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15 ways to make your wedding guests LOVE your wedding!

We have all attended weddings that score average or perhaps slightly better than average? However, how many times have we been truly impressed by the way a wedding was planned and executed?

It isn’t too difficult to plan a wedding that scores an average or slightly-above-average rating. However, you can do much better. When you host a wedding, take care of the details and your wedding will be elevated to an outstanding level. And the best part is, not only will your guests “love” your wedding, they will never forget it. So, what are these factors to keep in mind? Let’s take a look, shall we?

Welcome bags for guests from out-of-town

There is no rule that this is a necessary part of your wedding. However it can be quite impressive when the couple thoughtfully gift welcome bags to their out-of-town guests. Have these placed in their rooms, and your guests will be impressed by your thoughtful gesture. Fill it with snacks for them to munch on. You can also add souvenirs like sunglasses or key chains, perhaps even a magazine or crossword puzzle. Finally, we think you should use this opportunity to also introduce the theme of your wedding to your guests in a subtle way. Use the theme colors or motifs to give them a sneak peek into what they can expect at your wedding. More ideas on creating perfect welcome bags here, on the Knot. 

An impressive entryway

First impressions last forever. Let your wedding occupy a permanent spot in your guests memories, through a stellar entryway that will not go unnoticed. Create statement style décor in your entryway, with theme pieces that are striking and majestic. Plan the design well, and keep it uncluttered so it is neat and noticeable. Meaningful additions like family or couple photos would also make it more impressive. Similarly, make sure your reception hall is well decked and picture-perfect long before the guests arrive. This sets the ambiance for the event. Choosing the right lighting, décor elements and seating arrangements will make or break your wedding scene.

Create wedding programs that multitask

The wedding program is stationery that is rarely put to much use. Make yours different with some creativity. Let your wedding program be suitable for something else as well. If your wedding is outdoors in summer, print the program on a fan that your guests can use during the day. Or, print it on a bag that doubles up as confetti holder. Small, but unusual details like these go a long way in making a wedding rather memorable.

Have a short and sweet ceremony

Long ceremonies can really bore and tire out your guests. With nothing to do or contribute, it can get rather dreadful when the ceremony drags on and on. So, skip all that is unnecessary. Keep your ceremony short and crisp. Discuss this factor with your wedding officiant, so it is handled efficiently. Take your time for the vows and walk down the aisle in full style. Your guests want to see you get married and capture that memory perfectly. But try to keep the rest of the ceremony to the point, and nobody will complain. Guests will appreciate it when they have some free time to walk around and mingle, rather than staying put in one place for a function that drags on.

Well-organized transportation plans

Guests will appreciate it a lot when you arrange transportation for them. This is even more important if your wedding venue is remote. Arrange a shuttle service, and your guests will be relieved that they needn’t hire cabs for their onward and return journey. If your ceremony and reception are held at different venues, arrange transportation between these two points. This will allow your guests to relax and ride in comfort, while they park at the first location. However, ensure that the arrangement is well-organized. Clearly communicate the plans to your guests. Have it on your invitation and wedding website. Provide proper directions and timelines, so there is no confusion. Also try to make the ride enjoyable by booking comfortable vehicles and include soothing music for the ride.

Plan interesting pre-wedding activities

There will always be few wedding guests who aren’t familiar with most of the people at your wedding. They may feel rather bored with nobody to mingle with. Make sure these people do not feel left out or lonely, by planning a pre-wedding activity where they can meet and mingle with others. This could be a cocktail hour before the main event, when they get to hang out with the others in a casual environment. People tend to naturally get talking at such events and this will help them get to know the others. You can also host simple games, through which the guests introduce themselves to the others. For more ideas on how to get your guests to mingle and mix, visit this post on the Wedding Wire website. 

Don’t leave them hungry

Guests just hate it when they are famished by the time food arrives. Neither is it fun when there are few items on the menu that suit certain guests, due to dietary or other restrictions. Make sure your caterers deliver on time, and the food service is efficient. Also include a wide range of items on your menu so there is something to please every taste. While planning your menu, think of diverse options that suit vegetarians, vegans, people with allergies and food restrictions due to health conditions. When there is a variety of food to choose from, your guests will be excited to enjoy it and look forward to the entire experience.

