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Bridal shower: Break up present opening with activities

It's no secret that some bridal showers can drag on during the present opening part. This is especially true with a large guest list, which can in turn produce a significant amount of wrapped surprises to go through.

One way to liven up the party is to take a break from opening presents and have a series of activities for the soon-to-be married couple.

Prior to the party, pass around a clipboard and have guests write down ideas for the wedding vows the couple can read to each other later in front of the whole group. Because these aren't the official vows, urge people to have some fun with the suggestions. Vows like "Will always clean up after the dog" and "will curtail potato chip eating" are fun examples.

Another similar activity is to think of various situations that could arise during the wedding and how the couple should react to them. Again, have attendees write down suggestions on a card prior to the event to be read out later.

For instance, a card could read "The DJ has shown up but his equipment is broken. What do you do?" followed by a reply like, "Get the best singers in the house and turn the reception into a sing-a-long."

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