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Bridal Shower 101: Recipe for a Party

The question's been popped, the date is set, and now it's time to shower the people you love with love.

We have sensible advice and simple recipes for a perfectly lovely bridal shower.

Basic Elements

Make a to-do list that includes invitations, menu, setup, cleanup, photos, decorations, ice-runs, etc. Organize list items in a three-ring binder with dividers. Add details as needed, but hang on to your sanity by keeping things simple.

  • The maid or matron of honor usually leads the charge, with work shared by the rest of the bridesmaids. This means the party-givers pay the bills, so it's essential you make and stick to a budget.
  • Schedule the shower six to eight weeks before the wedding. Try for a two-hour block on a weekend afternoon.
  • The bride and groom compile the guest list. When you've gathered addresses, phone numbers, and email, send out invitations six weeks before the shower or several months ahead if there will be out-of-towners. Include the date, start and end times--two hours should do it--event address, contact information, and gift registry.
  • Let guests know if the party has a theme: kitchen, new home, pamper-the-bride, or other special interests.
  • A big guest list might mean you rent a space; a more intimate gathering could be held at a private home. Either way, plan for enough seating, eating, and mingling. Decorations can be simple or elaborate; classic or themed.
  • If there's room in your budget, hire someone to help set up, serve, and clean up afterwards.

    Jul. 16, 2010 7:06 am
    What about the registry? I'm a MOH in my sister's wedding and really overwhelmed...this is my first time being a MOH and I didn't realize how stressful planning a shower could be! A co-worker of mine told me that is the best site to use for an online registry, and there is also a iPhone app that you can use to scan product barcodes with your iPhone and add the items right to your registry while you are shopping in the stores? Sounds like it can't get much better than that, but just wanted to see if you know anything else about this?
    Jul. 23, 2011 9:22 am
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    Jul. 26, 2011 12:19 pm
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    Jul. 27, 2011 1:07 pm
    Bridal Shower is sooo cute when the bride open her presents
    Nov. 25, 2011 2:45 am
    i do love in this site, very interesting and lots of ideas.
    Dec. 12, 2011 10:36 am
    I love this idea! My mother-in-law threw a recipe shower for me so those who lived far away could still feel like a part of the pre-wedding festivities. The book she compiled is still one of my most treasured gifts.
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