Are you planning a shower for the bride and you’re curious: what kinds of wedding showers are there? And what are the bridal shower themes 2021 has to offer?
No longer are bridal showers one type, one kind, or one style.
There are many different types of wedding showers from which you can choose including a kitchen-themed shower, a bbq couples shower, a garden party, wine tasting, and more!
These types of wedding shower themes are fun to host and even more fun to attend. And they’re all wildly popular right now, btw.
(NOTE: If you’re still looking to plan a distance celebration, read: Virtual Bridal Shower: 5 Things You Need Right Now.)
Read on to find out the 9 types of wedding showers there are plus ideas for which invitations to use for the corresponding kinds of wedding showers mentioned.
Let’s get started!
Types of Wedding Showers to Have
1. Brunch and Bubbly
TYPE: Bridal Shower with Brunch and Champagne, Extra Bubbles, and Mimosas. Probably donuts with these, too. :)
GUEST LIST: All her favorite ladies!
INVITATION: This design by Pink House Press. Cute!
2. Kitchen Themed
GUESTS: Can be ladies or couple. Your choice!
This is a fun wedding shower where the theme is the kitchen: guests bring gifts that have a cooking or kitchen element to them. The invitation should have a kitchen inspired theme, like this one by PottsDesign.
Or this style of invite by Annie Holmquist:
And I also admire these invitations for types of wedding showers with a kitchen theme (by Christina Novak:
3. We Do BBQ
TYPE: Couple’s wedding shower with barbecue, food, brews, and relaxing outdoors.
GUEST LIST: Everyone — couples invited! Great for an outdoor venue.
Here is a helpful guide: 50 Best BBQ Themed Wedding Ideas.
4. Tropical Luau
TYPE: Couple’s Shower with a Tropical Theme. Bring on the luau: leis, Mai Tais, and a pool party! Get these decorations to deck out your space.
GUEST LIST: Couples!
5. Bridal Brunch
TYPE: A bridal shower with just the girls! Plan for a big pancake breakfast, fresh juice bar, delicious cupcakes.
GUEST LIST: Just the ladies!
Have this bridal shower at a favorite brunch hotspot, restaurant, country club, or event space. Make it cozy at home, if you’d like! Serve up tons of breakfast food and use invites like these by Haley Warner.
6. Stock the Bar
TYPE: A fun, evening soiree where guests bring gifts to stock the bar.
GUESTS: Friends/family. Definitely a couple’s shower!
Swanky and old-fashioned, this stock the bar is one of the most popular types of wedding showers. Guests bring themed gifts and can also shop from a registry. Highlight the party by serving a signature cocktail for the couple. Make sure you have plenty of fun cocktail accessories like these napkins, cups, and stir sticks.
Send invites that are on-theme, like these! They’re perfect for types of wedding showers like these. Invitations by Sarah Brown.
One of the best subsets for these types of wedding showers is a beer themed shower! Same idea, but it can take place at a brewery, beer garden, outdoor space, restaurant, or at home. (Read: 50 Best Beer Wedding Ideas for Brewery Weddings.)
These invites are amazing by Fig and Cotton.
Or these by Jennifer Lew:
Wine not?! This is one of the best types of wedding showers because it can be held at a winery, at a favorite wine bar, at a vineyard, or at home! Great for a girls’ get-together.
TYPE: A laidback, casual afternoon of wine tasting.
GUESTS: All the gals!
These stylish Bordeaux-inspired invitations are ideal for these kinds of wedding showers. By Chryssi Tsoupanarias.
8. Garden Party
One of the most traditional wedding shower types: a garden party! Plan to shower the bride with a gorgeous backdrop outdoors, in a garden setting, or a country club or event space with nice big windows and gorgeous views of the scenery.
TYPE: Classic garden themed wedding shower for the bride
GUESTS: A guest list with all the ladies
This invitation sets the tone beautifully! By Shiny Penny Studio.
Also loving this garden watering can invitation by Susan Moyal.
TYPE: A fun fiesta with taco bar, margaritas, tons of fun decorations, maracasWedding Maracas: The Most Fun + Festive Favors for 2021, and more!
GUESTS: Everyone! This is one of the best types of wedding showers for couples to be invited.
What Kind of Bridal Shower Do You Want?
On to you: tell us what you think of these kinds of wedding showers. Is there a theme or style that you like the most? We’d love to hear your thoughts!
P.S. There are plenty of other wedding shower themes that are also notable, but we didn’t have room for them all! A few that come to mind are coffee themed, nautical, rustic, and boho, just to name a few. :)
Next up: bridal shower favors!