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There are a lot of traditions that dictate who should host the bridal shower. However, depending on your situation and budget, it might be different. A classic bridal shower should be planned by the maid of honor. In some cases, the mother of the bride or sister of the bride, if she is not the maid of honor, may also plan and host this celebration.
As soon as you decide who is in charge, it’s time to book a South Coast event venue for the party. If the bride is planning her wedding six months, a year or more in advance, schedule the bridal shower between two to three months before the special day. If the couple is planning a quick wedding, you can adjust the timeframe and host the party anywhere from a few weeks or days prior to the actual ceremony.
What Does the Bride Want?
This is a big question, but it is one that you must ask. Before you choose a theme, pick a date, create a guest list, or even order a cake, you need to speak with the bride. Some brides prefer a small gathering with just close family and friends, while others want a grand celebration to include people that might not be able to make it to the wedding. Does she want it to be ladies only or will it be co-ed? Does she want to play games or just chit-chat with friends about the upcoming wedding? The more details you can get from the bride, the better. Some planners want to surprise the bride with a special party, but for best results, you should at least clear the important aspects of party-planning with the guest of honor first.
Once you have approval from the bride you can:
- reserve a Southeastern Massachusetts event venue
- pick the date for the party
- start going over menu ideas
- choose a theme
- create a guest list
- set a budget for the food, decorations, and any vendors
- shop for theme-based decorations
Save the Date Cards & Invitations
As a courtesy, make sure to send out “save the date” postcards to everyone on the guest list about a month or two before the bridal shower. This will give out-of-town guests a chance to make plans to travel in for the party. You will also be able to get a better idea of how many people will be attending. This can affect the costs of food and space at the banquet rooms in Swansea, so make sure to communicate any significant changes with the on-site event coordinator at the South Coast event venue.
Send out the actual invitation at least a month before the bridal shower and contact any out-of-town guests by phone that haven’t confirmed yet. Your invitations should include the date, time, and location of the Southeastern Massachusetts event venue. It should also include bridal shower registry information so guests can purchase gifts for the bridal shower that are separate from the wedding registry. These gifts should be things specifically for the bride to help her prepare for her wedding day and married life. Also, include anything specific about attire and RSVP information. If food is served, you should say so on the invite.
Decorating for a Theme
While some may feel that a theme for a party is restrictive, the truth is that it can help you to get all of the things you need and keep everything cohesive. Some brides like the shower to mirror the theme of the wedding. Make sure you don’t duplicate anything that the bride is already planning for her special day. Check with the banquet hall in Swansea, MA to find out if any of the decorations are included. In most case, the South Coast event venue will provide tables and chairs, as well as linens and table settings for your celebration. If you haven’t already taken a tour to see everything in-person, make sure to schedule one before you go shopping for decorations.
Some themes happen on their own. For example, if you are hosting a tea party-style bridal shower, the decorations can reflect any type of tea party decor that you like. Cocktail parties and formal dinners can be an excellent setting for a classic or traditional fancy dress party and breakfasts or brunches can also be a lot of fun. When you contact Venus de Milo, make sure to ask about special offerings that can be created to reflect your party theme, including celebration cakes, candy tables, chocolate fountains, and dessert buffets. Give us a call at 508-678-3901 and speak with one of our event coordinators to start planning your bridal shower at our Southeastern Massachusetts event venue.