Indulge them in an open bar

There is no denying that an open bar is rather expensive. Nonetheless, it is one of the things guests look forward to most eagerly. So, don’t disappoint in this area, if you want your wedding to be remembered fondly. If the cost bothers you, keep the selection limited to just beer, few signature cocktail drinks and local wines. Just remember that this is definitely better than the guests having to pay for their drink or there being no alcohol at all. For budget-friendly bar options, visit this post on the Brides website. 

Gift them favors that they will actually use

Most wedding favors are simply tossed or stashed away in a corner of their cupboards and forgotten forever. Don’t let your money go to waste. Pick favors that your guests will actually appreciate and use. The more unique they are, the better you can guarantee this factor. You will want to customize your wedding favors. Nonetheless, try to have the customization done is such a way that your guests won’t mind using it despite the printed impression on it. Edible favors are always a good idea. However, if you want to gift something that lasts longer, consider items like key chains, sun glasses, beer mugs, shot glasses, candle stands or décor items.

Don’t have the speakers blasting at full volume

There will be elderly guests at your wedding, and they won’t be keen on loud music at your wedding. So, be considerate and set your speakers to a moderate volume. Also, plan your seating arrangement in such a way that your older guests are away from the speakers and sources of music. It would also be a good idea to have an alternate lounging area, where they can sit and relax while the youngsters dance to the beat. This will give them the opportunity to mingle with others their age and have a good time of their own.

Invite them to participate

Rather than sit as mute spectators throughout the event, guests just love it when they get to participate in the wedding. Invite your guests to request songs, and have your DJ play some of them. We are sure your guests will appreciate the opportunity to dance to tunes they love, than just to those you love. You can even involve them in the wedding ceremony. This post on the Intimate Weddings blog suggests a variety of interesting ideas like a musical procession, a prayer circle or including them in the unity candle ceremony. Find something interesting like this, and you will easily create fond memories for your guests. 

Add an unexpected twist

Just imagine how impressed your guests would be if a group of onlookers would out-of-the-blue break into dance for a certain song. You could even impress them by taking dancing lessons and owning the dance floor with a spectacular number for your first dance. Or your bridal party can perform a choreographed dance when it is least expected! These items are never forgotten. So, add it to your wedding celebration. This will wow your guests and will be the talk of town. I wouldn’t be surprised if your guests think this is the most unforgettable event from your wedding, in the years to come.

Serve some nibbles after the party

Dancing to the beat for a long time can make your guests hungry. Serve your guests tiny snacks and watch their moods be uplifted in no time. Have these snacks served late at the reception, and it will instantly energize everyone. Midnight snacks like cookies, milk shooters, pop corn and even tacos will be appreciated by your guests. Distribute it around and your guests will be re-energized to continue on the dance floor again.

Appreciate your guests presence

You are truly blessed when most of who you invite attend your wedding. Some of them may have traveled from afar to witness your wedlock. Others may have put aside several plans to make it to your special day. Openly express your gratitude for their presence at your wedding. They will definitely appreciate the gesture. Make it a point to at least greet and spend few minutes with each of your wedding guests. This will make them feel that their efforts were worthwhile. Also remember that nobody likes a couple that’s too engrossed in themselves. Your wedding day is special, however it is also about those who take the pains to be a part of it.

Make an exciting exit

Memorable exits add the perfect finishing touch to a well-planned wedding day. So, plan yours well. Use showstopper elements like balloons, candles or even bursting sparklers to mark your exit from the wedding venue. For non-messy and sustainable options, consider bubbles or even flower petals instead of the traditional confetti. Make it matter by also choosing a vehicle that makes a statement. Ride off into the night on a bicycle, hire a horse and carriage or even go for a fully decorated vintage car to complete the day in full style.

