Are you ready to put together a fun, memorable bridal shower or a wild and crazy bachelorette bash? We've got every bit of info you need right here to help you get organized.
From checklists to guest lists, games and other entertainment to favors, we will help you become the hostess with the mostess. Our top advice?
Set aside three weeks for planning, sending invitations, and purchasing decorations and supplies.
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 ice.
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
Bridal Shower Games
A fun selection of games for the bridal shower guests to play will break the ice and get everyone acquainted. Of course, you can throw in some more games, mix things up, leave things out, it's all up to you!
Crunching the Numbers
Here are the 8 major costs you should budget for when planning a bridal shower:
- Food and beverages
- Paper plates, cups, napkins, utensils, etc.
- Decorations: streamers, balloons, flowers, banners, signs, etc.
- 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 the women.
Week 2: Invitations, Decorations and Entertainment
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 before, 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.
About three games for a two-hour shower are just right.
Bridal shower games should be the fun part of planning your shower, so don't wait until the last minute to think about them!
And don't forget unique party favors: little gifts 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.
Pick invitations that reflect the theme, and don't forget to include any special instructions or requests. You can find thousands of bridal shower invitations at Zazzle that you can customized in dozens of ways.
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. Or ask guests to use their phones to snap pictures and upload them to a designated private online album.
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.
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