Bridesmaids Guide: How To Host a Memorable Bridal Shower

Whether your best friend or sister is getting married, being the maid of honor is the ultimate privilege. That said, you probably have a few responsibilities, planning a bridal shower being one of them. 

If you are not sure where to begin, we are here to help. Take a look at our top tips for hosting a budget-friendly yet memorable bridal shower. 

Budget, Budget, Budget

Your first step should be making a budget. Understandably, you want to make the bride feel loved and happy. But don’t let that push you to spend more than what you can afford. In fact, you don’t have to break the bank to throw a successful bridal shower! It’s possible to plan a great party even with a tight budget.

Split the Cost

From food to drinks to party favors, things add up which can make planning a bridal shower way too expensive for one person. If you simply can’t pay for everything, there is no shame in asking other bridesmaids to pitch in. 

On the other hand, if you’re not comfortable asking others to split the cost, you can ask them to bring food or drinks for the occasion. 

Delegate Tasks

While you’re responsible for planning and throwing the shower, you don’t have to do everything yourself. Don’t be shy to delegate tasks to bridesmaids and close family members. Even a little help goes a long way. 

Host it At Home

Why go through the hassle of finding and booking a venue when you can host it home? You can host a bridal shower at your own house or if possible, at the bride’s place. Not only is it cheaper to host bridal showers at home, but it is also a lot more convenient. 

DIY Decor

Elegant decor is what makes a bridal shower stand out from any other party. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be crafty, decorating isn’t as difficult as it might seem. Go on Pinterest to find inspirations and accordingly buy bridal bouquet supplies to DIY decor for the party. You can easily dress up a table by fashioning a simple yet chic tablecloth with cotton fabric by the yard.

Limit the Guest List

The longer the guest list, the more expensive the party will be. Try to limit the guestlist to the bride’s inner circle of friends and close family members. Another rule of thumb you should follow is excluding anyone who is not invited to the wedding.

Keep it Simple

From food to drinks, try to keep it simple. Pick easy to make or buy nibbles that you can elegantly display in fancy trays. Sticking to finger food is a better option than hosting a proper sit-down meal. 

The Bottom Line

Unless you’re planning a surprise bridal shower, it’s always a good idea to involve the bride in the process. Particularly, ask her opinion about the guest list because inviting an unpleasant relative is the last thing you want. Happy planning!