Congratulations – you’re a bridesmaid! That means you may be asked to throw a bridal shower, or at least help plan one.
It can be exciting to help your friend or family member celebrate her upcoming nuptials. It can also be a daunting task. Here are a few simple tips to help avoid a bridal shower meltdown.
Decide on a budget
Whoever throws the party foots the bill, so make sure everyone involved is on the same page about how much money they are prepared (and able) to spend. If the bridal shower budget grows beyond your means, offer to contribute in other ways – such as by baking cupcakes, decorating the space, sending out invitations, or helping with the clean-up.
Consult the bride
Even though it’s not her party to plan, it’s a good idea to ask for the bride’s input. While many brides still prefer a traditional get together with friends, food and games, some modern brides are opting for a ‘girls day out’ with trips to the spa, winery, restaurant, or other local attraction.
Share the work
Between choosing a venue, sending invitations, organizing food, decorations, games, and party favours, planning a shower can become overwhelming. Don’t try to do it alone. Ask your fellow bridesmaids, the bride’s mother, or future mother-in-law for help.
Coordinate the guest list
Unless the bride is throwing a small wedding or destination wedding, it’s considered bad manners to invite guests who aren’t invited to the wedding. If there will be multiple showers, guests are only expected to bring a gift to the first one they attend.Paper invitations should be sent out four to six weeks before the party.
A bridal shower is a traditional way to celebrate the bride-to-be and prepare her for her wedding day. It’s also a great excuse to get together with friends and family and have some fun. So don’t get hung up on the little things that may not go exactly as planned. Just relax and enjoy the moment!
At Elm Hurst Inn & Spa, our dedicated event staff would be delighted to help you arrange all the details.