A bridal shower is literally a gathering of the soon-to-be bride's female family members and friends where they "shower" her with gifts in anticipation for her wedding! This is an important time for the bride because it is an excuse to put down the Planning Binder and just relax and enjoy herself. Luckily for her, the bridal shower is NOT her responsibility and in many cases, it becomes a daunting task to the planner! But it doesn't have to be! I've compiled a small list of the basics of bridal shower planning, but The Knot has SO many helpful articles and tips, which you can find here!
Who is in charge of planning the bridal shower?
Typically, the responsibility of planning the bridal shower falls on the maid/matron of honor. Most often the maid/matron of honor will delegate tasks to the other members of the bridal party, as well as anyone else who would like to help (aunts, mothers, grandmothers, groom’s female family members, etc.). In the past, it has been frowned upon for the bridal shower to be planned by the bride’s mother, but more recently this has been deemed as perfectly acceptable! Really it comes down to who wants to throw the bride a bridal shower, and usually ends up being a group effort!
Who is in charge of paying for the bridal shower?
It is customary that the bridesmaids all contribute to the cost of the bridal shower, even if they are unable to attend. Make sure that everyone knows what she must pay for early in the planning process.
Who should be in charge of creating the guest list for the bridal shower?
It’s not really important who is in charge of the guest list, but whoever it is should consult either the bride or the mother of the bride. That way you’re sure to cover all bases on whom the bride would like invited, and their address and phone number.
When should the bridal shower be held?
The bridal shower can really happen whenever the planner seems fit. Most showers occur between six months to a week before the wedding! It’s important to take into account the travel time and plans necessary for all the guests, and give them ample time to make arrangements.
Where should the bridal shower be held?
It’s important to take into account the feel of the bridal shower when choosing a location. Will the bridal shower be formal or informal? Is there a specific theme? Often showers are held at the home of one of the bridesmaid, or a female family member, but restaurants are also a popular choice. Some not-so-traditional locations are local coffee shops, boutiques, and ice-skating rinks! Feel free to be creative if the bride would like it! Just remember to always keep her preferences in mind when planning her bridal shower!
Does the bridal shower have to have a theme?
The bridal shower does NOT have to have a theme! Although themes are often fun and are a great way to reflect the bride’s personality, it is not a necessity. A common color palette in the decorations is the perfect way to add just enough cohesiveness to the shower without it being over the top, if you’re looking for simple.
Do the bridesmaids need to buy a gift for the bridal shower?
Yes! Although the bridesmaids are paying for the bridal shower, it is also important that they give the bride a gift as well, even if they all go in on one gift.
What is the difference between a bridal shower and a couple shower?
The difference between a bridal shower and a couple shower is, as you probably could have guessed, one is for the bride while the other is for the couple. Couple showers are a recent trend and are popular among couples with the same friend group, especially if their friend group consists of other couples. This is also a great way to bring both families together as well! It is definitely a great idea for some couples, but make sure to ask the bride how she feels with the idea before planning it.
Most wedding planners will be happy to help with the planning of the bridal shower, and we here at One Fine Day are no different! If you need help or have any questions, please contact us & we would be more than happy to help!