Throwing a bridal shower is such a fun way to literally shower the bride with gifts. And with the right bridal shower decorations, it can be a gorgeous party they’ll always remember.
So, just where did bridal showers come from? They were said to have originated in Brussels, Belgium in the 1860s. But it wasn’t until the turn of the century in America that they started to become a trend.
However, bridal showers back then did not look anything like the ones today. They weren’t a party per se… instead, guests would arrive unannounced at a bride’s home to give them gifts. It wasn’t until the 1950s that the tradition became more like the organized party today.
Bridal shower basics
So, first things first! How do you plan a bridal shower? You will need to find the perfect bridal shower location, which can be at the host’s home or even a restaurant. You can send traditional paper invitations or even invite guests via e-mail. No matter which type of invitation you choose, the most important thing to remember is to only invite guests who will be invited to the wedding itself!
The couple will also want to make sure they have their wedding registry setup by then, as most guests attending the bridal shower will want to have some idea of what the couple would like. However, feel free to go off of the wedding registry for the bridal shower! This is a great opportunity to choose a more meaningful gift that is just for the bride. For instance, you can have a lingerie shower and encourage guests to bring lingerie gifts. Or a wine theme where guests bring their favorite bottle of wine. The same idea even works for books! Just note if you do choose a bridal shower theme, you’ll want to let guests know in the invitation.
How to Decide on Your Theme
When it comes to bridal shower decorations, you have a few options. First, decide if you want to do a theme or not. Does the bride love to travel? You could have a French theme with French food and decor. Or, you could forget the theme and choose simple yet chic bridal shower decorations that fit the bride’s style. Is the bride a little bit boho? Or maybe vintage is more her vibe? The beauty of a bridal shower is you don’t have to go overboard with decor (or spend a ton). You can just focus on a few key pieces and go from there!
When it comes to flowers, concentrate on the main areas where guests will see them. You can place a centerpiece on the food and drink tables, gift table, and smaller arrangements on each table where guests will sit. And no, you don’t have to go with a florist (though there are some great ways to buy wedding flowers online). You can visit your local grocery store to see their selection. You could also consider wooden wedding flowers if you want to give the bride a gift she’ll always remember. We’re also a big fan of a few faux floral stems mixed in with real flowers. (We found one of the best deals on pampas grass in our picks, below!)
Where to Buy Bridal Shower Decor
Now that you have a theme, you’ll want to start shopping. Luckily it’s easier than ever to buy great bridal shower decorations online. These are our favorite places to find affordable party decor:
- Etsy: We love Etsy for unique signs, banners, place cards, and even napkins.
- Amazon: This is where we go for tassles, tablecloths, and balloons.
- CB2: You’d be surprised at the deals you can find for faux floral and vases here!
- Cost Plus World Market: This store is another great choice for vases and inexpensive tableware if you didn’t want to go with paper.
- Oriental Trading: This basically has everything you need for a bridal shower or wedding on a budget.
Whether you’re throwing the party for your bestie or sending friends and family ideas that you like, these bridal shower decorations will help make your event a success! Here’s a few of our favorite finds, below:
Amethyst Purple Watercolor & Rose Gold Paper Plates
White and Gold Balloon Garland Kit
Dusty Rose Chiffon Table Runner
Rose Gold Balloon Boxes
Rose Gold, Burgundy, and Champagne Rose Petals
‘We’re Engaged’ banner
White & Metallic Rose Gold Macaron Stand
Faux Pampas Grass
Acrylic Place Cards
Metal Trumpet Vase Stand
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