Bridal Shower Tips
The planning process can also be a hectic time for the bride’s closest friends as they not only have the wedding to plan for, but they’re most likely going to be planning a bridal shower for the happy couple too. If you are going to be involved in a wedding (or more) within the next year, then you will probably be involved in the bridal shower planning also. Below are some bridal shower tips to help you organize the perfect event!
1. Get the Guest List – Before you are able to actively start planning a bridal shower, you will need the bride to provide you with a guest list that includes everyone she wants to invite. This is an important first step because everything required in the planning of a bridal shower will ultimately be determined based on the number of people projected to attend. You should get a guest list from the bride at least four to five months before the wedding date.
2. Choose the Location – The next thing you need to do is find a location that will comfortably accommodate the total number of guests on the guest list. Once you begin looking at various venues to host the bridal shower, you need to take into consideration where the majority of the guests will be coming from and pick a location that is convenient for most of the guests. This will be critical in insuring the shower has a good turnout.
3. Gather Additional Hostesses – Hosting a bridal shower can be stressful, time consuming and expensive if you are doing it all on your own. Help minimize all of these issues by talking to other close friends and family members of the bride and gather more hostesses. Ask the brides sisters, future sister-in-law(s) and other close friends and/or relatives to help out. More than likely these people would love to help, they just don’t know how. Once you have at least 5 hostesses, you’ll be able to get much of the planning done quickly and keep the costs down, which will also reduce your stress level.
4. Send Out the Invitations – You need to get the invitations sent out at least 3 weeks before the bridal shower to give guests enough time to plan for the event and to purchase a gift. Invitations do not have to be expensive in order to look nice. In fact, you can find many pre-made invitations where all you have to do is create the text and font style you want and print them from home for a very affordable price.
5. Keep the Food Simple – When it comes to the food at the bridal shower, there is no need to get all fancy with it. You can keep it simple and affordable while still maintaining a very nice/formal bridal shower. Consider limiting to the food at the bridal shower to a cake, fruit tray and meat and cheese tray. As for the drinks, having an alcohol-spiked punch is fine (unless the bride is expecting or has an objection to it), but you should also have non-alcoholic beverages present too in order to accommodate all of your guests.