How to Play the Left Right Bridal Shower Game

Have you heard of the left right bridal shower game? If not, you absolutely MUST play it at your next shower! It’s so easy to learn, and even easier to play, but it’s SUPER fun! Just keep reading to learn how it works. I’ll even give you a story suggestion!

pretty bride-to-be demonstrating how to play left right bridal shower game

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How Do You the Play Left Right Bridal Shower Game

The best part of this bridal shower game is the gifts, so you’ll need to prep ahead of time. Generally, the number of gifts is 1/3rd (or less) of the number of guests playing. In other words, if you have 6 players, buy two gifts. For 9 players, buy 3, and so on. Wrap them up before the party.

Instructions for Game Play Time

When it’s time to play, arrange your guests in a circle and randomly hand out your gifts. Make sure you tell them NOT to open them, otherwise it’s game over before you’ve even started.

Let everyone know the rules. Every time you say the word “left,” the guests have to pass the gifts to their left and vice versa when you pronounce the word “right.” At the end of the game, the people left holding the gifts get to keep them.

That’s basically the gist of the rules. Easy, right? Sounds kind of boring though, doesn’t it? Don’t worry, here comes the FUN part: making up the story! See, you’re not just shouting out “left!” or “right!” all willy-nilly, you’re incorporating the words into a romantic tale worthy of a bridal shower.

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What makes the Left Right Game Special?

Many people regard this classic game as a fun game suitable for wedding trivia. It is a favorite bridal shower game for those who enjoy storytelling.

The creativity feature of the game is what makes it very special. Being a story game, you have the free reins to tell just about any tale.

If the group involved in this bridal shower activity is one that loves silly games, the storyteller can tell a funny story that sounds silly.

Your story can include Guest lists, famous couples and so on. This activity is also special in the sense that it has a ‘pass the prize’ feature that aids the interaction of party guests, just like ‘musical chairs’.

You can incorporate other amazing ideas that make the story easier to follow. For example, you can write the story on a piece of paper or slips of paper which every guest will have a short time to glance at. 

This awesome game is also an avenue to tell the couple’s special wedding story to close friends before the wedding reception.

Story Suggestion for Left Right:

While there are a lot of stories that you can use for this game, I suggest a sweet wedding story like this one. FYI, you can customize it for two brides by changing a few simple words. For example, change “Mr. Right” to “Mrs. Right.”

“(Bride’s name) had stopped searching for Mr. RIGHT when she came across (groom’s name). It was RIGHT in the gut that she had the butterflies when she saw him. Mr. RIGHT often LEFT days on business. She felt LEFT out but she knew she shouldn’t. It didn’t feel RIGHT to ask Mr. RIGHT to switch his job. She knew the path of love was RIGHT and she stuck RIGHT to it.

Mr. RIGHT knew how she felt LEFT behind, so he LEFT his job and took one RIGHT near home. Now his office was RIGHT across hers. Every day, they LEFT for work together and then turned RIGHT and LEFT to their respective offices.

In the evenings they LEFT at different times but had lunch together RIGHT across the street. It wasn’t long before Mr. RIGHT popped the question, “You do love me, RIGHT?” She had the RIGHT answers and before long they were engaged.

When the time felt RIGHT, a date was set for the wedding. In the excitement, a lot of things had been LEFT undone. Finally, though, Mrs. RIGHT found just the RIGHT wedding dress and flowers. That only LEFT the rings and the venue!

She found the perfect wedding band staring her RIGHT in the face as she LEFT work one day. It was sitting there RIGHT in the front of the jewelry store on LEFT-RIGHT Avenue. She called the brand and found the RIGHT fit.

When she LEFT to pick up the rings, the RIGHT idea for her wedding day venue came into her mind. She wanted to get married RIGHT on the beach. Mr. RIGHT agreed and the invitations were dispatched.

The bridesmaids and the maid of honor LEFT to prepare everything to perfection. The RIGHT cake, the RIGHT decorations, everything had been LEFT to her good judgment by Mr. RIGHT. The decision, of course, proved RIGHT as everything went RIGHT and they LEFT the beach RIGHT at sunset, happily married.”

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First, to make things even easier for you, I’ve added our story to this handy free printable. Just download it and print it out! Or you can save it to your phone and read it if you want to save it on paper and printer ink.

If you don’t love our story, you can definitely make up your own. As you can see, the key is to include the words “left” and “right” within the context of the tale.

When I play with my friends, I try to really mix things up by leaving chunks of the story without either word. Then, just when they’re starting to think “Uh, she clearly doesn’t know how to play this game,” I go wild with them! It really makes things crazy and fun!


What type of games do you play at a bridal shower?

There are plenty of bridal shower game ideas that you can do individually or as a group. The main idea of the party game is to make the bridal shower less boring and to break the ice among your guests so it’s best to go with games that are fun for everyone.

How many games should be played at a bridal shower?

The ideal number of games that you should play at a bridal shower is three. This is a good number if your party will last a total of three hours. It’s not too much or too little games to play, just enough to get your guests pumped up.

What’s The Bride Thinking game?

What’s The Bride Thinking game is a fun activity that you can play at a bridal shower. The bride-to-be will be put on the spotlight as everyone tries to read what’s in her mind after finishing a phrase.
A tip to make it even more exciting: bring on the naughty phrases!

Do you eat first at a bridal shower?

You can serve light appetizers while waiting for all of your guests to arrive at a bridal shower. Once everyone has settled down, you can start playing games to break the ice. 
After playing three games, you can start eating and drinking while talking to other guests. And when everyone is finished eating, the main event/opening gifts can be done since it usually takes place while everyone’s having dessert and coffee. 

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bride-to-be pointing to the left and right


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