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Best Bridal Shower Ideas

Best Bridal Shower Ideas
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So, you’re planning a bridal shower? And, it’s kind of stressful right? Because there are so many details to arrange, from where you’ll host the event, to whether you need to invite the bride’s mother-in-law’s neighbor’s sister, to… sigh. But deep breath. We are here to help guide you through the process of planning a shower that the bride in your life will be gushing about as much as when she first met her Prince Charming. We know you want this bridal shower to be perfect, from the decor, to the munchies, to the favors. So we scoped out the latest trends in bridal showers to create this list of the best ideas and the items you’ll need to pull them off. Just sit back, relax, grab a little (or a lot of) champagne, and peruse our top 15 best bridal shower ideas, including themes, invitations, thank you notes and personal touches the bride is going to adore.

 

 

Best Bridal Shower Ideas in 2019

 

 

 

Planning Your Bridal Shower

 

Tips:

A bridal shower is typically held in the few months leading up to the wedding, but exactly when to plan the event will have a lot to do with the bride’s availability given her busy planning schedule. Chat with her to find out what her vision is for the event so you can get on the same page. You’d hate to plan a brunch indoors if she’d hoped for an evening sunset soiree. Next up is determining the guest list so you know where you can hold the shower. Because 70 people just aren’t going to fit onto your back patio. Once you have a date, place and the guest list firmed up, it’s time to consider a theme. Read on for ideas, and then buckle up! With the help of this guide, the bride is going to be bowled over by your attention to detail.

 

 

How to Plan a Bridal Shower

 

Cost:

Planning a bridal shower can get expensive. That’s why it may be a good idea to co-host, so you share the costs with the bride’s other friends or family members. But if you’ll be planning solo, you don’t have to break the bank to hold an unforgettable event. Small thoughtful touches like making sure to include the bride’s favorite foods, and personalizing the theme to her tastes will go a long way in making her feel loved and special. We have included a ton of low-cost ideas to help you host a shower the bride will be enthusing over up until the wedding.

 

 

Theme:

Mexican fiesta! Brunch buffet! Champagne bar! Pampering party! There are so many themes to choose from, it may be hard to settle on just one. Think about what the bride enjoys as a starting point. Is she addicted to facials? Does she scarf down sushi at every opportunity? Is she all about a certain TV show? Nothing’s off limits when it comes to picking a bridal shower theme. Stranger Things shower anyone?

 

 

Timeline:

Securing a venue should be agenda item no. 1 when planning a shower. We love the idea of hosting an intimate soiree at someone’s home and incorporating a lot of personal touches. But if you plan to shower the bride at a restaurant or other private space, be sure to contact them at least two months out, and maybe sooner if it’s a hot spot. Like most events, invitations should go out to guests about six to eight weeks prior. You’ll want to make decisions about food and flowers as far in advance as possible, especially if you plan to use outside vendors. Ordering items like decor and favors online is another task never to leave for the last minute, if for no other reason than you won’t have to pay expedited shipping costs, or deal with the stress of still having items on your to-do list. We know there’s a lot to consider when planning a shower; just keep on consistently checking off tasks, and you’ll be OK!

  

 

Other Considerations

Planning a bridal shower should be fun! Ultimately, this party is a way to show a friend or family member how excited you are to celebrate her having found her person. So don’t stress too much. In the end, the bride is going to be beyond grateful that you put so much thought into planning a shower just for her.

 

 

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Best Activity

One Lily Press 3 Bridal Shower Game Collection

Price: $17.00See Reviews

Three fun games for the price of one? Yes please! And these activities look like they were personalized and printed just for the bride. Sure to be crowd pleasers, you’ll play “He Said, She Said,” which may stump guests as to who asked who out first, or who is the better cook. Then, LOL at “How Well Do You Know the Bride?” with questions about her preferences on food, vacations, and clothes. Finally, there’s a silly “What’s on Your Phone?” game, the results of which may surprise you. Set the games at each place setting and let guests leisurely fill out the forms during their meal, then collect at the end for a tally. Prizes for winners is optional, but recommended!

Specifications:
50 games each
8.5 inches x 5.5 inches

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Having all three of these together made my life a whole lot less stressful. They all go together perfectly and save me the aggravation of looking for other games. They are simple and sweet and the print and paper are good quality. I couldn't be happier! Thank you. These card games made hosting a bridal shower extremely easy. I usually hate games at showers but with this you can make them go as fast or as slow as you would like.”

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Best Decoration

Faisichocalato 3-Piece Rose Gold Banners

Price: $13.00See Reviews

“Miss to Mrs.,” “Sip, sip, hooray,” and “She said yaaas.” Can you think of three better sentiments to declare at your upcoming bridal shower? And you seriously won’t find a better price on trendy, rose gold and glittery banners that add a fun, of-the-moment touch to your decor. Attached ribbon and needles make stringing and hanging fast and easy so you can turn your attention to other, more pressing matters. Like who is eating all the cupcakes before the guests have even arrived?