Don’t be one of those couples who are so busy that you forget about the other people who are in your wedding. Focus on the guest experience, and we are sure your guests will also love your wedding. After all, all your efforts pay off when your guests openly commend you on the preparations you did and how impressive your wedding was. So, think from their perspective when planning your wedding. Keep it personal and you can immortalize your wedding in the memories of those who attend it.

At Best for Bride, we understand the challenges of planning and organizing a wedding. Although it is difficult, we have the right solutions for your most challenging tasks. Whether you are on the search of the perfect bridal gown, need dresses for your bridesmaids or have to pick out the perfect wedding cake and favors, we have the solutions for all your needs. Visit our website on this link to bring your wedding vision to life.

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Colorful Ideas to make your wedding really pop

Few couples are bold enough to experiment with bright and big splashes of color, when planning their wedding day. We, however, believe that weddings deserve to be celebrated with great pomp and show. After all, they are a once-in-a-lifetime affair.

Bright colors add a festive note to any regular event. Colorful wedding themes have a distinct personality that make them memorable. So, we think bright pops of colors are exuberant and cheerful, and are perfect to create a joyous vibe for the new chapter of your life.

So, here are some ideas to add a stunning dash of color to your wedding day. Even if you choose a sophisticated wedding color theme, borrow some of these ideas to add a refreshing pop or color to the scheme.

Happy colorful Streamers and Buntings for your reception hall

Anything suspended above eye level is instantly interesting. So, use streamers and buntings to add a cheerful note of color to your wedding hall. Mix up colors of the rainbow to create pretty motifs for your streamers or buntings. Then suspend them from hooks on the walls or stretch them across the entire length of the ceiling. Any dreary colorless ceiling will instantly pop with this idea. Not only will it be visually appealing, it will also stay out-of-the way and still look fantastic.

Brightly colored invitations to get the party going

Impress your guests right from the beginning with a brightly colored invitation to get the party started. Vivid floral details, bright geometric prints and refreshing colors look fascinating on invitations. You can also explore funky prints and polka dot patterns for a buoyant effect. Customize your invitation card with colored ink and pretty calligraphy to nail the details. Featured here is a stunning sample from our invitation suite at Best for Bride from Carlson Crafts. Visit this link to find out more details about this invitation. 

Bold colors on light table linen

White forms the ideal background against which bright colors really pop. To make your tablescapes stand out, choose saturated colors in lavish doses. Meanwhile keep the table covers white or light. This will enhance the colors and make them appear brighter than they actually are. Take a look at this image, for instance. The intensity of the pink and yellow flowers is enhanced because they are set against a white background. With the bright blue waters of the ocean in the background, this setting is simply heavenly! Don’t you agree?

Pretty cocktails and beverage bars for splashes of color

Drinks and beverages are an easy way to add a delectable pop of color to any setting. Not only do colorful drinks look tantalizing, they also contribute to the visual scenery in terms of color. Place the drinks on tables or distribute color throughout the setting in several beverage stations. Either way, this is a good idea to add small but vivid doses of color to your décor. Complete the effect by adding flowers or décor elements in similar or complementing colors. This will also look very pretty in your photos. Take a look at the image here, and you will get the idea!

Having trouble finding the right cocktail for your preferred color scheme? Head over to the Elledecor website by clicking this link, for drinks as pretty as your party décor. 

Lush tropical flower arrangements

Summery hues like yellow, orange, red and blue are best brought out by floral arrangements. Whether you limit it to just a few scattered pieces or fill the entire space with lush and colorful flower arrangements, this will add a welcoming note to your tables. Enhance the brightness of these flowers by setting them up in copper-colored or monochromatic colored vases that match the color of the flowers. The contrast will increase the intensity of the colors in the floral décor. It is also a good idea to plan the flower arrangement with colors that are close to each other or on opposite sides of the color wheel. Visit this article on the Better Homes and Gardens website for an array of impressive bouquet combinations that instantly impress. 

