Wedding planning can be a stressful time – and not just for the bride. The maid of honor, mother of the bride or whoever is responsible for throwing the bridal shower often has big responsibilities and sometimes not a lot of time to plan. That’s where the wedding experts at DIY Network come into play. Not only can we answer your bridal shower etiquette questions, but we can give you ideas for themes, decor and even games and activities.
Not sure when to send out invitations (get cute, printable invites here) or order food and rentals? Download this free, printable shower-planning checklist to easily keep track of when everything needs to be done. The best way to go about planning a bridal shower is to first figure out the number of guests who will be in attendance (it’s best to get the bride’s guest list two months in advance). From here, you can decide on a fun theme the bride will enjoy. Does the couple need general housewares, or would they rather stock the bar? Will they be doing a lot of home improvement? A coed stock-the-garage shower might be right up their alley. Just think of the couple and what they will need. After that, coming up with and executing a theme will be no sweat.
Now on to the fun part: planning games and activities. A couple’s game of “Tie-the-Knot Jenga” or a “He Said, She Said” questionnaire could be just the thing to get guests talking and enjoying themselves. Games are especially helpful for sparking conversation and bringing people together when shower guests don’t know each other. If you’re running out of time and would prefer to keep things simple, opt for a basic game of “Bridal Shower Bingo” or “Name That Movie Quote” to add to the fun and keep guests entertained.
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