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Planning & Attending A Bridal Shower

One of the most fun parts of being a fiancé is being showered with love & gifts at your bridal shower.  It can be a lot of work to throw a bridal shower, so we wanted to spend some time sharing some of our favourite ideas for bridal showers.

I get asked a lot and I see brides asking a lot about etiquette of showers.  It's a bridal shower, must to shower the bride & groom with gifts, so it's totally okay to give out your registry information with the invitations.  In my opinion I wouldn't invite guests to the shower that were not also invited to the wedding, but others may feel like it's okay. 

A shower is a great way to introduce your bridesmaids to your guests.  Especially if they can't all make it to the shower.  You could tell how you met each girl or how long you've known them.  Or you could simply share why you chose them to be in your wedding party.   

A shower is a great way to introduce your bridesmaids to your guests.  Especially if they can't all make it to the shower.  You could tell how you met each girl or how long you've known them.  Or you could simply share why you chose them to be in your wedding party.

 

You can stick to a theme for the shower or just have a few decorations that are more typical of bridal shower.  This sign is a cute photo prop!!

You can stick to a theme for the shower or just have a few decorations that are more typical of bridal shower.  This sign is a cute photo prop!!

Some DIY décor ideas.  You don't have to go over the top with décor to make an impact.  Keep it simple and relaxed!

Some DIY décor ideas.  You don't have to go over the top with décor to make an impact.  Keep it simple and relaxed!

A couple of fun games to play with your guests! 

A couple of fun games to play with your guests! 

Don't forget you're planning a marriage, not just a wedding.  Get some advice from your shower guests because you never know when you just might need it.  It will be fun to read together with your spouse after a few years!

Don't forget you're planning a marriage, not just a wedding.  Get some advice from your shower guests because you never know when you just might need it.  It will be fun to read together with your spouse after a few years!

Remember you're the guest of honor so it's okay to dress up a bit!  it's a great day to schedule a hair & makeup trial or have some pampering done before your shower!

Remember you're the guest of honor so it's okay to dress up a bit!  it's a great day to schedule a hair & makeup trial or have some pampering done before your shower!

Don't forget to send out thank you cards after your shower!  Especially to the hosts.  Showers are a fun way to get together with those who matter to you and have fun together before the big day!  What's your best advice for others planning or attending showers?

Bridal Show Survival Guide.

Blog – Bridal Show Survival Guide.

Hey Brides!

Our staff at Once Upon A Time Weddings have been busy preparing for two big bridal shows this weekend.  On Saturday we’ll be at the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Bridal Show at the John Bradley Convention Centre in Chatham.  We’ll also been at the London Convention Centre Bridal Show both Saturday and Sunday.  If you’re heading to either of these shows or any bridal shows in the future we wanted to share with some of you some of our tricks to help you have a successful bridal show.

  • Print off address labels with your name, fiance’s name, wedding date, email, phone number and address.  This will save you time filling out ballots and entering draws.

  • Bring an extra tote bag or a big purse with you.  Most shows will hand out a bag to you, but bringing along a second one will allow you to stick vendor information that you’re really interested in inside of one bag so that you don’t have to sort this a massive amount of information to find that small business card of the florist you loved.  

  • Bring a couple people with you.  It’s great to have someone there to carry your stuff.  Just kidding.  It’s great to have someone else to bounce ideas around with and help you remember who you talked to and who you want to follow up with after the show.

  • Pick a few areas of your wedding planning that you really want to knock off you’re to do list while at the show.  Focus in on these areas while at the show.

  • Wear comfortable shoes as it’s a long period of time on your feet. 

  • If you’ve already chosen colors bring along your swatches.  There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to match something while trying to remember a color.  If you haven’t already discovered, you’ll soon know that there are about 30 different shades of each color!

  • Bring along your day planner or appointment book.  Some vendors will give you an incentive to book an appointment or consultation with them at the show.

  • Be realistic about your budget as you browse.  Sometimes we see elaborate backdrops or centrepieces but we don’t think about how it will fit into your overall budget or theme of your wedding day.  While there’s nothing wrong with admiring the workmanship of these vendors, be careful not to go overboard this early in the game!

  • Have fun!  Eat some cake, sip some wine and enjoy all the pretty, pretty things.

If you’re in the area we’d love to meet you and discuss how we can walk with you through the gown finding experience.  To book an appointment click here.