These days, Bridal Showers are far from the white-gloves-and-tea-cakes affair that they once were. Though this is great news for the creative souls among you, it can be quite an overwhelming mission to plan out an event that comes in all different sizes, themes, and budgets. So if the responsibility of celebrating a lucky bride-to-be falls onto your shoulders, we hope this step-by-step guide gives you a helpful place to start.
Whatever your relation to the bride, you are not alone in this endeavour! The family of the bride, bridesmaids, and maid of honour should all be united by the goal to make her feel special. Right from the beginning, reach out to the people who are excited to take part in this journey. How much is everyone willing to spend? Who’s great with DIY projects? Who is dying to get their hands on a particular job? Once you take inventory of the funds, resources, and manpower at your disposal, you’ll find that the whole process becomes a lot less stressful and more fun.
Step 2: Crafting the Perfect Guest List
Remember, every aspect of the event should be tailored to the bride. Does she prefer small, intimate gatherings or being with as many of her friends and family as she can? If possible, run your guest list by her to avoid blunders such as inviting someone who isn’t invited to the wedding. Also, take into account your budget – for every new attendee you add, the less you can afford per person.
Step 3: Invitations Made Easy
As for the invitations, don’t feel tied to the traditional mailed envelopes. It’s now common to send out Evites or create a Facebook event. Using the Internet is a great way to shave off some of your budget and effort for tech-savvy guests. If you still prefer physical invitations, consider making them yourself or browsing Etsy for a cute, unique design within your price range. For high quality, personalized cards we also recommend our vendor Paper Wenches (check them out on the TWPM site!) If timing is stressing you out, a good rule of thumb is to set the event date about three months before the wedding day and send out the invitations two months before the shower.
Themes can be as extravagant or simple as you deem fit. You could centre the shower around a certain activity the bride loves, like singing karaoke or having a spa day. You could pick an upcoming event with special meaning (her honeymoon is fool-proof) and come up with creative ways to allude to it. You could even do a simple colour theme for the decorations and desserts – if the guests come dressed in these colours, the photos will come out looking that much more special. Choosing a theme isn’t essential, but it helps tie the event together, acting as a guiding light during the planning process.
Step 5: What’s on the Menu?
Food is a tricky one since everyone’s taste buds are different. Do not feel obliged to hire a catering company, or to serve a three-course meal, or to even make sure that the chef cuts the crusts off the sandwiches. The modern bridal shower could be as elegant as a wine and cheese affair or as casual as a ten tables with different flavours of popcorn. Be conscious of your bride’s preferences and your budget, because food can easily free or eat up (pun intended!) a huge chunk of finances depending on how you plan it.
Step 6: Activities Galore
Cheesy bridal shower games like couple’s trivia are always a fun addition to a party, but they’re no longer the name of the game. Your wedding shower theme may have some built-in activities (a Classic Hollywood Cinema theme, for example, is a no-brainer), but if not, it’s time to get creative! Board games have had a huge resurgence in recent years, so consider picking up a few and playing some rounds together. If you have an artist in your life (or are able to hire one), a fun option is to hold a workshop for jewelry-making, painting, etc. The more creative and personal, the more unforgettable the shower will be.
And there you have it! Those are our tips for planning a wedding shower that’s sure to be a hit. But no matter how the day turns out in the end, we’re sure that the special bride-to-be will appreciate all the hard work and thought you put into an event just for her. We wish you luck on your bridal shower planning journey!
by Chantal Lim
Featured Image: An Afternoon Tea Party