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5 Bridal Shower Games That Don't Involve Fake Penises

Keep it clean and your bridesmaids (and grandma) entertained.

By Caroline Cunningham Photograph by Ashley Revlas Photography.

Once all of the decorations are up, the tiny, pretty food is made, and the presents are wrapped, you might think you’re all set for a spectacular shower. But however much fun you might have just eating food and opening gifts, your guests will appreciate a bit of entertainment to break up the celebration.

While grandma may not approve of gaudy games involving thinly-veiled innuendo, that doesn’t mean you can’t have any fun. Not only do these shower games help break the ice and get all the women in the bride’s life talking, they are also a great way to help the attendees get to know the bride and her soon-to-be groom better.

Here are five tried-and-true games we here at Washingtonian Bride & Groom have played that you can take to your next bridal shower to keep all of the single ladies entertained. Turn up the tunes, and get the party started!

Related: The Ultimate Bridal Shower Playlist

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Found It! The Cutest "Will You Be My Bridesmaid?" Gift Right Now

Courtesy local welcome bag company Marigold & Grey

By Sarah Zlotnick Marigold & Grey's new "Will You Be My Bridesmaid?" gift box. All photos by Abby Jiu.

Marigold & Grey, you've done it again. We were already obsessed with your customizeable wedding welcome bags, which we described as "artisanal, locally-minded welcome bags guaranteed to look as picure-perfect as the products inside" in the Summer/Fall 2015 edition of Washingtonian Bride & Groom. Now, you've gone and delighted us a second time with the introduction of ten new adorable pre-designed gift sets. While four of those are still intended for guests, we're particularly enamored by the options that can be gifted to bridesmaids, the flower girl, the maid of honor, and even the bride herself. If you're stuck on how to pop the bridal party question, or maybe looking for a way to pamper your favorite bride-to-be, these locally sourced and created packages are an adorable way to go. Starting at $75, they're something of a splurge, but a splurge well worth it when you consider how much the women who will receive them have meant throughout your life (not to mention the time you'll save not building them yourself). Scroll down for info on what each box includes!

Related: 14 DC-Themed Favors for Your Wedding Welcome Bag

"Will You Be My Bridesmaid?" and "Will You Be My Maid of Honor?"

Includes hand-poured soy candle in Marche Aux Fleurs scent, Sugarfina champagne gummy bears, Essie nail polish in "Blushing Bride", artisan lavender sea salts, and Well-Kept electronic screen wipes. Can be delivered with a hand-written personal note. $75 at Marigold & Grey.

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25 Ideas to Make Your University of Maryland Wedding Amazing

Fear the Turtle!

By Caroline Cunningham

1. Once you’re engaged, head straight for the end zone at Byrd Stadium to take some save-the-date snapshots.

Photograph by Photography by Brea.

2. Or just wrap up in the Maryland flag for a romantic photo.

Photograph by Andrea & Renata.

3. Pull in the color scheme with red flowers.

Photograph by Jeana M. Photography.

4. And incorporate the UMD logo into invitations.

Photograph by Jeana M. Photography.

5. The bride can wear some Maryland pride on her garter.

University of Maryland Terrapins Wedding Bridal Garter, $17.99 on Etsy.

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25 Fabulous Wedding Dress Backs You Have to See

These backs are anything but boring.

By Caroline Cunningham

It is a fact of life that during your wedding, your guests will spend most of the ceremony staring at your back. That’s why you’ll want to give them something to look at, and these 25 wedding dresses that were shown during Bridal Fashion Week this April fit the bill. From amazing illusion panels that create a floating line of buttons to intricate lace patterns to daringly low cut to 3-D appliques, there's many ways to make an incredible back—here's a few we love.

Ready to start shopping for your own gown? Head to these local boutiques to find your dream dress.


1. Amazing floral applique.

Low back fit to flare crepe gown with crystal hand beading on back, “Brody” by Amsale.

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Glittery Gold, Pink, and Peach Styled Shoot at Virginia's Morven Park

Get inspired for an outdoor estate celebration with this sparkling set up.

By Caroline Cunningham

Outdoor wedding season is in full bloom right now, so it’s a perfect time for some inspiration via this glittery styled shoot. Amber Kay Photography captured all the details in this peach-themed affair—from the peach preserves that could serve as favors to the peach mojito libations to the peach fruits accented with gold leaves as table decorations. Set on the sweeping grounds of Morven Park in Leesburg, this shoot offers lovely ideas for an outdoor vineyard or estate wedding.

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The Ultimate Bridal Shower Playlist

Over two hours of music to keep the party moving.

By Caroline Cunningham Photograph by Genevieve Leiper Photography.

If you’re throwing a shower for someone near and dear to you, we're sure you’ll think about the invitations, decor, food, and gifts, but that doesn’t leave much time to throw together a playlist. Good music can keep things swinging at any party, and a bridal shower is no exception.

To keep the mood high and the number of awkward silences low, use this two-hour playlist full of love songs that both your girlfriends and your grandmother can groove to. Just start the Spotify playlist below on shuffle, and cross "party music" off your planning to-do list.

If you don't have Spotify, download it here, and make sure to follow WashBrideGroom on Spotify for more music inspiration for your wedding day!

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24 Ways to Do a Hotel Wedding in Washington

Go big, go ballroom.

By Sarah Zlotnick

Thinking about getting married in Washington? The hotels in the DC area offer some pretty spectacular ballrooms and backdrops for your big day. We've rounded up 24 ways that real couples personalized these spaces around Washington for their own weddings—click through, get inspired, then use our recommended hotel venue list to start planning your own!

1. Elegant White and Gold

Photo by Genevieve Leiper

The Four Seasons ballroom was the perfect backdrop for Kendal and Shawn's September wedding.

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15 of the Most Beautiful Bridal Bouquets

Swoon over these wedding-worthy floral masterpieces.

By Caroline Cunningham

On your wedding day, your bouquet is your best accessory. It’ll brighten every photo, and it can even do double-duty as a centerpiece at your reception. Gather inspiration for your dream flowers with these amazing bouquets designed by local florists and carried by real brides like you.

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