There’s nothing quite like a bride’s wedding day, but often it’s the special events leading up to the big day that help pave the way for all the excitement. Whether you’re throwing a bridal shower for a friend, sister, daughter, niece or granddaughter, you want the event to truly leave the guest of honor feeling showered with love. Luckily, we have a few ideas.
5 Tips for a Beautiful Bridal Shower
1. Prioritize the Bride’s Wishes
If the guest of honor doesn’t like the traditional bridal shower games (think toilet paper wedding dresses), don’t be afraid to skip them. Similarly, plan your menu with the bride’s tastes in mind. Remember, even if a detail sounds like something you would love, you want to make sure you’re planning a shower that reflects the bride’s personality. The best way to do that? Ask the bride what she wants.
2. Buck Tradition
Co-ed bridal showers have become more popular in the last few years, so consider going the nontraditional route and making it an all-sexes affair. There’s no rule that says a bridal shower can’t also be a fun family cookout or pool party if that’s what the couple wants.
3. Pick a Theme
While a theme is not entirely necessary to the success of your shower, it can help bring a sense of cohesion to your plans and decorations. Think of a theme that complements the couple’s interests or their wedding plans. For instance, if they love to cook, ask each guest to bring their favorite recipe and the dry ingredients to prepare it. Or, if the couple is headed off on a destination honeymoon, embrace a tropical theme by decorating with potted orchids and providing flowered leis for guests to wear.
4. Get Creative With Food
There’s nothing like a killer menu to make a bridal shower an event to remember. Choosing what food to serve is also a great way to execute your theme. For instance, if the bride loves Mexican food, consider throwing a fiesta-themed shower. Or plan a brunch shower and surprise guests with a pancake bar and mimosas.
5. Make the Guests Feel Special
Of course a bridal shower is all about the bride, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still show your appreciation for your guests with a thoughtful favor. Try to think of something your guests could actually use and will be excited to take home with them — like a small jar of local jam. Favors are also another way to put your theme to work. For example, if you’ve planned a tropical shower as suggested above, you can send each of your guests home with their own personal mini orchid.
Above all, remember to relax and have a good time. Hosting can be stressful, but the joy on the bride’s face will make it all worthwhile.