The Ultimate Bridal Shower Guide

The Ultimate Bridal Shower Guide

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Lisa Freedman
Dec 22, 2017
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Lots of couples get engaged this time of year, which means you might be asked to be a MOH in the next few weeks. Yay! That also means you might be tasked with throwing a bridal shower in the spring. Is that excitement turning into panic? Don't worry! We've got everything you need to pull off the party without a hitch so that your BFF can get, well, hitched.

1. Pick a theme.

It doesn't have to be complicated: Go with something rustic, Champagne and cupcakes, an afternoon tea party, or anything else you think the bride will like. A theme will help you plan the menu, entertainment, and decorations.

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2. Save on invitations.

Invitations can get pricey! Use our beautiful, customizable download instead and then put the money you saved toward the budget for bubbles.

Download it: Our Gorgeous Printable Bridal Shower Invitation Is Totally Free! (And Customizable!)

3. Listen to some real brides.

If you don't want to ask the actual bride of honor what she wants (out of fear of ruining any surprises), be sure to read this story at the very least.

Keep reading: The Best Bridal Shower Advice, According to Brides

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4. Go with a make-ahead menu.

The more you can make ahead of time, the better. This is true for any party and especially true of a bridal shower when you're in charge of doting on the bride and checking in on your guests. We've got plenty of ideas for snacks, larger bites, and drinks — all of which can be made in advance.

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5. Plan some entertainment.

You're going to need music and some sort of (hopefully non-cheesy) game. We've got you covered.

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6. Give some good favors.

Bridal shower guests do not need a mini cheese board with the bride's wedding date laser etched into it. Don't waste your money! Instead, consider passing out something they'll actually take home — and enjoy.

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7. And an even better gift for the bride.

If you threw the shower, you probably don't need to get her an additional gift (the party is the present!). Feeling extra generous? Consider getting guests to help you make a recipe book or box for her.

Here's what you need to know: 6 Tips for Creating a Group Recipe Book

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