Paper lanterns for floating bliss

Paper lanterns are a lovely décor element that can add a romantic and fun vibe to any setting. Suspended from the ceiling, they create a whimsical feel. Use them with the streamers we spoke about earlier, or on their own. If you want to go all out, scatter them around your party venue and they will resemble little bobs hanging from the sky. Or create collections of these lanterns at selected locations throughout your party hall for sudden bursts of color and texture. Mix and match lanterns of various sizes, shapes and prints to make them more interesting.

Brightly colored cake

If you wish to have just one statement piece of stunning color at your wedding, let it be your wedding cake! A tiered cake drenched in color is a magnificent sight; one that is impressive and memorable! Choose bright, bold colors for the base and accents and play with a range of textures at each level. This will enhance the splendor of the cake.

Also choose a befitting cake topper that will complement the colors and details on your cake. Choose details that stand out, and your guests will not be able to resist taking pictures of it. For an overdose of color, you can also have the inside of the cake colored. Choose rainbow, red velvet or ombre details for the inside to complete the overall effect. For inspiration on designing your cake, we suggest that you take a look at the colorful collection of cakes at the Martha Stewart website. 

Bright bridesmaid bouquets

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Here is an easy way to make your bridesmaids look unique, while keeping their dressing style the same. Use different bright colors in their bouquets. This is most effective when the colors of their dresses are the same and the design details are similar. So, the bouquets will pop against the identical background and be a statement in itself. This idea best works against neutral colors like black, white, navy or brown. The alternative is to use a variety of colors in another accessory, like shoes or belts.

Printed bridesmaid dresses

Dress your bridesmaids in printed dresses in tropical colors and make your wedding scenery colorful and attractive. This is also an option to choose dresses that suit the individuality of each of your bridesmaids. They will appreciate the choice. But more importantly, they will also use the dresses more than just on this occasion.

Summery prints on frocks look amazing at garden weddings and weddings on the beach. Check out our bridesmaids summer dress collections and you will find a variety of prints to choose from, for your special girls. The dress featured here is from the Alfred Sung Bridesmaid dress collection at Best for Bride. There are more designs in a variety of colors and various dress styles available in the various other collections at Best for Bride.

Bright lip color

Add a dash of color to your bridal look with a bright lip color. Keep the rest of the bridal makeup in natural tones and simple colors, while you pick a vivid shade just for your lips. Depending on your complexion, choose from pink, red or brown so it flatters your skin tone. Then flash your dazzling smile, and enjoy the attention that your wedding guests lavish on you.

Colored wedding dress

Show off your penchant for color by picking a non-conventional, colored wedding dress for your wedding. Or, if you want to play it safe, pair your dress with a colorful accessory or choose a dress with a colorful accent that doesn’t go unnoticed.

Take a look at this dress from the Alfred Angelo wedding dress collection.

 

The pleated organza skirt of this beautiful summery wedding dress is adorned with a scattering of bright pink roses. Additionally the pink waistband and bow make it really fun and romantic. Although unconventional, this dress is a delightful choice and is bound to be remembered by your guests in the years to come.

Here is another dress from the Sans Pareil bridal collection with a colorful bodice.

The contrast of the yoke with the white skirt is vivid, which makes it a wonderful choice for a pop of color in your bridal attire. Other options to add color to your bridal dress include wearing a colorful sash or waistband. You can also choose colored gemstone jewelry, if you prefer the age-old tradition of wearing all-white on your wedding day.

Wear a bright floral crown

An accessory that works like a dream and brings a colorful punch to your wedding outfit, a flower crown is a perfect addition to your wedding ensemble. Pick blooms that will not wilt easily so you  look fresh throughout the day. Your florist should be able to make a flower crown that matches the details in your bouquet. Then, the two will come together beautifully. Or go with artificial flowers in your flower crown to stay safe if your wedding is outdoors.

Colorful backdrop or décor accessories

Choose a colorful backdrop for your wedding ceremony and it will be a signature element. You can achieve the intended effect using suitable fabric, lighting or other décor elements. If you do not want to have too much color, you can also consider adding an arch with brightly colored décor elements. This could be balloons, flowers, paper décor or foliage. Or decorate the chairs with bright ribbons or chair backs for a pop of color.

