Planning a bridal shower? Let us fill you in with our bridal shower plan ideas
The Maid-of-Honor is the best candidate to host a bridal shower or bachelorette party. If the maid-of-honor cannot do so for some reason or another, a close friend of the bride will do as well.
Though it may seem fun to host a surprise party, more maid-of-honors and friends are opting not do so, since they want bride-to-be's two cents about the party details. But if you find the idea of a surprise party intriguing, be sure to consult the groom and the bride-to-be's mother for details like who should be invited to the shower and the like.
The bridal shower or bachelorette party should happen 1-2 months before the wedding.
Shower Timeline and Checklist
Creating a schedule and setting the milestones will come next. The good news is, you don’t have to create one yourself, since we have a standard checklist right here for you to print. Depending on your needs, you might want to customize it a bit before you print, since one or two might not apply in your case. Here’s our bridal shower checklist, which you can also use for a bachelorette party.
If you read the checklist, it starts with creating a guest list, where the number is usually at most 20. This would keep the occasion intimate for the bride-to-be and her guests. Make sure that you get bride-to-be’s two cents on who should appear on that precious guest list!
Now, for the shower theme.
If you're throwing a bridal shower and bride-to-be prefers to receive different stuff that she and her soon-to-be hubby can use, then an Around the Clock shower theme seems like a good candidate.
For bachelorette parties, the theme will dictate what will be the main activity of your party. If you decided on a Spa Party, it means you and your guests will treat bride-to-be to anything related to beauty and relaxation. Having trouble what theme to choose? Our bridal shower theme ideas will definitely help
Location, Location, Location
When choosing a location on where to hold the bridal shower or bachelorette party, here are some points that one should consider:
Cost – if in a restaurant or other places, this will definitely be bigger than when held in someone’s house, though you will no longer worry about tables and chairs in the former.
Food and drinks – if in a restaurant, this will most likely come with the package. Make sure that they make the right food type and taste that you prefer. If in someone’s house, you have to worry about this separately.
Decorations – if in a restaurant or other places, make sure that you could indeed do some decorating. Please check when this could be done. In someone’s home, setup a schedule with the owner on when you could start decorating (you must absolutely check our bridal shower decoration ideas!).
Accessibility – how easy or difficult is it for your guests to reach the place?
Room size – in a restaurant, make sure that you are indeed allowed to perform shower activities, since there will definitely be loud music and voices. Also make sure that you have enough size so as not to cramp your guests.
Because of the above considerations, most bridal shower throwers would rather hold their showers in someone’s home. Bachelorette parties can also be held in someone's house. However, many party throwers take this outside, especially if the party activities demands it.
The invitation plays a big role on this occasion. Aside from informing your guests that a shower is being thrown for bride-to-be, this is your main way of communicating what type of shower or party could your guests look forward to, what to wear, what to bring, etc. Our MUST-SEE bridal shower cards are for first time and expert throwers alike!
Food and Drinks
Who says your theme should only be seen around the room where your shower is being held? If you check our theme-based bridal shower menu, your guests will find out that they’re not just surrounded by your theme, it will even be part of the menu!
What Happens in a Shower?
Greet guests – as your guests arrive, make sure that they know somebody in the room, so introduce them to other people. Happy guests is one of the major ingredients of an AMAZING bridal shower. Don’t forget to ask them to sign your guest book!
Serve appetizers – as the guests trickle in, you could start serving them appetizers while they chat with other guests.
Games and activities – When most of the guests have arrived, you could start with the ice breakers and the different activities you prepared. Still clueless what to do? Our FUNtastic bridal shower game ideas and games for bachelorette parties will definitely throw a different twist to your guests’ party experience!
Eating time! – After that FUNtastic activity, it’s now time to sit down, relax a bit, and eat. Watch your guests enjoy great tasting food, which showcase your theme in every bite!
Opening of gifts – Once all of your guests are settled with their food, bride-to-be can start opening gifts. If chatting kinda stopped while this is going on, relax. Everyone is just so interested with what bride-to-be’s reaction to each gift she opens, and be sure to expect some oohhs and aaahhs as she open your gifts.
After the gift-opening – Some guests will usually stay up and do more chatting, while others may see this as time to depart. Either way, bride-to-be needs to be able to say goodbye to those leaving (now's the time to give your guests their bridal shower favor), and at the same time, chat with her remaining guests.
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