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The Newlywed Game!


I was organizing my office when I found two sheets of paper marked, Newlywed Game Questions.

I immediately found myself back in the small Methodist church where my husband and I got married, in the pastor’s basement office, on a marginally comfortable couch next to my then-fiancé, my knee lightly touching his. The pastor went through the bullet points of the church’s required premarital counseling and tried to get to know us as a couple–especially important since we were not actually members of the church. At the end of the session, she gave us her blessing and these two sheets of paper. They are unmarked. I don’t remember if we ever went through them.

Anyhow, it’s getting close to Valentine’s Day and love is in the air and we’re all thinking about relationships whether we want to or not so I thought I’d share them with you. I think you’ll have fun with them. (Also, I didn’t write these questions–they are a bit old-fashioned and more than a little bit sexist and I recognize that, but I find them amusing. I’m just passing them along.)

Newlywed Game Questions

for the Groom:

  • Who proposed marriage first?
  • Who did your wife last date before you were married?
  • Where did you first kiss?
  • What animal does your mother-in-law remind you of?
  • What color did your wife wear on your first date?
  • How many kids would she say she wants?
  • What drink best describes your wife on your wedding night?
  • How long does it take her to get to work in the morning?
  • What color are your wife’s eyes?
  • Where will your wife say she had the best vacation with you?
  • What flower best describes your wife in the morning when she first gets up?
  • What is the most embarrassing thing you have done around her?
  • Who caught the garter at your wedding?
  • How would you describe your wife on your wedding night, with one of these three magazines? (I assume we were supposed to be presented with magazines? Let’s say they were Glamour, Real Simple, and MAD.)
  • If you could send your mother-in-law on a trip, where would you send her and for how long?
  • What dish does your wife prepare that she thinks you enjoy the most?
  • Which one of your habits would your wife like to break?

Fill in the blanks in this sentence:

Whenever I want to ___________ my wife wants __________.

for the Bride:

  • Who proposed marriage first?
  • Who did your husband last date before you were married?
  • Where did you first kiss?
  • Which of your girlfriends does your husband find most attractive?
  • What color tie would your husband like?
  • Who approached who and with what pick up line, the first time you got together?
  • What bill does your husband complain about the most?
  • Who would you say is the most intimidating family member that you’ve met?
  • What comic character best describes your husband?
  • Who best describes your husband on a first date?
  • Which one of your husband’s friends do you find the most handsome?
  • If your husband hired a beautiful, blond secretary, what would you do?
  • Where did your husband take you on your first date?
  • Who caught the bouquet at your wedding?
  • What bill would you like to keep a secret from your husband?
  • If you asked your husband to cook dinner one evening, what dish would he prepare?
  • What about him annoys you?

Complete this sentence:

I wish my husband would stop…
If my husband went out of town on a business trip, the first thing I would do is…
My husband’s first kiss was like a…


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