Location – The location is important when having a Bridal shower. If the location will be a venue that is a particular size or that needs reservations, make sure to get the reservations as soon as possible to ensure the shower location. Once the location is decided, it is important to choose the date and time for the bridal shower. Be sure to consult the bride before deciding upon a location. A local restaurant, the home of one of the hostesses or a Country Club where one of the hostesses is a member are ideal locations. Having the party at a restaurant or club gives you the advantage of using the expertise of a highly trained Catering Manager in planning your party. The Catering Manager’s job is to please her guests. Take advantage of her knowledge to select the theme, decor, food and every other part of the shower.
The Custom – The underlying reason for a Bridal shower is that it’s a perfect occasion for family and friends of the bride to spend relaxed time with her before the big wedding day. A Bridal shower is commonly hosted by the maid-of-honor and bridesmaids or friends and family of the bride or groom. The custom is said to have grown out of earlier dowry practices when a poor woman’s family might not have the money to provide a dowry for her, or when a father refused to give his daughter her dowry because he did not approve of the marriage. Another custom was to help the new couple set up a home, or to help the bride get together a trousseau. The Bridal shower kicks off the wedding festivities and it is important that everything goes well.
Getting Your Bridal Shower Invitations Out on Time – You want to make sure that your bridal shower invitations are put in the mail with plenty of time for your guests to respond and for you to get a clear count on your guest list. A good time frame for mailing is 2-3 months prior to the bridal shower.
Remember to thank the host/hostess, and if possible attach a gift to go along with the note of thanks, for all the love and hard work that had been put into the event. The gift could be an ornament, a box of chocolates or anything that would be of value to him/her, and which is not too costly. In the card mention the gift received and the success of the bridal shower with a personal compliment to the person.
Useful Party Favors – For more useful and practical ideas, consider party favors that can be used after the shower. They can be anything from gorgeous, playful to fun lovely bridal shower favors. You can choose from among of these practical items: personalized hand fans; tape measures; playing cards; pepper shakers; key rings; mugs; towels; purse hooks; bookmarks and etc.