In this setting, notice how the pink and blue ribbons on the white chairs add a festive note to the overall arrangement. Despite the limited use of color, the image is distinctly colorful and vibrant from the use of this simple décor accessory. We also think this idea on the Huff Post of adding a framed piece of art at the altar is brilliant. 

Brightly colored party favors

Line up your wedding favors on a table and make it a powerful display by choosing the brightest colors possible. For edible favors, choose items with colorful frosting or pack them into colorful containers or packaging. For non-edible favors, pick items that make a pretty display. Then stack them together to emphasize the color component of the display. Or choose vibrant colored packaging that will impress and be noticed easily for the bright hues in them.

Have a candy buffet

A candy buffet, as a stand-alone element, can add plenty of color to your party. Design it with delicious treats and choose them in colors you love. With options to customize wrappers with colors and prints of your liking, it is easy to custom create a candy buffet that is both colorful and inviting. Add this to your reception décor or set it up at the entrance to the venue. It will make a remarkable display and looks beautiful in photographs.

From adding splashes of color to your bridal look, to coloring your venue with décor and accessories, we have covered a number of ways in which you can dress up your wedding with color. So, now tell us which of these ideas do you like and intend to embrace for your wedding day?

For more wedding planning tips, advice and ideas, keep visiting us here at the Best for Bride blog page. And for more information on our vast inventory of wedding dresses, bridesmaids outfits, dresses for the wedding party and our range of wedding day services, visit the Best for Bride website today.

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No-fail ideas to keep kids busy at your wedding

Many couples prefer not to include children in their wedding reception. It could be the difficult task of keeping them occupied, or the worry that they will cause too much distraction. So, if you have a list that includes these young guests, you are being very considerate.

Having young children attend your party means more planning than before. Nevertheless, many wedding parties involving children have happened without many hiccups, and you can do the same at yours. All you need is to plan some entertainment to keep them engaged throughout the evening; give them great food, and they should enjoy it just as much as the other guests. Here are some ideas to try at your wedding, so the little ones are engaged and have fun.

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Plan a play space

You cannot expect children to sit still, and enjoy a serious party like adults do. If you do, they will simply squirm and whine, and spoil the fun of the party. So, plan a separate space for the children, which will be filled with activities to keep them busy. Art-and-craft centers are favorites, where they can entertain themselves. Just make sure that you go with options that aren’t messy, and there is plenty for all of them to indulge in.

Appoint a babysitter and/or hire an entertainer

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While most of the parents will manage their tiny tots, at least a few would appreciate the chance to engage in some conversation and enjoy themselves in the other activities at your wedding. This wouldn’t be possible without the help of another responsible adult, who can manage the kids. Consider hiring the services of a babysitter or two, to attend to the children. If there are quite a number of children from different age groups at the wedding, set up an entertainment plan for the kids and hire a professional who can either put up a show or plan games for them. Face painters, clowns, comedian, puppet artists and magicians are always loved.

Plan their menu carefully

If most of the kids are very young, seating them down to a five course meal wouldn’t be a good idea. Rearrange the menu choices and throw in child-friendly food choices, when planning their meal. The service should be such that they will not be forced to wait. Substitute gourmet adult food choices with those that kids love, in their menu. You can also consider sending out a few options, and having parents choose what the set menu. This will eliminate confusion, and they will get what they are most likely to enjoy.

Make arrangements so they can rest and nap

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If the guests are really young and your reception is in the evening, they will most likely be tired and sleepy before the evening is over. Take this factor into consideration and make arrangements for them to rest or nap comfortably, should they require it. This will allow their parents to relax and enjoy the evening, without disrupting their child’s schedule.

With a little planning and preparation, you can easily make your wedding party child-friendly. And, don’t forget that kids love gifts. So, choose some awesome party favors. For more wedding tips and advice on planning your lifetime celebration, visit us on Best for Bride.

