A wedding can be one of the most stressful event in life for the bride and groom, what with all the arrangements to finalize, parties to attend, and relatives to greet throughout the weekend. A bridal shower is a great opportunity to give the bride a chance to slow down and smell the roses. It is also a time for the women in her life to have a chance to really congratulate her on this new chapter in her life and shower her with gifts that she may need in the forthcoming years. This is often one of the only times during a busy wedding schedule that the bride has to spend good, quality time with her relatives before they leave, and it is also a great chance to introduce women from different areas of her life to each other.
When planning a bridal shower, the most important thing to decide is the theme, so you and the rest of your planning committee, should you have one, should spend some quality time right at the beginning of the process deciding on the best one for your bride. There are traditional ones such as an “around-the-clock” bridal shower, where each guest is assigned a different hour of the day and is required to bring a present that the bride might use during that hour. Involving the guests like this makes it even more fun for them, so do not be afraid to request something of them to make the party theme even more pronounced. For example, you could request that all the guests wear antique hats, and throw an afternoon tea party with several different kinds of gourmet teas, crystal vases full of English roses, and tea cups as party favors.
Of course, if your bride is a more modern type of girl, try to make the theme more along her style. If she breaks with tradition, then do not plan a traditional bridal shower for her—maybe you could do an ultra-elegant, formal dinner party and give everyone ridiculous costume jewelry to wear for that bride that fashions herself a glamorous fashionista. If you do not think you could plan a glamorous party no matter how hard you tried, why not try enlisting the help of some of her fast-paced friends? They will love giving her the bridal shower of her dreams, and she will love that they were involved.