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Planning Your Daughters Wedding: The Bridal Shower

All of Sabryna’s friends were off to college, so I decided to plan her bridal shower. I asked one of her friends that I knew I could count on to help me with the games. I have planned bridal showers before but never with the perspective of the MOB, which pretty much changed everything. Here are a few things that I learned along the way which you may find helpful.
The invitations were sent out three to four weeks before the shower. I didn’t want them to go out much before that because guests may start forgetting. I had S tell all of her friends to save the date so there wouldn’t be anything planned over top this event.

 

Pineapple Centerpieces made by Crystal Haro and MOB
Don’t decorate with the wedding decor. It was really important to me not to reveal or give away the wedding decorations. I wanted the shower to be in the same color scheme because those are the colors S loves, but I mixed it up a bit. At her wedding the colors are mostly white, gold and a hint of blush pink. So for the shower I decorated with more blush pink and a hint of gold. All of the decor I used was made specifically for the shower and I did not reuse at the wedding reception.
As shown here I made oodles of burlap flags out of burlap. The gold pieces were spray painted.
Using real pineapple, I cored and used the insides, then put them back together, securing with toothpicks and sprayed these gold as accent pieces.
Themes make it easier to decorate. Themes are not usually my thing but I loved how easy it made every decision thereafter. To come up with my theme I thought of things my daughter loves that she will not be using at her wedding. Right now she is obsessed with Pineapples. It was fun to surprise her by using pineapples in the decor, she was so excited!
Decorate a focal point where the Bride can sit and be seen by everyone. A fireplace hearth is always a good option but if your space doesn’t have one then you can easily make a fun backdrop and add in a chalk board or a sign.

 

This is where the Bride opened up her gifts. The chalk board made a fun focal point.
Decorate an inviting entry table. Either right outside the front door or as soon as you walk in decorate an entry table and have the Bride stand beside it to greet each guest. This really is important for those who may not get another chance to hug or have a one on one conversation with the lady of the hour! It also makes each guest feel extra special.

 

Everyone wrote advice for the bride on a wooden spoon
and she read them out loud before opening her gifts.
Find a perfect balance between socializing, games, presents & pictures. I have found that the easiest way to achieve this balance is to have a dinner. This way your guests can chit chat while around the tables. Food is always good conversation and a gateway into other events.
Using my Cricut I personalized these plates for the dinner using blush pink vinyl
mirror imaged and adhered to the backs of each plate.
Serve healthy, fresh & easy to prepare food & what the Bride loves to eat. I’ve catered my fair share of parties. This to me is the most important part because you want your food fresh. I knew I wanted to use pineapples in my fruit salad and I so I added watermelon and cantaloupe for a fresh side dish. I bought spring rolls and baked them two hours before the event started and kept them in a warmer. I went to the market in the morning and picked up seven different sushi rolls & varieties. I added a spinach, mango & avocado salad, as well as a freshly made cabbage salad. Lemon iced tea was the beverage of choice along with water. Sabryna loves sushi & cabbage salad. We aren’t having it at the wedding. So this was my time to spoil her with what she loves!
Sushi is S’s favorite so I made sure to incorporate it on this occasion.
 
Keep games to a minimum. I asked one of the brides maids to prepare a few games. She did a fabulous job. I had wooden spoons at the door for each guest to write down advice on as well as handed out rings with key words people could not say. The guest at the end of the event with the most rings won a prize. The games played were a video tape question/answer pre-taped of Brady and a purse raid. All were super fun, interactive, and not long.

 

The pre-taped game which Alex prepared, it was a hit and so much fun!
 
Use the centerpieces & live florals as prizes. My friend and I made the most beautiful pineapple fresh floral centerpieces. Some with roses and others with hydrangea’s. Since I had five of these I used them as the gifts so they could be enjoyed in several homes afterwards! This also saves money and time thinking about what to purchase that would be appreciated for prizes. Live floral arrangements are always a classy addition!
Centerpieces used as prizes for the games.
 
Schedule an outdoor photo shoot with all her friends. Brides love photos & photo shoots. Make sure you take time before it is dark to get all those must have pictures taken!
S showing the girls her ring.
Have a take home gift for each guest to remember the night. To honor each guest you can make a simple take home gift or hand out thanking them for their friendship and for coming to support the Bride.
You are the Pineapple of my eye take home gifts made by MOB.
Template can be found here.
Have Fun. Take time to enjoy yourself and the event itself. Afterwards I didn’t hurry & take everything down right away. I waited for everyone to leave and visited with all the guests–really taking time to enjoy the night. This made a huge difference for my enjoyment level. There is always time to take down decor, but the event is only a few hours long!
Picture of the room before the event began.

 

Read other articles in this series:
Planning Your Daughters Wedding: Where to Begin.
Planning Your Daughter’s Wedding: The Details
Planning Your Daughter’s Wedding: The Bridal Party
Planning Your Daughter’s Wedding: The Wedding Dress
Planning Your Daughter’s Wedding: Picking A Venue
Planning Your Daughter’s Wedding: Preventing Bridezilla
Planning Your Daughter’s Wedding: The Wedding Cake
Planning Your Daughter’s Wedding: The Bridal Shower
Visit the Bride’s website here.
Photography Credit: MOB
Special thanks to Crystal Haro {helping with fresh floral arrangements} and 
Haley Nunez {helping me put up the decorations}.

Please follow along as I will be posting and updating my blog with each and every area of planning for my daughter’s big day! I will be posting tutorials, money saving ideas, and tips that made this day extra special. Thanks for reading!

Soon to be Bride and MOB.

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