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Best Bridal Shower Decorations on a Budget
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So you’ve got a bridal shower on your hands without the requisite funds? Then you, my dear, have been inducted into the hostess club. It’s a great place to be, but it requires style and budgetary savvy. Our best advice: Get a partner. There’s no need to foot the bill solo. Get another bridesmaid or family member of the bride to co-host. After that’s settled, celebrate the future Mrs. on the chic and cheap by choosing a theme that lends itself to good design. Among the ones we love: Lighthearted nautical (stylish stripes in jewel tones), Hawaiian (splashy flowers in saturated colors) or English high tea (floral motifs in pretty pastels). When making your budget, carefully choose each purchase. Find “decorations” that you already have and repurpose them. For example, decorate the bridal shower space with family photos of the bride. Who knew she played Lady Macbeth in community theater? You can bet it’s not her friends who’ve only recently arrived on the scene. In addition to functioning as decor, family photos engage the guests in conversation, so they’re a twofer.
Finding the Best Bridal Shower Decorations on a Budget
We stand firmly behind our advice to co-host. It’s a modern idea whose time has come. Take this idea a step further and choose your partner for the most synergistic result. For example, if you’re a licensed interior designer with an eye for style, then you can take the lead on the aesthetics while choosing a partner who’s a crackerjack at logistics. You want a partner who will split the bill with you as well as maximize your mutual strengths to get this shower done stylishly, on time and within budget.
How to Choose Bridal Shower Decorations on a Budget
For starters, you and your co-host should consult with the bride about the number of guests on the list. Ideally, you want to politely arrive at a number that is affordable for you and also ticks off the right social boxes for the bride. According to wedding etiquette, whoever you invite to the shower must get a wedding invitation, so this is something to keep firmly in mind.
Color and design are your friend. If you choose colors that work in harmony, they will carry the chic design to all of your decorations. A classic color palette for bridal showers it that for an English high tea. This translates to tones including robin egg blue, dusty rose, mint green and butter yellow. It’s a hard one to top, but in a more modern vein, we love the bright tones of a Hawaiian luau. Think hot pink, whisper pink, deep aqua and lemon yellow. It’s gorgeous.
Find motifs that look good when decorating the room. Any floral motif is a classic go-to for a shower, so there’s an array of splurge-versus-save items to create that look. For a more contemporary feel, we love the floral motifs of Rifle Paper Co., which are so vibrant and crisp, as well as the luxurious florals of Liberty of London prints. Creating a floral-themed shower is as easy as choosing your bloom.
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If you are lucky enough to have inherited your grandmother’s punch bowl and bone china service for 24, then by all means use that. But if you’re not (sniff, sniff, we’re not either), then find disposable dinnerware that stylishly incorporates gorgeous colors with good design. We love anything by Meri Meri and there are many stylish choices through Target’s Spritz party line and on Amazon
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