Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Bridal Shower Ideas and Tips

She is getting married! You are excited for her and can’t wait to mark this special occasion. If you’re the maid of honor, sister of the bride, a bridesmaid, or mother of the bride or groom, it’s likely your responsibility to organize a bridal shower to celebrate the lucky bride-to-be.

Of course you want to host the best bridal shower ever, and you envision something unique and tasteful, but where will you find the inspiration? For many, the thought of bridal showers brings visions of ribbons and bows, wedding dresses made out of toilet paper, white gloves and aspic.

Bridal showers are taking place in many forms of celebrations. Whether you are planning to have a garden tea party, brunch at a loved French Bistro,  or even plan to travel for a ‘girls weekend getaway’…the important thing is that you make it memorable and something that she will love….what does she like to do?

Here are some ideas for a Bridal Shower:

Shower at a Winery
Spa/Pamper Her Shower
Beauty Shower – learn tips to enhance your beauty
Beach Getaway Shower
Cooking Class
Host a Couple’s Shower
Center around: favorite colors, flowers, dessert, vacation destination, wine, movie…there are endless options.

No matter what type of shower you’re hosting, it’s important to remember some basic rules for organizing the perfect bridal shower.

Bridal showers: The guest list
The guest list generally includes people who have a close personal relationship with the bride. If the shower is women-only, it’s customary to invite the bride and groom’s mother, grandmothers, aunts, the bride’s closest friends, and, if the shower is a larger event, you may extend the invitation to a few work friends or girlfriends of the men involved in the wedding party.

Bridal shower invitations
Set the theme and tone for the bridal shower with the invitations. Whether you would like to mail a formal invitation or use an Evite. The very important thing to remember is to have a contact person listed for guests to RSVP. There are plenty locations to shop in person or online for invitation. Try visiting www.etsy.com they have so much to offer with tons of talented crafty sellers.

Remember to send out the invitations about a month before the bridal shower so people can mark the date in their calendars.
The bridal shower menu
Some classic food items that will not disappoint are hors d’ oeuvres’ select several options to please the guests, just remember to have meatless options.  Dessert bars are also a great hit with guests when they have options of desserts the variety of flavors are enticing.  

Bridal shower games
Believe it or not you can forget about the games if you want to. The games at bridal showers are optional; some people enjoy regular games and not the traditional games of creating a dress out of toilet paper.

While many of the games are fun it is best to know what your bride/couple likes and if they are more centered on enjoying the time with their friends, create an agenda that reflects that.

Quick things to remember

Don’t go overboard. If you decide to have a theme, keep it simple and enjoyable for the Bride/Couple

Do have a plan. A good host keeps the event moving along comfortably.

Don’t invite people to the bridal shower who won’t be invited to the wedding. If the bride and groom are having a destination and that guests will not be traveling…that’s acceptable.  

Do make her feel special. Remember, the bridal shower is for close friends to come together and celebrate the bride/couple.