Gifts – Once the guests have been greeted and any games have been played, the bride should be led to her chair to open the gifts. After the shower is over, it is proper etiquette for the bride to thank her guests, not only for the gifts, but for sharing the day with her. The hostesses of the luncheon or party should find the right gift for a bridal shower is to show the bride how much you care. Choose from the bridal registry and select a gift that she might not otherwise receive. Any Bride-to-be will tell you one of her favorite mementos from the A Bridal shower is a miniature picture album filled with a photo of her and each guest (taken at the shower) and a handwritten bit of advice from that guest slipped into the adjoining page. It is also proper etiquette for the bride to give a gift to the hostesses as a special ”Thank You” for the party.
Basic Planning – The bride has probably been stressed from all of the planning, and the shower gives her some much needed time to unwind with her friends. The bride is the princess of the day, so be sure that in your planning you don’t do anything that will make her feel uncomfortable. Unless you feel it’s mandatory to surprise the bride, involve her in the planning. In order to take some stress off of the people involved in the planning of the party, you may choose a location that caters and also has beverages available for the guests. If you are working with a group of several women try to limit the planning to one meeting where you can choose a them and then decide who will do each of the basic planning step like as obtaining the guest list and sending the invitations, accepting the invitation responses, choosing a location, creating centerpieces, buying favors, arranging for the games, selecting the menu or buying the gift. Choosing a theme ensures that everyone on the same page. Give each member of the group a budget and set them loose. If you are planning the party on your own, be sure to make a list and do just one thing at a time.
Because it is a time of much activity, it would be wise to keep the cards in your possession as you go about your busy tasks, so that the thank you messages can be worked on as time permits. Set a goal, so as not to wear yourself out. For instance, write at least four cards at a time, this way you’ll avoid mistakes due to exhaustion, i.e., with the guests’ names, your handwriting, etc.
Bridal Shower Invitation Styles – There are many different approaches to style you can take when designing an putting together your invitations. A great designer will work with you to achieve the overall look and feel of your invitations and may suggest things such as: multi-layered design, color schemes, envelope and seal options as well as wording and layout. Depending on your budget you can go very basic with a one card invitation all the way up to elaborate bridal shower invitations that have many layers and materials.
Place Card Holders – Looking for something that features a dual function? Place card holders are the answer. Practically speaking, if you are on a tight budget, what better way to cut down expenses is to look for an item that can serve multi purposes. Instead of purchasing a real favor that will only serve as a party souvenir, why not consider place card holders that can double as your party souvenirs. They serve as card holders at first and party giveaways at the end of the day. You can find different place card holders with different designs and styles. Just make sure to choose holders that fits the theme of your bridal shower.