Wedding planning involves a few celebrations along the way. The bridal shower makes the list. This celebration is an opportunity to shower the bride with gifts and good wishes. We have a checklist with a few tips to help you plan the bridal shower.
Bridal Shower Tradition
The bridal shower is usually a daytime affair that brings close friends and family of the bride together to celebrate with food and games. Opening gifts and playing games are highlight moments. Traditionally, the maid of honor plans the bridal shower with the help of the bridesmaids. If someone other than the maid of honor is hosting the bridal shower, make sure others are aware to avoid two separate events. Unless this is a surprise, the bride is usually involved in some of the basic planning, such as the theme, date, location and activities. This event usually takes place a couple of months prior to the wedding to avoid holding too many events right before the wedding day.
Creating a Guest List
The guest list for the bridal shower is created by the bride. Just as with her wedding day, she gets to decide who attends. As a rule, you should never invite someone to the bridal shower that you are not inviting to the wedding. This does not mean you will be inviting everyone to the bridal shower that is invited to the wedding. A bridal shower is a much smaller event that is easier to manage. The guest list usually includes the bridal party, and close friends and family of the couple. If this is a surprise bridal shower, the maid of honor and mother of the bride can work together to form a guest list.
Bridal Shower Invitations
Bridal shower invitations do not need to be as formal as wedding invitations, but they are usually decorative. Make sure to include all the important details, such as the name of the bride, the date and time of the event, venue location, dress code, registry information and the names of the hosts. Invitations should be mailed approximately four to six weeks prior to the bridal shower. Do not forget to include a RSVP slip.
The Bridal Shower Venue
A bridal shower is usually much smaller than a wedding and does not require a large venue. It can be held at a private clubhouse, a wine tasting event, restaurant or a smaller venue. Make sure the venue and designs properly convey the theme. The bride usually takes part in choosing the location. The venue should always be convenient for the bride.
The Cost of a Bridal Shower
A bridal shower costs money, but does not need to be expensive. The maid of honor and the bridesmaids usually work together to create a budget. If the budget is tight, the bridal shower can take place in the home of a family member. Catering is an additional expense. Consider a cook and drop option to keep costs low. The bridesmaids could put on their culinary hats and each bring a dish to save even more. There are other expenses to consider, such as party favors, games, prizes and décor.
Bridal Shower Games
Games are the fun part of bridal showers. Traditional games include designing a wedding dress with toilet tissue, Mad Libs, Bingo, the wedding ring toss and bride and groom trivia. You can also let guests get crafty and create a recipe card or a decorative marriage advice card.
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