Been tasked to provide your best friend or sister with a wedding shower? It’s a pre-wedding celebration that is huge in the USA, growing in Australia and virtually non-existent in the UK, but where ever you are, here are a few tips to get you started.
1. Make sure the bride actually wants one. If it’s a no, back off unless she likes surprises (‘surprise, it didn’t happen because you said no!’) but if it is a yes, then hurrah, start planning.
2. Find a restaurant (you don’t have to clear up there!), your own house or a friend’s or relative’s placeto hold the bash. The woman in question won’t appreciate, and certainly shouldn’t have to clear up.
3. Budget – set it so that you don’t go too extreme either way.
4. You may want to think of a theme. Does she love the colour pink? Then pink balloons, pink cake and pink favours.
5. Should you get a gift? OK, weddings are expensive even for guests so she should understand if you only bring a small gift even if it is wine for the party. After all you’ll be shelling out to attend the bash plus sending her a wedding gift later.
6. Who gets invited? It depends on the sort of bash it is. Showers are normally ok to invite relatives too but if you can plan on getting loud and dishing the bride’s secrets then you may want to rename it ‘Hen/ Bachelorette’ night and forget the easily embaressed.
7. Entertainment and refreshments – ahh, the fun stuff. Plan games with prizes, create your own Frock Horrors for the bride. If you are having the bash at home, try easily prepared or shop bought nibbles like mini pizzas, quiches and rolls. A cake will double up as dessert and make up a pitcher of your favourite cocktails.