One of the best-loved events leading up to a wedding is the bridal shower. It's like a big, happy warm-up to the wedding day. Friends, family and all manner of well wishes. A bridal shower traditionally consists of decorations, a guest list and invitations, food, games - on occasion - and favors. The key is to be organized and set a budget and stick with it. Whether you use a notebook with sections for each of the five items above or a spread sheet on your computer, follow these steps to create a memorable wedding shower.
- BRIDAL SHOWER DECORATIONS - Luckily, bridal shower décor is one area where it's okay to go simple, yet elegant I think. Since the main focus of the shower is the bride and her gifts, no one really expects a lavishly decorated party location. So if you're on a budget, it's better to spend most of it on food and supplies rather than elaborate decorations.
- BRIDAL SHOWER GUEST LIST & INVITATION - Unless the shower is going to be a surprise, get the bride's input on drawing up the guest list. All bridesmaids, the bride's mother, and her future mother-in-law should be invited. Only invite friends and family members that are also invited to the wedding or reception. Keep a list of names, addresses, email addresses (if using Evites) and phone numbers of all guests. Also, create a way of tracking when guests RSVP. You don't want to plan for 20 guests when 40 show up! Be prepared!
- BRIDAL SHOWER FOOD - The traditional centerpiece of the dessert table at the bridal shower is the cake. In today's world you can buck tradition and also consider choosing a cheesecake, a fancy tiered cupcake tray, an assortment of fancy cookies, a candy bar plate, or brownie tower. Any of these can become the main attraction at the dessert table. Any scrumptious dessert, maybe even the bride's favorite, can create an elegant look as well as a big cake. Sometimes at a fraction of the cost and that is a very good thing!
- BRIDAL SHOWER GAMES - Games and bridal showers go hand in hand – traditionally, at least. I have been to showers that have a time for games and many more where no games are played - I personally prefer no games, but that's just me. If you're interested in a few games you can find a good selection here at the Knot. In your Bridal Shower notebook, make a list of all items you’ll need for each game - for each guest attending. Remember pens and pencils. Include a list of gifts for the winners if appropriate.
- BRIDAL SHOWER FAVORS - Your guests may not like games, but they still like prizes! Invent ways to give out goodies without forcing them to participate in a game. Have guests put their name in a glass jar as they enter and later during the shower draw a name and let the winner choose a prize. It's also fun to set a timer and give a prize to whoever's gift is being unwrapped when it goes off. Since there are generally less than 30 guests at the average bridal shower, buying or making a pretty bridal shower favor for each guest to take home doesn't have to cost a lot of money. Yet, it can be very effective in helping guests remember the fun they've had and keep their fond memories of the shower fresh for a long time to come.
- BRIDAL SHOWER DETAILS - Create shopping lists and to do lists for each of the items in your BS notebook. Check names as your guests RSVP. Remember to stay on budget and ask for help from family and friends if you need it. Your bridal shower can be a wonderful success.