Throwing a bridal shower can seem like a daunting task, but having the privilege of throwing a going away party for your wife/ bestie is quite an honour. Bridal showers give the bride an evening to relax and enjoy some time with her loved ones and also some much needed time away from her wedding planning. When it comes to the shower, remember to prioritise the needs and wishes of the bride herself. The first decision you have to take is as to whether it is a surprise party or if you are going to include her in the planning. Once you have decided on that, you can proceed with further planning. Here, we have put together a basic guide to assist you. 

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Set A Date

The bridal shower should be around a month before the wedding, ideally, it should be somewhere halfway between when the wedding planning starts and the actual wedding. Work out the date with the bride-to-be and her close family members and do it in advance so that they don’t have to change their schedules. 

Choose A Theme

The theme is what sets the tone for the event and a lot of subsequent decisions rely on the chosen theme. The theme is definitely something the bride will love- it could be a quaint tea party, something loud and flashy in a pub or a Harry Potter themed party. It all depends on what the bride would love. If you know her well enough you can make the choice for her and surprise her otherwise, it may be wise to consult her before you finalise things. 

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Get The Guest List Right

This decision is crucial as you do not want to miss out on someone the bride is expecting to see at her shower. Run the list by her before reaching out to the guests. You can surprise her by going the extra mile to bring someone special to her to the shower, for example, her favourite grandmother. You can then send out invites to the guests and get them to RSVP. This will help you in making a decision about the venue, food and drinks for the party. 



Location! Location! Location!

The bridal shower can be held anywhere from the hostess’s home to a cafe to an upscale bar. The venue has to be chosen according to the type of vibe that you want to set for the party. And, of course, you need to ensure that it is easily accessible, can accommodate all your guests and has ample parking space. 

A Doable Dress Code

Dress code is optional and you can feel free to skip this one if you do not want to complicate things. But on the other hand, if you are going to have a dress code keep it simple. The dress code can be in terms of the colour palette or in the level of formality. This will ensure that there is some sort of uniformity in the photos. 

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Plan The Menu

The menu depends both on the venue and time of the event. It is advisable to limit it to finger food and choose items that you know the bride will like. Your food should also tie-up with the theme of the shower. For example, if it is a tea party theme, then finger sandwiches, cookies and mini cakes must be on the menu. 



The Right Music

Music is necessary to fill in the lulls of the conversation and to keep the energy of the party up. You can ask the bride to curate her own playlist or you can delegate this task to the groom so that he feels involved. Ensure that if it is a home event, you have the sound system all set up and ready to go.

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We hope that we have been of some help to you. Go ahead and throw a smashing shower and wow the bride!