Bridal showers aren’t just any old party, they’re an event! Your theme is going to set the tone for the entire occasion, so you better nail it. We know, that’s a lot of pressure. Thankfully we’ve already assembled a list of this year’s best bridal shower ideas.
Whether you’re working with a tight budget or ready to invest, prefer day or night, or desire quite or a ruckus, we have something for everyone. So read on! You’re sure to find something that’s calling your name.
Gifts at the Bridal Shower
The maid of honor or groom’s mother is most often left in charge of planning the bridal shower. If that’s you, the first thing you should consider is a bridal subscription box as a gift. The bride has a lot to celebrate and a lot of planning to manage. The miss to mrs bridal box does just that. It’s packed with items meant to help the bride plan and celebrate through the months leading up to and after the wedding. Bridal box subscriptions are designed to be gifted early as a new box arrives each month. However, Miss to Mrs also has accelerated options for weddings that are rapidly approaching.
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Wholesome Bridal Shower Ideas
One of the trending wedding themes we are loving is the wholesome approach. A short while ago, many maids of honor viewed the bridal shower as an opportunity for a booze-fueled escapade. Today, the focus is on quality time and memorable moments. We are now seeing an abundance of afternoon tea and ice cream parties.
- Tea Party
- Ice Cream Party
Learn and Laugh
Another top bridal shower ideas trend that doesn’t seem to be slowing down is taking a group class. Bridal shower participants are flocking to mixology, cooking, and painting sessions in droves, and they’re loving it. This is highly recommended because it involves an entertaining activity, enough freedom to laugh, talk, and sip some wine, and a new skill! Another bonus is that it’s very easy to include the men for a co-ed event.
- Cooking class
- Mixology class
- Painting Class
There are 2 ways to achieve a destination bridal shower. The first unique bridal shower idea is to literally hop in the car and hit the road. Popular locations include vineyards, waterfronts, nature sanctuaries, and parks. Some of these have sit-down meals available, however picnics can be a little more personal, fun, and budget friendly.
The second option is to bring the destination to you. Host the party at a private residence, serve relevant food, decorate appropriately, and include matching attire. Popular at-home destinations include Hawaiian luaus, mexican fiestas, and French romance.
- Destination, vinyard
- Destination, picnic
- Home Destination, French Romance
There are some ideas for bridal shower themes that will simply never go out of style. Gatsby, backyard glamor, and designer-inspired parties are all event themes we have come to adore. Each of these allow you to live the high life, even if just for the day. Features like chandeliers, high end flatware, and runway inspired color palettes have a magical way of transforming the everyday into A-list swagger.
If you are the type to appreciate the simple things in life, nothing beats a champagne brunch. To many women, midday mimosas and waffles simply can’t be beat.
- Champagne Brunch
Some brides are extremely connected to the world of entertainment. Facilitate a unique bridal shower theme by bringing her passions to life. Build your event around entertainment staples such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, Casablanca, or Disney.
- Harry Potter
Whichever of these themed bridal showers you choose to go through with, we’re sure it’s going to be the perfect choice. To maximize how successful the event will be, here are a few extra ideas to keep in mind.
Always include some kind of activity: To convert ‘good’ to ‘great’, activities need to be involved. This can be as simple as a few traditional bridal shower games like purse scavenger hunt, as adventurous as white water rafting, or as elaborate as hot air balloon rides. The choice is yours, just make sure that guests are engaged.
Double Dip: If appropriate, make DIY decor the activity your guests engage in. Forming a centerpiece assembly line can be a lot of fun, and most bridal shower guests will take pride in helping to put the wedding together.
Create and provide an itinerary: This will make sure that the event continues to roll at an engaging rate. If events, food, or any other aspect take more time than needed guests will become disengaged. Itineraries also let guests know what to expect and to pack and plan accordingly.
Provide transportation if drinks are involved: This one is self-explanatory. You don’t want your guests having to turn down a good time or scramble to find a ride at the end of the event.
Plan for studio-quality photography: You are going to have a fun time and make some memories. Nominate a guest who’s comfortable with a camera to be the dedicated photographer so you can share the memories afterwards. Better yet, hire a professional photographer if it’s on budget.
Apply a dress code, especially costumes.
People love a good excuse to dress up. Each of the themes we’ve mentioned has the ability include old-world French gowns, 50s flapper attire, Disney princess outfits, or another equally fun ensemble.
Author: Valeriya Istomina is a Wedding Forward expert on wedding budgets, etiquettes, ceremonies, and music. If you need tips for wedding planning, she will guide you all the way. She collects analytics and surveys, talks to experts; creates checklists, templates, and gives her take on wedding planning. Her other passions are yoga, photography, and reading.