If you're planning a wedding or bridal shower, the task can be exciting but also a bit stressful and daunting if not properly prepared and organized. In order to ensure that the bride's big day is successful and everything she has dreamt that it should be, follow these guidelines and and the wedding shower will be a big hit for all of those involved.
Theme ~ Every occasion needs a theme and this one is no different. The bride to be is the guest of honor so choose a theme that would resonate with her and is something she will remember forever. When choosing a theme for this party, consider the bride's favorite food, drinks and personal style. If the bride has always dreamt of a luxury vacation to Paris, then incorporate all that the City of Lights has to offer such as French themed food, drinks, favors, flowers, beauty and fashion into the plans. Details are everything!
Ask for help ~ There is normally one person who is deemed the shower hostess, most often the Maid of Honor, however, that doesn't mean this person should be working alone. Planning this special occasion requires not only a lot of planning but also lots of work in order to be successful. Feel free to enlist the help of bridesmaids, co-workers and friends of the bride. Not only will this cut down on the costs and keep the event within a reasonable budget but by delegating tasks the sanity of the hostess will remain in tact!
Invitations ~ Traditionally, a wedding or bridal shower includes an all female guest list but a more modern bride may choose to have a couples shower instead. Consider who else may be throwing a shower such as co-workers and also ask the bride if she would prefer an intimate event with just her close friends, a large gathering with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, or a couples shower that includes everyone and their significant others. Don't be afraid to think outside the box and plan something that everyone will be content with and remember that it is proper etiquette to send an invitation to the bridesmaids as well.
When it comes to the actual invitation, no matter if they are professionally printed or printed at home, mailed invitations are a must. Emailing an invitation to guests is a big no-no. Another invite don't is never invite anyone to the shower who is not invited to the wedding. Consult with the bride to ensure that the guest list is appropriate and that no one is left out.
Shower Gifts ~ The shower invitation should always include registry information. By including where the couple is registered you are ensuring that they receive the items that they really want. Not everyone will make a purchase from the designated registries but it's a great resource for those who would like to do so.
Shower Games ~ There are countless bridal shower games and some that have been around for years but for something a bit more personal, don't be afraid to incorporate something new! The Internet is full of creative and fun games to play and when in doubt don't be afraid to consult with those closest to the bride and groom for ideas. It's also fun to come up prizes that are not only cute but also useful for the winners of the games. Keep the games to no more than two or three in order to leave time for a bit of socializing and to not over do it.
No matter what type of shower is planned, ultimately the goal is to make the day special for the guest of honor. As long as the day is kept with that in mind, it should go off without a hitch!