have a bridesmaid be the MC for the game. Preferably one who is not adverse to public speaking.

Gird your loins! Tell the guests it is time to bring out purses, wallets, or pocket books they brought with them.

Lay Down the Law. Explain the rules and keep it simple- An item will be read from the list. Each guest then proceeds to look for the item in their purse.

Uh, the Catch? The Catch for the game is that whoever finds the item first gets the point. (Yes! Can you envision it now? Mad scrambling for an item they KNOW they HAVE, but just CANNOT SEEM TO FIND-GOSHBEGOSH. Explicit words may leave mouths, and elbows may be tossed to neighbors in order to get the point first!).

Adding Aptly. As a bridesmaid team you can decide if you want to make each item worth a single point or if you want to have rankings of points depending on the item. Determine a way to keep track of points with either a note pad or if the group is small, remember who has what amount of points.

BAIT aka Cash Money People. We encouraged people to participate because we gave out 3 lovely prizes to the top 3 with the most points! We supplied 3 $10 gift cards to Sephora – but you can pretty much pick anything within your budget that is girly, and fun, and indulging, like Victoria Secret Gift cards or any other makeup/bath shops

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How Came Up with the Game: We are not re-writing the book and we did not invent this game. During the planning process it is one of the games that came up in discussion with the knowledge we have from other showers.

Why we chose it: Tested and true and SO SIMPLE. (I cannot emphasize that last statement enough.) Hostesses, all you need is the list and the prizes – the guests will (or will not) naturally bring their handbags.

Be advised:

  • Avoid telling guests beforehand that this game will be played (because then guests will bring their largest purse filled with all sorts of items and you will be playing for days). Plus the surprise factor also makes it fun.
  • Definitely have a list of tie-breakers (in case there are ties).
  • Bridesmaids can play (but not allowed to win – ahem, they have an unfair advantage since they knew they would be playing the game and could stuff their purses with the items).

The Conclusion: You know it is a success when everyone is laughing, talking to each other, and the bride even makes a point to tell you how much fun she had playing the game.

Thanks again for tuning in.
love and light, Marie

Making Bridal Shower Question Game Cards

Making Bridal Shower Question Cards via Chrystina Noel

I’m not sure if y’all are aware are not, but by far the most popular blog post on this blog is a post called Ideas for Bridal Shower Question Game.  That post features a list of questions that my friend Marie used during a friend’s bridal shower.  She also wrote a post for me about how she executed the game called Bridal Shower Question Game, by MXK.

Sara’s bridal shower last weekend was the first chance that I got at making the question cards on my own.  I called Marie on a Friday night – or she called me – I can’t remember, and she was telling me her to do list and the question cards were still on the list.  As I was sitting in my room (yes, on a Friday night) catching up on Girls, I realized I could probably be of use and offered to make the question cards.  How hard could it be?

Marie said yes and sent me a copy of the color scheme I was looking to match.

Sara's Bridal Shower Favors Sent By Marie

I got to work the second I hung up the phone, and approximately 15 minutes after I started I realized it wasn’t going to be as easy as I thought it was.  I literally went through over 20 itterations – all on the same few notecards.  There were rounded corners, pointed corners, and fancy corners.  There were stamps, ribbon, additional cardstock colors, watercolors, and markers.  There was white ink, blue ink, and black ink.

Here are some of my works in progress.  Can I call them works in progress if I never finished them?  I guess they’re just works.

Please note the four different corners on this card.  None of them really wowwed me.

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After Pinterest searching and finding this pin I attempted to make watercolor flowers in the corner of the card, but it didn’t seem like the right feel.

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I tried to make a really bold question word on the top and decorate it with flowers, but it somehow still felt too plain – even with the rounded corners.

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I tried to find cardstock with similar colors to the picture Marie sent to me, but it felt tacky once I was done with it – even with the rounded corners.

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I thought that I could keep it simple using markers, but couldn’t find the right shade of pink to get the job done.

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My roommate suggested that I pull out stamps.  I tried putting ribbon at the bottom.  And I tried finding a larger width marker to use.

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Once I started writing questions on my sample cards, I realized that I really liked the white flowers stamped in the background – it added a little bit of texture.  My roommate and I decided that the ribbon at the bottom was too much with all of the details.  The ribbon was actually my second favorite option.

Here’s a look at the final product.

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For a full list of questions, check out the Ideas for Bridal Shower Question Game blog post here.

Also, I feel the need to tell you that if I were to do this again, I would try to make the cards into envelopes that could be sealed – similar to the individual cards that I made for everybody at my 25th birthday party.

I actually really enjoyed watching Sara answer these questions, it was fun to see which ones she worded the exact same way as Steve and which ones she had absolutely no idea about.  It was also pretty amusing that every time Sara got a question wrong she had to add a piece of bubble gum to her mouth, so by the end it was pretty hysterical.

Do you have any tips about bridal shower question games or the cards themselves?  I’d love to see what some of you have come up with!