|My best friend’s bridal shower|
In addition to being a bride-to-be, an MBA student, and a full-time employee, I am also the Maid of Honor in my best friend’s wedding. Yesterday was her bridal shower and it was beautiful. The decorations, the pleasant people, and the glow of the bride made the event flawless.
Part of the reason why it was a picture-perfect event was because of all the upfront work the bridal party put into the shower.
For those of you who are brides-to-be and are also responsible for throwing the shower of another, here are some six must-dos for planning a shower:
- Establish your planning committee early. Determine who will be helping to plan and fund the shower, get to know them and their priorities, and establish an interpersonal relationship with them. There will be challenges in planning a bridal shower, so establishing a strong foundation of mutual respect, compassion, and understanding will get you far.
- Communication is key. Understand how each person likes to be communicated with and see if you can established a way to share thoughts, ideas, and inspirations. Pinterest is a good tool for this, as is establishing a secret group on Facebook where no one else but the invited members can see conversations, ideas, and thoughts.
- Map out a plan. This is an often overlooked but essentially element of bridal shower planning. Use the bridal shower project plan to help you set benchmarks and deadlines for the bridal planning committee.
- Brainstorm like crazy. Many great ideas have come from not just one mind, but the brainstorming of many minds. To make the bridal shower the best it can be, leverage all the creativity, passion, and excitement of all those on the committee by asking them what they think, getting their ideas, and sharing them with others. Without the girls in our bridal party, we wouldn’t have come up with sweet wine poems, beautiful decorations, or inexpensive details.
- Execute flawlessly. Easier said then done, I know. In order to execute flawlessly, you need to be extremely organized. Each person should know where to be, what tasks they own, and how they can help before, during, and maybe even after the shower. Set up a show flow and hand it to each bridesmaid before the shower so that each person is informed and ready to help make the bridal shower the most beautiful it can be.
- Remain flexible. Hiccups will occur during bridal shower planning. Tempers may flair, someone may not follow up on a task, or someone may have other things to care for. After all, bridal shower planning is a nice-ity, not a necessity. As such, its important that you remain flexible during the planning process and during the event itself. Flexibility = graciousness, so remember to embrace both.
These six tips will help any bridesmaid plan a beautiful, inspirational shower for the woman of honor.
Have you planned a bridal shower before? What other tips would you suggest for women planning a shower?