The first and foremost thing to consider while planning for a bridal shower is to decide theme of the party. You should try to think out of the box so as to make the party unique and interesting. While deciding the theme of the party it is best to consider the tastes, preferences and personality of the bride.
Designing and distribution within budget – The main consideration about any particular event starts with the budget. Since bridal shower is part of a series of events that end with your special day, you might want to keep the budget small. It is important to plan your budget in advance so you can get your card designs selected and submitted for printing. You’ll also need to determine the time that’ll be required for distribution of cards. Keep in mind that delay in the printing of cards may increase your spending on distribution of cards because in that case you’ll have to use expensive distribution methods to ensure the timely delivery of cards. Expensive courier services and other delivery methods can easily spoil your budget in such cases.
Be sure to plan your bridal shower and order your bridal shower invitations at least 8-12 weeks in advance. If you have many out of town guests attending you may want to mail the bridal shower invitations as early as 6 weeks in advance so everyone is sure to reserve the date for your party so that they can attend. 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 bridal shower and an RSVP card that can help you determine the number of guests attending you can expect at the bridal shower. You can always find an approach that will fit your budget from basic one layer bridal invitations all the way up to more expensive and higher quality layered approaches. Paying attention to the little details when it comes to bridal shower invitations can make a nice statement with your guests and provide them with an elegant keepsake of the Bridal shower.
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.
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.