Wedding Shower Plans
The wedding shower arrangements are up to you, but planning everything must meet the bride-to-be’s approval. A menu has been chosen with the couples favorite foods and drinks. If the potential bride does not drink but she wants her family and friends to imbibe, there are a host of friendly drinks that look good on the table, like punches made with strawberry puree, cocktails, sangrias, sodas, teas, and much more.
Starting week by week, there are plans that must be solidified like a location that will be fun, where everyone can share with family and enjoy delicious food. You and your best friend, the bride-to-be, has chosen a decorating and color theme, and the guest list has been locked in. In the past, the rule of thumb was that invited guests to a wedding shower are also the people who are also invited to the wedding. However, there are exceptions because a wedding shower is for the bride-to-be and/or the future groom.
The shower takes place two or three months before the actual wedding date that your good friend, the bride has set. Today, wedding showers are planned around a female only theme, but the groom is invited to appear near the end to thank the guests for honoring his bride-to-be.
Which Shower – Bridal or Wedding
Traditionally there was a difference between a wedding shower and a bridal shower. It is generally thought that a wedding shower is a celebration for both the bride and the groom where a mixed guest list is planned. The gifts were centered around home-inspired gifts. A bridal shower is thought to be a celebration just for the bride-to-be and her invited female guests. The gifts involved lingerie for the bride-to-be. However, modern millennials are choosing the name bridal or wedding to mean the same thing.
Either way, a wedding shower or a bridal shower requires lots of planning. Wedding showers represent a show of love and support for both couples. Additional items on your wedding shower list should include the flower arrangements, meal planning, bridal designed gift station, wedding shower games to play, the fun bridal bouquet, and providing favors to attendees:
A. Place Your Gifts Here!
Wedding showers are another wedding occasion where gifts are given. A gift station can be set-up consisting of a simple table draped in the wedding color scheme and perhaps another friend can be the monitor of the incoming gifts until everyone is present and is seated. Only the bride-to-be opens each gift. Your job is to note who gave what so that the future bride and groom can send thank you cards. Just as a side thought, you and the bridesmaids can provide the thank-you cards in order to give the bride and groom one less item to think about.
B. Meal Planning
The meal can be elaborate or contain light hor’oeuvres. If your wedding shower will include the future bride and groom, a unique feature that can be included is the couple’s own shower cake. The cake will represent the continuing theme of the wedding. Best friends planning the shower can have plans to present a shower cake in the form of individual cupcakes which can also be a part of the favor gift ideas. The cakes or cupcakes can be decorative tiers or flat cakes with icing in the form of a ribbon.
C. Let’s Play
Okay, let’s plan on a fun game, perhaps with a little naughty aspect to it. What’s a bridal shower without an embarrassing moment, all in fun! Since the attendees are strangers to one another, a silly game is just what you need to bring everyone together to celebrate the bride-to-be and her nuptials. Games are traditionally played following the meal.
D. Beautiful Bouquet
As each gift is ripped open, you or one of the bridesmaids will collect the ribbons. The ribbons are designed into a beautiful decorative bouquet. This bouquet is special for the bride-to-be because this is what she will carry down the aisle at the rehearsal.
E. Favor Gifts
Traditionally, favors are given to everyone at the wedding shower. It can be food, jewelry, plants, etc., that the guests can take with them as a loving memory. Depending on your budget, favors have included specially engraved gifts like dishes, glassware, and a variety of unique accessories as a thank you from both the bride-to-be and the future groom.