Just a Few More Alternative Bridal Shower Ideas

Ribbon BouquetSo when it comes time to planning a bridal shower, you know the job is not easy.  You want something unique and special – something that’s not done 100 other times.  The key to a successful bridal shower is to aim for activity that breaks the ice between people who don’t know each other yet.

Here are a few additional games that just might be the perfect activity for your day.

Around the Clock Shower

Guests are each changer with bringing a gift that represent a certain time of the day.  So someone responsible for 7AM might bring an assortment of coffees, teas, etc.  And a guest with a 9pm time frame might bring along some relaxation items like bath oils, pillows, etc.  Let your guests determine what to bring – just give them a time of day.

The Book Shower

This is great for the bride who loves books!  The idea is for each gift giver to give a book for a specific category such:

  •             A good cookbook
  •             A book based on the bride’s hobbies, interest, etc.
  •             A book of humor and fun savings
  •             A travel guide book for the honeymoon
  •             A relationship book
  •             A home decorating book

The Musical Prize Game

This is easy and fun and a great ice breaker.  Play some music and have guests start passing around a present, and when the music stops, the person holding the gift is eliminated.  Continue rounds of this.  The person who makes it all the way through gets to keep the gift.

Enjoy this Labor Day Weekend!

Alternatives to the Traditional Bridal Shower

Micro-Brewery-TustinThere are lots of alternatives to the “at home” bridal shower that you might like to consider.  Sometimes it more fun to plan an activity that everyone would enjoy.   One of the most popular today is the Micro-Brewery Party where guests brew up their own beer.  There are lots of places in town that offer these services such as J2 Brewing in Chesterfield.  And don’t forget the Wine & Cheese Tastings that can be fun as well.

Then, of course, you can go for a more relaxed event such as a “Spa Night” for everyone after a Yoga Class for relaxation.

If your wedding party is scattered across the country, try a Skype party.  This takes a little preplanning, but can be a lot of fun.  Have delivered to each guest a “party box of goodies” that everyone can open and share together online.

A night at the casino or spending a night together to see to the Cardinals can also be fun.

Just think about what your bride and guests would enjoy and go have a great time.   Best of all, there is no mess to clean up at home afterward!


Bridal Showers to Honor The Bride To Be

36 Days tillIt is said that the bridal shower tradition began when women who wanted to marry an unsuitable husband were refused a dowry by their families.  Friends of the couple got together and pitch in to make up for the lack of a dowry – showering the future bride with gifts to prepare her to start her own household.  Today, a bridal shower is a fun way for friends and family to celebrate the future bride prior to the wedding.  The maid of honor hosts the bridal shower; however, sometimes all the gals – the maid of honor and the bridesmaids – gather together to split the costs and share in the planning.

Typically a bridal shower should take place anywhere from 6 months to the week before the wedding.  If many of the guests are traveling from out of town, it just makes sense to have it closer to the wedding.  Just make sure all the attendees are invited to the wedding itself.  And remember to invite close female relatives of both the bride and the groom, all the women in the wedding party, and the bride’s close friends.  Today bridal showers can be co-ed affairs, so don’t hesitate in going that direction as well.

Many friends of the bride have requested help with games and activities for the wedding shower and over the course of the next few days we will be publishing some of the more popular ones.  Learn more about favorite games such as “How Well Do You Know the Bride”,  “The Wedding Night”, “My Favorite Memory”, and the “Clothespin Game.”  And, like always, we encourage you to share with us and our readers, any games that you like.