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.
Ideally, bridal shower thank you cards should be sent no more than two weeks after the shower, but even if you forget, it is never too late to say thank you. Each and every attendant is to be thanked whether they brought a gift or not. Do not combine the thank you cards with any other type of card. For example, if two guests came to the bridal shower, and only one had given a gift, send each one a thank you card specifically for coming to the bridal shower, but then include an acknowledgment of the gift given by the one who presented it to you.
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.
Did you know by tradition, it is actually not the immediate relatives that host the bridal shower but the friends and several distant relatives of the bride who host the event. Generally, considered to be the best way to pep-up the bride to be before her marriage, this is the perfect occasion to pamper her with gifts. Being the host you will do your best to make this day memorable for her. But have you decided on the design for the bridal shower cards? The invitation is said to mark the beginning of the celebration and surely you would want it to be the best one.
Including All The Necessary Information – Bridal shower invitations should not only invite your guests to the event, they should contain clear instructions on the location of the shower, any theme that is being used for the shower and an RSVP card that can help you determine the amount of guests you can expect. Including a self addressed stamped envelope inside the invitation so that your guests can return the RSVP easily is also recommended.