If your best friend is getting married and you are planning to make her wedding special, then organise a fun-filled and memorable bridal shower. You don’t need to be an event planner to throw an exciting bridal shower. Make the bride-to-be feel special with these tips about everything you need to know for bridal showers.
Talk to the bride
You may know your best friend inside out but you might not know what she wants for her bridal shower. If you haven’t had that discussion earlier, talk to her and find out what she wants. Does she want an all women gathering or she wants to invite her male friends too? Does she prefer an afternoon tea or a Saturday night soiree? Does she want a particular bridal shower theme? While most of the decisions will be up to you, make sure you plan according to her input.
Set a budget
We know you want the bridal shower to be perfect for your best friend but let’s be practical. You don’t want to end up investing all your savings on a party, even if your best friend means the world to you. Set a budget and abide by it. Do not invest in unnecessary things that you know your best friend doesn’t want.
You are responsible for this bridal shower but you can’t do everything on your own. Get your friends and bride’s siblings on board and assign tasks.
Set the date
A bridal shower may not be on the priority list of the bride’s relatives. They usually have different things going on everyday before the wedding. Therefore, you need to set the date for the bridal shower as per the convenience of the bride-to-be. Make sure she has the day to herself and is not stressed about running endless errands to her designer and spa. Ideally, shoot for a month or two before the wedding.
Pick a theme
A bridal shower can be anything, from a simple affair at your house with party props, desserts and gift to a beach party or camping. But what you need for a tea party is completely different from what you need for beach camping. You need to decide on the theme of your party as early as possible, in order to make bookings and reservations.
Finalise decisions about table linens, flowers, menu, decorations, music and activities. All of these things are important and it’s better to have them sorted before the event. Don’t be too fancy or you will end up investing a fortune on these things.
Decide the venue of the bridal shower and make reservations, if necessary. You need to do this at least a month before the shower, to be on the safe side.
Create a guest list and send invites
You should make a guest list and get it approved by the bride-to-be. You don’t want to invite someone she doesn’t like. Another important thing you must consider while making the guest list is that anyone you invite to the shower must also be invited to the wedding. Make sure everyone receives an invitation on time. You do not necessarily have to invest on invitation cards, a phone call or an email invite will do for you. Do not forget to inform the guests about the theme of the party.
Buy your gift
This party is not a gift. You need to get your best friend a shower gift. Do not be lazy in picking the shower gift. Be different, be unique but think about your friend’s needs.
When the day arrives, put on your party shoes and enjoy the day. Make sure your friend has the time of her life. You will be exhausted from all the preparations and will be emotional because your friend is getting married but do not let that stop you from having a ball on this day.
To make the bridal shower memorable and fun for the bride-to-be, you need to come up with something unique and exciting. Here’s a list of bachelorette party ideas that you must try:
Bridal shower by the beach are a common practice now. Go for beach camping with the bride-to-be and her favourite people. Plan it a month or so before the wedding, so the bride has enough time to get rid of the tan before the wedding day.
Plan a weekend get away or a road trip to an exciting location where the bride-to-be can de-stress from the havoc of wedding planning and preparations. Choose a place where you can indulge in fun activities like swimming, skiing, hiking or paragliding.
It never gets better than a slumber party with your friends. This is when you share your darkest, deepest desires and secrets. Eat junk, watch chick flicks and gossip your hearts out.
Go back to the 60’s
Plan a 60’s theme party and go back to the black and white era. From decorations and costumes to music and food – everything should reflect the golden age.
The bride-to-be has to run never-ending errands to shopping malls to get everything she needs for her wedding and after. Set a date, call up all her girl friends and head out on a shopping spree.
Arrange a spa day to pamper the bride-to-be. Invite all her favourite girls so that you can all relax together.