How to Host the Bridal Shower!
A few weeks before the wedding, the maid of honor and bridesmaids may host a bridal shower for the bride to be.
Sometimes, a member of the bride’s family, such as an aunt or cousin, may host the shower.
Etiquette suggests that the bride’s mother should not host the wedding or bridal shower because it would appear as though she is asking for gifts for her daughter.
However, each family and each wedding is different, so the bride, her attendants, and her family should do what’s best for them.
A bridal is not just about receiving gifts. It is a great way for family and friends to get together to celebrate the upcoming marriage.
Traditionally, only females attend the bridal shower, but couples’ showers or co-ed showers are becoming more and more popular. Be sure to plan a shower that is appropriate for all guests. For instance, a lingerie theme might not be such a great idea for a shower that includes male guests.
There are a lot of details to think about when planning a shower. Make sure that the bride and groom have already registered somewhere so that guests will have some guidance and suggestions when it comes to choosing a gift for the couple.
The hosts should first think of what theme they want to go with to kick off the planning process.
Once you have a theme in mind, everything else will fall into place quite nicely. You can be specific and do something like a kitchen shower (since stocking a kitchen is a big and expensive job!), or keep it more general.
A theme helps tie things together such as the decorations, the games, the food, and the favors.
For instance, if you were doing a kitchen shower, you might have each guest bring a gift for the bride to use in her kitchen. Guests might also each bring their favorite recipe so that the bride can start a collection and be ready to cook delicious meals for her and her husband right from the beginning of the marriage.
Decorations for a kitchen shower could include hanging utensils or groups of utensils around the room, and baskets of fruit could be used as colorful centerpieces.
You might choose to do something a little more romantic for the bride and her future husband. One possible theme in this category is a lingerie shower. Each guest could buy the bride to be lingerie for the honeymoon (and after!).
Guests might also bring items needed for a future night of romance for the bride and groom, such as champagne, candles, massage oils, bubble bath, or satin sheets. Decorations should be sweet and romantic for this type of bridal shower. You might use a lot of heart decorations, and a lot of use of the color red.
A bridal shower wouldn’t be complete without the fun games!
You might have guests play bridal bingo (with wedding related words instead of numbers), unscramble wedding related words, or try to guess spices based only on their appearance.
Depending on your theme, there are several games
to choose from out there to keep the bride and the guests entertained. Don’t forget to have prizes for the winners!
Bridal shower favors are a great way for guests to remember this special occasion. The favors should relate to the theme of the shower. For instance, for a kitchen shower, guests may receive kitchen related refrigerator magnets. For a romantic or lingerie theme, guests may receive scented bath soaps or lotions. Favors are a great way to thank the guests for coming.
Finally, when it is time for the bride to open her gifts, be sure to have someone reliable record who each gift is from. This will help the bride write her thank you notes afterward. And don’t forget to keep all the ribbons and bows! These will be used later to make the bride’s bouquet at the wedding rehearsal.
There are countless ideas out there for bridal shower themes, favors, and games. Be sure to search the internet for ways to make the bridal shower tasteful and fun at the same time. Remember, this day is about pampering the bride and celebrating her upcoming marriage!
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