Specifications:
3 banners, each bagged separately
1- 78 inches, 2 - 98 inches long
5.5 - 8.5 inches in height
Also available in gold

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“I loved these signs for a bridal shower I hosted. They are a wonderful pink color and very sparkly! The sparkles do not shed, which is great, and they come with a very long string so they have the potential to be very long. They have to be assembled but they come with a cute pink plastic needle to help you thread it through very quickly! These banners were the perfect touch for my sister’s bridal shower. I wanted to love these banners but it was more of a headache to put them together. Each came in separate bags and you had to punch out the string holes and figure out which order the letters went in.”

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Best Theme

Rustic Boho Chic Welcome Sign

Price: $16.00See Reviews

Rustic is a big trend for bridal shower decor. It’ll be a piece of cake to order any accessories or elements online if you go this route, and to start, consider this rustic welcome sign. The high-gloss poster print looks just like a wooden sign, and features your personalized message to the bride, and a countdown until the big day, alongside images of string lights and a mason jar of flowers. The bride will feel special from the moment she enters the shower, according to very-pleased reviewers.

Specifications:
36 x 24 inches
Can be printed and mounted on foam board
Easel is not included.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“It's not in a frame or anything yet but love how this came out! Not only did it come super fast (said it was going to arrive in about a week) and got here in three days, but the quality is very good! I can’t wait to frame it and make it a hit for the bridal shower. I love it. It's great quality, and the packaging was great. It arrived in perfect condition.”

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Best Snack

Popcorn Bar Burlap Banner

Price: $17.50

Popcorn bars are a big trend for bridal showers. And we aren’t complaining! Yum! Just set up toppings like the bride’s favorite candy, nuts, and salty snacks (and don’t forget the popcorn!), and instruct guests to customize their own take-home treats. We suggest filling rustic containers like small tin buckets, or mason jars with each treat, and decorating paper doggie bags with stickers and messages of thanks. Then, hang this two-tiered, festive, rustic, burlap “Popcorn Bar” banner, and take a bow.

Specifications:
Jute and twine
Small 4 x 5 inches high, 28 and 12 inches long
Medium 5 x 6.5 inches high, 35 and 15 inches long

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“We are beyond thrilled with the quality and beauty of our banner. We were also in a time crunch and was delivered much before we even needed it. Customer service is outstanding. This item arrived quickly and was perfect! It was packed so well the corners weren't even curled. It's beautifully handmade.”

5 of 14 Image Credits: Etsy

Best Personal Touch

Seaside Sass Cutout Letters

Price: $67.00

Want to knock her socks, er, heels off when she steps foot inside her dream bridal shower? These custom cut-out letters are a personal touch that will make the bride feel like the most special and loved girl ever. The elegant script letters are laser cut from baltic birch wood to spell out your personal message, such as, “Jen’s Bridal Shower.” The lightweight letters can then be hung with wire or 3M command strips against a background of your choice.

Specifications:
30 - 65 inches long
1/4 inch thick

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“It turned out just how I wanted it to. It's beautiful work! I received exactly what we discussed and what I was looking for.”

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Best Favor

ModParty Personalized Soaps

Price: $20.00

Gift guests with a useful, cute, and kitschy bar of soap with the label, “From Katie’s Shower to Yours.” Each mini soap is natural, infused with peppermint and sea salt, so, can we have one? Just note that some assembly is required; you’ll need to slip the individual soaps into bags and stick on the labels. But reviewers say the process is easy and worth it, and their guests were delighted.

Specifications:
Set of 15 soaps, clear bags, and labels
Label color can be customized
1-ounce
0.5 inches high x 2.75 inches long x 1.5 inches wide

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“These turned out really cute. They smell amazing, and putting them together was very easy! These were the perfect small favors for any occasion.”

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Best Invitations

Bliss Collection Coral Watercolor Invites With Envelopes

Price: $15.00See Reviews

Pretty hues of blush and green adorn these simple, elegant bridal shower invitations that are fully customizable with the deets about your event, upon receipt. Reviewers praise the romantic look of the watercolor design and say the quality exceeded their expectations. What an ideal way to make a first impression with guests who will soon gather to shower the bride.

Specifications:
25 invitations with envelopes
5 x 7 inches

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“It was just what I wanted for the bridal tea I have in mind! The paper stock was of excellent quality, too. Thank you so much. They are perfect for bridal shower decor that is soft blush. The backs are blank white to accommodate more information if necessary. I am very happy with this purchase.”

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Best Flower Holder

Lillian Rose Moss Teacup

Price: $17.00

Don’t just place flowers in any old vase. Adorn tabletops with this nature-inspired moss-covered teacup that adds a romantic, Boho touch to your bridal shower decor. This would be the perfect centerpiece for the dessert or gift table. Or, place one teacup stuffed with real or faux flowers on each guest table. It’s the little touches that make a shower truly special, and the bride is sure to fall in love with this enchanted moss flower holder you curated just for her.

