How to host the perfect bridal shower

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Being chosen to host a bridal shower is a real honour, but the pressure to throw the perfect party can be the source of a lot of stress. Dealing with competing personalities amongst the bridal party, planning logistics and trying to make everything just right for the bride-to-be can be a little overwhelming, which is why these tips and tricks for pulling off a no-stress, fun-filled party are sure to come in handy.

Set a date

Bridal showers typically take place one to three months ahead of the wedding. Consult with the bride-to-be for the date and time that best suits her. For convenience, she may also synchronise other pre-wedding activities, like the bridesmaids’ hair and makeup trial or dress fitting, to fall on the same weekend.

Guest list

If the bridal shower isn’t a surprise, you should ask the bride-to-be to help you create a guest list. Typically, it will include all female family members of both the bride and groom, girlfriends, bridesmaids, and sometimes even neighbours and colleagues. Alternatively, the bride-to-be might prefer to let the groom in on the fun and have a ‘couple shower’ instead. Keep in mind that people who aren’t invited to the wedding shouldn’t be invited to the bridal shower either.


Choosing a theme will add cohesion to your bridal shower and facilitate other planning decisions like selecting a venue and styling the décor. Consider the leading lady’s personality – is she a foodie, fashionista, film buff or party girl? Building on her preferences will give the bridal shower a personal touch that’ll really make the bride-to-be feel special.


Are you arranging a brunch, afternoon tea, cocktail party, sit-down dinner, or, as is becoming more and more popular, a group activity, like a cooking lesson or fitness class? Choose a venue that best fits your theme or book a venue that comes with some ‘built-in’ activities, like a wine course from a sommelier or a cake decorating class, because this will save you time trying to come up with ideas on your own. Need some help finding the perfect venue for a bridal shower? Tagvenue has you covered!


While it’s not necessary to give favours to guests as they depart, it’s becoming more common, especially if the bridal shower has a theme or activity the gift can tie into. Guests at a tea party could receive a custom tea blend, while guests at a garden party brunch could take home a miniature potted herb.

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