The days of boring bridal showers where the bride-to-be must prepare to become a housewife are long over. Instead of the typical rolling pin, tea kettle and apron registry list, get creative! Suggest a theme more in-tune with the twenty-first century and spice things up a bit. If you are assigned the lucky task of planning a bridal shower, keep the following tips in mind:
1. Not all brides love surprises. Check in with the bride-to-be to see if she wants to be kept in the loop on the planning details, or prefers a little mystery.
2. Think outside the box. Throw a wine tasting bridal shower, lingerie or adult toy shower, or even a money-only shower. As long as it fits the bride’s tastes, it’s free game.
3. Just because you’re the Maid of Honor or part of the wedding party, don’t assume you have to take on all of the expense. Open up planning to several other girls and see if they’re willing to chip-in to help with cost. The more you can spend, the more you can “shower” the bride with gifts and attention.
4. It’s all about the small stuff! Decorations and attention to the small details go a long way. Create a signature cocktail to serve at the party, incorporate a theme and create keepsakes so the bride-to-be will remember the day forever. Guests and the bride will think you spent hours on something that probably only took a few minutes.
5. Everyone loves a good giveaway. Come up with a few games that allow guests to win (and actually keep) decent prizes. Whether it’s “guess the bride’s age”, “who knows the groom better” or any other idea you can come up with, let the gusts compete over the grand prize, and walk away with something memorable. Just make sure the bride gets plenty of prizes herself so she doesn’t feel the attention has been taken away from her.
If you’re not having fun planning the bridal shower, you’re doing something wrong. If you’re not creative or detail oriented, get the help of a girlfriend or relative who is. Those who love to plan will be happy to share ideas. Just dig in, get inspired, and start planning!