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When it comes to wedding party planning etiquette, tradition states that the maid of honor is responsible for planning the bridal shower. However, with so many couples deciding to do their own thing with regard to their special day, pretty much anyone could plan a party in Swansea to honor the bride before the wedding. Sister of the bride, sister of the groom or one of the other bridesmaids could also take on the planning of this important celebration.
Deciding whether or not you want to hire professional event planning for the bridal shower can depend upon a number of factors. The number of guests, the type of party, whether food will be served or not, if presents will be exchanged, how many guests are coming from out-of-town, and the amount of time available for planning can all play a part in deciding to hire a party planner or not. If you choose to host your party at Venus de Milo, you gain access to our on-site event coordinator who can help you with everything from selecting the menu to contracting with outside vendors for your special party.
Choosing the Venue
You can host the shower at the same location where you will be hosting the wedding reception in Swansea, MA or you can pick another venue in the local area. The amount of space that you require for the party will depend upon the number of guests. Some people limit the bridal shower to close family and friends only, not necessarily inviting every female on the guest list. To plan a party in Swansea at a special location, such as the world-famous Venus de Milo, try to have at least a “guesstimate” on the number of guests that would be in attendance so you can choose the best space for your party.
Schedule a tour of the facility so you can see the amount of square footage available, find out about existing decor and how it would go with your theme, as well as examples of tables, chairs and other seating for the celebration. You can opt to go with an “open bar” situation, create your own custom cocktail to honor the bride, or decide to only serve non-alcoholic drinks. All of these things can be sorted out quickly and easily in a single meeting with the on-site coordinator or changed with a simple phone call as planning continues.
It is a good idea to send out invitations for the bridal shower at the banquet hall in Swansea, MA shortly after the wedding invitations go out. Make sure that your theme and style complement the bride and her wedding plans, but also be careful not to compete with anything that the couple have planned for their special day – you do NOT want to steal their thunder or copy anything that they will be doing.
If the bridal shower is a surprise to the bride, make sure to state this clearly. If you will be serving food at the shower, make sure to ask guests to RSVP so you will have an accurate head count. This can be one of the most frustrating parts of trying to plan a party in Swansea, MA – getting guests to communicate whether they will be attending or not. If you have any other information they should know, such as formal or casual attire requirements, also make those clear on the invitation.
Who Should You Invite?
If this is not a surprise shower, go ahead and speak with the bride about who she would want to attend the bridal shower. Unlike the wedding reception in Swansea, MA where most everyone in the family might be invited, some brides don’t want to have all of the female guests at the shower. You do not want her to feel awkward about a guest that you have invited or make her feel obligated to socialize with people that she doesn’t really know all that well, such as her husband-to-be’s co-workers or long-lost cousins that she hasn’t yet met.
It is a safe bet to invite the mother-of-the-bride, the mother-of-the-groom, sisters, sisters-in-law, maid-of-honor, bridesmaids, and any other close friends or cousins that won’t be in the wedding party. If you aren’t sure, ask someone else who might be closer to the bride or even ask her mother just to be sure before you send out an invitation. You can also ask the bride who to invite and still keep the rest of the shower a surprise. Just give her the basics like the date and time so she will know not to schedule any other wedding events for that day.
Contact Venus de Milo for a Tour
As soon as you have the wedding date and know when the invites will be sent out, contact the venue right away to check on availability. You can schedule a bridal shower just about any day of the week. You can have an evening party during the week or serve brunch, lunch or dinner anytime on the weekend. Try to plan the shower for about a week or two before the wedding. Give us a call at 508-678-3901 to schedule a tour or to get a FREE estimate for your party at our banquet hall in Swansea, MA. Ask about our professional event planning assistance through our on-site staff to help you finalize all of the details for your special event.