10 Steps to Hosting the Perfect Bridal Shower

Guarantee a great time for your bride and her guests with these helpful tips!

As a maid of honor, your tasks are more than purchasing a bridesmaid dress your bride selects and walking down the aisle. One of the more commonly accepted responsibilities is throwing a bridal shower. If this is your first foray into the world of weddings, you may not be entirely familiar about expectations for a bridal shower, and that’s where we come in.

Take a look, below, to see the 10 steps to hosting the perfect bridal shower:

1. Delegate Tasksdelegate tasks at bridal showerThough traditionally the maid of honor is in charge of throwing a bridal shower, one person can’t be expected to do everything! Even professional party planners have assistants. So, gather up the rest of the bridesmaids and figure out some tasks that cater to each individual’s strength. Photo by EDLT Photo

2. Invite Wisely
bridal shower invitation pink with parasol design
The bride shouldn’t work on her own showers, but she should be consulted on the guest list. You don’t want to snub someone because you didn’t realize how close she is to her coworkers, or worse – invite someone who she had a falling out with. Photo by Brett Hickman Photographers

3. Make it Personalbridal shower themeWhile the wedding represents the couple, the bridal shower is an event where it really is all about the bride. Make that clear by selecting a theme that reflects the bride’s taste and interests. Photo by Lin & Jirsa Photography; Floral Design by White Lilac Inc.

4. Supply Snackstea sandwiches, snacks for bridal showerA full meal is not necessary, but elegant finger foods such a tea sandwiches and other hors d'oeuvres will keep guests satisfied. Photo by Steve Steinhardt

5. Have Specialty Drinksbridal shower specialty drink station
There’s no reason for the wedding to hog the specialty cocktail trend. Discover a theme-appropriate drink to serve, and make sure to offer fun non-alcoholic options as well. Photo by Images by Berit, Inc.

6. Present Unique Activitiesperfume mixing station, bridal shower activityInstead of the cheesy standbys of creating wedding dresses out of bathroom tissue, offer activities that the guests would actually do in their spare time, such as perfume making, wine tasting, painting, or cupcake decorating. Photo by Boyd Harris Photographs

7. Highlight the Bride
bride in white dress bridesmaids friends in red burgundy gowns bridal shower
Keep the focus on the guest of honor with signs for her seat and drink or even a flower crown in place of a stand-in veil. Also, most brides-to-be choose to wear a white gown to denote they're the bride. Photo by Jessica Claire Photography; Planning & Design by International Event Company

8. Take Note of Giftsbridal shower giftsWhile the bride opens her gifts, discreetly keep track of which guest gave which present. Send her the list after the event; she will be grateful for how much easier you’ve made writing thank-you notes. Photo by Samuel Lippke Studios

9. Involve the Groomgroom surprises bride with flowers at bridal showerThough he should not attend the actual festivities, surreptitiously obtaining a letter or video message from the groom for the party, or even arranging a quick visit, is a nice way to highlight the real reason for the fête – their upcoming marriage. Photo by Samuel Lippke Studios

10. Provide Festive Favorsfrosted cookie, bridal shower favorsAs with wedding favors, be mindful of what might actually be useful to some guests. There are plenty of darling trinkets that seem great in theory, but wind up filling junk drawers. Photo by Brett Hickman Photographers; Linens by Luxe Linen

Find more inspiration for bridal showers by taking a look at these real events and browsing our photo galleries!

Authored by: Emily Lasnier