The Guide to Planning Your Perfect Bridal Shower

Having a bridal shower has crept its way over to us in the UK and we’re here for it!

Instead of having three separate hen-do’s for different groups, why not have a bridal shower to celebrate the bride-to-be with all of her nearest and dearest, and save the raucous 3 day hen-do to those who are up for it/can afford it…

Planning a perfect bridal shower can be overwhelming and time consuming, especially if you’ve never done it before. From choosing the right theme to selecting the perfect venue and menu, there are many decisions to be made. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! In this blog post, we’ll share our top tips and tricks for planning a memorable and stress-free bridal shower. So, let’s get started!

Choose a Theme

One of the first things you’ll need to do when planning a bridal shower is to choose your theme. It’ll set the tone for the entire event and make it easier to plan the details. Whether you prefer a brunch or a tea party, pick something that you and your guests will enjoy. Some popular bridal shower themes include brunch, tea party, a spa day or garden parties. Be sure to think about the bride-to-be’s personality and interests when choosing.

Set the Date and Time

Once you’ve chosen a theme, it’s time to set a date and time for the bridal shower. This will depend on the bride-to-be’s schedule and availability, as well as the schedules of the guests. Try to aim for at least a month before the wedding day so as it doesn’t overlap with any final wedding preparations. Make sure to send out invites well in advance, so everyone can make the necessary arrangements or set up a group WhatsApp chat, ensuring everyone knows what they are allowed to tell the bride-to-be and what is a secret.

Create a Guest List

When creating your guest list, think about the people who are most important to the bride. You want to invite their closest friends and family members, as well as all of the bridal party. Make sure to include any co-workers the bride would like to celebrate with. Consider the size of the venue and any activities you are wanting to plan when creating the guest list, as you don’t want the space to feel overcrowded.

Send Out Invitations

Once you’ve set the date, time, and theme, it’s time to send out invitations. You can send them electronically or through traditional mail. Make sure to include all the important details such as the date, time, location, dress code, and RSVP deadline – don’t forget to ask about dietary requirements!

Decorations and Party Favours

The decor is what will make the bridal shower feel special and personalised and it will definitely let everyone else in the venue know that you’re celebrating an upcoming wedding! Depending on the theme, you could use flowers, balloons, or other decorative items. If you’re holding an afternoon tea, dinner or having something more subdued make sure there’s an area to have pictures such as a flower wall, a stunning backdrop for photos which creates a romantic and dreamy atmosphere. You can use fresh or faux flowers and customise it to match the bride-to-be’s favourite flowers. Balloon garlands are another fun and festive way to add colour and texture to any space.

Plan some Games and Activities

When it comes to activities, there are so many options to choose from. Some popular bridal shower activities include wine tasting, dance classes and themed brunches, but the most popular are games that everyone can take part in. Think Mr & Mrs, advice cards, Guess Who…ultimately, the activities you choose will depend on the interests and preferences of the bride-to-be and her guests, so be sure to take their input into consideration when planning!

Planning a great bridal shower requires a lot of time and effort, but it’s worth it to celebrate the bride-to-be in a meaningful way and with everyone. By following these tips and tricks, you’ll be able to create a memorable and stress-free event that everyone will enjoy. Remember to have fun, consider all the guests who are attending, plan a few surprises for the bride-to-be and enjoy the process….and the bridal shower is sure to be a success!