Smart tips to pull off an amazing bridal shower
A bridal shower is not only a celebratory occasion when a bride-to-be is saying goodbye to her bachelor's life in a jolly, entertaining, and frolic manner. A bridal shower is a way for the bride’s circle to support her in anticipation of her nuptials, share her worries & doubts, and, of course, smother her in gifts, so she can establish her matrimonial home with everything it takes to start a happy family life. Kicking off a bridal shower is a bit of a job requiring lots of planning, coordinating, and organizing skills, which not everyone can boast of. This guide incorporates the best tips and tricks on how to throw a fabulous and memorable bridal shower that will work for everyone involved.
Since a bridal shower is indicated to indulge a bride-to-be with lots of attention and care while letting her relax after exhausting and stressful Big Day preparations, it is generally organized by the maid of honor. And it is up to her to keep the whole arrangements in secret or actively engage the bride into the process. We recommend opting for the second variant because there is always a risk that the real outcome will contradict the bride’s expectations, and she will be disappointed – the least desired thing on the threshold of her wedding. The maid in honor should ask the bride to provide a list of wedding invitees and also make inquiries about the preferred bridal party’s theme. Get ready that she may want something extraordinaire to celebrate in a high style, and this theme should be carried through invitation cards, decoration, tableware as well as treats and drinks. Throwing a bridal shower may be quite a luxury, but it is not obligatory for the maid in honor to pay for everything from her wallet. She may ask other bridesmaids to chip in together at the first stage of the planning process. Also, the host may ask other gals to help with other aspects like booking, decoration, treatments, entertainment, etc. When efforts are joined, any enterprise is bound to success!
No strict rules here! A bridal shower can be thrown anywhere, from the bridesmaid’ home and a restaurant banquet hall to a garden, spa saloon, or even a karaoke club. There is no right or wrong answer on where to celebrate a bridal shower – it is only a matter of preference (and financial capabilities). As for the time, the party should not be held too close to the marriage ceremony to save the bride from added stress.
Most optimally is to gather 4-8 weeks prior to the great event.
However, if there are many guests coming from out of town, it is reasonable to handle a bridal shower closer to the wedding day, so they can attend both events without doing extra travel. Acceptable timeframes for a bridal shower include afternoons, early evenings, and even night hangouts. Just make sure the time suits all your guests and go ahead.
A bridal shower crowd should consist of the same people who are invited to the wedding because there is nothing more offensive than being invited for the shower and not invited for the ceremony. The wedding guest list is to help you. If the bachelorette party is a surprise, then obtain the list of invitees from the fiancé or the bride’s mother. Typically, the bride’s best girlfriends and female relatives are invited to the show, but it makes sense to bring ladies from the groom’s side too: it will help to establish good relationships between two clans. And for an utterly progressive party, you can toss a Jack and Jill shower for a bride, a groom, and their circles (both male and female).
While most of the bridal showers run on the same scenario (coming, eating, telling stories, gift-giving/opening, leaving), you can steer away from the beaten path and include some fun activities to make the day truly enjoyable. Do not hesitate to bring some accessories and attributes to add some glam to the event: mini clip-on hats, feather boas, and other party props will put a smile on every face. Delight the attendees with tried-and-true games like Truth or Dare, Ball, and Chain, Pictionary. When deciding on entertainment, pick up relatively universal games and avoid saucy bachelorette tricks in order not to confuse someone sentimental. Treatment can be as simple as bite-size appetizers, veggie snacks, light salads, and fancy cupcakes, or a substantial multi-course buffet. When collaborating a menu, make sure there will be enough food to keep everyone satisfied, but do not let your enthusiasm go too far: you definitely will not want the bridal shower to turn into a massive pig-out. When opening presents, it will not hurt to play some nice music in the background. And when it is time to round off, do not forget to give your guests thank-you favors and small prizes as mementos from your bridal shower. Aren’t you sure about your strengths? Ok, leave it to us and, we will be happy to arrange an awesome bridal shower party that will stick in the bride’s memory like one of the best days in her life!