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10 steps to planning the perfect bridal shower

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Weddings are a big celebration, as it is one of the most important events in a couple’s life. However, it is not a one-day event, where everything starts and ends on the day of the wedding. There are many other occasions that build up the thrill and make the days leading up to the wedding, exciting for the couple and everyone else involved in their lives.

Just as the couple put in a lot of time and effort in planning their wedding, the bridesmaids are expected to do their part in hosting an interesting bridal shower. Nevertheless, it is not an easy task. Although it isn’t as complicated as planning the wedding itself, there is a certain amount of planning, organizing and managing that goes into it. If you haven’t hosted many parties before, or are trying your hand at a bridal shower for the first time, do not worry. This article will guide you through all that you need to know, to plan it like a pro. Let’s begin!

1.Surprise party or planned one

The first step in planning the bridal shower is to decide whether you want it to be a surprise or not. While some brides may be all for the surprise, and will enjoy what you plan, other brides are more conservative with their likes. These brides would appreciate advance notice about what to expect. You know your friend best, so go with what she would prefer. If she has plenty of ideas and has hinted at a theme that she would like, try to plan your party around her likes. After all, it is to celebrate the bride. Ask her who she would like at her party, whether there is a theme she would love and any other inputs. Then plan the bridal shower around these ideas. Nevertheless, don’t tell her everything about what you will be arranging. Instead, just tell her the date, time and venue, and leave her guessing about the rest.

2.When to start planning

The bridal shower is on your priority list of to-do’s as a bridesmaid. So, start preparing for it soon after your friend has asked you to be on her bridesmaids list. Start gathering ideas and making plans at least 3 months before the scheduled date, and set up a bridal shower calendar. Remember that your list of tasks should include the following, in more or less the same order:

  • fixing the budget for the party
  • compiling the guest list and collecting addresses
  • drafting, printing and sending out invitations
  • booking the venue or making reservations at the chosen location if the crowd is small
  • Collecting and compiling RSVPs and adjusting the guest list
  • choosing the menu and arranging food
  • arranging for decorations
  • planning bridal shower games, collecting necessary items to play them and buying prizes
  • pick up all that is needed to entertain the guests on the day
  • deciding and buying bridal shower favors for the guests
  • Decorating or overseeing the decorations and setup at the venue

Mark your calendar for when each of these activities are to be held. Since it is likely that you will be sharing these duties with the rest of the bridesmaids, you can split the responsibilities with them. Create a list of errands to be completed by each girl, and make sure you monitor everything is progressing as per plan, once you begin the process.

3.When to hold the bridal shower

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The bridal shower should ideally be held at least two weeks before the wedding date, so it doesn’t clash with any other appointments the bride may have. However, you shouldn’t plan it way ahead of the wedding. Anytime in the two months before the wedding is ideal, as the thrill of the wedding will be building up and this is the best time to host it. Nevertheless, consider other factors such as if the guests have to travel from far to attend the bridal shower. In this case, it may be a good idea to hold the shower closer to the wedding date, so it will be convenient for those who come from far. Just make sure you confirm with the bride, and fix the date accordingly.

4.Set the budget and create the guest list

First up, work with the rest of the bridesmaids and fix the budget for the party. You should have a rough idea of how big the party will be, to set a reasonable budget. So, consider this factor first. Now, move on to deciding the venue, planning the theme and budgeting for other party expenses within this amount. It is a good idea to hire the services of a professional photographer for the bridal shower. Figure this into the budget as well. Make sure you miss nobody, by asking the bride if you’ve missed anyone in your list. You cannot however ask the bride, if you have planned a surprise party. In this case, work with the rest of the bridesmaids, or ask her family to make sure you have all the important people on the list. Collect the contact information of all those who are to be invited, and make a separate list of those who have to travel from far or have to be informed early, so they can plan for it.

5.Book the venue and send out invitations

Next, finalize the venue and make the rest of the plans. This is also the time to decide if you will have to make reservations for the venue where the event is to be hosted. If so, finalize the date immediately and make sure to do the bookings on time. Simultaneously draft the bridal shower invitations. It should include all relevant details like the time, date, venue, an RSVP request and theme, if any. Apart from this, you may also like to include the registry information on the bridal shower invite, as it will help the bride get this information out to all the guests easily. You can even DIY the invites if you have the time and the skills to handle it. Send the cards out at least six weeks prior to the shower date.

