My best friend is getting married. Exciting! However, she decided to have a very short engagement (5 weeks!) so there was lots to do in little time. It was a great time planning everything as one of her bridesmaids, and seeing her vision come to life. It was a blast!
But one thing that scared me a bit was planning her bridal shower. I have only ever been to one bridal shower before, as a guest, so I didn’t have much experience to go off of. This is also my first time being a bridesmaid so I wasn’t really sure what to do there either! Geez! Luckily, the other bridesmaid (the bride’s sister) was experienced at such things and knew what to do. Together, we planned a Pinterest-worthy bridal shower on a budget. I thought it turned out great. So I wanted to offer a few tips to those who want some money-saving ideas, or who maybe just aren’t familiar with kind of what to do for a bridal shower since I wasn’t. Of course this isn’t the only way to do one, you can do whatever you think your bride would like! After all, it’s all about the bride!
We had about 2 weeks to plan this shower. We decided to purchase decor first, after looking through several websites of inspiration. A party supply store would be the best place to get these items, but since we left it to a holiday, they were all closed (doh!). So we went to Michaels. The prices were honestly not too bad for all this stuff – the hanging balls, fans, favour boxes, raffia, twine, burlap, table runner, decorative trunk. Also, if you sign up for Michaels’ weekly email specials, you get a 50% off coupon every week! Definitely use those to your advantage and you could save a lot.
We hit up the dollar store afterwards for a few essentials – balloons, confetti, favour box labels. Our vision for this shower was a rustic chic/shabby chic sort of event, with a classy twist. It was a wine and champagne event, with lots of appetizers and dessert (made by the bride’s sister – amazing chef she is!), and we called it a “Boudoir Shower” – so meaning lingerie! So each guest brought her a gift of lingerie. We made sure to put her sizes in the invitation so people knew what to buy.
I found the toughest thing was planning how the evening would go. We decided to make a timeline like so:
- 6pm – Guests arrive
- 6:30pm – Once everyone has a drink/is settled, welcome them to the event, do introductions so everyone knows each other’s name. Also, we described the games we would be playing (detailed below), and started with the M&Ms game (see below).
- 7pm – First game over, people are loosened up. Invite them to eat and keep the party going!
Now, there’s a ton of ideas for bridal shower games out there. We decided to keep it pretty simple and fun since not everyone knew each other at this shower, so the games also acted as icebreakers. The first game we played was the M&M game. Basically, each person grabs some M&Ms and you have to say something for each colour you get. Check out the little chart tags I made below. Click on the image to download this for your own event! They print 2 to a page, so just print (on cardstock preferably), cut, and you’re done! I made it in Word so you can easily edit the phrases. Or, you can download a PDF version here if you don’t wanna edit it.
Next, we played the Plastic Ring Hunt game. We bought some plastic diamond rings and hid them around the house. The person who has the most at the end of the night wins a prize! In our case, that was a Starbucks gift card. Something everyone likes.
For food, the bride’s awesomely talented sister made beautiful cupcakes (she is an artist with baking!) and a bunch of tasty appetizers. We served wine and champagne, and made a nonalcoholic punch for the preggos who attended. We also made some cute favours (pictured above) which I will detail in another post to come soon.
I hope this post helps you plan a shower, or gives you some ideas for another sort of event. I find that since Pinterest is so involved in our lives now, people tend to go overboard trying to recreate awesome-looking events. Which is a great idea, however remember that most of those were made by event planners and whole teams of people, for a serious amount of money. But if we can recreate the rustic chic bridal shower Pinterest look with a fraction of the budget, then anyone can!