Monday, January 16, 2012

Bridal Party Ideas: A Bridal Shower Planning Guide

One of the most important tasks of the Maid of Honor is to plan a bridal shower or a bridal tea party for the bride, hopefully the help of the bridesmaids. Although it’s fun, planning a bridal party is no mean feat. You, as the maid of honor or bridesmaid, have to come up with unique bridal shower ideas that will make the party a memorable event. However, planning a bridal shower becomes significantly easier when you know what factors are important and what factors aren’t.

  • Date
The wedding shower is ideally held anywhere between two months and a few weeks prior to the wedding. Holding the party too close to the wedding can be very stressing to the bride as she is likely to have a lot to attend to. Also, when sending the date, allow enough time for guests who may be coming in from out of town to make travel arrangements.

  • Venue
The choice of venue will be dictated by the guests whom you wish to invite. If you are only planning to invite a few of the bride’s friends and family, then you can have the bridal tea party at home. Otherwise, you may have to find an external venue which, needless to say, can be costly.

  • Bridal Shower Themes
This is arguably the most important part of planning a wedding shower. You should take the bride’s likes and dislikes into consideration when picking the theme as it will most likely influence the guests’ choice of gifts. Some popular themes include lingerie, spa and beauty, tea party travel and honeymoon themes. If the bride and groom have a gift registry for the shower, do not forget to mention it in the invitation.

  • Budget
Since, it is the responsibility of the bridesmaids to throw the bride a shower, each of the maids is supposed contribute to the cost of the party. Determine how much the party is going to cost and decide who pays for what. It’s always best to get all the money in advance.

  • Invitations
A typical wedding shower guest list includes the bride and groom’s female friends and family members. Find out from the bride whether she prefers an intimate event with 10-20 guests or a much larger party. Also, do not forget to consult the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom when deciding whom to invite.

  • Bridal Party Games
Games are a popular activity in wedding showers. They break the ice and get everyone into the spirit of the party. Games can be simple such as bridal bingo, words of wisdom, I never or two truths & a lie as long as everyone has fun.

  • Bridals Party Favors
It is important to appreciate the guests for coming and thank them for making the bride’s day special. The easiest and most reasonable way to do this is to give the guest some bridal party favors. They don’t necessarily have to be expensive; it’s the thought that counts.

Are you planning a bridal tea party? Get unique, thoughtful bridal tea party favors for your guests with the help of Ashley Nelson, the author of this article.