Today I wanted to chat about throwing a Bridal Shower. Most of us at some point in our lives will either be the host of one, or be apart of a crew that puts together a bridal shower for our lovely brides. It can be overwhelming and stressful, but I have a couple tips that make the process a little easier. I just threw my best friend a intimate/friends shower, and it was so much fun! I loved the planning process.
Here are some key tips:
♥ DIYs are your friend. You can buy cheap vases and frames and doll them up. I used gold spray paint, ribbon and paint pens to make a cheap ordinary frame, into a decorative, personal piece. These can also serve as gifts to your guests or bride.
♥ Buy whole sale flowers and create your own arrangements. If you are lucky enough to know of a whole sale flower place, take advantage! I bought a ton of babies breath and light pink carnations (very bridal and girly). I then created my own arrangements in stemless wine glasses that said “M.R.S.,” my gold spray painted vases, and decorated every space with flowers. Take advantage of thrift stores for unique vases. Flowers really brighten up a space and are a MUST!
♥ Candles, candles, and more candles!! Candles set the ambiance of a space. I bought a bunch of little tea lite candles and put them in cute glass holders. They usually are a couple bucks for a pack of 12. I bought a couple nice scented candles, and then used the mini tea lights for that extra romantic feel. You don’t want too many scents going on, it can be overwhelming. Stick with very soft, neutral scents (think floral, clean smells)
♥ Food- I like to do semi-homemade. Food is going to be a big expense, so if you have someone who is a great cook, take advantage of making one main homemade dish, and then supplementing it with store-bought or catered items. My mom is the queen at making salads, and my BFF all growing up LOVED my moms salads. I thought it would be special if my mom made the salads, and then we picked up warm, garlic breadsticks from Olive Garden. This will save you money too! Think of dishes that can feed a lot of people if you are serving lunch (lasagna, salads, etc). A fun cheese plate is always a hit too!
♥ Details- it’s the little things that will mean the most to the bride. That cute frame with her and her honey, a special game, whatever it may be. Make it classy and personal!
♥Outsource some duties: You have to remember, when throwing a bridal shower, all the bridesmaids should contribute something, even if it’s little. The bridesmaids should work as a team to make it extra special for the bride-to-be. Have one person bring an appy, another do a game, maybe one do the champs bar, etc. It’s a lot of work and very costly if you try to take on everything by yourself. Usually people are more than happy to help and contribute. It makes them feel like they are apart of the special day!
** I bought a lot of decorations off ETSY. Pick and choose a couple key pieces that will make the shower. Make it personal. Things like the brides new last name, number of days till the wedding, her colors, are all things to keep in mind. Also, designate a chair just for the bride! Decorate it with ribbons, tulle, signs, etc. It will make her feel extra special as she’s opening gifts and chatting with friends
At the end of the day, in my opinion, the simpler the better. You don’t want shit to get too cluttered. A couple personal decorations, some good food, fun drinks, and you have already set yourself up for success.
I hope this helps all you bridesmaids, friends, sisters out there who are in dire help of what the hell to do for a bridal shower!! You learn along the way, but tips from people who have done it, are so helpful!
Love you babes,
XO, Melissa ♥