3+ Months Before
□ Create a bridal shower guest list. Get details like phone number, email addresses, and mailing addresses.
□ Set a date and time with bride-to-be
□ Set a budget for the shower
□ Decide the theme, what to do on the shower/party and where it will be held, how to get there, etc. Make reservations.
2 Months Before
□ Send a casual “Save The Date” email to guests.
□ Make or purchase invitations
□ Plan the details of the party, from decorations, menu, activities, suppliers, cake, etc. Reserve suppliers.
□ Buy gift for bride-to-be.
1 Month Before
□ Mail invitations.
□ Order tables and chairs, if needed.
□ Work on decorations, either by buying or creating them.
□ Start shopping for paper plates, cups, and other eating utensils.
□ Start shopping for game materials and prizes.
□ Purchase and wrap shower favors.
□ Create the party timeline of activities, which should include all tasks
before the shower (eg. Pick up balloons) and the actual program activities. Bridal showers usually take two hours, though bachelorette parties can last way longer than that.
□ Ask somebody (one of the guests, maybe?) to help you out with some of the tasks (eg. Taking pictures, pickup bride-to-be, etc) during the day of the shower
1-2 Weeks Before
□ Confirm reservations.
□ Confirm with suppliers regarding ordered items (balloons, cake)
□ Shop for food ingredients and drinks.
□ Start cleaning the house, if shower will be held there.
□ Call guests that haven’t RSVP’d. Finalize guest list.
□ If you delegated some tasks to other people, now’s the time to confirm that they’re still up to it.
□ Buy a guest book.
□ Make sure that cameras are working properly.
□ Prepare all printables needed for the shower program (name tag, papers for games/activities, etc)