4 Useful Tips for Hosting a Bridal Shower


A bridal shower is a special occasion for the bride-to-be, and allows her to celebrate with her loved ones before her big day.

It is a fantastic opportunity to honor the bride and make her feel loved and special. A bridal shower is usually hosted by the maid of honor or matron of honor, but most of the time, the bridesmaids and other relatives also help out.

Here are some tips to help you plan a memorable party for the bride-to-be.

Talk to the bride

Before anything else, you need to talk to the bride and make sure that she wants to have a bridal shower. Some brides appreciate surprise bridal showers, but most of them want to be involved in the process. Does she want a simple or fancy party? Who does she like to invite? Does she want a specific theme for her bridal shower? Get her opinions on certain aspects and plan according to her preferences.

Determine the budget and set a date

Once you have the bride’s input, decide on the budget. Traditionally, the host is financially responsible for the shower, but if you have a limited budget, you can ask the other bridesmaids or relatives to chip in and split the expenses. After finalizing the budget, you can now set the date of the shower. Preferably, the bridal shower should be at least six months or at least two months before the wedding. However, if guests will be coming from out of town or another country, it would be best to have it a few weeks before the wedding.

Finalize the guest list and location

The next step is to create the guest list. Make sure only to invite the people who are invited to the wedding. Ask the bride for the wedding guest list or her must-invite people. If the shower is a surprise, ask the bride’s mother or her fiance instead. After getting the headcount, you can now pick the location of the bridal shower. If you have enough space at your house, consider holding it there. If the shower will take place at a restaurant, spa, hotel, or private dining room, remember to make the necessary reservations right away. Also, ensure that your chosen venue is accessible, can accommodate all the guests, and has enough parking.

Choose a theme and plan the bridal games

Unless the bride has a preferred theme, brainstorm with the other bridesmaids for the bridal shower theme. The goal is for it to be theme-appropriate for everyone, including the bride’s mother and older relatives. Think of the bride’s personality and preferences. If she is a book lover, consider having a book-themed bridal shower. If she loves dainty things, a simple tea party will suit her best. If she loves traveling, you can plan an away bachelorette party. You can also organize a private wine tour by Hunter Valley Wine Tours from Rothbury and go wine tasting.

It is also a good idea if you plan some bridal games to entertain the guests. Bridal games can help to break the ice, especially if the guests do not know each other. Play the games after everyone finishes eating or before the gift-giving.

A bridal shower should be a memorable occasion for the bride-to-be. It is the perfect time to celebrate the bride and treat her like royalty before she says I do.

Are you hosting a bridal shower soon? Tell us about it in the comments below!


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Kelly Lewis is the founder of Go! Girl Guides, the Women's Travel Fest and Damesly. She's an optimist, an adventurer, an author and works to help women travel the world.

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