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How to Play The Newlywed Game

Party games introduce the bride and groom to guests in a playful way.
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"From Hollywood, it's 'The Newlywed Game.'" Fresh off of the success of "The Dating Game," Chuck Barris launched this game show in 1966, leading to the cancellation of "Password" and the popularization of "making whoopee" as couples competed for a grand prize chosen just for them. If you're looking to find out new things about your spouse, here's how to play.

Have each couple predict what their final score will be. This information will be used if the game ends in a tie.

Send the wives offstage into the isolation area.

Ask the husbands three questions about their wives, the more off the wall and racy the better. (Example: "What will your wife say is the movie monster that best describes her mother?") Record the husbands' answers on cue cards and place them in their laps.

Bring the wives back on stage and ask them the same questions, revealing the husbands' answers as the wives give theirs. When a couple's answers match, award them five points.

Take the husbands offstage and ask the wives four questions (three, if time is short), recording their answers on cards.

Bring the husbands back and ask them the same questions; for each match, award the couple 10 points, except for the last question, which is worth 25 points.

Award the couple with the highest score a fabulous prize "chosen just for you." In case of a tie, have the tied couples reveal their predictions for the final scores. The couple coming closest without going over wins; if all predictions are over, then the couple coming closest wins.

Things You'll Need:

  • Four couples married less than two years
  • Racy relationship questions
  • Isolation area
  • Cue cards
  • Host


Originally, newlywed couples were defined as being married for less than a year. In later versions, couples could be married up to two years and be on the show. Periodically, the show featured theme days, such as Maternity Day, where all the wives were pregnant. Have the host banter with the couples, egging both on when they argue by using their words against them, taking and switching sides as it suits him. One source of off-the-wall questions involve words that the couples may not know the meaning of, such as "masticate" or "condiment."

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