Basic Tips for Planning a Bridal Shower

The bridal shower is a time for the bride and her family and friends to relax before the wedding day. Here are some of the basic things you need to know when planning a bridal shower.

The bridal shower is ty≠pically held within 2 months of the wedding day but no later than 2 weeks before the wedding. Traditio≠nally, it is one the maid of honorís responsibilities to plan the bridal shower, but it is ok for the brideís sister, aunt, or other close friend to plan it instead.

1. Create a guest list: You should invite people to the bridal shower that the bride would want there. If you are having a hard time creating a guest list you can ask the brideís family or friends who they think should be invited. Just remember one thing! Do not invite anyone to the bridal shower that is not invited to the wedding.

2. Choose a location: Now that you have figured out who you are going to invite to the bridal shower, you need to decide where you want to host it at. You can host a bridal shower at a number of locations such as the maid of honorís house, the brideís house, a restaurant, or even a neighborhood clubhouse. Just make sure to check with the bride and her family on their availability for the bridal shower.

3. Create a theme: Nothing creates a better bridal shower than a creative bridal shower theme. Once you have picked a theme, you can buy decorations. Decorations will make the bridal shower more special for the bride. Now that you have a theme, it might be easier to decide on a location. Check out our article on bridal shower theme ideas if you need some help coming up with a theme.

4. Food: Typically finger foods and appetizers are served at bridal showers along with some cookies or fresh fruit. You can offer some punch, sodas, or wine to drink if you would like. You do not have to do anything too fancy. Buying food for so many people can be expensive so you could ask other members of the bridal party to bring food.

5. Bridal Shower Games. Games are a great way to keep people entertained at your bridal shower. Here are some ideas for some bridal shower games.

6. Bridal Shower Favors. It is traditional to give each guest who attends a bridal shower favor in order to show your appreciation. The favors do not have to be anything elaborate, but if you have the finances, it is acceptable to give out more expensive bridal shower favors.