Each year an average of 2.4 million weddings are performed in the United States, and the vast majority of those ceremonies are preceded by bridal showers. Bridal showers are one of the most important parts of the marriage process. It’s a special time when the bride-to-be receives gifts for the home, herself, and gets to spend a little time with her closest girlfriend.
While attending a bridal shower is usually a lot of fun, planning the event is usually a little stressful. However, there are things that can be done to make the event successful. Let’s take a look at four things you can do to plan the perfect bridal shower.
Get the Bride Involved
Just like a bride likely has her dream reception hall venue, she might also have her dream bridal shower venue. Ask the bride if there is a specific place she wants to spend her special day. If she has a list of event venues, have her narrow it down to two or three of the best venues within your price range. You can then surprise her the day of with the venue. It’s also a good idea to get the bride’s input regarding food and drink for the party. If she is allergic to something, or just simply doesn’t like a specific food, it’ll be good to know so you don’t serve that. You can even ask her what her favorite restaurant is. When you find that out, reach out to them and see if they do any catering for small events. While it is important to involve the bride in the planning, don’t overdo it! You want to make her feel like a princess and not have to worry about planning this huge party herself.
Send Out the Invitations Early
When it comes to the invitations, there are so many options. You can choose to make them yourself or have them done by a company that specializes in craft stationary. If you choose to have a theme for the party, don’t be afraid to have the invites match that. If you really like technology, feel free to make an event on a website or social media app and have guests RSVP through that. However, it’s extremely important to make sure you give your guests enough time to plan. Sending the invites out a week before the event is a definite no-no of bridal shower planning. For bridal showers that don’t involve much travel, you can send the invites out about a month and a half in advance. That’s enough time for the guests to confirm yes or no and get a gift.
Provide Your Guests with Favors
Giving each person a favor as a thank you for coming is a nice touch. The favor doesn’t have to be anything super expensive, though. It can be a mini bottle of wine, some soaps, some candy, or cookies. It’s just a simple way to tell your guests how grateful you are that they took the time to celebrate the bride.
Bridal shower planning can be stressful. But, if you take a look at the steps listed above, the party will be a success!