Showers of good wishes!
Hosting a bridal shower is a wonderful way to celebrate the beautiful bride-to-be, and is also a great opportunity for wedding guests to mingle and get to know each other. Typically, the Maid of Honour, along with the bridesmaid’s plan and organize the event. In order to host a stress-free and enjoyable shower, we created a checklist for bridesmaid’s to ensure the day is a magical and memorable occasion the bride will love.
Bridal Shower Checklist:
- Date/Time/Location: Before the planning begins, confirm with the bride, her mother and future mother-in-law they are available. Showers are usually hosted2-4 months in advance of the wedding, and can range from a champagne brunch, an afternoon tea, a sit down dinner, or cocktail party.
- Hostess Tasks: Divide up tasks amongst bridesmaids and key family members, such as the bride’s favourite aunt.Organizing a shower is easier if more are involved to help plan and share the costs.
- Guest List: Only invite guests to the bridal shower who are invited to the wedding.
- Invitations: Although evites are faster and cheaper, sending paper invitations in the mail is still the traditional method, besides who doesn’t love to get actual mail? The invitations should be sent approximately one month prior, and should reflect the theme or group activity of the shower if there is one.
- Theme/Décor: Think about the bride’s personality, style and interests here. Is she a glamorous girly-girl? A world traveller? A country gal? A craft chick? A beach babe? These amazing bridesmaids in Arkansas hosted an adorable and unique F.R.I.E.N.D.S. themed shower “episode” they called, “The one Where Stephanie gets Married,” complete with TV show trivia and a Central Perk coffee shop!
- Food and Drink: Serve guests some tasty treats consistent with the theme of the shower, and with enough variety to accommodate guests who may be vegetarians or have gluten allergies. A signature cocktail or mimosa bar is a creative way to mark the special occasion; be sure to offer guests a fancy “mocktail” too!
- Games and Activities: A light and lively game or activity is an excellent way to get people mixing and chatting before opening gifts. The game should not embarrass the bride or go on too long and bore the guests. Guided group activities such as: cookie decorating, flower arranging, wine tasting or cocktail making are become more popular for bridal showers today.
- Gifts: If the bride has registered for wedding presents, include the store and registry number on a separate card to include with the invitation. While opening the gifts, the Maid of Honor or one of the bridesmaids can assist the bride by writing the gift received on back of the card, making the bride’s thank you card writing easier. Save those pretty ribbons and bows to make a goofy veil or silly bouquet the bride can take to her rehearsal!
- Photos: Designate a photographer to capture the memorable moments or create a unique hashtag so guests can share on Instagram. Make a simple, but elegant backdrop for photos by covering an area of the wall in pompom flowers or balloons.
- Fantastic favours: Show guests how much you appreciate them with a small token that either matches the theme or is something the bride loves and would enjoy. Nail polish, sweets, loose tea, body wash, candles, flower seeds, homemade jam, the options are endless!
For more bridal party inspiration, take a look at what the Hacienda Sarria team did for a fellow co-workers bridal shower!