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Maid of honor, sister of the bride or mother of the bride – if you have been charged with planning the bridal shower for someone special in your life, congratulations! This is a huge honor! While it may feel a little overwhelming at first, it is important to know that planning social gatherings and special occasions will be best managed if everything is strategically planned from the beginning. Figure out what you want to do first and then start pulling it all together. Elicit help from other family members or bridesmaids, as needed. The bridal shower is typically the first special day that celebrates the bride’s upcoming wedding, so make sure you do a really great job.
Creating a Budget
It can be difficult to know how much you will need for a shower if you haven’t done any level of professional event planning before. It’s not like a birthday party, as a lot more needs to go into all of the activities, vendors, and venue. One way to ensure that the bride is happy about the location is to pick a smaller ballroom or party room at the same banquet rooms in Swansea where the wedding will be held. So think about how much it will cost to rent the South Coast event venue, how much catering and refreshments will cost, decorations, cake, gifts, and anything else that you want to provide.
Choose a Venue
Venus de Milo is a great place to host bridal showers, even if the couple is getting married and celebrating somewhere else. There are a couple of different room sizes available to accommodate any size guest list. We do all of our own catering in-house, so be sure to meet with our event coordinator to set up a tasting. Food can be plated or served buffet-style, depending on the number of guests or how you want the party to go. Choose from a broad range of culinary favorites, including regional and cultural foods. You could also choose just a light refreshment of hors d’oeuvres, a signature cocktail, some champagne, and a dessert. Rates are based per-person, so get a guest list together or at least a ballpark figure.
Select a Theme
While you don’t want to copy the wedding exactly, it can be helpful to stick with the wedding colors. This helps to keep a consistent theme all the way through and sets the tone for the big day. Some brides may want you to mirror the theme, so don’t be afraid to ask. Just be careful not to copy the same floral arrangements, favors, decorations or catering options. The wedding reception is the big “wow” factor for the whole event, so you want to make sure that you honor it without overshadowing it.
Pick Some Activities
The first rule of thumb with choosing activities for social gatherings and special occasions is to find something that won’t embarrass or make the guest of honor angry. That being said, there are a lot of bridal shower games that are embarrassing. It is important to pick games that bring everyone together. The bride will have family members, friends, co-workers, and maybe even friends from college all coming together with soon-to-be in-laws from the groom’s side. So make sure that everything you do puts the bride in a good light and doesn’t open her up to anything that she wouldn’t want to discuss in front of her fiance’s mother and grandmother. Don’t forget to grab some prizes for the winners of each game.
Splurge on Favors & Flowers
Even if you get them at the local farmer’s market or pick them up at Costco, it’s always a good idea to splurge on some fresh flowers. Create beautiful favors and coordinating name tags for all your guests so that everyone feels welcome. The whole point is to shower the bride with gifts, but every woman and girl who attends should feel welcome and happy to be there. Cute favors can consist of girly things like nail polish, bath bombs, and scented hand sanitizer. They can also be food products, such as small jars of homemade jams, honey, biscotti, or candies.
Visit Venus de Milo in Swansea
If you are planning a bridal shower, wedding ceremony or wedding reception and need a beautiful South Coast event venue, make sure to visit the world-famous Venus de Milo in Swansea, Massachusetts. Our staff can help you get a head start on professional event planning to help create a memorable party for everyone involved. Give us a call at 508-678-3901 to schedule a tour or to find out about availability.