It is tradition for a bridal shower to be planned and pulled off by the maid of honor and bridesmaids. To this end, it is important that they keep in mind the bridal shower agenda through the whole planning process. There are specific goals that a bridal shower has to accomplish, and focusing on these goals will ensure that the whole process goes off without a hitch.
The bridal shower has traditionally been thrown for two purposes. First off, the party is thrown to indicate to the bride that her friends and family support her in her choice of a husband. Second, the party is thrown in order to “shower” her with love, support, and gifts. If, however, the person throwing the party is a family member instead of a friend to the bride, then these bridal showers can sometimes be more stress and formality than they are worth.
Setting up the proper bridal shower agenda requires considering exactly what the bride will want. This involves considering her age, as well as the ages of many of the other girls that will be invited to the shower. If everyone is young, then a bar is certainly not the place to be having the event. Similarly, if people that will be showing up to the shower are a little bit older, a bar might be the place to have it. Also, consider what type of music will be played there so that the bride, specifically, is happy.
The time and day of the party also need to be planned out ahead of time. This means setting everything up, ordering invitations, and sending them out. Invitations for an event such as this need to be sent out at least four weeks before the shower so that everyone has time to organize it in their schedule, take time off as necessary, buy the present for the bride, and the thousand other things that need to be done for them to be able to arrive as expected. For people farther away, it can help to let them know the general day of the party, even before sending out the invitations, so they can begin rearranging their schedule to be there.
Since the bridal shower agenda is focused on the bride having a good time, it can be easy to “forget” to invite female members of the groom’s family. Even though it might help her get through the bridal shower itself, these will be her in-laws for as long as she is married, so you won’t actually be doing her any favors by not inviting them. Bring them along, and maybe everyone can learn to relax a little better around each other in the process.
Organizing the bridal shower agenda is not an extremely difficult thing, but it is something that should be planned out ahead of time for the best experience for the bride. Really, when it comes down to it, providing the bride with one more incredible time is what it’s all about.
A well prepared bridal shower agenda can help you make sure your bridal shower runs smoothly. Here is a sample bridal shower agenda:
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Arrival and Greeting of Guests
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Food and Drinks
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Bridal Shower Games
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm – Speeches and Toasts
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm – Gift Opening
6:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Hand out bridal shower favors and say goodbye to guests