Blow The Bride Away With These Brilliant Shower Ideas

Bridal showers are in full swing at the moment. If you’ve been asked to be a bridesmaid, and you’ve been tasked with organizing a shower, you want to make sure that it’s the event of your bride-to-be’s dreams. Planning any kind of celebration can be stressful, but when you have the added pressure of trying to impress somebody else, the job can become a whole lot harder. If you’re about to start the planning process, here are some tips to help you blow the bride away.

Brilliant Bridal Shower Tips That Will Blow The Bride Away

Think carefully about the theme

Choosing a theme can often make life easier when it comes to booking and decorating a venue. Before you go in all guns blazing, think carefully about your friend, and what they like. Have they pointed out any photos they love in wedding magazines, or have they been obsessively pinning pictures of showers on Pinterest lately? Consider the tone of the wedding too. If they’ve gone for something very understated, chances are they don’t want a lavish, formal, or over the top shower. You don’t have to go crazy with a theme by ordering millions of props or table favors. Sometimes subtle is better. If you want to keep things chic and simple, for example, choosing a color scheme often works really well. For example, you could go for blush pink and gold for a traditional bride, or monochrome if you’re planning dinner for a modern bride at a swanky hotel.

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How to be the Best Bridesmaid Ever!

You’ve been asked to be a bridesmaid and you know everything that is expected of you for this honored task. In fact, you know you’re going to rock the basic duties and want to step up your game. Lucky for you we know exactly what you need to do to be the best bridesmaid ever!

Tips for How to Be the Best Bridesmaid Ever

Be the Bride’s Eyes and Ears

“A photographer will be around most of the day, there are so many memories to capture. Having a bridesmaid who is familiar with wedding guests and can help keep things energetic, fun, and on schedule is every bride AND photographer’s dream! Having another bridesmaid on the look out for the little things the day of the wedding is also so important. Keep on eye on the bride and when she needs her bouquet held, train picked up, a tissue, makeup/hair fix. Bridesmaids have a big role of keeping the bride a priority and helping create lasting memories and beautiful photographs to look back on!” – Courtney, Owner of Courtney June Photography

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 Get Assistance From Professionals

“Event planners aren’t just for the bride and the wedding day. Bridesmaids can use an event planner for coordinating the bridal shower, bachelorette party, or a dress shopping brunch.  A wedding planner can help you find the perfect location for the guest list, help you design a theme around the event, provide insight into cost and deals/promotions going on, and help with choosing ideal vendor partners for the event.  They have experience with all types/styles of events, so utilize their expertise to help you throw a stress-free, fun event for the group.” – Jaime Engebretson. Owner of J’aime Events

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Calling All Bridesmaids: Did You Say ‘Yes’ Too Soon?

Being asked to be a bridesmaid is a fantastic honor as it not only solidifies just how much your friendship means to the bride, but also that she wants you up there with her on the most romantic day of her life. However, while you’re brushing tears away from your eyes, jumping up and down and squealing over her handcrafted ‘will you be my bridesmaid’ gift box it’s all too easy to say yes! You may be thinking, well, why wouldn’t I? But it’s often only once the excitement has died down and you’ve had a chance to look through everything that you actually see just how much work goes into planning a wedding – even if you’re not the one who’s getting married!

Should you say yes to being a bridesmaid?

Who Pays For What?

It’s an uncomfortable conversation for anyone but before you get busy clearing your social calendar you need to consider your finances. As we’ve said weddings aren’t cheap, so you may be required to contribute a significant amount towards an outfit plus hotel costs, flights if it’s a destination wedding or you live out of town, and a gift for the happy couple. Dresses can range from $100 to $500, and the price could be even more if they’re being designed from scratch. Many brides try to keep expenses down, and often try to cover as much as they can to show their appreciation for the bridal party.

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6 Proven Ways You Can Avoid Bachelorette Party Chaos

As most of you following along know, my sister got married last year. Along with this joyous occasion came the traditional celebrations of a bridal shower and a bachelorette party. I’ve mentioned before that planning these things was a bit chaotic with the bridesmaids living in different states and countries. When we planned the bridal shower, we split the duties up between the bridesmaids and the bride’s mother. It was an all around success!

6 Proven Ways to Avoid Bachelorette Party Chaos

When it came time to plan the bachelorette party, we decided to host it in Atlantic City since the majority of people lived within an hour of that location. Even though we were inviting over 20 people and making a full weekend of it, I was convinced I could handle all aspects of planning the bachelorette on my own. Of course I asked for input from the other bridesmaids, but ultimately I wanted to be the lead decision maker so we could move forward in a timely fashion.

Well my friends, we had an amazing time with the 16 people who were in attendance. However, I learned a few lessons the hard way when trying to organize that many people, and would definitely do a few things different if given the chance. So to help you avoid some bachelorette party pitfalls, I’d like to share with you some do’s and dont’s for planning a weekend long trip. First up…

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