how to throw a bridal shower: tips + details

posted on: August 30, 2011


planning a shower can be extremely costly and overwhelming for those of us who aren't named martha stewart (girl has money and creativity...an event planning goldmine). without such a helpful and kowledgeable bridal party, i wouldn't have even known where to start!

i've broken down what i learned about throwing a creative and special bridal shower into these 8 simple steps and tips.


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there are so many options for bridal shower themes and a great place for inspiration is martha stewart’s wedding site. i have been to a kitchen themed one, and i love the idea of an afternoon tea party or parisian theme (super bridesmaids the movie, but it's all good).

since jessica's engagement party was hawaiian theme (where she's having her wedding) we decided to veer away from any major idea and keep it to a colour concept instead. apple green is part of her wedding colours and we just incorporated the bright pink and some white to break it up.

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with the unreliable weather in vancouver this summer, we didn't want to risk holding the shower outdoors. thankfully, one of the bridesmaids was able to book us in at her apartment building's party room. it's a really nice space with lots of room, a kitchen, and plenty of tables. whether you host it at your house, a park, your backyard, a hall..wherever, you'll need to figure out dishware as well. we were able to get enough glasses, platter, plates, cake stands, etc. together between the 4 of us but there is always the option of renting dishes. or, paper plates i guess.

once we locked in a location for the party, it was time to sort out the guest list. feel free to work with the bride on a list of guests, as there will likely be family members and friends you might not think to invite. after you've determined how many people will be attending, it's time to move onto step 3 (my favourite step).

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i actually worked with a great graphic designer from
fonik design to make jessica's bridal shower invites. i showed him an invitation design i liked online and he was able to recreate it for me for a great price. i got them printed and bought a pack of silver envelopes at michael's crafts. looking back, i probably could have just emailed the invitations out (would have saved paper and been more cost effective) but sometimes it's a nice gesture to send a piece of mail! it's also easy enough to make your own invites online, handmaking them, or using an e-vite system.


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we had 31 guests attending the shower and made the ambitious decision to cater it ourselves. each bridesmaid was responsible for two appetizers. my mom and the groom's mom kindly offered to also pitch in two appetizers, bringing the grand total up to way more than a room full of women would eat! we had sandwiches, quinoa salad, bocconcini bites, 7 layer dip, deviled eggs, hummus and pita, cheese/cracker/meat plate, veggies and dip, mini tortilla wraps, and the wildly popular steak bites. i'd always rather have too much food than not enough!



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as an afternoon event, we were sure to offer coffee and tea, as well as water and a non alcoholic punch. we also served white wine, mimosas, and champagne with edible hibiscus flowers. for dessert, jessica's mom the wedding lady contributed a delicious and visually stunning cake. always the best from susan! i also ordered some mini cupcakes from cakelicious that were lemon flavoured and ahhmazing. my mom made some brownies and lauren brought a fruit platter. we really had too much food, but don't worry. i polished off those mini cupcakes by myself later on, it was really no trouble at all!

also from cakelicious, we sent each guest home with a pink cake pop that we put in a little bag and tied with ribbon with a little handwritten "thank-you" note. they were a big hit!

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each bridesmaid took on some of the decorations. flowers, balloons, tissue pom poms, and some handmade signs. all of which were possible with some sticker letters from michael's, a few supplies from the dollar store, some scrapbook paper, and a bit of creativity.

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many bridal showers involve games as an ice breaker, or a chance for people to get to know the bride to be a little bit better. jessica hates games so we were sure not to include anything embarrassing and remotely game-like. our only moment of silliness was making her a bridal shower ribbon bra while she opened gifts instead of a bridal shower ribbon hat. although, we did manage to put a vintage feather hat on her as well. all in good fun, it was actually really cute! we did include some blank cards (that were also purchased from michael's on sale) for guests to write a short piece of advice to the bride and groom.

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ultimately, it's important to always keep the bride in mind when planning the shower. we were sure to include jessica's favourite wine, chips, and peanut m&m's. we even had a surprise special guest attend from out of town! putting up pictures of the bride and groom is a nice touch (oh right, it's about him too :P). any thoughtful gestures will not go unnoticed, and it's ultimately a party in honour of the bride. have fun with it!

you can see what the final bridal shower looked like here or here
hope you find some of the tips helpful, feel free to let me know if you have any advice to add. happy planning xo

where did august go?

posted on: August 26, 2011

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graham + spencer dress // forever 21 jacket // plum accessories // joe fresh polish + sunnies // kenneth cole shoes


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...and all of a sudden there are only a few official days of summer left and i haven't blogged in a week. isn't it amazing how quickly the summer days go by? this season has been especially confusing since warm weather only really hit us a few weeks ago. but enough small talk about the weather.

to those of you who didn't see my tweet (let's follow each other?), the boy and i booked a mini vacation for the long weekend. portland won over seattle and victoria, since we had such a great time the last time we were there. tax free shopping, super hip but easy going, and some of the best restaurants and coffee shops we've ever been to. why wouldn't we go?!

if you have any portland tips, please don't be selfish...share with the class (in the comments section, of course). and to my friends and followers on the east coast, please stay safe this weekend xo


beach wedding in sechelt, bc

posted on: August 20, 2011

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Wedding Guest Christina looking gorgeous!

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we spent last weekend in sechelt, bc with adam's mom and a bunch of his closest pals. we all stayed at this hilarious little motel by the water and had a wonderful time laughing and drinking together. of adam's large group of childhood friends, quinn and liz are the first to tie the knot. they had a beautiful ceremony at liz's beach front property in the afternoon. aren't you obsessed with the colours scheme? and she obviously looked amaze too! the reception was full of laughter, tears, and tons of dancefloor action (there is no photo evidence of it on here, you can imagine why).

sechelt is a beautiful little spot, i can't believe i'd never been to the sunshine coast before! and a relaxed wedding on the beach with your closest friends and family, does it get much better than that? we had so much fun celebrating, everything was just perfect. congrats again quinn + liz, lots of love to you both :)

tulle + love

posted on: August 19, 2011

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sweater from topshop // skirt + purse from plum // ring from front+co // headband from barefoot contessa // shoes from joe fresh

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the end of august is my favourite time of year. i've always been a sucker for the back to school hype, despite the fact that i haven't been enrolled in classes for some time. it's the prospect of change, something new, and a fresh start. september is the real new years. i remember always marching into school with my head held high, convinced that this was going to be the best year yet!

and i still go back to school shopping, the shopping right now is the best! as much as i love the summer, i'm secretly (not so secret any more) a fall girl. can't wait for the leaves to change colour and to bundle up in scarves and sweaters.

off to read the september issues. vogue, marieclaire, lucky, oh my! happy friday xo

showered with love

posted on: August 17, 2011

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fulfilling my moh (that's maid of honour for those of you who aren't down with wedding lingo) duties has been a beautiful learning experience. not only was information online about throwing a bridal shower limited, there is a lot more that goes into an event than i initially thought. thank goodness for a super helpful and involved bridal party, because without them i'd be lost!

here are a few highlights from the shower last weekend. stay tuned for another post with advice on throwing a bridal shower, as well as a few budget diy projects you can use for the next event you host!


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