Planning a Bridal Shower

Feb

25

Often, the all of the bridesmaids will get together and throw a Bridal Shower for the Blushing Bride-to-Be. But, if you’ve ever traveled/lived/gone out with with a group of girls, you know how difficult it can be to please everyone. I’ve come up with a few tips and ideas for managing a large group of hostesses so your favorite engaged friend feels like a queen.

1) Elect a leader to keep track of communications among the group. Otherwise everyone will be overwhelmed with emails and ideas!

2) Set a budget early so there are no surprises in the end. Get input from everyone in the group about what they can afford.

3) Give each hostess a task, or ask what she’d like to contribute to the efforts.

4) There are three ways to divvy up expenses: a) Have everyone purchase something that is about equal in price or b) Keep track of receipts. Have someone figure out how much each contributor spent. Those who paid less, give money to those who paid more. c) Have one person purchase everything and let the others pay her back later.

5) Be flexible and open to everyone’s ideas. Remember that this isn’t a party for you. It’s for your mutual friend!

Do you have any other ideas about planning a bridal shower with a group of women? If so, let me know! I’d love to add a few more tips to the list.

Best wishes,
Meghann

Bridal Shower Checklist

Feb

24

I found a great, all-inclusive Bridal Shower Checklist on Target’s website to share with you for the first post in our series about throwing a fabulous Bridal Shower. If you don’t have the perfect location yet, call us  at (773) 687-8834. We would love you show you our Pink Door Event Studio!

3+ Months Before

  • Talk to the bride to get a feel for what kind of shower she’d like.
  • See if friends, family or bridesmaids would like to help.
  • Consult with the bride to set the date and create the guest list.
  • Call VIP guests (his mom and hers, the wedding party and grandparents) to see if there are any scheduling conflicts.
  • Have coffee with co-hosts to brainstorm ideas, choose a theme and determine a budget.
  • Make a to-do list, then divide and conquer.
  • Make a list of all possible locations and call to check on availability.

2 Months Before

  • Give guests (especially out-of-towners) a heads-up “save the date” e-mail or phone call.
  • Confirm reservations for your location.
  • Firm up your game plan for table linens, decorations, menu, favors and activities.
  • Finalize addresses for the guest list.
  • Order invites or purchase materials to make them.
  • Have co-hosts over to sip wine and assemble invites (don’t forget the Club Wedd shower inserts).
  • Remind the bride to make sure she has enough items on her registry.

1 Month Before

  • Drop-dead date for mailing out invites.
  • If guests have offered to bring something, call to confirm specifics.
  • Order deli trays, cakes and specialty foods, and rent any necessary catering equipment.
  • Go shopping for decorations, paper goods, party favors, prizes, etc.
  • Make a mix CD or MP3 playlist of songs that match your theme to play during the shower.

2+ Weeks Before

  • Order the flowers.
  • While you’re picking up last-minute items at Target, purchase your shower gift for the bride.
  • Make a shopping list for all the drinks, eats and treats you’ll need to get the week of the party. If you’re planning to use hard-to-find ingredients, get them now.
  • Pick up any CDs, cake stands or serving platters that friends are graciously lending.

1 Week Before

  • Confirm everything—who’s coming, who’s not, reservations, orders, deliveries, etc.
  • Wrap your gift and game prizes.
  • Assemble shower games and favors.
  • Pick up shower groceries.
  • Make sure you’ll have enough seats and tables.

1 DAY BEFORE

  • Make any dishes you can in advance—or, at the very least, do the prep work.
  • Set up tables and decorate.
  • Check in with co-hosts. Confirm what they’re bringing and see if they can come early to help.
  • While you’re out picking up the food and flowers you ordered, get any other last-minute must-haves.

THE DAY OF

  • Cook and prepare all the food and drinks.
  • Arrange your flowers and set out the food.
  • If the shower is at another location, arrive early to take care of details and decorate.
  • Assign people to take pictures, and make a list of who gave what gift to the bride.
  • Pour yourself a drink and have some fun!

Bridal Shower Season!

Feb

23

As Wedding Season draws near, another glorious time of year is upon us…Bridal Shower Season!

This week, we’ll be talking about the most boring of all of the pre-wedding parties. It doesn’t have to be that way, though! Bridal Showers have come a long way from the yawn-fest in Aunt Edna’s plastic covered sitting room.

Stay tuned for ideas and updates on the Bridal Shower Tradition. Don’t forget that you can host your BFF’s shower at our fabulous Pink Door Event Studio!

Meghann