Specifications:
8.25 inches x 7.5 inches x 4.25 inches

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“It's a very cute flower holder. I can't wait to fill it with real flowers for a special person to receive as a gift. It's a very cute idea, but I was very disappointed to find that the flowers shown in the picture do not actually come with this item.”

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Best Tablescape

Ling’s Moment 16-Piece Paper Flowers, Lanterns and Garland

Price: $20.00See Reviews

This highly-rated 16-piece set of romantic-hued paper lanterns, garland, and tissue paper flowers will make any table come alive. We love how this all-in-one kit comes with everything you need to set the perfect tablescape for your shower. The shades of pink, gold and cream go with any theme and other decorations. And reviewers say the set-up didn’t require several glasses of champagne to deal with!

Specifications:
9 pieces tissue paper flowers, varying sizes
1 circle garland, 6.5 feet
6 paper lanterns, 6, 8 and 10 inches

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“I loved the decorations. They came quickly and were easy to set up. They were a little smaller than what I thought from the picture. It's very pretty. There is assembly required, and some pieces were challenging, requiring some patience to fluff them, but once done, they were lovely.”

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Best Outfit

Ted Baker London Reyyne Bow Detail Sleeveless Stretch Dress

Price: $349.00

This is the quintessential bridal shower dress. It’s white, floral, and twirly. Need we say more? OK, we will. It also features a dainty bow at the waistline, and wearers say the fit is flattering and feminine. Perfect for a garden party or bridal brunch, this is one dress you can rewear, too. Like on your honeymoon. Just pair the springy frock with ballet flats or strappy heels, and prepare for the compliments!

Specifications:
V-neck
Back zipper closure
Dry clean

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“It's a beautiful and comfortable dress. The lines are just right! I love this dress and would highly recommend it if you're looking for class, beauty and style! This dress is beautiful. It has a very flattering design and is very feminine.”

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Best Thank You Notes

Diggibudha Set of 24 Cards

Price: $17.00See Reviews

Going back to the rustic theme, these thank you notes look on-trend, pretty and upscale. Rich blooms of cream-hued florals, greenery, and graceful script pop against the burlap background. You get six different designs that will make guests feel all warm and fuzzy that you remembered the oft-forgotten art of saying “thank you.” We love how the cards are blank inside so you can share your personal thoughts of gratitude.

Specifications:
Set of 24 cards with envelopes
5.5 x 4.25 inches

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“It's a great quality for the price. I like that the cards were packed flat for easier shipping and to prevent damage to the corners. The envelopes are a little thin, but that seems fair for the price. The image is nice and crisp. The flowers stand out from the textured background. It's sturdy and not too thin. They are pretty cards.”

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Best Cake Topper

AntoArts Rustic Gold Pip Berry Heart Wreath

Price: $25.00See Reviews

Knock it out of the park with this rustic, handmade cake topper reviewers are praising for its unique design and quality execution. This sweet heart to celebrate sweethearts is made out of gold pip berry branches and adds a perfect sentiment of love to this special occasion. Any bride will beam upon seeing the original touch added to a yummy confection honoring her upcoming nuptials. Um, can we have a taste?

Specifications:
Fits 6 inch cake tier
6 x 6 inches

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“It's a beautiful design and well-crafted. It's beautiful and simple!”

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Best Cocktail

Mini Champagne Bottles - Personalized Labels

Price: $73.00

Sip, sip, hooray indeed! Raise a mini bottle of champagne to the bride-to-be, labeled with a personal message of love. Customize details such as the bride’s name, and the date of her special day. Your guests will adore the whimsical floral background of the labels. And the bride will fizz with glee over your thoughtfulness. If she stops sipping her champagne long enough to tell you, that is.

Specifications:
6 - 100 labels
2 inches tall x 3.5 inches wide

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“It's the perfect sizing! It looks exactly how they look online and shipped on time. I loved these. They are the perfect item, and the seller was great. I will buy again for the next mimosa bar. Thank you for your product, which made this weekend just that much more special.”

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Best Photo Booth Prop

Creative Union Design DIY Printable PDF

Price: $10.00

Every bridal shower needs a photo booth, duh! This five-star rated Etsy prop frame is elegant and sweet, and adds the perfect amount of whimsy and romance to any bridal shower. Just note that you’ll need to download, print and assemble the customizable frame, but for the price, it’s worth it! And don’t worry; users say the process in easier than deciding whether to hit the mimosa bar or the popcorn station first.

Specifications:
24 x 36 inches

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This was a beautiful prop for photos. We loved it! It turned out beautiful. These are easy to print and use. There was a fast turnaround time. This was absolutely perfect for my future daughter-in-law's wedding shower. Everyone loved it! I would highly recommend it.”