bridal shower checklist
bridal shower checklist
Planning a bridal shower is one of the most exciting parts of planning a wedding. It’s also one of the most stressful, especially if you’re not used to organizing large groups of people. Fortunately, there are ways to make this process easier and less stressful for everyone involved. Here are some tips for creating an organized bridal shower checklist:
Decide on a venue
When it comes to the venue, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, think about the number of guests. If you’re having a large wedding or party with many guests, then it’s best to choose an area where people won’t get lost and have trouble finding one another. You can also consider what kind of theme you’d like for your wedding—a beach wedding would be great if you live near water! Or maybe something more traditional like a church ceremony? Lastly, think about cost—are there any fees associated with this location? Will they charge extra for alcohol? And how much does parking cost at this place (if any)?
You’ll also want to consider whether or not this place has WiFi access before making any final decisions about which venue will work best for everyone on your special day!
Decide how many guests to invite
Decide how many guests to invite
The number of guests you invite will depend on the venue and your theme. You want to keep it small enough that you can watch each other’s faces as you unwrap the presents, but not so small that it feels like a high school reunion. If possible, try to invite at least one friend who is not related by blood or marriage (though if they’re close friends, why not?). If this isn’t possible because your guest list is too small or because there aren’t any couples available who are both single and friendly with children (or pets), then consider inviting more than one unrelated couple instead of just one—you’ll have more fun with them!
If possible: Invite friends who don’t know each other well yet; this way everyone can spend time together without worrying about being judged by strangers’ opinions about them based solely off their appearance in public places like weddings where everyone looks good because makeup artists make sure everything looks perfect before going live on TV broadcasts so nobody gets hurt during speeches made by famous people whose faces are shown across America every night at 10pm ET/PT when nobody else watches anything else except maybe sports news updates from ESPN networks which usually start at 9pm ET/PT anyway.”
Decide how you will decorate the venue
Once you’ve decided on a theme for your bridal shower, it’s time to think about how you’ll decorate the venue. If your theme is rustic or vintage-inspired, use wooden tables and chairs instead of plastic ones. You can also try using natural fabrics like linen or cotton for napkins instead of paper bags (and don’t forget about those!).
If your theme is more modern or contemporary, go with metal folding chairs instead of wood ones—but don’t skimp on quality! Rocking chairs are another way to add an old-fashioned feel without breaking the bank; they’re usually made from metal so they won’t rust over time and look cool at any event type!
Now that we’ve got some ideas down on paper (or in our heads), let’s move onto planning out our menu!
Decide what to serve the guests at the bridal shower
- Food options
The most important thing to figure out before your bridal shower is what food will be served. You don’t want to go with something that isn’t appealing or healthy, so make sure it matches the theme of your party. Your guests are going to be there for hours and hours, so you have time (and money!) to spend on this part of planning! Here are some ideas:
If there’s one thing I hate about weddings, it’s having someone order wine when I’m pregnant—especially if they don’t offer me anything else. So instead of just asking for a glass of wine with dinner at someone’s house after their wedding, why not ask them if they’d like an appetizer or dessert first? That way everyone gets a chance at enjoying themselves without feeling awkward about sharing any alcohol.* Food options
If you’re unsure about what kind of foods would go well together but don’t want anyone getting sick from eating too much at once then keep reading this section! Some examples include: chocolate cake/ice cream sundae; pizza/chips; hamburger melt sandwich combo meal—this one would probably take up more space than necessary though since burgers aren’t always great choices when pregnant but sometimes being creative pays off 🙂
Decide on the theme for the bridal shower
Decide on the theme for the bridal shower.
The first thing you should do is decide on a theme that reflects the bride’s personality, as well as your own interests and tastes. It’s also important to consider how much time you have to plan, decorate, clean up after and prepare everything. The last thing you want to do is take away from other tasks by spending all of your time on planning this party instead of doing something else!
Before you begin planning the bridal shower, it’s important to decide on the games that will be played with guests. This is a great way for everyone to get involved in the festivities and for you as well! It’s also helpful if you can find some games that your guests can play together or one-on-one with each other. Games like charades and truth or dare are great examples of this type of activity at a bachelorette party because they allow people to interact socially while still having fun at the same time.
If possible, try not only come up with an entertaining game list but also remember that these types of activities don’t have to last long either! You may want someone else’s help when planning out how long each game will last so make sure when setting up your schedule everything stays concise yet thorough enough without being too long just because there’s more than one person involved in any given activity (or even whole group).
Send out invites to bridal shower
Now that you have a guest list, it’s time to send out invites. If you’re using a computer and internet connection, this will be easy. But if not, try using an old-fashioned pen and paper or even an old-fashioned phone call!
You can either write down each address on one piece of paper or print them on an index card so that when you need to look them up later (and trust me: this is going to happen), all your guests are in one place. It also helps if there are no errors in their address—if they live at 26 West Street but their house number is 19 East Street, then make sure they get exactly what they asked for!
Once all the addresses have been entered into your database system (or whatever other way works best), go ahead and send out those invitations! Make sure everyone checks their spam folder so that no one misses getting theirs; otherwise someone could end up thinking I already received one because I’m already way late posting this article…
Prepare activities/games and prizes
You should also make sure that you have a good selection of games and activities for your guests. You want to ensure that everyone has a good time, so don’t forget about prizes! Make sure they’re relevant to the theme of your bridal shower, but also don’t forget about quality or price—you’ll want something nice and not too expensive since it’s coming from your pocket (or possibly someone else’s). It’s also important that games are fun and easy-to-play so that everyone gets involved in whatever activity takes place throughout the day. And finally, don’t forget about clean up afterwards!
Plan bridal shower outfits and make-up looks based on theme ideas
- Choose an outfit that matches the theme, but doesn’t have to be exactly like it. If you have a lot of people coming together for your bridal shower, you may want to consider choosing one ensemble instead of having everyone wear something different.
- Choose an outfit that is comfortable and appropriate for the weather. You don’t want your guests complaining about how hot it is or getting wet when they go outside, so make sure your dress has pockets!
- Make sure the dress fits well on top and fits comfortably in all areas down below (i.e., hips). This will ensure none of those pesky wardrobe malfunctions happen while posing for pictures later on during cocktail hour!
Hire a photographer if you have one in mind or a family member or friend with good photographic skills. You can also do it yourself.
If you have a photographer in mind or know of others who would be interested, ask them to come take pictures of your event. It’s also possible to do it yourself—if you’re comfortable photographing people, then this may be an option for you. You can buy a camera and learn how to use it; however, hiring a professional photographer is generally considered the better choice because they have experience (and they will make sure things run smoothly).
The benefit of hiring a professional photographer is that there are fewer opportunities for errors and mistakes when using their equipment compared with using your phone or camera on its own.
Having a checklist will help you plan your bridal shower seamlessly
Having a checklist will help you plan your bridal shower seamlessly. It’s a good way to organize your thoughts, avoid forgetting something and make sure that you have everything in order.
- Make sure the bride-to-be has all of her guests’ names and contact information handy. If she doesn’t have this information written down, it’ll be hard for her to remember who everyone is later on!
- Write down exactly what each guest brought so that everyone knows what they should bring next time (e.g., food). This also helps avoid running out of things like napkins or plates—which could lead them having an incomplete meal at the end of their party!
Hopefully your bridal shower will be a blast and you will end up with the best pictures.