After getting engaged (congrats!), completing the first ten things you should do once you’re engaged, and picking your bridal party, it’s now probably the perfect time to start planning a bridal shower – or scratch that – it’s the perfect time to hand off that duty to the Queen B of your bridal party! But you may be asking yourself, where do we even start?!
We’re excited to have Brontë Bride Community Member and local Wedding Planner, Melissa from Melissa Dawn Event Designs, sharing her top tips on how to throw the ultimate bridal shower! A must read for those bridesmaids and maids of honour, working on planning their own bestie’s bridal shower. And if you’re looking for some bridal shower inspo, look no further than our inspiration archives and curated Pinterest Board!
Make the Guest List
First and foremost, make sure whoever is planning the shower has a list of the bride’s best friends and family members to invite and celebrate with you. It’s a good idea to have the bride help create this list.
Select The Venue
Selecting the venue for the shower is the first thing you need to do before anything else. This could be a private room in a restaurant, a wedding venue, or your backyard. Consider your guest list and how many people you need to accommodate.
Set The Tone (and the date!)
Next up, is inviting everyone on the guest list! If you’re planning a fancy affair, then the invitations should reflect that. Trying to go a little more casual? Keep the invitations fun and light. The invitations are the introduction into the event. You can use a paperless option such as Paperless Post, however we’re partial to a lovely printed suite.
Have A Little Fun
Bridal showers can often be overlooked or forgotten in favour of a bachelorette…we get it. But they don’t have to be a boring soiree with your aunts and grandmothers. Make it fun for everyone by planning a few bridal themed games, like wedding movie charades (The Wedding Planner anyone?), guess the celebrity couple, or guess the wedding tradition (aka: why do we wear rings on our left hand).
Treat Your Guests
Plan for a variety of appetizers and desserts for guests to enjoy. We always recommend tying the food into the theme. For example, if the wedding will have citrus and peach tones, then add those colours into the cookies, cupcakes, or donuts. Consider serving fresh lavender lemonade, lemon chicken bites, and peach cobbler to bring it all together.
Consider some entertainment
If you have the budget, we recommend hiring entertainment, such as a live trio to play for the soiree or bringing in a professional to teach everyone how to make their own floral arrangement. Doing something unique and interactive will have guests talking for months after the event.
Make A Lasting Impression
You should never let your guests leave empty handed. Send them home with cute custom labeled candles, a petite box full of gifts, or even the floral arrangement they created paired with mini bottles of champagne. Just as you set the tone with the invitations, you want to leave them with a lasting impression of the day!
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Bubbly Inspiration from This Bridal Shower at The Brownstone
on the blog!
All Vendors: Planning & Co-Styling: Melissa Dawn Event Designs // Creative Direction & Co-Styling: Rebekah Brontë Designs // Venue: The Brownstone // Photographer: Meg Seitz Photography // Floral Design: Hen & Chicks // Cake: Black Dog Bakery // Wine & Beverages: Bask Wine // Decorations & Straws: Dixie & Twine // Models: Mode Models International // Tshirts: Wild Flower Moon Co. // Customized Glassware: The Crafty Brunette Co
Tips from the Pros
Melissa Dawn Event Designs
Melissa Dawn Event Designs specializes in designing & styling highly customized weddings and events for the modern day romantic because we believe everyone deserves to celebrate in style.