How To Plan A Bridal Shower

How To Plan A Bridal Shower

Bridal Shower Checklist

The bridal shower (or couple’s shower) is the maid of honor’s prewedding piece. Even though someone else can host the bridal shower, like the bride’s relatives. So here’s a handy bridal shower checklist to help you plan an amazing party for the bride-to-be.

Two Months Before

  • Talk to the bride about what she wants, her colour, style and setting. Make sure you plan according to her input.
  • Set the date—project a month before the wedding. If certain bridesmaids and important family and friends can’t convene until a few days before, hold off until the week of the wedding then.
  • If the bridal shower will take place at a venue you have no control over, make the reservations as early as possible.
  • Create the guest list for the bridal shower. And take note: Anyone you invite to the shower must also be invited to the wedding.

One Months Before

  • Send a “save-the-date” email or call important guests to see if there might be any scheduling conflicts.
  • As a courtesy, call any guests who’ll have to travel some distance to attend—they’ll appreciate the advance notice.
  • Discuss with the bridesmaids to establish a budget.
  • Purchase bridal shower invitations or materials to make them.
  • Hold a brainstorming session to finalize decisions about menu, decorations, music and other important activities.
  • Order special menu items through the bakery or caterer, and rent linens and other equipment from a rental company, if necessary.
  • Make a detailed to-do list and assign tasks.
  • Assemble and address invitations. Don’t forget to include information about the couple’s registries. And, if it’s a theme party, make sure
  • to provide proper gift-giving instructions.
  • Shop for decorations and other party props.
  • If guests have offered to bring desserts and other treats, email or call to confirm what they plan to bring.

Two Weeks Before

  • Buy your shower gift for the bride.
  • Make a shopping list for the food and drinks. Buy any hard-to-find ingredients.
  • Pick up any equipment or serving ware that friends or neighbours have offered to lend.
  • Arrange for the best kind of music.
  • Confirm reservations, orders, delivery times and RSVPs.
  • Wrap gifts.
  • Create a mental floor plan to facilitate decorating and setting up.
  • Organize shower games and activities.

One Day Before

  • Prepare any menu items that can be made in advance (or just do prep work).
  • Receive and set up equipment, assemble decorations and set table(s).
  • Touch base with the bridesmaids—confirm who’s bringing what and ask them to arrive early to help.
  • Run any last-minute errands.
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