Yay! One of my girl friends got married recently and she asked me to be her Maid of Honor so that explains my absences on here. I was honored but I had no clue where to start… So here are my steps and the crafts I created for the Bridal Shower:
STEP 1: Invitations. First, I had to think about dates for the event ( I called the bride and her mother about this to make sure these girls can make it), then designed her paper invitations (watercolor and cutout paper), which helped me with picking the theme colors, and then I added a web page for the RSVP information. After printing, cutting, and putting the invitation together I realized I wrote the wrong date (OMG! panic) but luckily, it was an easy fix. I bought magnets with the correct date and with the same design as the invitation. Then created a circular stickers to cover up the old date on the invitations.
STEP 2: Food. The Bride decided to ask her mother-in-law to assist her with making tamales for the bridal shower which took care of the main dish. I just made side dishes. NEXT STEP order the cake, right? Elizabeth, from Artisan Cake, gifted the Bride this (right picture taken by Elana Grace Photography) beautiful cake and I had no idea what she was making. I’ve only seen her amazing past work so I designed a simple cake topper that reads “Bride to Be” to make sure the cake topper didn’t distract from the cake.
Drinks. I decided on making a mimosa-bar since the Bridal Shower was during the morning I figured some champagne with juice would go nice with the tamales. I also made a champagne bottle piñata and cutout rings to give the mimosa bar some color. Click here for how to create a piñatas. Don’t forget to label the food.
STEP 3: Games. What do you do at a Bridal Shower besides eat? We (bridal party) got together and came up with some good ideas. We decided on ring toss game, don’t say “wedding,” bingo, guess who past celebrity bride game and give advice cards. And I included prizes for the winner.
For the ring toss I spray painted bottles with the theme color. I created bingo cards, and printed out google images of past brides game.
STEP 4: Decide on decorations. Where to start. I ordered balloons and a bride-to-be slash, but everything else was made with paper. I cutout big flowers, paper tissue pom-poms, made and strung paper banners, and use tulle to cover the bridal chair (photo on the right shows the ceiling decorations I used).
STEP 5: Signage. I made couple signs to direct guest to table stations. Starting with a “Welcome to the Bridal Shower” guest book signing. Then printout signage that I framed and used chalk boards to add to the shower.
STEP 6: Gifts. As thank you gifts for the attendees, I created small tags that went on the nail polish, lipgloss, mints, and succulents.
I did tape & spray paint the succulent cups to match the theme. The bride and I also went to Scrap (Portland Arts& Craft Reused Store) were I picked up wine corks to create this piece (photo below: taken by Elana Grace Photography) to add to the succulents gift.
For the bridal party I hand screen-print t-shirt “team wifey” and “wifey” for the bride for the next event, bachelorette party. And the planning of this is a whole other post.
Thank you for Reading:
For more pictures of the event click on my Flickr. I also posted pictures of her beautiful wedding.
Special THANK YOU to Elana Grace Photography for allowing me to use her pictures. She was the official Bridal Shower Photographer, visit her website for more of her beautiful work at www.elanagrace.com