Do’s and Don’ts for your bridal shower

Brides-to-be have a lot of things to look forward to in the coming months: lots of exciting planning, special times with loved ones, and, of course, the bridal shower. The bridesmaids traditionally coordinate this event, and it’s one of the most memorable and traditional aspects of the bride’s journey leading up to the big day. If you’re planning this for your BFF bride, here are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind so the party can go as smoothly as possible.

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Do set a budget
Even if it’s not a huge soiree, it’s still important to know who is paying for what. If any of the bridesmaids can’t attend, they should contribute to the bridal shower budget either way. Sit down with everyone and create a spreadsheet of exactly who is paying for what. If not everybody is able to contribute significantly, try to help them find alternative ways to be a part of the shower, like baking cookies or crafting their own decorations or favors.

Do schedule it in advance
If you have a lot of people wanting to attend the celebration, you should try to choose a date far enough in advance so that everyone can clear their schedules. A wedding shower can take place anytime between six months to a week before the wedding, depending on the bride. You may need to schedule it far in advance so that guests can arrange travel plans.


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Do send out invitations
Typically, invitations for a bridal shower should be sent out to guests at least four to six weeks in advance. Try to find invitations that match the theme or tone of the event. For a fun and casual party, this bridal shower invite has the perfect pops of pinks and adds a subtle touch of personality.

Don’t be the boss
Of course you’ll want to make sure that everything goes as planned, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to assume full responsibility for every detail of the event. Between picking out custom napkins and personalized goodie bags, there’s a lot to do – and it’s all about delegating.

Make sure that you break up the different tasks for the shower among you and the other bridesmaids. Letting each girl tackle something can save you from a lot of frustration.

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Don’t forget about the bride
You may be in charge of planning the shower, but it’s still important to pay attention to the bride’s opinions. Remember, this is for her, not you. Take her input and make plans accordingly. However, you’re the one planning this, not her, so if she’s asking for a lot and taking control, gently remind her that all she has to do is sit back and relax while you do all the hard work.

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