I am so happy to finally share with you all the planning details and pictures of my beautiful bridal shower. Let me start by saying I don’t think there is one perfect way to plan a shower, but having personal touches and over the top details will make it perfect for you and your guests. It is so important to think of the finer details and carry a theme throughout the event. When I began planning my shower I thought of the season and knew I wanted to have bright girly colors since the wedding is such soft color palettes. Anyone who knows me knows I am obsessed with flowers so incorporating flowers became very important to the overall shower. I began by researching invitations that could incorporate flowers and also bright colors and I found the perfect combination using different shades of pink water colored flowers. I wanted to elevate the invitation so I selected a linen paper and lined the envelopes with color and found heart stamps with the same color palette.
It was so important that my guests felt comfortable and that they wouldn’t want to leave. That is why I decided to go a less traditional route by opening gifts or playing typical bridal games. Showers always tend to be the same and I thought why not offer some type of entertainment, who says you can’t? Yes, it’s not traditional, but offering an experience to your guests will go a long way. It was important to me that my guests were happy, after all they took a Saturday to spend on my behalf. I wanted all of the ladies who attended to know how special they were and how much I cherished them that we hired a comedian to provide the perfect balance of Saturday afternoon fun. A comedian and a champagne bar created the perfect women’s retreat!
As soon as guests walked in there was large sign with our wedding hashtag and number of days until Jon and I get married featured on a white board with the same flowers from the invitations.
Then guests picked up their escort cards also part of the invitation suite which were laid on a bed of wheat grass for another pop of color and texture. I had created fun custom frames with photos of our travels that were clipped with clothes pins to tie in that rustic look.
As guests continued in the room there was a traditional candy bar (all pinks) to ensure guests had a sweet treat while the comedian performed. On the way out I kept the drinks flowing by giving each guest a personalized bottle of mini pink champagne (photo featured at end of article). It was important to have each detail labeled too so I went the chalkboard route and had the same calligrapher write cute sayings and messages that related to that given table.
At each table setting there was a menu even though we did a buffet that coordinated with the invitations to tie in the flower theme again. In front of each table setting, there was a small clear box with five pink paper mache balls that were wildflower seeds for the garden. The clear packaging added another pop of color to the table and tied in the floral theme well.
Lastly, I had the florist create gorgeous centerpieces in purples, pinks and greens in individual wooden gray boxes which created a rustic feel and also matched the wood on the chalkboards and the numbered table signs. I had smaller ones for the guest tables so guests could speak and larger for the buffet and gift table (third photograph). The florsit even surprised me with a floral crown to wear at the shower (photo below). Small details like the chair signs added a sweet touch and also was a great surprise for the MOH who set everything up!
During planning I spent great time thinking about details and in my opinion details make the event and should not be overlooked! I did not want a traditional guest book but did want advise from all the ladies in my life. Since Jon and I love playing games we thought having Jenga turn into the guest book would be a perfect way to incorporate both and something we could read for years to come!
A kitchen themed wishing well was added to the invitations so we added chalk board flags to create the “wishing well” signs and intertwined it with pink twine to match the color scheme. Gifts were asked to be wrapped in clear so I could spend more time with guests vs. opening the gifts in front of guests.
I had the most perfect shower and more importantly was able to spend it with my closest and most treasured loved ones. The day was filled with laughs and precious memories that will truly last a lifetime. Even though I did not open gifts the MOH (my sister) and the bridesmaids presented me with three pink hat boxes, one larger than the next. In each one it was themed to complete the old english rhyme, “Something Borrowed, Something New, Something Old, and Something Blue”. it was so incrdibly perfect and included every gift possible for the big day!
Its is always important to follow up with six weeks today your thank yous. I made sure to order with the invitation suite so the thank you cards matched the invites and completed the overall end of the look.
Of course the shower did end with a very traditional cake! My grandmother had placed matching pink flowers made out of piping and our engagement photograph in Paris!
Thank you for allowing us to share and message me if you have any questions.
Carolyn + Jon