We all know how important weddings are to a couple, but a bridal shower is also an event that should linger in the memories of attendees as well. From bridal shower invitations to games and décor— with all the new and unique ideas, it’s easier than ever to create a one of a kind party.
Theme- Traditionally bridal showers were simply bridal showers. In modern times, a theme can help bring focus and detail to an event. In a world with so many options, find a theme that fits the bride and go from there. Themes will pull together the invitations, decorations, games, food, and even the gifts if the attendees are inspired. Whether you choose a mad hatter tea party, western roundup, garden party, or a world traveler theme— make sure to keep in mind the bride’s interests, hobbies, style, and passions. If the party is a reflection and celebration of her, it will be a truly memorable occasion. Hint: Don’t count out a bridal shower that includes both genders (aka wedding shower). Couples showers have risen in popularity. Co-ed parties can be a lot of fun. Ditch the traditional ribbon bouquets for some new exciting ideas including his and her invitations.
Invitations and decorations- Once you have your theme utilize the internet, magazines, and books for some incredible ideas. Details help produce a memorable event. For example, with a world traveler shower, send out vintage style postcards as invites. For a western event find hay bales, horseshoes, and other items that will serve as functional and fun décor. Each theme gives you the opportunity to take and build on all the amazing ideas floating around and turn it into your own. Also, be sure to send out themed bridal shower invitations so guests know what to expect.
Games- Gone are the days of spelling as many words as you can from “Getting Married”. The new wave of shower games is far more fun, and a great way to break the ice and bring people together. Try a round of trivia, a bridal shower version of “The Newlywed Game” with previously gathered answers from the groom, or a scavenger hunt to get guests involved and in a festive mood.
Wish Tree- A wish tree can be a useful tool and an excellent memory for the bride or couple in the years to come. Set up some branches decorated in lights and make decorated card stock cut outs with ribbons (like an ornament), and let guests write inspirational or funny advice and wishes for the bride or couple to hang on the tree. After the shower, put together an album of the “wishes” to look through. Not only does it create a stunning centerpiece, it also brings forth wonderful anecdotes and words of wisdom about marriage.
Jillian Johnson is a professional marketing content writer with an interest in writing about event planning and parties. Follow her @MissWritey.