A Bridal Shower - Step by Step
Are you ready to put together a fun, memorable
bridal shower? We've got everything you need right
to help you get organized.
From checklists to
guest lists, we will help you become the hostess
with the mostess. Our only advice? Set aside three
weeks for planning, sending invitations, and purchasing
Week 1: Organizing the Bridal Shower
Traditionally, a bridal shower takes place during
the day time, and brings family and friends from
all aspects of the bride-to-be's life together
in one place. So one main goal, is to break the
Here is a sample format you can follow for your
bridal shower that does just that:
- Welcome the guests
- An ice-breaker game or activity
- Serve food or have a buffet service
- Another game or activity
- Open gifts
- Serve cake
Of course, you can throw in some more games,
mix things up, leave things out, it's all up to
you! Here are some games to help you get your
creative juices flowing:
Bridal Shower Games
A fun selection of games for the bridal shower guests to play will break the ice and get everyone acquainted. Here's a quick selection of favorite bridal shower games.
Crunching the Numbers
Here are the 8 major costs you should budget
for when planning a bridal shower:
- Pictures and film developing
- Food and beverages
- Paper plates, cups, napkins, utensils, etc.
- Decorations: streamers, balloons, flowers,
- Games and prizes
Create the Guest List
Anyone on the wedding guest list can be included,
but if you need to shorten the list, invite close
family and friends that are in town - or just
Week 2: Invitations, Decorations and
Pick a Theme
A theme can serve as inspiration for decorations
and games, even the invitations, favors and nametags.
It makes planning and preparation simpler to have
one central theme.
Plan the Entertainment
As mentioned above, games are a great way
to get guests who may not know each other, to
interact. They're great ice-breakers and can really
set the mood for your bridal shower.
games for a two-hour shower are just right.
shower games should be the fun part of planning
your shower, so don't wait until the last minute
to think about them!
And what about party favors for the winners and
consolation prizes for the losers?
Now is the time to finalize the guest list
and get those invitations sent out! Invitations
to any bridal shower are the guests' first clue
to the theme of the bridal shower.
that reflect the theme, and don't forget to include
any special instructions or requests.
Or, design your own invitations with Free
wedding clip art or Wedding
Week 3: Final Details
Finalize the Menu and Go Shopping
Take a look at your theme and your plan,
and make a list of everything you need to buy.
Think about the food and beverages you're going
to serve, what you're going to serve it on, what
games are going to be played, party favors, decorations,
are you ready?
A tip on food: set the food up
at different spots around the room. Put the chips
on one side of the room and beverages on another.
This will encourage your guests to mingle.
If you have reservations, go ahead and confirm
them. Double-check to make sure you have enough
chairs, tables and dishes.
Designate a photographer to capture these
bridal shower moments for the bride. Set out disposable
cameras at the bridal shower for the guests to
snap "action shots" and then develop the film
for the bride-to-be.
Take a photo of each guest
with the bride-to-be as they leave, and include
the photo with each thank you note. Designate
a gift recorder to keep track of who brought what
gift, so the bride-to-be will have an easier time
writing thank you notes.
Day of Shower!
Now is the time to reap the rewards of all your
efforts! Greet the guests with a smil
Have fun and enjoy!