Although bridal shower is an over-used term in the wedding industry, in reality, bridal showers are as unique and varied as the brides themselves! Whether you have a themed wedding or not, a bridal shower to pamper existing couples with gifts and love is very customary and yet there are some basic steps that you can take to make sure that the whole affair feels… well… festive! In essence, you want to take time to make your bridal shower a memorable event for all who attend it, right? Here are some wedding planning tips for unique bridal shower decorations and wedding ideas that are perfect for any theme. Make sure to use these wedding planning tips and get ready to celebrate your upcoming wedding with style!
Balloons and tulle-dotted fabrics are traditional bridal shower decorations, which provide for lots of options. For example, if you are having a beach theme for your big day, look for cute seaside motifs such as palm trees, seahorses, starfish, waves, sunflowers, sand, sea shells, seashells, etc. For a fall wedding theme, pumpkins and gourds make wonderful decorations with their autumnal colors. Similarly, flowers in pretty colors such as yellow, blue, pink, white and purple can go well with a fall theme.
Bridal shower ideas may include games centered on flowers. For example, to play “Flowers”, have guests arrive in pairs and place their gifts in a basket prior to entering the room. The first couple to complete the basket are the winners. Themes like Country Western, Sexy Bridesmaids, or Asian inspired decorations can be incorporated for unique bridal shower ideas. For a bride who loves flowers, consider a white lace design that is centerpieces on its own.
When it comes to creativity and shopping, DIY ideas reign supreme! If you are the do-it-yourself type, then you can easily turn ordinary fabrics into the ultimate party decorations. However, if you want to have professionally designed flowers, balloons and centerpieces, it would take a professional wedding planner’s expertise. On the other hand, if you prefer to save money and plan your wedding yourself, there are numerous pre-made shower accessories that are easy to incorporate into your wedding theme.
It is important to consider the overall theme of your bridal shower when planning decorations. It is important not to inject the wrong impression on your guests. For instance, if you intend to celebrate a “lesbian” theme, don’t wear a pink or feminine-looking dress. The same goes if you are planning a traditional wedding theme, like a western wedding. Bridal-themed invitations and decorations should give an impression that the event is strictly for bridesmaids and wedding attendants.
You can get everyone involved in the process by asking your friends, relatives, and co-workers to chip in on decorations. Of course you don’t want to leave out the ladies who will be attending the wedding – everybody should get an opportunity to contribute to the bridal shower. To make the whole experience more fun, enlist the aid of your maid of honor and bridesmaids in the preparation. They can help with ideas and the designing of the bridal shower invitations, decorations and favors. Even the groomsmen and fathers will get to participate in the process as they can share in the wedding planning process and give input into the decorations as well.
If you are opting for a more romantic affair, why not consider themes like French kissing, dreamy, and naughty? There are plenty of candle and glass themes that can lend a festive air to the occasion. If you plan on having an actual brunch, it’s easy to find local motifs and elements from a wedding planner or local photographer. A luau theme or other fun tropical themes might be a good fit for the brunch. Or you can go the extra mile and create your own theme from the suggestions of your guest of honor and bridesmaids.
With the wedding over, it’s time to move on to the after party decorations. The most popular choices for after party decorations include photo booths, candy bars, wine tasters, and wine samplers. Guests will love posing for a photo booth shot with their favorite aspect of the wedding while drinking wine and eating wedding cake. Wine sampler packs make a great addition to any guest’s loot bag and are great conversation starters at the party!