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Party idea submitted by myweddingfavors Jan 14th, 2010
Tips For A Successful Bridal Shower
Bridal showers are a fun tradition in which the family and friends of the bride through her a party prior to her wedding to celebrate her pending nuptials. Bridal showers got there start throughout history when the woman wanted to marry someone the family decided was unsuitable, so they didn’t want to give her a dowry. When this took place the friends and others would step in with this type of gathering to help the couple with things the family wouldn’t, like having things for the household.
Bridal showers usually really don’t have a set of rules to follow. In most cases though, the maid of honor throws the shower. That is unless she is a member of the immediate family. There are many guides that say family can’t host the party, remember that is just someone’s opinion not a rule. Remember that the purpose of a bridal shower is to have a good time not to get caught up on every little detail, leave that for the bride and her wedding. There are not any rules for the shower itself, but they are a lot of things out there that give you some guidelines. Like the fact that small showers are usually covered by the maid of honor or whoever is hosting the shower. That is not a mandatory though, anyone who can and is willing to can cover it though, or a group of people can all get together to pay.
Another thing is the location; I think the best things when deciding a place is one the comfort. You want it to be in a place where everyone can relax and have a good time. The other is interest; this is a party for the bride so try picking somewhere she likes to go or would like to go. Books say smaller showers usually happen at the maid of honor’s house that is not something that must be followed though. Timing is a really important factor to add in when planning the shower. If the wedding is somewhere out of town, to which people would have to travel for it’s best to have the shower close to the wedding so everyone will be able to attend the shower. If it is not then you can have it whenever you want to.
The best way to decide to whom to invite is simply to ask the bride. If the event is to be a surprise, and you as the maid of honor don’t know ask her mother, or even the fiancé can shed some light on some people she might be close to. As far as what to do during the shower, that is up to you really. There are probably not too many people in the world who know the bride as much as the maid of honor so you should know what she likes.
Traditionally most of the time during the shower is spent eating, laughing, opening gifts, and just enjoying everyone’s company. You might want to play some games, or anything that will be fun for everyone who is in attendance. Try to remember not to choose something that might isolate someone though. Try and make it fun for everyone. One good way to do this is the use of bridal shower favors, who doesn’t like to get a gift. This makes everyone more happy, which will make the shower more enjoyable.
Bridal showers are a tradition that has been around for a long time, and will probably continue to be for years to come. The point of the shower is to celebrate the bride to be, try to keep it as fun as possible. Remember not to get caught up on things that are unimportant and remember the reason everyone is getting together, the up coming wedding.
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