As we are about to approach our busy wedding season I began to think about the parts we are not normally involved with. This is mainly because my sister Wendy is engaged with a November 2nd wedding. Unfortunately she is in Nebraska and hundreds of miles away from me so I won’t get to help her with too much of the wedding planning (I even missed the dress shopping). Oh and did I mention the guest list is around 500 people. My inventory is not equipped for that large of a wedding.
One thing that I do get to be a part of the planning is her bridal shower. I started a check list and thought there has to be more bridal shower planners out there that need a little planning help. Happy Planning and remember to have fun that day and not stress. It always comes together.
Bridal Shower Check List
- Pick a date & time
- Saturday or Sunday afternoons work great. About 2+ months before the wedding.
- Times 2-4ish works great. You don’t have to do a full meal and that helps the women with children at home.
- Have the bride provide a guest list; excel works best so you can import it into word to print addresses right on the envelopes. (most brides already have an excel for started so it should be easy)
- Invite close family and friends
- Include the groomsmen’s wives/girlfriends
- Do not invite anyone that is not invited to the wedding
- Avoid inviting people out of state that cannot make it. Sometime it makes them feel they have to give a gift. This excludes grandmas, aunts and close relatives. They often get offended by not getting them.
- You can get great premade invitations and just print on them.
- Or order from a stationary store.
- Send out about 3-4 weeks before shower.
- Have people RSVP so you know what to expect.
- Have people do something memorable for the bride
- Bring family recipes on recipe cards.
- Give a note on how to have a successful marriage.
- Come up with a list of questions and ask the bride and groom separately before the shower and then read both of their answers at the shower. You could even have the guest guess the answers before giving them out.
- You can use the bride’s colors or do something totally different.
- Mine was High Tea
- My sister were doing Tiffany’s
- Kentucky Derby tea
- Pampered chef party where she gets the points to buy more if people purchase.
- Room in the house or time of day—you give each person invited a different room or time that their gift’s theme must follow.
- Pinterest is the place for GREAT ideas. http://pinterest.com/settingsevent/bridal-shower/
- You can do some games, I’ve often found that people feel weird doing them and they like to catch up and meet the people there.
- I suggest an icebreaker for everyone to meet. They will be seeing each other in a few months.
- Like a bingo game and each person is on it and how they met the bride. The first with 5 in a row get some kind of prize
- Food & Drinks
- Finger Food works great easy to grab and eat while talking to people
- Drinks- wine and a fun cocktail. People always loosen up a bit with a drink.
- Gifts are best to open towards the end.
- Have someone keep track of who gave what gift. You can also use labels and put the right on the gifts with the giver’s name.
- Have someone take all the bows & ribbons from the gifts and make a bouquet that will be used at her wedding rehearsal.
- Ideas for guest favors (optional but a great surprise)
- Small succulents in a pot
- Small potted flower or plant
- Canning jars with cookie mix.
- Something that the bride loves.
- Hostess gifts
- It’s always nice when the bride give something to who the planners of the event are.
Laura C-Thank you for the idea of putting this together.