The busy bride-to-be is racing around trying to make sure that the “to do” list is on target for the big “I do.” The bridal shower presents a fabulous opportunity for her to relax and hand over the organizer’s reins (albeit briefly). The bride-to-be gets to share pre-wedding excitement (and nerves) with the lovely ladies in her life. In turn, they shower the bride-to-be with thoughtful gifts and profound wisdom. Organizing duty often falls to the maid of honor, bridesmaids or close pals (although family can do a perfectly excellent job too). The bride-to-be will want to have a say in the guest list and date, but aside from that she should gracefully bow out. Invites can be informal, an e-mail is considered acceptable, however sending formal invites makes the whole event feel a little more special.
Traditionally, the bridal shower was held at the home of the host, but nowadays there are plenty of other options, such as a park, restaurant or spa. All offer venues for creating a special afternoon and although not compulsory, a theme can be a great way to tie everything together. Opt for a vintage tea party or go for the bridal colors (a monochrome bridal shower in support of the black and white theme). For a unique concept, personalize the bridal shower by theming it on the honeymoon destination e.g. if it’s Hawaii, go for colorful decorations, pretty leis and get everyone in the mood with tropical cocktails. When it comes to decorating the venue, balloons are popular, use helium filled metallic ones to spell out “Love” or the initials of the happy couple. For something more on-trend, organic balloons are fun and can really brighten a room. The bride-to-be’s chair should stand out from the rest, grab a white throne chair or cover one from the venue with organza and add a bow to really make her stand out!
Refreshments are important too. If the venue is a restaurant or bar, then refreshments are taken care of. If it’s at a park or someone’s home, there needs to be some discussion as to whether caterers will help out, or if the hostess is going to do the honors, (along with a little assistance from willing helpers)! It doesn’t have to be elaborate – delectable wedding cookies and delicate finger sandwiches look exquisite on pretty plates. Don’t forget the champagne darling (or something fizzy for a toast)!
What better way to break the ice than a good game? Go for something silly “fashion beautiful wedding gowns – using just toilet paper!” Or something more personalized, show pictures of the bride-to-be and challenge guests to guess how old she was in each (top-tip: be careful, no-one wants an upset bride before her big day)!
Mementos’ are lovely too, ask guests to write a message for the wedding couple to read on their first anniversary.
Guests traditionally bring gifts to bridal showers (in the past these tended to be useful in the home, cooking utensils etc.). However, like most wedding traditions things have moved on and now it’s just as acceptable to present the bride with a basket of goodies (her favorite wine, chocolates and luxurious bubble bath for some well-deserved me time prior to the big day). Alternatively, something thoughtful (like a wedding advent calendar, where she can open a little gift each day for a week or so prior to the wedding), makes a lovely gift.
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