It’s officially wedding season! This means if you are a part of a wedding celebration, then chances are you are also tasked with planning – or assisting with the execution of- a bridal shower. At its core, a wedding shower is to be a fun event where friends and family of the couple come together to celebrate them and shower them with gifts for their new life together. The event is most often held during the day anywhere from 6 months to a few weeks from the wedding day.

A bridal shower can be as simple or elaborate as you want. However, keep in mind the focus of the day is the bride- although in today’s world, quite often the bride and the groom attend the party. If the groom does not attend the whole bridal shower, tradition has it that the groom shows up at the end of the wedding shower with a bouquet for the bride and then helps load up the gifts to transport them to their new home.

Tips for Planning a Bridal Shower

When it comes to planning a bridal shower, there is really no right or wrong way to do it. Just be sure the event includes food, drinks, and the bride is surrounded by friends and family. Games can be a part of the fun or they may be forgotten and replaced with a fun activity such as spa time or learning a new skill – bartending, anyone? But, ultimately, the bridal shower needs to be about what will make the bride happy.

Other factors to keep in mind when planning a wedding A shower include:


Chose a date and a venue well in advance. The Gala Events Facility has plenty of room and would love to help you set up a wedding shower. Also, be sure to send out bridal shower invitations 4-6 weeks in advance.

Guests List for the Bridal Shower

Be sure the guestlist for the bridal shower corresponds with the wedding guests list. Also, if more than one shower is to be held, split the guest list up so the same people are not invited to every party.


Determine a wedding shower budget – do this before making big plans. Be sure to allot monies for food, décor, venue, rentals, etc.

Choose a Theme for Your Wedding Shower

Choose a theme. It can coordinate with the wedding or be something completely unique. Not sure what the bride might like? Ask her- if it is to be a surprise, ask her family.


Create a shower playlist that is fun and upbeat – but be sure to mix in a few of the couple’s favorite love songs, too!


Looking for ways to throw an awesome bridal shower and still save some money? Then take the DIY approach whenever possible. Opt for evites, and ask people to help out by making specific dishes for the event. Decorate using pictures of the couple, items that represent who they are and what they like to do, or incorporate other elements that have multiple uses.

These 6 tips can make planning a bridal shower fun and easy. So, don’t stress. Sure, the wedding day is looming, but there’s plenty of fun to be had. Need help with planning a wedding shower? No problem. Contact one of the Gala Events Facility planners today. We are here to help.