Have you ever been to a bridal shower? Chances are you probably didn’t realize how much planning it takes to make that happen! I know I didn’t! Last fall we had my sister’s bridal shower. Since I was her maid of honor, I was in charge of planning this, with the help of SO many other people. I thought it would be helpful to share some of the tips and things we did to make this a wonderful day for my sister!
The first thing you need when planning a bridal shower is the guest list. You need to know how many people are going to be invited before you book the venue and line up the food. After you have that, you can schedule the venue and send out the invites! But, make sure the bride and groom have their registry complete before you send out the invites! You’ll want to include this information on the invites, so people know where to get gifts from. In addition, if you want them to bring any specific gift (see Gifts section below) make sure to include this on the invites as well!
Then, comes the planning!
You’ll want to talk to the bride or decide with the bridesmaids on a theme for the shower! A lot of people don’t have themes, but I love this idea! We decided to make my sister’s a bridal shower brunch. We didn’t really need a whole lot of decorations with the venue we chose, but we did make our own centerpieces for the tables! They were super simple! All we did was fill a mason jar with clear stones. Then, we tied ribbon around the outside and filled them with fake flowers. SO simple and cost effective, and they turned out adorable! I do have to gift most of the credit to my mom though for her crafting! She did awesome!
The venue that we chose actually provided all of the food so that made it very simple! Like I mentioned earlier, we were having a bridal shower brunch, so we had your typical brunch foods – eggs, bacon, sausage, etc. We did bring cupcakes for dessert, too! For snacks, we just had little cups with mints and peanuts on all of the tables that guests could snack on!
This was probably one of the parts that I was most excited for! I knew it would be so fun to have a mimosa bar, and it was SO simple! The bridesmaids helped me out by bringing things that we needed, and that helped out a ton!
Here is a complete list of items we needed:
- carafes for your juice (we used 3)
- variety of juices (we had raspberry, berry blend, and peach mango)
- bowls and spoons for fruit
- variety of fruit (we did raspberries, pineapples, and strawberries)
- mimosa flutes
- ice bucket and ice
- Optional: mimosa bar signs, swizzle sticks for fruit and stirring, drink labels
I actually ended up making the framed Mimosa Bar sign and the drink labels myself! It was super easy! The entire thing was such a hit! Everyone loved it! We also had cups available for the younger kids that were there, bottles of water, and coffee!
MIMOSA BAR ITEMS
We decided to stick with a few simple games for my sister’s bridal shower.
Right away when the shower started, I explained the ring game. Everyone had a plastic ring that they got when they came in. If they heard anyone say the groom’s name or the word wedding throughout the shower, they could take their ring! The person with the most rings at the end would win a prize! This was so fun because right away everyone went around, introduced themselves, and said how they knew the bride. It was so funny to watch people try to introduce themselves without saying the groom’s name! You can really choose any words you want, and I have seen this game played with clothespins, too!
Another game that we played was the question game. Before the shower, I asked the groom to answer some questions about himself like his favorites and things he remembered about the two of them. At the shower, I asked everyone to write down how many questions out of 20 they thought Tricia would answer the same as the groom. Then, I shared the questions I asked her fiancé, and Tricia shared her answers with everyone. We compared her answers to the groom’s answers, and it was a blast! The people who wrote down the correct number got a prize!
The last game we played was Gift BINGO. This is definitely a popular game that I have played at a lot of showers. We gave each guest a blank BINGO card, and they had to fill it out with things they thought Tricia might open. As Tricia opened those gifts, they got to cross off the square. Whenever they got a BINGO, they got a prize! This kept all of the guests entertained and having fun while she opened her gifts!
Some examples of prizes that we got were candles, miniature bottles of wine, and nail polish!
My sister had her registry all ready to go for the shower, so everyone brought gifts from that. In addition to that, I asked everyone on the invitation to bring their favorite recipe (on a recipe card I included) and 1 ingredient from that recipe! I put all of the recipe cards in a cute recipe book. My sister has loved going through all of these and trying family favorite recipes!
A tradition at a lot of the bridal showers I have been to is to keep all of the ribbons and bows from the bridal shower gifts and turn them into a “bouquet” that the bride uses for the wedding rehearsal. This is super simple, and the bride always loves it! All you do is poke a hole in the middle of a paper or styrofoam plate (I would use styrofoam or multiple paper plates to keep it sturdy). Then, just thread the bows and ribbons through the hole so that they are all on top wi the strings hanging out of the bottom. Use a little tape to touch it up, and it’s good to go for the wedding rehearsal!
Also, make sure to keep track of who gives what gift! This makes it easier for the bride when she is writing her thank you cards! Instead of writing a separate list, I always just write what they gave on the back of their card!
I had been to a lot of bridal showers before and have even been in a lot of weddings. But, this was my first time being maid of honor and being in charge of planning the bridal shower! Thankfully my mom and the bridesmaids helped me out A TON, and everything went great! We had such a great time, and my sister loved it!
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