May 21, 2010, Newsletter Issue #292: Bridal Shower Planning

Tip of the Week

The ideal time to host a bridal shower is six weeks before the wedding. You'll need about eight weeks to plan a formal bridal shower, less time if the bridal shower you are hosting will be casual. If the bridal shower is not a surprise, then talk with the bride about when she'd like to have the shower and if she'd like a certain theme. If the bridal shower is a surprise, get together with the bride's closest family and friends to decide on these factors.
A week before the shower, you should:  

Prepare anything that can be frozen ahead
Call anyone who has not responded to the invitation
Check all recipes and buy the ingredients
Either clean your home or hire someone to do it
If you will need extra refrigerator space, call a neighbor
Decide what you are wearing, making sure it is pressed and ready to wear
Fill in place cards for those attending

The day before the shower, make sure you:

Purchase, pick up, or make the rest of the food on your menu
Check your home for last minute cleaning
Set up extra chairs for guests
Check to be sure you have enough ice
Try to set up a spot to display the bride's gifts
Check to see what time the flowers will be delivered or pick them up yourself
Have plastic trash bag ready for wrappings
Provide a pad and pen for list of gifts and who gave them (one of the bridesmaids usually writes the list)


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