Throw the Best Bridal Shower on the Block

Five tips to make your bridal shower sizzle!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Having a bridal shower is still a huge traditional part of wedding planning, but it's one part that the bride, at least, doesn't have to worry about. A bridal shower is generally conceived, planned and hosted by the maid of honor, or the bridesmaid. If you are the lucky host for a friend or family member's bridal shower, here are five tips to make it sizzle!

Bridal Shower tip #1:

Don't forget to invite the bride to her bridal shower. ;-) This sounds odd, but brides are really busy people in the last few weeks leading up to their weddings, so make sure you pick a date and time that will work for her before you make any other plans. If you're hoping to surprise her, this gets even trickier!

Bridal Shower tip #2:

Pick a theme. If the couple already has already chosen a theme for their wedding - or their honeymoon, then your job is easy. If not, try to pick a theme that's appropriate for the couple based on their interests, future plans and dreams or hobbies. Having a theme will make the rest of your planning much easier!

Bridal Shower tip #3:

Decide in advance whether you'll have an 'all-girl' bridal shower (which is the traditional way of doing it!) or a mixed crowd. These days, 'anything goes,' but again, it'll make your planning much easier if you make the choice early in the planning stages - which should start at least two months before the event, by the way. ;-)

Bridal Shower tip #4:

Have some games or other entertainment in mind for the event. It's great to just have a get-together (especially if many of the guests don't get to see each other - or the bride - very often), but it's also a good idea to have some structured activities in mind ahead of time. Games of some sort will make the event much more memorable!

Whether you want to 'roast' the bride, or do something more romantic or sentimental, there are lots of choices - check your local library or search the Internet for ideas.

Bridal Shower tip #5:

Know in advance whether the couple is accepting gifts, and if so, what type of gifts. You may want to include the gift preference information on the invitations themselves, or be prepared to answer questions from invited guests when they contact you or RSVP.

If you follow these guidelines for the bridal shower you're hosting, you're going to have a GREAT time - and so will the bride, and all the guests!

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