It’s an honor to throw a bridal shower for your nearest and dearest, but it’s also a stressful task. From the budget and theme to the decorations and games, there’s so much to organize. Not to worry, though. We've put together a list of things to help everything run smoothly. With just a bit of planning and creativity, you’re sure to have a fantastic event.
It’s tradition for the maid of honor to host the bridal shower. You can also choose to co-host with the other bridesmaids and the bride’s family members. Whether you’re covering the costs alone or splitting them with your co-hosts, it’s important to decide on a budget. Choose an amount you’re comfortable with and can easily afford. This will help to keep expectations in check and curb unnecessary spending throughout the planning stage. The budget will depend on the location of the bridal shower and the number of expected guests. You’ll also want to consider the food, drinks, decorations, and party game supplies.
A theme isn’t essential for hosting a bridal shower, but it's a sure way to liven up the party. A great theme also makes planning easier, as you can use it to inspire the invitations, food, and décor. Get creative and brainstorm ideas around the bride’s hobbies and passions. For example, if she loves the outdoors, you could go with a picnic theme and lay out a few blankets in a public park. You could also use the wedding location as inspiration. For example, if you're holding it in a barn, you could go with a rustic theme for the bridal shower. A honeymoon theme is also a fun idea. You can serve the local food from the couple’s upcoming destination or gift the bride with accessories for the getaway.
Once you finalize the date, it’s time to decide where to hold your bridal shower. If you have already picked a theme, let it guide your choice. Traditional locations include your home, a hotel, or a private room at a restaurant. You could also host it at a more unconventional venue, such as a day spa, yacht, golf club, or brewery. When deciding on a venue, consider the size, how accessible it is, the parking, and whether it can accommodate special requests. The most important thing is that the location is easy to get to and will let you create the vibe you want.
It’s a good idea to send out invitations to the bridal shower at least six weeks before the event. This will give everyone enough time to prepare for it, especially if the venue is at a distance. Ask the bride beforehand for a list of guests and any addresses you may need. This way, you can be sure you haven’t missed anyone (or made a social faux pas!). Paper invitations can be expensive, but they do leave guests with a beautiful souvenir of the occasion. For an eco-conscious option, you can send them out electronically. You can also get creative with unique invitations. For example, let's say your bridal shower theme is a spa day. You could send washcloths with the event invitations embroidered onto them.
Unless you’re hosting the bridal shower at a venue that provides catering, the next step is to plan the menu. Ask guests about any food allergies they may have. That, along with the number of guests, will help you decide what to serve at the event. You could keep it simple and pick the bride’s favorite eats. You can also choose the food based on the theme. For larger groups of guests, food stations work especially well. For example, you can set up a build-your-own taco bar or self-service breakfast buffet. For outdoor events, you can pack food into lunchboxes and insulated bags and enjoy a picnic lunch.
Whether you buy or make them, decorations are an important part of any bridal shower. They help set the mood and make things feel more personal and special for the bride and guests. There are many different ways to decorate the venue. Think balloons, string lights, flowers, candles, and photo backdrops. You can go all out with many different decorations or keep it simple with a select few. Consider creating a playlist for the event, too. Whether you use it for party games or background music, it’ll add a special touch to the celebration.
In addition to decorations, you may also need a few props for any bridal shower games. Games are a great way for guests to get to know each other better. They also make for great photo opportunities. It's up to you how many games or activities you want to plan for the event. Bring them out after everyone’s eaten or before the bride opens her gifts. You can include anything from guessing trivia to an interactive scavenger hunt. Use the theme and your own creativity to inspire different ideas.
These tips and tricks will help you plan the ultimate bridal shower for your loved one. Whether you go all out or keep it simple, the bride-to-be is sure to leave with happy memories of the sweet occasion.