How to Throw a Bridal Shower on a Budget
Print this out and give it to your Maid of Honor, she’ll thank you for it.
1. Make a guest list. Sometimes you (the Maid Of Honor) are in the dark about who exactly to invite, especially if you’re only a certain part of the bride’s life. Ask the bride for the names of everyone who should be there, and give a fair warning of those who are up for PG fun, and those who aren’t game just in case you bring out some raunchier games.
2. Decide on a budget and stick to it. Just like the wedding budget, it’s up to you to decide on how much you’re comfortable with in spending for the bridal shower. Divide that number with the number of guests. If the amount per head is too small, it’s either you need to raise more funds, or lessen the people in the guest list. Another option that guests are usually okay with is that guests can chip in an amount to pay for food or the rent of the venue, if any.
3. Consider doing potluck. Sometimes people are more comfortable with bringing food or something in kind, rather than giving money. Give each guest a list of food that they can bring to the party, and let them decide.
4. Hold the party in someone’s house or apartment. The easiest way to save on costs is to hold the party in a free venue. Just make sure to clear it with the host on how many people are coming in, and to take charge of the clean up afterwards.
5. Bring the spa to you. If you want to create your own spa-rty but don’t want the expensive price tag that goes with it, dial up a home massage service and have a couple of therapists over during the bridal shower. You can do this for nails, too!
6. Know your crowd before you suggest the “dirty” games. It’s awkward enough to be in a room of people who don’t know one another, and it gets even more awkward if you bring in the raunchy games without people at least mingling first. Do tamer games first, like creating wedding dresses out of tissue, and playing some rounds of “I have never”, and then figure out if your guests would want to take the games up a notch.
7. Surprise the bride. No matter how simple the bridal shower is, if there was an effort to make it a surprise for the bride, then, it will be extra special for her. It shows that you went the extra mile to make it a big deal.
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