The wedding day is fast approaching! Now it’s time to plan the bridal shower. But—you may not know how to do that…so, I hope I can help!
The traditional bridal shower was designed for two primary reasons. First, the bride is showered with gifts that will help her begin her new home. Second, the bride is showered with friendship and love. This party is fun and practical! This day is all about the bride. She should feel pampered and cherished. The goal is to make that happen.
Things to think about while planning include:
1.The not-so-fun part…the budget. Who pays? It is usually the maid-of-honor and the bridesmaids’ responsibility to fund the bridal shower.
2.Who will be invited? Will this be a girl’s only shower or will this be a co-ed shower? First, make this decision. Then, ask the bride, the mother of the bride, and the groom’s mother who they would like to invite. This produces a fairly accurate guest list. Be sure to gather addresses, phone numbers, and even e-mail addresses. Do not invite someone who is not invited to the wedding.
3.Try to choose a location that is centrally located to your guests, can accommodate the number of guests, and agrees with the shower theme (if there is one).
4.Choose a theme. Think about the couple. If they need kitchen gadgets, then make that the theme. If they are moving soon after marrying, then make money the theme. You get the idea.
5.Invitations? E-mail? Phone Call? If the shower is casual, then you have more choices about the invites. You may choose to invite via phone or e-mail. Find a pretty clip art, and you can create your own fancy e-mail. Of course, if the event will be more formal, then don’t hesitate to send an elegant printed invitation. If you are talented in the computer publishing area, then you could design and print your own invitations. Make sure you include all the details. The bride’s name, location address, the time, RSVP information, and the theme are all necessities for the invitation. Assume that people who did not RSVP will attend. Written invites are great when you don’t necessarily know the person you are inviting.
6.Timing and schedule. The shower should be 2-6 weeks before the wedding. Make sure you send the invitations at least 2 weeks before the shower. Weekend afternoons are usually the most convenient day to hold the shower.
7.Keep a checklist. Trying to remember everything will just be a burden. Write it down and this will free your mind from worry (at least a little).
8.The decoration should be pretty and fun. If there is a theme, then incorporate it into the decorations. Flowers, candles, balloons, banners, and whatever else you can think of will work great here. Be creative because decorations really set the mood for the shower.
9.Plan the menu around the theme, if applicable. Be considerate of dietary needs and preferences of the guests and the bride. Create a menu that will work properly with the time of day of the shower.
10.Don’t forget the fun stuff! As guest arrive, introduce everyone so they can get to know one another and keep the conversation alive. Bridal showers must have games (at least a few) and bring the prizes. People (especially women) love the competition and the prizes.
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Of course, in the midst of all the planning…you should consult with the bride and make sure she is on board will your strategic plans. You want everyone to have a great time!