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Planning a Bridal Shower? Get Inspired!

Posted October 2, 2013 | 46 Comments

Are you planning a bridal shower? Prepare to be inspired! Today we’re showing you five tips about planning a bridal shower, including inspiration boards with three of our favorite bridal shower themes. If it seems overwhelming to plan a bridal shower, don’t fret — it’s really easy to plan a shower when you know where to start! And, we’re here to help. Read on to get a few essential planning tips PLUS enter for a chance to win a bridal shower giveaway by Rock Candie Designs! Enjoy!

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5 Tips for Planning a Bridal Shower

1. Bring in the bridesmaids.

A bridal shower can be thrown by your mom, Maid of Honor, or Bridesmaids — but typically everyone works to plan one together. Don’t let the stress of planning fall on one person. Split the work-load to create a bridal shower the bride will love.

2. Focus on The Bride.

The bridal shower should focus on your guest of honor — The Bride. No two bridal showers are the same because every bride has different tastes, food preferences, color preferences, and themes that fit her personality.

3. Send a formal invitation.

Always, always, always send a formal bridal shower invitation.

4. Pick a theme.

Work together to plan a theme that resonates with the bride. Three of my favorite bridal shower themes are travel, vintage / tea, and kitchen. We’ve rounded up a few inspiration boards to inspire you…

Travel Bridal Shower

Planning a Bridal Shower - Travel Theme

1 – travel bridal shower invite | more than paper
2 – map straw flag | delicate designs
3 – luggage tag favors | love travels favors
4 – map cupcake toppers | granny panty designs
5 – cupcake topper | delicate designs
6 – compass favor | laura hooper calligraphy
7 – love banner + party decor | haute chocolate
8 – framed maps | the speckled egg
9 – airplane place cards | timeless paper
10 – bride travel bag | arenlace

Vintage / Tea Bridal Shower

Planning a Bridal Shower - Tea Theme (via EmmalineBride.com)

1 – vintage tea cups | indie creativ
2 – love is brewing tea favors | bushel and peck paper
3 – tea & teacup print | bella stationery
4 – tea spoon | wooden hive
5 – tea cup bridal shower invitation | pretty little papers
6 – floral dress | amordress
7 – tea cookie cutter | ladies only obtp
8 – vintage dessert stands | high tea for alice
9 – you’re my cup of tea print | old english co.

Kitchen Shower

Planning a Bridal Shower - Kitchen Theme (via EmmalineBride.com)Planning a Bridal Shower - polka dot oven mitt

1 – kitchen bridal shower invitation | tenn hens design
2 – yellow fancy rubber gloves | grandway
3 – take a whisk kitchen print | fowler creative arts
4 – kitchen garland | not your everyday cards
5 – triangle tea towel print | leah duncan
6 – recipe book / iPad stand | roostic
7 – teaspoon bridal shower favor | kate aspen
8 – personalized cork trivets | decadent designs
9 – recipe card box | 1canoe2
10 – whisk bridal shower favor | kate aspen
11 – coffee favors | apropos roasters
12 – kitchen wine charms | gr3een
13 – pink polka dot oven mitt | jessica steele

5. Send thank you notes as soon as possible.

Be sure to send your thank you notes to guests within two weeks of the event.

Giveaway: Win FREE Bridal Shower Thank You Cards!

Between 10/2-10/8/13 (11:59pm EST), enter for a chance to win 50 personalized “Thank You From the Future Mrs.” cards by Rock Candie Designs! Winner may choose from any design in their shop and can customize them with the colors of their choice, along with their future last name. These Thank You cards are the perfect way to say thank you while adding a personal touch! Cards measure 5.50″ x 4.25″ and are included with 10 A2 sized colored envelopes – your choice. Cards printed on 80 lb. acid-free matte white card stock. Inside of card is blank. Prize value: $100. No cash value. Winner will be randomly selected on 10/9/13 and announced on this blog post. Winner will also be contacted via email. Use entry form below to enter. Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win. No purchase necessary. Free shipping included to U.S. only. Good Luck!

Planning a Bridal Shower (via EmmalineBride.com) - Thank You Cards by Rock Candie Designs

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46 Responses to “Planning a Bridal Shower? Get Inspired!”

  1. Casey
    October 2nd, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

    Absolutely LOVING the chalkboards style bridesmaid invites. They are too adorable!

  2. emilyarrison
    October 2nd, 2013 @ 4:10 pm

    Thank you for featuring the Timeless Paper airplane place cards! Check out our new designs at http://www.timelesspaper.com. – Emily, designer at Timeless Paper

  3. Em Mahr
    October 2nd, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

    I like the Bridal Thank You / Bridal Thank You Cards, Newlywed Thank You, Wedding Thank You Notes – PACK OF 10

  4. Erica Geeting
    October 2nd, 2013 @ 4:24 pm

    I actually LOVE the “Thank you from the future Mrs.” cards! Really hoping to win them :)

  5. Tanya Patterson
    October 2nd, 2013 @ 5:06 pm

    I love the Thank You from the Future Mrs… cards!

  6. Brooke Groom
    October 2nd, 2013 @ 5:15 pm

    such a cute idea for thank you cards!

  7. Michelle
    October 2nd, 2013 @ 8:07 pm

    I like the will you be my… cards!

