Hi! I’m Erica, and I run Elevated Occasions where I specialize in creating unique celebrations and luxury travel experiences. It’s summer, and that means it’s wedding season! There are so many exciting events leading up to your wedding day. One of my favorite must-have events is the bridal shower! Whether you’re a bride, mother of the bride, maid of honor, or bridesmaid, check out my tips for throwing the ultimate bridal shower!
The biggest challenge when planning an event is finding the right venue. Once you have an amazing venue that fits your vision and style, the rest falls into place. I love helping clients find unique venues that guests haven’t been to before, or are unexpected. Consider a local museum, art gallery, rooftop, or outdoor venue. If you select a restaurant, find one that is relatively new or has a really cool private room. For Southwest Michigan brides reading this, consider a brewery, winery, or farm. These are popular wedding venues, but many also host showers!
I incorporate memorable culinary elements into events, so awesome food is on my “must-have” list. Consider hiring a caterer! It’s those special touches and details that have guests talking about your event long after it’s over. Oh, and don’t forget the bubbly and a signature cocktail! Create a fun name for your signature cocktail that is meaningful to you!
If it’s not on Instagram, it didn’t happen, right? Just kidding. But, for your Instagram loving friends, you’ll want a really cool photo backdrop. Think about a flower/grass wall or balloons that spell out a fun phrase (e.g. #Cheers or #SheSaidYes). Guests can pose for selfies and group pics, and it gives them something fun to do while eating and drinking.
Bespoke Party Favors:
Give out fun party favor that people might actually use. I like food items (did I mention that I LOVE food)? You can get unique yet affordable candies and chocolates online. Some of my favorites are Sugarfina,Le Bon Macaron, and Chuao Chocolatier.
Unique Party Games/Activities:
How many times have we done the “make a bridal gown” game? Nothing wrong with it, but add a few other unexpected activities. Maybe it’s a “Date Jar” where guests write date ideas on a piece of paper and place it in a jar for the couple to read after the wedding. Or, you can have a fun activity like calligraphy, flower crowns, or a DIY dessert bar.
With all of these fun elements at the shower, you might not have a chance to snap a picture of everything with your phone. I suggest hiring a photographer for a couple hours to document the event. This is a great way to capture the memories, because your bridal shower will be…Epic!
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