Planning the perfect bridal shower

Yay, you’re a bridesmaid! You’ve been picked to help support your friend for the most important day of her life and it also means you’ve been given the task to throw the best bridal shower ever! So we have put together some tips for you to create a fun-filled memorable event for any bride-to-be.
 
1.     The guest list
The bridal shower guest list will include those closest to the bride; mother, mother-in-law, sisters, grandmothers, aunts, and the bride’s closest friends. Remember to check with the bride on the guest list, you don’t want to miss someone or accidentally invite someone who isn’t invited to the wedding (whoops!). Once you have an idea of the numbers, it’s time to start planning the venue!

2.     Venue
Find a venue that has a package with everything included that way there is less for you to worry about. An all-inclusive service means the day is made so much easier so you can just sit back and enjoy. It’s really simple to tailor a package to suit an event, so if there’s something you want to include or exclude, just ask. At HostCo we love tailoring events to suit our client’s wishes, especially to make it less stressful for the planner. We can take care of everything down to the finest details.

3.     Theme & Styling
Every bridal shower needs a theme, even if it’s just pretty and pink. Ask your bride-to-be if there is a theme for her wedding and see if you can tie it in to suit. There’s some wonderful inspiration for theming ideas on our Pinterest, so be sure to check that out!

4.     Invites
Call upon your inner creative goddess – design or make a beautiful or quirky invite to send to all guests. You can even keep within the wedding theme or colour scheme if you ask the bride for ideas. Also, we love receiving invites in the post; it gets everyone excited for the event. You can also opt for a modern and affordable approach and send evites to guests. This is a convenient method if guests live in different towns, states or even countries. Evites make RSVPs simple and quick, but be sure to check all guests have an email account (and they check them regularly!).

5.     Games
If you wish to play a couple of games at the bridal shower, try to make them not-too-cringe-worthy. Not everyone loves playing the embarrassing, sometimes-awkward games so make sure you consider your guests' tastes and ages before organising this. Or you can keep it simple and get guests to write some wedding advice for the happy couple on some nice paper or ask everyone to share a story about the happy couple to the group.

6.     Gifts
Will you be showering the bride with gifts or will it be a non-gift giving affair? Find out if the bride has a registry for their wedding and include this information on the invites.
Party favours for the guests are a nice way of thanking everyone for coming. It doesn’t have to be OTT, something small, girly and fun is always nice. We love the idea of a fun nail polish, wine glass, pretty cupcake or tea cup (if hosting a high tea).
 
Happy planning!

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