The Basics of Throwing a Bridal Shower

Are you chosen by a friend or family member to be a bridesmaid for her upcoming wedding? Rejoice although this may come with a lot of responsibilities. It is not everyday that such an opportunity comes. Just gather all your skills together and put your heart and mind on planning the perfect bridal shower. Don’t worry if you’re not an expert on this. It is easy to prepare if you know the basics.

Set the perfect date – A bridal shower will not be successful without guests. Research about the closest friends and relatives of the soon-to-be bride. Know what they do and how their daily schedules are like. Put up a survey for the best time and date of  the bridal shower. Provide three options. Pick the date when almost all of the guests will be able to attend. Set the date in advance and provide allowance for guests who may be coming from very distant locations. Consider also those who may need to apply for  a leave from in order to attend the party.

photo credit: weddingchicks.com

photo credit: weddingchicks.com

Set the budget – Are you going to shoulder the entire cost of the party? Is the bride going to contribute for the expenses? Whatever your arrangement may be make sure that it is clear to the people concerned. This will help you know who owes who and so money issues will be avoided. Financial planning for the party must also be done in advance.

Choose an appropriate venue – First and foremost, the venue is determined by the budget. You will not be able to reserve a fancy venue if you don’t have enough budget for it. Never think of spending your whole budget on the venue. Choose a place that is accessible and that can accommodate all the guests. If you have a program, choose a place with a decent floor area. Lastly, consider the preference of the soon-to-be bride.  She may not enjoy a party at a bar if she doesn’t even go to one.

Prepare food and games – Finger foods and cocktails are best served in bridal showers. You don’t actually need to have a buffet for parties like this. To make the party alive and memorable, prepare games that everybody can join.

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