How to Plan the Perfect Bridal Shower in 6 Steps
I’ve been waiting my entire life to plan my sister’s bridal shower. It’s no secret in our family that she has been waiting for her turn to walk down the aisle since forever. Now that her big day is almost here, it was finally time to throw the perfect bridal shower for my favorite (and only) big sister!
Pick your location before anything else. It can be tempting to start putting together the invite list first, but how can you really know how many people to invite before you know the capacity of your location? Choose where the shower will take place first and you won’t run into space issues later.
Select a date as early as possible and stick with it. At my sister’s age (26), a lot of her friends are getting married too and everyone has obligations far in advance. In order to achieve the maximum number of attendees for your bridal shower, it’s best to select the date as soon as possible and stick with it as to avoid confusion. This not only helps you stay organized, but helps guests plan other events with your shower date in mind.
Know who to invite. My sister and her future in-law family live in Kansas about seven hours away from my house, which is where my sister’s bridal shower was hosted. After a family friend offered to host a couple’s shower for her and her fiancé where they live, Aurora decided not to invite friends and family from Kansas so they didn’t feel obligated to drive seven hours for a two hour party. It may not work out this way for everyone; so if your bride isn’t having two showers or wants both families present, make sure to include all appropriate family members and friends, regardless of distance.
Once all of your major items are checked off the list, start to think logistics. Time, food, invitations and décor. I would recommend sitting down and talking with the bride about what her vision is for the shower and what you can do to keep it in line with her wedding theme. For example, my sister’s wedding will have a chic romantic vibe (think shades of light pink and a touch of lace, so we talked about her color scheme, the food she’d like and how to make the shower feel like it is simply an extension of the actual wedding.
Know the brides wants and needs. Outside of coordinating with her on the color scheme and food, find out if she is requesting specific gifts, maybe she’d rather not play bridal games or if her great grandmother might need special accommodations for her wheel chair. Simple things like this done right really show the bride you care and want her shower to be about her and make her feel special. You can also add memorable touches, like using the bride’s favorite flower throughout the décor or if she has a favorite candy, make little bags of it as favors. Little surprises are always noticed and appreciated.
Include a gift to the bride into the décor of the shower. I did something super simple, but it made my sister tear up when she saw it. On the food table, I put a 5x7 gold, matted frame with one of their engagements pictures in it, along a gold letter G for their last name. It looked great with the other décor and I know she really appreciated it.
Bridal showers are more than just hosting another gathering. They represent a special time for the bride to celebrate her engagement with the women in her life that she loves and cares about. Make sure you make it a day for her and her guests to remember!