Spring Showers {Bridal Showers That Is!}

Posted by jwimer on May 17, 2013

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You’re excited to “shower” the bride with love, good wishes and gifts as she prepares for married life, but you’re daunted by the planning? Follow my favorite tips for a great planning experience:

1. To Theme or Not to Theme

One of the most important decisions of your planning process will be whether to utilize a theme or not. Consider the bride and her tastes, as well as any quirky or fun aspects within the bride and groom’s history together that could make the event unique. This first step in planning then guides the location you choose, the décor, food served and so much more to create a cohesive setting. Top trend shower themes: Sex in the City, an activity shower {think cooking lessons or floral arranging} and Vineyard Wine Tasting.

2. An Event All its Own

Because the bride may have multiple showers and pre-wedding events, I always suggest creating an event plan that is all its own and does not duplicate any of the color schemes or aspects of the wedding or reception. It will be a fresh and unique memory for the guest of honor.

3. Make Room For the Groom

You’ve heard it said a lot, “It’s his day too!” and well, it is. So consider a trendy couples shower in the form of a unisex cocktail or dinner party, or at least invite and welcome the man of the hour to appear at the event to express his thankfulness and gratitude to the guests.

4. Consider the Gifts

The very nature of a shower is to help set the couple up for their new life together. When creating your event plan, don’t forget to consider the gifts. While bath towels and hand mixers are necessary components of newlywed life, if the bride and groom are already prepared in these areas, consider suggesting a gift giving theme that will better meet their needs. Top trends right now in shower gift giving: a money tree, gift card showers, and honeymoon funding websites.

5. Gaming

Some brides dread them, and others embrace them with relish, so it’s a role of the dice whether to incorporate shower games at the event or not. Consider if they fit the theme you have chosen, if they fit the “style” of your bride, and if they lend to the atmosphere of the event you have planned. If so, have fun with them! If not, it is quite acceptable to forgo this tradition!

 

Bridal Shower Menu Ideas

Posted by Alexandra on Mar 14, 2013

Clockwise from top left: Mackensey Alexander Photography, Christina Watkins Photography, Christopher Dumas PhotographyEvin PhotographyChrista Elyce Photography

These light, healthy menu ideas are perfect for any bridal shower. We’ve included suggestions across all categories from bite-sized hors d’oeuvres to more substantial fare to accommodate showers of all formats and times of day. Stick with one category, choose an item from each, or mix and match!

Who’s Hosting Your Bridal Shower?

Posted by Caitlin on Mar 13, 2013

Photo: Liz and Ryan 

The maid of honor and often bridesmaids share the responsibility of hosting the bridal shower, according to tradition. Surprisingly though, it’s common for a bride to have more than one bridal shower. In that case, the host(s) should make sure that there is no duplication of guests on each list. The guest list should be filled with the bride’s nearest and dearest family and friends whereas the menu should be filled with the sweetest of treats. (Tip: Every guest that is invited to the bridal shower should already be on the wedding guest list.)  Invitations, including registry information, should be sent out six weeks to one month in advance. One of guests’ favorite rituals at a bridal shower is making a bouquet out of ribbons and bows from the opened gifts so the bride can use it at the rehearsal.  However, it’s perfectly acceptable to start your own ritual.

What’s your favorite ritual at a bridal shower? Let us know in the comments below!

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Easy Bridal Shower Ideas

Posted by Jeffra on May 02, 2012

Not all bridesmaids and mothers are DIY’ers. But that doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate some fun ideas into the Bridal Shower. Here are just a few that will pop, and make a difference in the “decor” of this special pre-wedding event. Remember, every little bit counts!

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A Blushing Bride Bridal Shower Inspiration

Posted by Jeffra on Dec 09, 2011

I know it’s Winter (well not quite yet, but it’s close), but I was inspired by this pink cardigan/white sweater outfit and had to pull together a bridal shower inspiration around it. So, for all of the Spring and Summer planning brides, send this to your MOH/Bridesmaids if you’re in the mood for a pink bridal shower! Happy Friday Everyone!
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