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5 Tips on How to Host the Best Bridal Shower

TIPS FOR THE BRIDAL SHOWER HOST

1. FIRST THINGS FIRST. WHO SHOULD HOST THIS SHINDIG?

· Traditionally, the bridal shower host has been the maid of honor. Back in the day, it was taboo for the bride’s or groom’s mother, a sister, or any immediate family member to host a shower, so the MOH took on that task.

· But wait. Hold up! That “no mom or sister” thing is so last year! New traditions have emerged where it could be anyone in the bridal party, friends, or (dare we say it?) family members who can plan or host the bridal shower. No rules here. Whoever the bridal shower host is, the rest of the crew is certainly invited to play supporting roles by assisting with the invitations, decorations, etc. This is a big deal. It’s all hands on deck!


2. WHO SHOULD BE INVITED?

· We’re going to give it to you straight with the #1 rule to remember: anyone invited to shower must be invited to wedding. Repeat after me: anyone invited to the shower must be invited to wedding. Now that we’ve established that little piece of advice for bridal shower hosts, let’s move on to the lovely bride.

· Whether it’s a surprise bridal shower or not, you need to include the bride in developing the guest list. She’ll know (or at least have a pretty good idea!) who will be invited to the wedding, so the wedding guest list is a great start. God forbid Aunt Sally gets left off the list by mistake!

· It used to be just a “Girl Thing”, but no more! Couples showers are becoming more and more popular and why shouldn’t they be? Let all the guys and gals celebrate the bride and groom-to-be together. It’s a fun way to bond before the big day and to introduce those who will be attending the wedding to each other.

· Now that you’ve got a handle on who to invite, think about the invitation itself. To allow all the invitees ample time to prepare for the bridal shower (to avoid scheduling conflicts and have enough time to find a super cute outfit to wear!), invitations should really go out about 6-8 weeks in advance of the shower.

· Oh, and when should this wedding extravaganza be? Experts say 2 weeks to 2 months before the wedding date is the ideal time to host a bridal shower. And when the experts talk, we listen.


3. WHERE SHOULD YOU HOST A BRIDAL SHOWER?

· You always need to consider the benjamins before you start planning any event, so when considering a venue, think of the bridal shower budget and the number of guests you will be hosting. You can throw a pretty sweet bash without significant cash, but start with your magic number first and go from there.

· If you’re renting space, you should plan for 2-4 hours and consider the cost per hour for the site. If costly, you may need to cut back on shower supplies or think about alternatives. And, if cost is reasonable, that may allow for a few extras like fresh flowers or amped up iced tea.

· Presents! Since beautiful packages will be a highlight of the party, be sure that your chosen venue has enough room to display them. Showering the bride and groom with large items is common. Bedding, serving ware…even barbeque grills are typical bridal shower gifts, so there has to be room for the goods!


4. HOW INVOLVED SHOULD THE BRIDE BE IN THE PROCESS OF PLANNING THE BRIDAL SHOWER?

· Unless it’s a surprise, the bride will have opinions! Let her share her vision of what will make the day completely awesome for her. She may reveal some great ideas you would have never thought of, so keep your gal pal in the loop!

· Have a little chit chat about important deets like date and time of the event and the atmosphere. Does she like a casual vibe or does she want a super princess-y fete? Ask her!

· Should there be a theme to this soiree? The bride may love the idea of a theme (she’s been dreaming of cherry blossoms!), or she may not want a theme at all, which will definitely guide your next part of the planning process. To theme or not to theme. That is the question!


5. SPEAKING OF THEMES, IS HAVING A THEME IMPORTANT?

· A theme is only important if the bride likes the idea. If themes are not her thing, say “Bye Girl” to any type of theme

· If a theme is okey dokey with the bride, it can really help to add coordination to the planning and sets the tone for décor, colors, favors, food, etc.

· If this is a surprise, or if the bride is non-committal on choosing a theme, just use common sense and go with a theme that reflects the bride’s personal style. After all, this thing is about her and you want her personality to shine through from the moment the invitations go out.


Lastly, you need to get some gear! Checkout kleinfeldbridalparty.com for some fun fashion that can go from day to evening and be the perfect way to represent at the bridal shower.

Happy Planning!