Bridal Shower Planning 101

Don’t procrastinate when it comes to planning a bridal shower. Always stay 10 steps ahead and be prepared for anything and everything. Here are a few tips to help you get started from our writers…

Bridal Shower Planning 101

1.      Have a Bridal Shower Party Plan. Unless you’re planning a surprise, go ahead and ask the bride what kind of bridal shower she wants. You want to make sure you’re meeting her needs and wants, not planning something that only you will enjoy.
2.      Determine a Budget. Even if not all the bridesmaids plan on making the party, everyone should contribute. A set dollar amount should be set from the beginning.
3.      Set a Date. The wedding shower can take place anytime between six months to a week before the wedding, depending on how long the engagement is. However, you want to set the date ASAP so that out-of-town guests can plan ahead.
4.      Include the Bride’s Mom in the Plans. She’s not hosting the shower, but she will absolutely want to contribute. Whether it’s sending out invites or holding it at her home, include her in the event planning.
5.      Put Together a Guest List. Ask the bride or the mother of the bride for names and mailing addresses of people they want to invite. Remember, though, everyone that is invited to the shower should also be invited to the wedding. It’s only polite.
6.      Order and Send Invitations. The invites should go out between six and eight weeks before the event, depending on how many out-of-towners are invited. Make sure guests RSVP to one person so everyone stays nice and organized.
7.      Share the Couple’s Wedding Registry Info. Let everyone know where the bride is registered to make the gift search easier for guests. Just put the information on the bridal shower invite.
8.      Buy the Bride a Gift. Sure, you’re spending your money on the party, but that doesn’t mean you can skip out on a gift for the bride-to-be. If you’re struggling financially because of the shower, consider doing a joint gift with the rest of the bridesmaids.
9.      Have a Gift-Opening Plan. Have a gift-opening assembly line ready to go. One person hands the bride a gift to open,  another can throw out gift wrapper trash, someone can gather ribbons to create the traditional rehearsal bridal bouquet, and most importantly, one bridesmaid will absolutely need to keep track of who gave what gift so the bride can refer back for when she writes her thank-you notes.

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