6.Make food and drink arrangements

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Unless you have booked an all-inclusive package at the venue, you will have to decide on the menu for the party. Plan it according to the time, venue and weather. You do not have to offer a complete meal. Light snacks, soups and deserts are the norm for afternoon and evening parties. You may like to add some signature style dishes or innovative arrangements like a s’more bar or hot chocolate station, to make it more interesting. Keep the spread uncluttered, varied and interesting. If there are theme colors, plan food choices in matching colors. Create a schedule for the food stuff that you will be making, and place orders for those that you will be buying. If you will be serving cocktails or drinks, plan when you will go shopping for mixers, garnishes, ice cubes and all that will be necessary if you are hosting it at your home or doing the arrangements yourself.

7.Plan games and activities

Bridal shower games are not just entertainment. They are a must to help the guests break the ice. Check out our posts on fun bridal shower games here and here. Assuming that the guests at the party will belong to different age groups, it is a good idea to have a mix of both traditional games and recently trending ones, so everyone can participate. Also include games that will require the guests to be seated, and those for which the guests will have to be up and active, to keep it varied. Once you have a list of the games and activities that will be held, create another list of all that you need to buy or arrange. Then get down to collecting or creating it. If required, you can even hire an entertainer or an event planner to host the day’s activities, if you don’t want to do so yourself. You should also consider the music you will be playing on the day and have the play list ready in advance.

8.Get the party favors ready

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It is customary to send the guests home with a party favor from the event. It is up to you to decide what you would like to gift. It can either be edible favors like cookies, cakes or chocolates or non-edible keepsakes like compact mirrors, purses, key chains or coasters. You can even DIY or arrange for customized party favors that match the theme of the event you hosted. Use your imagination and get creative to make these party favors stand out. Green party favors are a trend that is not only environment-friendly, but practical as well. If you have to shop for the favors or place an order for it online, make sure you do it in time. Delivery of bulk orders can take anywhere from a week to a month or more. Some favors may require further assembly after you receive them, or some of them may have to be gift-wrapped. Figure out all these factors, so you have them ready in time for the party.

8.Get the arrangements in place, and buy the remaining items closer to the date

As the date of the shower approaches, make sure you have all the decorations ready, all the DIY tasks completed and your calendar set for when you will complete the last minute shopping. If you are holding the party at your house or at a location where you have access to before the day of the shower, you can start setting up in advance. The last-minute things to buy or collect will include flowers, food and drinks. The décor items should already be arranged for and collected in advance.

9.Create a special seat for the bride

Make sure that the bride’s seat is specially decorated or customized. You will also have to arrange for extra space to stash all the gifts she receives on the day. It is a good idea to also include a notepad or register to keep track of the gifts each person brought. Since there is a tradition of opening the gifts received at the shower on the day itself, keep a pair of scissors ready, to cut through the wrappers and a large trash can to contain all the gift wrap, once the gifts are opened. Also, don’t forget to buy your gift for the bride. You can collect funds from the entire bridesmaid group and get her a combined gift.

10.Prepare for the day

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Depending on how much time you will have on the day, plan your activities so that the area is set up on time. Create a checklist of everything that has to be done on the day, where everything has to be arranged and who is in charge of what. Pick up flowers, grocery and all that is to be collected on the day and set them in place. Dress yourself up for the event, and choose a dress that you will feel comfortable in, but look great in. Check all the equipment at the site before the function starts. Co-ordinate with the guests and make sure everyone remembers the time and where they should be.

With all these steps in place, you are now all set to host the perfect bridal shower, and enjoy it too. Organizing everything on time will help you ensure that everything progresses without any hassles, and you aren’t stressed out over it.

For more tips and wedding planning advice, continue visiting us at Best for Bride. Also, visit our online store to choose the perfect evening dress to wear on the big event you are in-charge of.