Spring is only a few weeks away, which means the start to a very busy wedding season. Lots of planning and preparation is in store for brides, grooms, maid of honors, etc. To celebrate this week’s Throwback Thursday, we decided to bring back on old blog dedicated to bridal showers.
“A good marriage is each for the other and two against the world.” – Robert Brault
If you’ve ever planned a bridal shower, you know how difficult it can be to try to choose a theme that the bride and all guests will love and won’t leave you broke. No one wants to throw a bridal shower that leaves guests bored and disappointed, but choosing the perfect theme can be a challenge. A.JAFFE is here to help you work through your shower planning woes. We chose 12 creative themes that are a refreshing escape from the traditional won’t leave your pockets empty.
For brides who love to give back and already own traditional bridal shower gifts such as linens and kitchen paraphernalia, this can be a heartwarming and inexpensive shower option. Host the shower at your home, or the home of a close friend to save money, enlist some friends to help make DIY decor, and ask guests to donate money or gifts to the charity of their choice. Another great variation of this theme is to include the focus of the bride’s favorite charity into the theme and have all décor, games, and favors coordinate with this theme. All guests should donate to this charity, and can even plan a fundraising event such as a walk/run to raise money for this organization.
Cocktail Party Shower
Want to plan a bridal shower that feels like a glamorous girl’s night out on the town? Consider having a cocktail party bridal shower. Choose a local venue that has enough space, but is plain enough for you to customize this space to fit your party needs and individual style, and hire a local bartender or save money by being the bartender yourself. Stock up on alcohol, mixers, and hors d’oeuvres and burn a playlist that is sure to put everyone in the party mood. If you love the idea of having a cocktail party shower, but want to have a more low key night, plan a “girls night in” cocktail party at home. This bridal shower theme can be glammed up or down to contour to the bride’s personality, and can be fit into a variety of other themes. Remember to closely check the guest list before planning this type of event to ensure that the majority of guests won’t feel uncomfortable. If there are a lot of moms, aunts, grandmothers, or young children who are invited, this probably isn’t the best theme for your shower.
Bride’s Favorite Things
Forget raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. For the bride who knows what she likes, this is the perfect affair to surround her with all the things that she loves most. Mix a playlist of her favorite songs, fill the air with the scent of her favorite flowers, create centerpieces that are reminiscent of her favorite films, pastimes, and make photo boards that feature memorable moments of her life. Don’t forget to incorporate her favorite person, her fiancé, into the party plans. Whether it is through pictures, trivia games about how they became a couple, or having him make a surprise appearance at the end of the shower, the bride will be certain to add this special day to her list of favorites.
As one of the most original bridal shower themes on this list, a yoga shower is perfect for the bride who loves to be different, stay in shape, and could use a fun, healthy, escape from all of her wedding planning stress. Enlist gal pal who is a yoga aficionado to lead the group, or if your budget has some room, hire a professional. A yoga shower is a fun way to loosen up a group of women who may just be meeting for the first time, and can bring the bride and all of her guests closer together. Depending on your budget, this shower can be held at home, or at a rented space that is large enough for all guests to have enough space to stretch.
Want to give the bride a day of relaxation that is sure to ease her pre-wedding stress and leave her feeling invigorated? Plan a spa themed wedding shower. Head to the nearest spa, or make your own spa right at home.
Remember how much fun preteen sleepovers were when you and your girlfriends would take turns reinventing each other’s hair and makeup? Plan a bridal shower that is a throwback to the stress-free pastimes of your youth and have each guest bring hair tools and makeup. Take turns creating new looks or take this idea one step further and hire a professional style consultant to give women advice on how to update their looks. This bridal shower theme works especially well if at least one woman on the guest list is a professional hairstylist or makeup artist. Women will leave this shower feeling like a new person and will surely share a few laughs throughout the makeover process.
Chocolate Everything Shower
Chocolate cake, chocolate pizza, double chocolate brownies, chocolate fries. Really, what doesn’t go with chocolate? Get creative and plan a chocolate themed bridal shower for the bride who has an insatiable sweet tooth. Have each guest bring something chocolate to the shower, or check out local bakeries, grocery stores, and restaurants for inspiration and create these chocolate delicacies yourself.
Perfect for the eco-chic bride; plan a bridal shower that brings the festivity outdoors. Enjoy the scenic beauty of nature while you celebrate the bride-to-be’s upcoming wedding. Make this shower as green and low impact as can be and forgo tables, chairs, paper decorations, plastic bottles, and disposable plates and cups for a picnic blanket, floral centerpieces picked straight from nature, and fancy glasses.
Ask shower guests to bring a dish from their culture, or whip up their specialties. Another variation could be to ask all guests to bring a favorite dish of the bride’s. Coordinate meals with all guests to ensure that there is enough food for everyone, and that the variety of food available will cover all bases from appetizers to desserts.
Perfume, cupcakes, candies, candles, lip-gloss, pottery. If you can name it you can make it. Providing craft time during a bridal shower gives guests the opportunity to let their creativity flow and take home a fun souvenir. Get supplies from a local craft store, or if necessary, a grocery store, and have plenty of paint and decorative options available.
Back in Time Bridal Shower
If the bride to be is a fan of vintage everything, plan a bridal shower that is a celebration of all things nostalgic. Get creative and make this shower a throwback to your bride’s favorite decade. If you know that the bride is sentimental for a certain era, plan games, décor, and food to be a nod to this time period. Not particularly inspired by any certain decade? Make this shower a congregation of all eras long gone. Combine a turn of the century tea party set in an English garden with 1960s flower power inspired décor and food.
Happy party planning! While you’re busy planning the perfect bridal shower, escape to www.AJAFFE.com for your daily dose of designer engagement rings and bridal jewelry.
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By Emilie Classi