Bridal showers have become elaborate parties to celebrate a bride and their engagement. With so many beautiful shower themes and ideas on Pinterest and YouTube, it can be a little overwhelming to decipher through. Fortunately, I had the help of my mother and the other bridesmaids to help plan, decorate and execute the event for my sister and create a rustic garden bridal shower that she would always remember.
We really wanted to incorporate the bride’s style and personality into the bridal shower. We envisioned transforming an empty event space into a magical rustic garden with a lot of flowers, greenery, burlap and colors. By adding some of the bride’s wedding vision into the bridal shower, we were able to make the event space very personal and intimate.
Planning an event of this size was not an easy task, and much preparation went into achieving the look we were going for. When planning an event like this, there are a few tips I would recommend to help in the process:
- Set a budget – Setting a budget for a bridal shower is always a good idea. Although we all love recreating the decorating ideas on Pinterest, we have to be realistic with the cost. Try making a list of everything you foresee needing to host your event. You may want to splurge more on some of the “must have” items, but remember not to go overboard.
- Select a date – Try to set your shower at least 8 weeks in advance of the wedding, that way all of your guest won’t feel bombarded by invitations all at once. Send invitations to the bridal shower out at least three weeks prior to the event to give guest enough time to RSVP. Understand that everyone may not be able to make it, but at least you will have done your due diligence in allowing enough time to make other arrangements.
- Decide on the venue – Pick a place that allows you to bring your theme to life and even better that provides food and drinks like a restaurant. We chose Grille 29 for our bridal celebration because of their tasty Southern cuisine and charm. The staff there were so accommodating and really went above and beyond to make sure the day went off without a hitch.
- Start working early – My mom and I started actively planning and working on the bridal shower 6 months prior to the event. Ordering invitations and gathering materials takes time, and it’s best to pace yourself. Look for items on sale and DIY anything you can to save money. Remember adding a personal touch is a great way to any event more intimate.
- Execution – All your hard work has finally paid off and it’s time to celebrate your bride. On the day of the event, arrive early to your venue to ensure any last minute decoration or preparation is complete. Get the bride involved with greeting guests and any games played throughout the shower. And most importantly, try to remain present and make the bride feel as special as possible.
How do you plan to shower your bride before her big day? Be sure to leave a comment below!