I hope these tips help those people who are organizing/attending bridal showers 🙂
It’s always best to go with a theme – this will help centralize your decor, favours, food and ofcourse your outfit/look
- Plan In Advance
I might be crazy for buying things 6 months ago, but it really helps. The earlier you have your theme decided, the less you’ll be spending on your decor. Trust me on this one. I bought almost everything around Halloween – not only did I get everything for cheaper, I had more variety to choose from. There were fewer types of masks available around my bridal shower – and those that were in stores, were almost double the price.
Spring is a popular time for bridal showers so don’t wait until 3 weeks before the shower to invite people – chances are, people will be busy.
If you’re desi, this is your one time to stay away from brown food. If it’s an afternoon affair, select a light menu – mini sandwiches, croissants, pastries, sliders, etc. Food is a great area to incorporate with your theme – your menu, food colours and food labels all add to your decor!
Naturally, decor will have the biggest impact on your theme. To start, the first place to turn to for decor is your home – you’ll be surprised at how many things you can use. We used dupatta’s, hijabs, vases (emptied almost all of our vases!), candles, plates, necklaces, streamers, and random decorative pieces. Once we knew what we could use from inside the house, we made a list of things we needed to buy.
- Keep The Aunties OUT
Pakistani bridal showers generally don’t have aunties present – thank God! I can’t imagine having older women around when the bride is opening her presents. Awkward. Those of you who know my mom, know that she’s the coolest mom around – we’re super comfortable (and always have been) in sharing EVERYTHING with her. She’s the kind of mom that is the first to notice if a guy is checking us out– and tells us about it. But, she wasn’t at home on my bridal shower day. Reason? One, we wanted other girls to be comfortable and two, she’d start cat-calling when I opened my presents. Definitely didn’t want that. Haha
- Don’t Bug The Bride: Don’t call/text the bride-to-be for small issues such as directions/address. The last thing you want to do is stress her out 🙂