It may not seem like it when you glance out the window, but Spring is here – which means that Bridal Shower Season has officially begun! If you’re the Maid of Honour, the duty will usually fall to you and if you’re a first-timer you might be feeling like you’re in over your head. Well don’t! Planning a bridal shower can be tons of fun – and as for etiquette – the CBA is here to help!
When should you have the shower? One to three months before the wedding is best. A shower is a great way to kick-off the celebration and get the momentum rolling. You don’t want to do it too close to the big day, as the Bride may have a lot on her plate.
Invitations and Who to Invite: You should send out your invitations a month to six weeks in advance. If you’re having a small wedding, or a destination wedding, it’s nice to include people who aren’t invited to the wedding.
Who Should Host: Nowadays pretty much anyone can throw a shower, from the bride’s mother and sisters, to a family friend, or the groom’s mother. Just remember that hosting your own shower is a definite no-no! However, it is acceptable for you to help out with the planning – including picking the date and the food options.
Décor and Theme: Choosing a theme is one of the trickiest parts of a shower. There should be a personal feel in the décor, so if you get stuck, focus on some of the bride’s interests. Another option is to go along with the same theme and colour palette as the wedding.
Gifts: There are so many options when it comes to gifts these days. A lot of bride’s register for their shower as well as their wedding, which is perfectly acceptable (be sure to include any registry information on the invitations). Another fun option is to ask guests to buy gifts suited to a specific theme, a favourite is the “Time of Day” theme. Each guest is assigned a time of day, and must buy a creative gift that corresponds to the time. We also love these ideas from Intimate Weddings Blog.
Thank You’s: Be sure to have someone take thorough notes of each gift you receive and who it was from (this duty usually falls to the Maid of Honour). This will ensure that no one is left out when you send out your Thank you cards, and it will allow you to write a more personal message. Letting your guest’s leave with a little party favour as an extra thank-you is also a nice touch.