Sometimes it's nice when you're caught up in planning a wedding to simply sit back and enjoy the festivities. Thankfully, a bridal shower is a celebration that the bride shouldn't have to lift a single diamond-topped finger to organize! A perfect opportunity to spend time with friends and family, bridal showers are all about the upcoming ceremony, a cute outfit, some tasty food and an ice breaker or two – without a to-do list or appointment in sight. This inspiration shoot, with its DIY décor, cozy brunch finger foods and modern spin on shower games, illustrates a sweet way to pour a little extra love on a busy bride-to-be. Whether you're the bride passing ideas on to your shower planner or the friend or relative helping organize the entire fete, here are a few bits of advice to consider.
It's tradition for a friend or relative to offer to host the bridal shower. Contrary to popular belief, the responsibility of planning this party does not fall solely on the shoulders of the maid of honor or bridesmaids. However, it is still considered a faux pas for a bride or engaged couple to throw their own shower.
It's okay to have more than one shower, altough different guests should be invited to each. Close family and members of the wedding party are the only people who should be invited to more than one bridal shower, and guests who are invited to multiple showers should only bring a gift to the first one they attend.
Only invite people who are invited to the wedding. If you're planning a shower and aren't sure about the guest list, feel free to consult the bride. If there's only one shower planned it is a good idea to include future in-laws as well as friends or family who live further away, even if they won't be able to attend. It's the thought that counts.
Registry information can be included with, but not on, the shower invitation. Remember that a registry list is simply a suggestion, and that ultimately the choice of gift lies with the gift giver.
Couples' showers are an increasingly popular trend and a fun way to include the groom and his friends or family. Try picking a theme that reflects the couple as a whole - like cooking, traveling or the great outdoors - when planning this type of shower.
Pass around these printables for a fun game to see which guest knows the happy couple best! The rules are simple: simply identify who each question better fits, then see who in the group answered the most questions correctly.
Less of a game and more of a playful brainstorming session, this bridal shower activity provides the bride-to-be with romantic inspiration galore. First, each participant should pick a popsicle stick and write down a date idea – practical, budget-friendly or over-the-moon. Then, place all of the popsicle sticks in a jar or container. Last, send them home with the bride-to-be drawn randomly when the newlyweds are planning date night.