Showering the Bride: Tips for Planning a Great Bridal Shower

Planning a bridal shower is a big task for anyone, but it can also be a fun one that allows you to give your friend or sister the ultimate gift: a memory to cherish forever. Before you begin setting up the event, though, there are a number of things you’ll want to keep in mind, not the least of which is how to keep everything organized. To help you in your planning, we’ve come up with this list of the top six things you need to remember when planning a bridal shower:

1. Order invites to complement her own – Most brides order invitation sets to match their wedding colors and style, and they may appreciate it if the invites for their bridal shower also stay within that tone. If possible, look at her save the date card and/or wedding invitation, and take cues from those. Any personal touch you can bring to the invites will help, whether it’s using the same font, colors, or even paper material. You may also want to consider ordering matching thank you cards for the bride to use after the shower.

2. Bring elements of her wedding design to the shower – If you can do so without giving away any surprise, find out what her colors and flowers are and try to find decorations that match that scheme. In addition, consider using the same type of flowers that she plans to have at her wedding to create a seamless flow between that and the “big day.”

3. The bride will need room to open gifts – When setting up the room, make sure there is a special spot for the bride to open her presents. Make sure that the gifts are set up somewhere nearby, and that there is somewhere to store the opened gifts until after the shower.

4. There will be a range of attendees – While any bride to be wants to have a fun shower, they also want to make sure all the guests are comfortable. Plan family-friendly games and save the racier ones for the bachelorette party.

5. Family members may want input on the guest list – While the event may be centered on the bride-to-be, it’s also a big deal for her close family. Consider asking her mother and mother-in-law if they have one or two guests they would like to bring. Not only will this allow them to share this special time with their friends, who may have seen the bride grow up, but it will also show them that you appreciate their special status. You’ll also want to finalize the guest list with the help of the other bridesmaids to ensure there isn’t anyone you’ve inadvertently left out.

6. The gifts need transportation – The bride isn’t the only one who needs to get to and from the event. You’ll also want to make sure that you have enough vehicles to transport all the supplies to and from the event, as well as bring all the gifts home to the bride. Ask a few friends or family members if they’d be willing to bring serving dishes, food, or other supplies, and/or to drop off some gifts after the shower.

While there are countless variables to consider when planning a bridal shower, these six are a good place to start. Above all else, any bridal shower should be based on the taste and style of the bride herself; by considering those traits and making sure the theme is kept within them, you can be sure that everyone will have a good time, especially the bride.

Samantha Hunt works at eInvite.com, an online retailer of bridal shower invites, all-in-one wedding invitations, personalized stationery and other custom paper products.

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