A bridal shower is usually held between 5 months to 2 weeks prior to a wedding. Planning and hosting a bridal shower can be a stressful experience, but it doesn’t have to be. To ensure your bridal shower is both successful and memorable, here are 5 tips to guide you:
1. Involve the Bride
Unless you are planning a surprise bridal shower, you should involve the bride in the planning process. Let her provide suggestions on important aspects like the theme, as well as the guest list. By involving the bride, you are sure the elements will be to her liking. For a surprise party, let her know the date, location and attire, and work with her other friends or close relatives to get finer details on what she likes.
2. Set a Convenient Time and Place
When choosing the date for the event, consider the schedules of those who’ll be present. Do your best to choose a date and time that is convenient for most, if not all, of the attendees to ensure maximum attendance. Location is also important. Somewhere too out of the way might deter people from coming. Try to choose somewhere central with easy access to freeways or main roads.
You can have the shower at a favorite restaurant, hotel or even park. While hotels and restaurants may already have event facilities, an outdoor venue may not. Luckily, you can rent furniture, decorations and other accessories.
3. Have a Theme and Include Fun Games A theme helps in providing direction and deciding other details like the décor, attire and gifts. It also helps determine color scheme, which can be tied in with table settings, party favors and numerous other decorative elements.
A few popular themes include a tea party, a kitchen party where guests bring gifts for the bride’s kitchen and a spa theme. Fun games like trivia and charades are great for getting guests to interact and have a good time. There are a ton of fun bridal-themed games that can be personalized for the bride and groom.
4. Plan the Menu
Plan a menu that is appropriate for the time of day and theme and appeals to the bride. You can also get personal and throw in some of the bride’s favorites. If you have a caterer, pick your food choices early to avoid a last-minute rush.
Alternatively, you may ask each member of the bridal team come with a dish to help cut costs. You can then set up a food station like candy and dessert bar, a taco bar or even a yogurt parfait bar for a brunch bridal shower.
5. Designate a Gifting Area
As there’ll be lots of gifts, designate an area where guests can place their gifts that doesn’t interfere with the aesthetic of the event.
After the event, you can thank every guest with a personalized gift or card. Not only will they appreciate the thoughtfulness, but they’ll also have memento of the event.
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