Valentine's Day is upon us, and both you and I know that means engagements are on the horizon. It's likely your Facebook feed will show you little else. Perhaps you are the one getting engaged! (If so, congratulations!) At any rate, whether the wedding will be this spring, summer, fall, or post-2017, the planning process begins now. So you are going to need to start thinking about a bridal shower.
Whether you are the bride, the maid of honor, or one of the lucky bridesmaids, there are a few things you absolutely need to keep in mind when thinking about a bridal shower.
DON'T FREAK OUT...DELEGATE.
One of the best things about planning a wedding is that EVERYONE wants to help out in some way. You know, like your well-meaning but eccentric aunt. Or your cousin that thinks she knows you perfectly. (She doesn't.) Some people you'll probably want to avoid giving too much responsibility. But by all means, delegate. Share your vision for your perfect wedding and let people help! Your bridal shower especially should be out of your hands. This is a great responsibility to give to your maid of honor and your gang of bridesmaids.
PICK A FUN LOCALE FOR YOUR BRIDAL SHOWER.
There are so many options for where to hold your bridal shower. Holding it at your home or a friend's home is initially great on the wallet, but often it ends up costing a lot of time and, you guessed it, money. At The Red Fox, we host in-store bridal showers for a great price. We also sell a variety of toys and games for some great gift ideas! Together with the ambiance and the products we offer, The Red Fox is a great place to consider when searching for a locale.
EVERY GOOD BRIDAL SHOWER NEEDS SEXY GIFTS.
This one is for the guests: a bridal shower isn't complete without the gifts. From Kama Sutras to sexy dice to toys, you're going to need to make sure the bride is well-equipped for the honeymoon. The more older guests you get to blush, the better. We have a steamy selection of books, games, and toys at The Red Fox to choose from.
PLAN A FEW FUN, ENGAGING GAMES.
Maid of honor, this section is for you. The number and variations of games you could play at a bridal shower are limitless. From the most cliche to the most clever, these usually end up being really fun and are a great way to honor or humiliate the bride! A lot of these games require knowing the quirks and personalities of both the bride and groom. Your guests don't need to be entertained every second of the shower, but games are a great way to bring the guests together and make it memorable.
BRIDAL SHOWER FAVORS ARE A GREAT WAY TO SAY "THANK YOU."
Bride, if you have your way (which you always should), you will have only the most important people at your bridal shower. A small but meaningful way to say "thank you" to them is by offering party favors. These don't have to be fancy, and in fact they really shouldn't be. They can also be simple and cheap to make. This is a great project to brainstorm and work on with your maid of honor. Your guests care about and love you so much, and even though it's something small, a bridal shower favor goes a long way in showing your gratitude.
So bride, make sure you have some ideas, but overall let your maid of honor take the reins. You already have so much on your plate. Maid of honor, this is your moment. Together you and the bridesmaids can create a bridal shower to remember.
And don't forget, the most important thing about the bridal shower is the wedding that will follow. So get ready...