Many people compare bridal showers to hen parties; they are a way for the bride’s friends, bridesmaids and maid of honor to celebrate the bride-to-be’s upcoming nuptials. Also, it is a wonderful way for the groom’s side of the family to make their acquaintance with the future Mrs.
Normally the bridesmaids or maid of honor take the responsibility of hosting the event to celebrate her girlfriend’s wedding. The event is all about the bride-to-be and giving her lots of love and gifts she is sure to use after her wedding nuptials.
Bridal showers require meticulous planning to say the least; it’s important that the wedding shower invitations reflect the careful planning and the feminine ambiance of the event.
There is a variety of wedding shower invitations available on the market. The one that you choose will largely depend on the amount of money you intend to spend and the time you have before the event. Here are a few quick tips on how to choose appropriate wedding shower invitations.
Tip 1 – Keep It Simple But Elegant
Make sure the invitations are simple and cute. You can either avail the services of a professional agency to get the invitations made or you can make them yourself. This decision again will depend largely on your guest list and your budget.
If the list is rather long one, you may just want to buy the invites. However, if you intend to only invite a dozen or so people, get yourself some invitation-making materials such as ribbons, lace, printable cards etc. Normally you would want to match the wedding shower invitations with the wedding or shower theme. Make sure that you purchase invites with RSVP cards.
Tip 2 – Formal or Informal Shower Invitations
There are several types of wedding shower invitations to choose from. You could opt for the “seal and send” kind that comes as a lone portion with an affixed postcard for the response. However, if you’re looking for something more formal, try to go for something that will match the theme of the wedding or a specific color pattern.
You can also get a seal that matches the cards’ style.
If you are looking for something informal, choose an index-like card invitation that has your name written on the front and your message on the back. You can acquire blank envelopes with this type of invitation.
Tip 3 – Customize Stationary Shower Invitations
You can also buy personalized printed stationary and have the card company personalize the shower invitations. If your budget is not restricted, you could hire your own calligrapher to inscribe the cards. There are several card companies that offer calligraphy services. You could also get creative with the envelopes and go for identical paper envelopes or ones that are shaped like a woman’s handbag.
Tip 4 – Bridal Favors and Thank You Cards
Depending on where you shop, you may be able to get your wedding supplier to include free matching thank you cards and bridal favors. There are also several companies that offer favors that match the shower invitations. You can make use of a motif on the invitation cards and other items as well.