If you’ve recently been asked to help plan a bridal shower, take a deep breath-we are here to help! Most likely you are excited, but the thought of planning a bridal shower can be both exciting and overwhelming, especially if you have never planned a shower before. Whatever the case, you want to make sure the celebration is special for the bride and enjoyable for her close friends and family that will be attending. We want to help you minimize the stress of planning a bridal shower because it really should be fun! Here are some tips and tricks for how to host a successful bridal shower and give the bride the special day she deserves!
One of the first items of business when hosting a bridal shower is to compile the guest list. This is something you should request from the bride and more than likely she will be able to pull names, phone numbers and addresses from the existing wedding guest list. Keep a copy of the shower guest list for yourself and include a place to keep track of the invitations sent out as well as those who have RSVP’d for the event. Remember that it is typically poor form to invite guests to the bridal shower who are not invited to the wedding, so make sure the bride is pulling from her existing wedding guest list so you don’t accidentally commit an invitation faux pas! You want to get a fairly accurate guest count because this will make planning easier and help you stick to your budget. Keep in mind that there are usually a few guests who show up that don’t RSVP. The more the merrier!
Now it’s time to pick a shower theme! Talk with the bride and get a feel for what she is envisioning for her bridal shower. Remember what she says and be sure to incorporate her desires and style. Be aware that every bride is different and while some might want to be involved in the planning process, others just want to be surprised with a stress-free celebration in their honor. When choosing the theme here are a few things to consider:
This is the first opportunity you have to reach out to the guests and really get them excited about attending the shower! The invitations for the bridal shower should be sent out 1-2 months prior to the event. The invitation should incorporate the theme and let the guests know what to expect. If the bride and groom have created a gift registry, you may want to include registry information in the invitation as well.
Planning a bridal show is no easy task and we would not recommend trying to do it entirely on your own! Decide which elements you prefer to do by yourself and when it would be better to enlist help from others. Don’t be afraid to involve other bridesmaids or family members who are willing to help by divvying up food assignments, shower games, parking and greeting guests, shower favors, decorations or prizes for game winners. If you don’t feel comfortable speaking in front of a group, ask someone the bride knows well to be the MC. Choose someone who is outgoing and can keep the flow of the event moving. Use a bridal shower checklist like the one below to keep track of who is helping with what when things need to be done.
FUN & GAMES
Quick games and activities are a great way to entertain guests. Be mindful of your audience and plan activities that will be appropriate and keep them engaged. Set a designated amount of time for each game and don’t allow them to drag on. Last but not least, don’t forget the prizes! Everyone likes to get prizes no matter how big or small those prizes might be. Below we’ve included some suggestions for fun bridal shower games.