You’ve taken on the responsibility of planning a wedding shower. Okay, now what? Use this basic wedding shower planning checklist to get started.
Have you recently taken on the responsibility of being a wedding shower host? If you’re about to embark on planning a wedding shower for a friend or family member, you have a lot of work ahead of you. However, although the planning process is time-consuming and multifaceted, a majority of the planning can be taken care of with a few key foundational tasks.
Complete the following tasks to get a good handle on the wedding shower planning process:
Talk to the bride-to-be or a close friend of the family. This is the first and most important step. Be sure to talk to the bride or if the shower is a surprise, to another close family member or friend, to find out what the bride-to-be would prefer for the occasion. Does she want something small and intimate? What type of venue would she prefer? Find answers to these questions and more before you start making plans.
Select a venue—Once you have an idea of what the bride would like and what would suit her personality, get to work on securing a venue. Keep in mind that many restaurants and resorts cater to occasions such as wedding showers and will be able to accommodate a number of guests as well as the catering.
Hire a caterer—If the venue you choose does not offer on-site catering, consider using the same caterer who is servicing the wedding, or order catering from the bride’s favorite restaurant.
Order and send out the invites—Order and send out the invites early. This is another example of why it’s important to know what the bride wants beforehand. You don’t want to forget anyone important or end up inviting someone she doesn’t want to attend.
Specify the gift-giving process—Speaking of the bridal shower invitations, be sure to include gift registry information (if the bride and groom have specified that they are using one) or indicate what kinds of gifts guests should bring. Do keep in mind that it is considered proper etiquette to give two separate gifts—one for the wedding shower and one for the actual wedding.
Now that you have a basic wedding shower host planning checklist, it’s time to get to work!