There are approximately 2.4 million weddings performed annually in the U.S., and so much has to happen before the big day arrives. For instance, the bridal shower is one of the most important events to celebrate the upcoming union. Whether you’re in the planning stages now or simply want to be prepared for your BFF’s inevitable engagement, here are a few essential do’s and don’ts to keep in mind while planning to celebrate the big “I do.”
DO: Ask the Bride to Create a Guest List
All of the best wedding plans include the creation of a guest list extremely early in the game, so it should be ready by the time the bridal shower rolls around. Make sure you ask the bride to specify exactly who she would like invited to the event. If there’s anyone she doesn’t want in attendance, be prepared to run interference as needed.
DO: Take the Initiative to Plan
A bridal shower can be an important occasion for the bride and her family, as well as the bridal party. Perhaps those who can’t make it to the wedding will be able to make it to this celebration. Regardless, it’s important to take the initiative, look into the best venue, and get planning.
DON’T: Plan the Whole Thing Alone
The worst thing you can do for yourself is plan the entire bridal shower alone. Looking at banquet halls, event venues, and knowing what to look for aren’t exactly tasks you should be handling all alone. Not only that, but planning with friends is always more fun.
DO: Plan Fun Games
Ice breaker games are great for bridal showers, especially since not all of the guests will know one another. Something fun and simple should do the trick.
DON’T: Make the Bride Uncomfortable
Some bridal shower games can be a bit personal, but the bride’s family and close friends will be there. Family attendance means the games should stay family-friendly, as well as steer clear of ex-boyfriend or girlfriend territory.
Wedding plans can be stressful, but the bridal shower doesn’t have to be. If you follow these simple do’s and don’ts, you should be well on your way to planning the perfect bridal shower.