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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
- Best Activity: One Lily Press 3 Bridal Shower Game Collection
- Best Decoration: Faisichocalato 3-Piece Rose Gold Banners
- Best Theme: Rustic Boho Chic Welcome Sign
- Best Snack: Popcorn Bar Burlap Banner
- Best Personal Touch: Seaside Sass Cutout Letters
- Best Favor: ModParty Personalized Soaps
- Best Invitations: Bliss Collection Coral Watercolor Invites With Envelopes
- Best Flower Holder: Lillian Rose Moss Teacup
- Best Tablescape: Ling’s Moment 16-Piece Paper Flowers, Lanterns and Garland
- Best Outfit: Ted Baker London Reyyne Bow Detail Sleeveless Stretch Dress
- Best Thank You Notes: Diggibudha Set of 24 Cards
- Best Cake Topper: AntoArts Rustic Gold Pip Berry Heart Wreath
- Best Cocktail: Mini Champagne Bottles - Personalized Labels
- Best Photo Booth Prop: Creative Union Design DIY Printable PDF
Planning Your Bridal Shower
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
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.
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?
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!
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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