Once the theme of the party has been decided, the next step is to finalize the invitations. There is a wide range of invitation cards available in the market. You can choose the card in accordance to the theme of your party and your budget. If it is a formal get-together then you should send formal invitations and if it’s a non-formal party then you should look for casual invitation cards.
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.
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.
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.
Not all bridal shower invitations are created equal. Depending on which approach you choose, you can wind up with invitations that vary greatly in terms of quality. Off the shelf invitations are usually created with standard card stock while handmade invitations allow you choose your paper and allow you to use high quality blends that are much nicer to the touch. With off the shelf bridal shower invitations you also run the risk of using invitations that perhaps some of your friends have used in the past. Because your guests may keep the invitation well into the future as a keepsake, it is a good choice to go for quality when choosing your bridal shower invitations.