Ideas for Planning the Perfect Bridal Shower
Planning the Perfect Bridal Shower
There are a lot of exciting events leading up to a wedding, but perhaps one of the most traditional is the bridal shower. For some reason showers have remained largely unchanged over the years, even as every other aspect of weddings have become more modern and individualized. There is nothing wrong with tradition though, and a lot of women find that sticking to vintage ideas for the shower can make the whole day feel that much more special. While the bachelorette party involves letting loose, and dress fittings often involve a fair amount of hilarity as all the wrong dresses are attempted, there is a certain level of class and elegance which accompanies even the most modern of bridal showers.
It is that class and elegance that a lot of brides find themselves looking forward to.
That doesn’t mean you have to lose elements of individualism and fun when planning the shower, however. A tea party theme doesn’t require stuffiness, and party planners don’t have to feel confined to all the same old shower games. You can plan a shower that is classy and enjoyable at the same time, with just a few additions meant to truly reflect the bride and her personality.
For instance, you might want to consider getting customized napkins. Use old pictures of the bride throughout the years, and come up with funny captions to go with her various looks and stages. You can add to the vintage feel by opting for a black and white filter on the images, even using cartoon bubbles to reflect the hilarious inner dialogue she may have had when rocking that perm back in 3rd grade. Your guests will get a kick out of napkins with personality, and your bride can share in the laughs over some of those phases she might jokingly wish everyone would forget.
Use technology to spice up some of the old shower games, conducting your own version of The Newlywed Game by interviewing her husband-to-be ahead of time. Set up a television screen in the room, and have the bride guess how her fiancé may have answered certain questions before playing his true answers back for her and her guests to view together. Formulate questions sure to make the whole room laugh and swoon at the same time.
Stick to finger foods for easy snacking and mingling. Set up a dessert table with some of the bride’s favorites in miniature version, and prepare a mimosa corner with various juices in elegant carafe’s alongside an array of champagne and berries. Make everything as customizable as possible, giving guests the opportunity to experiment with a hint of pomegranate juice added to their champagne and blueberries if they so choose.
Create a memory tree for guests to hang private messages to the bride from; recounting some of the best memories they share together. Encourage everyone to spend some time documenting those memories and tying them off on the branches of the tree, filling it up for the bride to look back on later. Set a small journal to the side as well, where friends and family can share the advice on love and marriage they have learned from their own relationships over the years. The messages from the memory tree can eventually be plucked and placed into a keepsake box, while the advice journal can be saved for when it is needed most down the line.
Most importantly of all, consider hiring a professional photographer to document the day. Each of those other events to come has a different feel entirely from what the bridal shower is setting out to accomplish. This is a day of female camaraderie and love; a day when all the women in the brides life will be together celebrating her. Having pictures to look back on will likely mean the world to her, and might just make a shower planner to be bragged about long after the wedding is over.