The bridal shower is traditionally hosted by the Maid of Honor in conjunction with the bridesmaids. Frequently, with the assistance of the mother of the bride. There is a possibility that there may be more than one shower; for example, on occasion, coworkers will host a shower at the office or at a nearby restaurant. If the bridegroom’s family lives in another state or country, they may wish to throw their own bridal shower. A word of caution: you shouldn’t invite anybody to a shower who isn’t already invited to the wedding. This includes both immediate family and extended family. That is the equivalent of saying, “I’ll accept your present, but I don’t want you at my wedding.” Inquire of the bride about the guests she would want to attend her shower.
Obtain assistance from the bride’s mother in the event that this is to be a surprise shower. She will be able to tell you whether or not your Great Aunt Millie, who lives in another state, would be offended if she does not get an invitation to the event, despite the fact that everyone knows she is unable to go. A few helpful hints are provided below to make the situation more manageable for you.
Create a guest list by gathering the names, addresses, and contact information (including email addresses and phone numbers) of everyone who will be invited.
Budget Make a decision on the amount of money you are able to spend; this will help you choose the location of the shower, the kind of food, if any, that will be offered, and even how you will decorate for the shower.
Invitations may be printed, purchased at a shop, created on a personal computer, sent verbally, by telephone, or via email. The invitations have to include the following information: the date, time, and location of the event; the theme; the names of the bride and groom; and at least two contacts for the RSVP.
Invitations extended verbally should be followed up by a message, either typed or handwritten, that contains all of the relevant information. Make careful to state whether or not it is a “couples only” or “women only” party. Include information about whether or not children are permitted.
Menu Both the time of day and your available funds will have an impact on the menu. If the baby shower is going to take place near to lunch or dinner time, you will need to provide more than just cake, chips, and beverages. if the majority of the attendees are the bride’s and groom’s very close friends and family members. You might inquire with them about the possibility of their bringing a dish. This is how most events, with the exception of the most formal ones, are conducted in various regions. A buffet requires far less preparation and is more relaxed than a traditional sit-down supper.
When it is feasible, use things made of attractive paper and plastic. Remember to either purchase or bake a cake for the occasion. Location, you shouldn’t have any trouble locating this. Include a map for locals. Visitors from out of town have access to printable maps over the internet.
Pick a time and place. The mother of the bride is the ideal person to consult on a date that is convenient for the shower, which ought to take place between six and eight weeks before the wedding.
Theme Inquire of the mother of the bride as to what she considers to be the couple’s primary need. Kitchen supplies, bedroom linens, bathroom supplies, and lingerie are some usual topics for bridal shower themes.
You also need to take care of a few other problems that have been brought to your attention. Be sure you have enough tables and chairs, as well as a special spot set aside for the bride to sit in as she receives her gifts. Keep in mind that you need to pick up the cups, plates, napkins, and utensils. Someone should bring a coffeepot, and one of the bridesmaids should be in charge of getting beverages, chips, and other snacks. Check to see if the goods can be transported by someone. Invest in some film for your camera and fire off a bunch of shots.
Create a lovely album using your scrapbooking supplies to document all of the events leading up to the wedding, from the engagement party and dress fittings to the showers. That would be such a wonderful present for someone.