How to Plan a Bridal Shower

Bridal showers are a fun tradition that not only allow the family and friends of the bride to celebrate before the party but to also provide the supplies and financial assistance that help make sure that the wedding itself can occur. Bridal showers are usually thrown by either a family member, a friend, or the bridal party. If you are the one chosen to plan the shower, here are some steps that will help you throw an amazing and memorable bridal shower.

1. Decide if the Bridal Shower is a Surprise or Not

This is one of the most important steps, as it will determine how you conduct the rest of the planning. If the bridal shower is a surprise, you will have to do everything on your phone, even the tricky steps like choosing the guest list, while keeping the surprise. If the bride knows about the bridal shower, then it will be easier. She will be able to help plan and coordinate all of the events and supplies.

2. Pick a Date

It’s important to plan the bridal shower anywhere from two weeks to two months before the wedding. You’ll also need to consider the schedules of both the bride and the bridal party. Picking a date far in advanced will also make reservations much easier.

3. Choose a Theme

The theme should encompass the bride’s personality as well as the theme of the wedding if it has already been chosen. This can be anything from tropical to rustic to elegant.

4. Write Out the Guest List

This is where it is handy if the bride knows about the bridal shower. Invite everyone that you wish to attend, and, after everything else is set, you can send the invitations.

5. Choose the Location

Once you have a theme and the guest list planned, you can choose a venue that will fit perfectly. Make sure to consider the formality of the shower, as well as the amount of people. A large, formal guest list wouldn’t work well in an intimate, quiet sitting. Also consider the theme. A tropical bridal shower wouldn’t go with an elegant garden. Once you have picked a location, make sure to set up a reservation immediately.

6. Send Out the Invitations

Once the date and place are set, purchase cards and either fill them out yourself or hire a professional calligrapher. Then, send them to everyone on your guest list.

7. Choose the Decorations

This step is sometimes easier for an official planner, but you can also do it yourself if you’re on a budget. Pick decorations – centerpieces, banners, flowers, and other things like that – that represent both your theme and location well.

8. Plan the Shower Itself

Once you have all of the formalities such as the setting and theme planned, the last thing you have to do is plan how the actual bridal shower itself will go. This includes important things such as the menu and activities. Hiring bridal professionals is the best way to go, as they are skilled in picking the perfect menu for your guests and budget.


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