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Guide To Planning Your Bridal Shower


Planning a Bridal Shower? Feeling stressed out by this responsibility is natural. Try, for a change, to think of the positive aspects of this activity. Not only will this event be exciting for you, but you will be responsible for the love and happiness felt by both the bride and her guests. With your new positive attitude in hand, let’s take a look at some tips to help make planning more enjoyable and, ultimately, more rewarding.

The first thing to do after determining the shower date is to decide exactly who will be attending. In terms of sheer number of guests you should shoot for somewhere in between five and twenty. The reasoning behind this is that any more than twenty guests can cause confusion and stress for the bride, which is particularly unwelcome, as this is supposed to be a comfortable, personal affair.

It is important to remember that this is the bride’s day and she should have the final say on who attends. Ask her who she cannot imagine having a shower without. These people will include family members from her and the groom’s sides as well as her best friends. To avoid embarrassment, double check that everyone who is attending the bridal shower is also receiving an invitation to the wedding.

The next choice you face is the enjoyable task of selecting the invitations. The exciting part about this decision is that it is entirely up to you and the bride. You are free to choose any theme or style of invitation. For example, if the bridal shower is to be held in New York City, you may want to include the bright lights of Times Square, or possibly the classic image of Carnegie Hall. If your shower location does not lend itself to a theme, there is no reason to worry.


In this case the best course of action would be to coordinate your invitations with those of the wedding. Similar to wedding invitations, your bridal shower invitations will need specific information. First and foremost is an RSVP date. Next you should include the location and theme of the shower. Be sure to inform the attendees of the guest of honor as well as the hostess and her contact information. It is best to send the invitations out around a month before the event to allow ample time for guests to RSVP.

Now that you have sent out word of the shower, you can start planning the actual event. One of the most important aspects of the shower is the food that is served. Similar to a normal meal, you should start with appetizers, making sure that they are not too filling. Also, try to have a wide range of foods available in order to provide an assortment of options for your guests.


Keep in mind that some people have food allergies, so it may be wise not to include foods like shellfish. A variety of beverages is also desirable. At the very least you should be able to offer water and various juices to your guests.

Finally, when arranging the shower’s focal activities- gift opening and game playing- be certain that you have allotted time for informal interaction between the guests and bride. This will allow for a much more relaxed and amicable atmosphere.

Hopefully this article has helped you in your quest to plan a splendid and successful bridal shower. Remember that this activity does not have to be stressful and can, if these steps are followed, be a fun and fulfilling activity for you and a memorable one for the bride.

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