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The bridal shower is a fun and relaxing party for the bride to share the excitement of getting married with close friends and family. It will be one of those days that make the fact that you are getting married a reality! Typically the bridal shower is thrown by the Maid of Honor with the help of the bridesmaids.
So how do you throw a great bridal party? Just continue reading to find out how to prepare for the bridal shower, what all you need to do, and some tips to make the day a success!
There are a few things you will need to discuss with the bride before you hit the ground running. You should discuss these things about 2 to 3 months before the shower. The first thing to find out is a date for the bridal shower. Make sure that the date is accommodating for the bride and all of the bridesmaids. The bridal shower should be 2 to 3 months before the wedding. A few other things to find out is whether she wants a co-ed shower or just close female friends and family. Also find out if she prefers a theme or a style and the location. Make sure to get all of her input and then take over from there. Once you have discussed these things with the bride let her know that YOU GOT THIS! Tell her all she(or her and the girls) needs to do is go shopping for the perfect outfit and show up!
Once you have a date and other details follow the time line to stay on track so that everything falls into place. The last thing you want is to stress the bride out. So if you are stressing, just don't let her know! As long as you stick to a plan and the time line you should have no reason to stress! Remember...you got this! The moment you are asked to be a part of the brides big day, whether it be the maid of honor or a bridesmaid there will be stress, but again, I promise you will be fine.
Some other things to make sure you have before you start the "work" is a guest list, and to decide on an invitation and either purchase them or make them yourselves. Some websites with great options for invites are Minted and Sophie's Favors.
Bridal shower planning timeline
2 to 3 Months Before the Shower
- Organize the guest list and contact info
- Book the location if needed
- Set a budget
- Decide who in the bridal party will do what
- Order or make the invitations
1 Month Before the Shower
- Send invitations
- Purchase or make favors
- Plan the meal or refreshments
- Order food or establish who is bringing what
- Decide, purchase and/or make decorations
2 Weeks Before the Shower
- Confirm reservation if one has been made
- Purchase Bridal Shower gift
- Finalize RSVPs and follow up with those who have not responded
- Prepare activities and games
- Pick out your outfit(yay!)
- Make a shopping list for food and drinks
- Purchase food and drinks
The Day Before the Shower
- Set up tables, chairs, etc. at location
- Prepare food
- Confirm plans with bridal party
- Run any last minute errands
On the Day of the Shower
- Keep track of who got the bride what
- Prepare any fresh food
- HAVE FUN!
I didn't want to throw too much info at you so I plan to do upcoming blog posts about different bridal shower games, bridal shower themes, decorations, and how to plan a bridal shower on a budget. I hope that you will come back for those blog posts!