  8. Kelly H.
    October 2nd, 2013 @ 10:32 pm

    Love the Bridal Thank You Cards – “Many Thanks” Cards

  9. Tanya Patterson
    October 3rd, 2013 @ 12:20 am

    I love the Thank You from the Future Mrs. cards!

  10. Anggela
    October 3rd, 2013 @ 12:40 am

    Like the wedding thank you cards

  11. Jenn Short
    October 3rd, 2013 @ 7:34 am

    I like the ‘you are my cheese to my macaroni’ card

  12. Casey
    October 3rd, 2013 @ 8:42 am

    I know my bridesmaids would die if they got a “Future Mrs” card! Too adorable!

  13. Megan
    October 3rd, 2013 @ 9:24 am

    Love the Whimsical Tea Party Bridal Shower Cards

  14. Justyne M
    October 3rd, 2013 @ 9:43 am

    I love the I Mustache You a Question – Will You Be My Maid of Honor Greeting Card

  15. Erica Geeting
    October 3rd, 2013 @ 10:35 am

    Loving the thank you from the future mrs. cards. Sure hope to win them! ;)

  16. Em Mahr
    October 3rd, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

    I like the Pack of 10 Thank You Greeting Cards

  17. Monica
    October 3rd, 2013 @ 6:13 pm

    Will you be my bridesmaid. Too cute!

  18. Michelle
    October 3rd, 2013 @ 7:03 pm

    I like the future Mrs. cards

  19. Erica Geeting
    October 4th, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    love the thank you from future mrs. and really hope to win them!

  20. Casey
    October 4th, 2013 @ 9:12 am

    The “I cant say I do without you” cards are super cute!

  21. Jenn Short
    October 4th, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    I like the

    Bridesmaid / Maid of Honor / How to Ask Bridesmaid / Will You Be My Bridesmaid Funny / Will You Be My Maid of Honor – Cards

  22. Justyne M
    October 4th, 2013 @ 10:51 am

    the “Will You Be My Bitch For a Day and By Bitch I mean Bridesmaid” cards are cute!

  23. Megan
    October 4th, 2013 @ 11:18 am

    The Will You Be My Maid of Honor chalkboard design is hilarious! My MOH would love it

  24. Catherine B.
    October 4th, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

    The Thank You cards are all so cute! I love the “Thank You From the New Mr and Mrs” one :)

  25. Em Mahr
    October 4th, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

    I love the Bridal Thank You / Bridal Thank You Cards

  26. Tanya Patterson
    October 4th, 2013 @ 5:35 pm

    Love the thank you from future Mrs. cards!

  27. Erica Geeting
    October 5th, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

    Love the “Thank You From the Future Mrs.” cards!

  28. kt
    October 5th, 2013 @ 12:58 pm

    Adore the thank you from future Mrs. cards

  29. Justyne M
    October 5th, 2013 @ 6:27 pm

    i love the Whimsical Tea Party Bridal Shower Invitation

  30. Kelly H.
    October 6th, 2013 @ 12:01 am

    Love the Bridal Thank You Cards – “Many Thanks” Cards

  31. Jenn Short
    October 6th, 2013 @ 11:40 am

    I like the funny Will You Be My Bridesmaid cards.

  32. Justyne M
    October 6th, 2013 @ 5:12 pm

    I like the To My Groom On Our Wedding Day Card

  33. Michelle
    October 6th, 2013 @ 9:18 pm

    I like the thank you cards

  34. Casey
    October 7th, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    My bridesmaids would LOVE the “He’s marrying me but stuck with us card.” It is seriously fantastic!

  35. Justyne M
    October 7th, 2013 @ 10:06 am

    I like the “i can’t say i do, without you” cards!

  36. Megan
    October 7th, 2013 @ 11:42 am

    I am planning on ordering the To My Soon-to-Be Mother-in-Law On My Wedding Day Card. What a cute idea!

  37. Tanya Patterson
    October 7th, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

    Love the Thanks from the Future Mrs cards!

  38. Erica Geeting
    October 7th, 2013 @ 3:41 pm

    Hoping to win because the giveaway cards are my favorite!

  39. Lisa Graham
    October 7th, 2013 @ 4:21 pm

    All of the love and relationship cards are Awesome. Amazeballs, Burst into Flames, Stud muffin…. They are all great.

  40. Michelle
    October 7th, 2013 @ 6:54 pm

    I love the future Mrs. Card

  41. Jenn Short
    October 7th, 2013 @ 9:35 pm

    I like the

    Maid of Honor, Bridesmaid Invitation / Will
    You Be My Maid of Honor, Bridesmaid / Funny Will You Be My Bridesmaid,
    Maid of Honor Card

  42. Drew Anne
    October 8th, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

    Love the “How to Ask Bridesmaid” cards!

  43. Tanya Patterson
    October 8th, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

    I love these thank you cards, so adorable!

  44. Lisa Graham
    October 8th, 2013 @ 4:03 pm

    I love the Free Cocktails card to ask your bridesmaid. So funny. https://www.etsy.com/listing/124964164/bridesmaid-maid-of-honor-how-to-ask?ref=shop_home_active

  45. Lisa Graham
    October 8th, 2013 @ 6:31 pm

    I think crock pots are my favorite registry item. It is the most used item in my house, so I know when i buy them for people they will last and get used a lot.

  46. Kelly H.
    October 8th, 2013 @ 9:07 pm

    Love the Bridal Thank You Cards – “Many Thanks” Cards

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