Bridal Shower Checklist
created on Dec 28, 2011
Check with the bride to see who she wants invited - it's her shower and her choice.
You'll need funds, so hit up family and friends to show the bride to be a good time.
Bridal showers are traditionally a morning or early afternoon affair, and so should be held on a weekend.
The shower may be held at home, in the dining hall of a nice restaurant, in a church or many other venues.
Ask the bride if she desires a particular theme,. If not, you can get creative.
Invitations should be pretty and feminine, and request an RSVP as well as include directions to the event.
Call around and select a caterer, and decide on a menu. Brunch items are lovely for morning showers, or afternoon showers may feature teatime treats.
Register the bride online for items the couple will need to set up housekeeping.
Floral arrangements should be tasteful and understated. Ask the florist about specials.
You may wish to opt for balloons instead of flowers if the budget is tight or some guests have allergies.
If held at home, the shower may be large enough to require extra tables and chairs to be rented.
A bridal shower cake is traditionally a white cake, but layered cakes with jelly filling are coming in style. Order early.
Select fun games to play at the party, and shop for any needed supplies - including pencils and small pads of paper for word games.
Plan on a small favor bag for each guest to take home. Also have some small prizes for the games.
You can go for casual and a quick clean up with paper and plastic, or get out Grandmother's china for a formal bridal shower.
Double check with the caterer concerning the menu and game-plan for the party.
Contact those who have not RSVPd, and find out if they will be attending.
Someone should be in charge of videotaping the event, and another person can take pictures. A professional may be hired if the party is very elaborate.
Purchase gifts for the lucky couple, and check the registry to ensure there are no duplications.
These should be already purchased and ready to put up.
Everything possible should be delivered the day before to make set up stress free.
If the cake is not being delivered, assign someone to pick it up
The florist may deliver, or you may have to pick these up as well.
One person should use the invitation list to note who gave what gift, so thank you notes can be mailed later.
Large trash bags should be stocked for discarding trash and wrapping paper during the party, making final clean up easier.
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