Planning a bridal shower is not an
easy task; it is an arduous process because there is much you need
to do. If you want to host a successful bridal shower, make sure
you start your planning well in advance and make a list of things
that you need to get done. Pre-planning will help to ensure that
everything works out perfectly. Here are some quick tips on planning
a bridal shower.
Guest - Proper etiquette dictates that all the guests who are invited
to the wedding should be invited to the bridal shower. To make a
list, consult with the bride, groom and their immediate families.
Location - Once you have finalized the guest list and have a general
idea the number of guests who will be attending, you need to determine
a location. Some guests may not show up but it’s always good
for them to be invited anyway. People that don’t often show
up are relatives and friends who live long distances away.
Games – Bridal shower games are an integral part of this party.
Make sure to include some games that will make the event more entertaining.
Take into consideration the ages of the people showing up that way
you’re not playing adult games with children in the room.
Be sure you shop for prizes while you’re planning a bridal
shower so you can award the winners of these games. It is important
to decide on the games before you send out the invitations.
Invitations - Try to send the invitations in advance so your guests
have enough time to make arrangements or decline the invitation.
Always state the RSVP date and mention any instructions for the
games. For some games, you may have to ask the guests to get special
items; it would be best to let them know about these in advance.
Make sure to mention any special circumstances about the location
like parking, directions, no smoking, etc. You should also let your
guest know if children are invited to the shower.
Decoration – Bridal shower decorations should make the theme
of the event. If the wedding has a specific color theme, you may
want to incorporate it in the decorations. You can place a matching
theme centerpiece on the table and apply other decorations including
balloons, ribbons, lights, streamers, etc. around the room/venue.
Food - You will also need to decide what food you intend to serve.
For instance, do you want a buffet or potluck? Don’t forget
that you can also do catering. You will need to make sure that the
location has all the facilities needed for catering. For example,
if you intend to serve frozen desserts, make sure that the location
has refrigeration facilities, utensils, trays, sink, stove, microwave
Favors – Bridal shower favors let the guests know that you
do appreciate their time for coming to the event. These favors can
include small items such as candles, soaps; flowers, etc. You can
also do homemade party favors like cookies and fudge.
Thank You Cards - The bride should send out handwritten thank you
cards after the wedding to all her guests. However, if the guest
list is rather lengthy, the bridal shower organizer can help her
out. A great way to help the bride is to ask guests to bring a card
with their names and addresses on them. This keeps the bride from
missing a single person.