I wanted to share the recipe for a very successful Bridal Shower with you. The Bride was blown away and the guests delighted with an afternoon of feminine indulgence. Read on and find out what the secret was to a gorgeous afternoon.
First I just want to acknowledge the difference between a “Hens Night” and a “Bridal Shower”.
One is all about being fabulously trashy, making an arse of yourself and generally causing havoc in public. The other is about being fabulous, celebrating with class and indulging in all things girlie in the company of friends. As chief Bridesmaid I knew my girlfriend would prefer the later.
“No shots, no strippers, no public humiliation”, that was what she made me promise.
Without the haze of Tequila shots to cover up the evenings indiscretions I knew it was going to be all about the planning and details. The guests would remember everything and I knew how important it was to the bride to celebrate the end of her single-dom with something impressive.
So here are my secrets to success:
1) An afternoon event
After lunch, ending before dinner. This way you only have to provide nibbles and a few drinks (High tea is perfect). It keeps the costs down allowing you money to spend on more important things. Short and sweet. Suitable for all ages to attend and easier to get RSVPs.
2) Location, location, location
Traditional venues are expensive (often $500+ for an afternoon). Think outside the box… we rented a beautiful cottage on the water thanks to Book a Bach. That way the bride and a few friends could stay the night after the event. Check out where we stayed: http://www.bookabach.co.nz/baches-and-holiday-homes/view/12469
3) Delight them with the details
We just HAD to have the gorgeous tableware from “The Vintage Table”. It looked divine with tiered cake stands, delicate china tea cups and adorable tea pots. Bluebells Cakery have the most amazing cupcakes. This was the best use of money. The Vintage Tea Parties are PERFECT! http://www.thevintagetable.co.nz/vintage-tea-parties.html
4) Engage with games
Never too old for a bit of frivolity make sure you have a few activities planned for the day. I recommend “toilet paper bridal gowns”, questions about the groom (with correct answers rewarded with a few spicy presents) and even quilt square decorating by each guest (which can be sewn together at a later date). Keep it social and relaxed.
Last but not least make sure you have a dedicated photographer on the day. Ask the ladies to dress up and capture the moments created so the bride can treasure them forever.
Best of luck!