Wedding showers are a way to celebrate the bride and groom before their wedding day, and are also a way to let friends and family mix and mingle. Showers can be hosted by anyone other than the couple. For the person that is doing the planning, putting together a wedding shower can be nerve-wracking, but it doesn’t have to be.
Who Should Be Invited?
A traditional bridal shower is typically just for the bride, and the guest list would include her female friends, family and coworkers. A wedding shower is for both the bride and groom, so the guest list will include friends and family of both, usually people who will also be invited to the wedding.
Where Should the Wedding Shower Be Held?
By inviting a mixed crowd, you are free to get very creative with the location of the event. While there’s nothing wrong with hosting the shower in your own home, for a more unforgettable experience, consider a location that is personally meaningful to the couple.
For example, if they share a love of nature trails or the beach, these might be good locations for a wedding shower. Or choose any other location that signifies a shared interest, such as a bowling alley, golf course or skating rink.
Choosing a Memorable Theme
Choosing a theme isn’t a requirement, but it can give the shower more focus and make it more memorable. A theme can also help with decoration choices and menu. Themes can revolve around gifts, meals or interests. A few examples include a cookbook wedding shower, a garden shower, a wine tasting shower or a household gadget shower.
Food and Fun
The time of day you plan the shower will affect what type of food should be served. A morning or brunch shower could include coffee, tea, bagels, pastries, yogurt and fruit. An evening shower might include cocktails and appetizers or a dessert buffet. For outdoor wedding showers, consider a barbecue or finger sandwiches.
Planning a few games can make it even more fun and can help to break the ice between guests who don’t really know each other. Try a scavenger hunt, charades or trivia questions about the couple.
Ask for Help
Make sure you ask for help from other family members or friends. The more people that are involved in making suggestions and helping to plan the event, the less likely you will forget an important detail. Extra hands will be important when it comes to decorating and preparing food.
With just a little bit of help, you can plan a wedding shower that the bride and groom will really appreciate and will always remember.