Spring is here and so is wedding season!
I am at that point in life where most of my friends are taking the big step and getting married, and I could not be any more excited! So far, my husband and I have been invited to three wedding this summer; which means there is going to be lots of celebrating going on.
I have never been the kind of woman who dreamed of her wedding since she was a little girl. Marriage was (and still is) about the bride and groom’s promise of unconditional love and support, rather than the dress, venue, or theme… although, I did stress about food while planning our wedding (stereotypical Italian woman alert!). Knowing that our friends are approaching this big day by placing God at the center of their relationship, makes it even better.
This past week, my friend Heather and I hosted a bridal shower for our dear friend Charis. As bridal showers are not part of Italian tradition, the only other bridal shower I ever attended was my own. Thanks to Heather’s advice and the many hours spent on Pinterest searching for inspiration, we came up with a rather lovely event.
So, if you are reading this post and find yourself in the same predicament, worry not, for I have some advice to share with you.
1. Choose a theme:
In the many years I have lived in the States, I have come to realize that Americans love any sort of themed event. Themed party, ball, shower, wedding… it never ends. As far as for bridal showers, there are loads of themes to choose from: brunch, luncheon, cocktails, bubbly, French inspired, afternoon tea, lingerie, you get the gist. Forget about all of it and think “Who is the bride and what would she really like?”. Look at your bride’s interests and personality. last thing you want to do is make your bride uncomfortable. In our case, Charis is a lovely, laid back woman, who loves to gather with friends, eat yummy food, and play games, and bubbly (we do love some bubbly). So that is exactly what we had, a bubbly afternoon.
You could spend money and time getting real paper invitations, or you could save some trees and use Evite, a wonderful user-friendly site with some cute free evites. You can send all the invitations, create an event, receive RSVPs, and comment on the event to keep everyone posted and excited about the party.
Many decide not to have favors as they can be costly. These ten cute little manicure favors were less than $25 total. Really the most expensive part was the nail polish. If you want to do something smaller, candy is always a good option.
Our bride was very happy to play some games, as that is one of the main activities we share. On Pinterest you can find a plethora of games. We plaid lingerie guessing game (the bride has to guess who bought what), wrote some silly and heartfelt wedding vows, Shared some yummy recipes with the bride, and plaid the Newlywed Game .
Our decorations were simple and colorful. We decided to go with mint and white and keep it simple. It you are looking for cute party supplies, Target is your place. I found some super cute plates and napkins and these cute diamond stirs by Paperchase. They were the perfect touch for our mimosa bar.
Lastly, just relax, have fun, and shower the bride with some love. I am sure she will be so happy!