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Mar 30, 2016

7 Steps to Throwing the Perfect DIY Bridal Shower

Throwing a bridal shower for your close friend or family member can be a huge honor at an exciting time for you both, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a little daunting and a bit expensive. With all the creative shower ideas out there right now, there is so much inspiration to pull from and – let’s face it – a lot of pressure to pull through for the bride-to-be! To help cut the costs and also amp up the creativity, we’ve gathered up 7 ways you can throw the perfect DIY bridal shower!

Kate Spade Inspired Bridal Shower - Wedding Blog
Photo by Courtney Daynelle

Invites – No need to have them custom designed or spend a ton of money on them! Sites like Minted have tons of cute, pre-designed options that you can input your information into and they’ll even print your envelopes! Chances are they offer a design that fits your theme perfectly! An inexpensive way to make a great first impression!

Happy Hour Themed Bridal Shower
Photo by Jennifer Skog

Decor – With all the Pinterest worthy showers out there, it can be hard to create something that looks as cute on your own. But you have everything that you need! Use items from around your house (or your friends!) to create fun seating vignettes, like they did at this “Happy Hour” bridal shower, for opening presents and cute table displays. Head to your local flower market and pick up some pretty blooms to really make it pop!

Food – Keep it simple! If you are throwing the shower yourself, food can add up, so try to pick something everyone will like but that is also easy for you! Build your own paninis or salads just require you to buy the ingredients and the guests can make their own!

7 Ways to Throw a DIY Bridal Shower
Photo by J Wiley Photography

Drinks – Make a DIY station that doubles as a beverage and an activity for everyone! If you’re doing brunch, set up a ‘mix your own mimosa’ station – grab 3 different kinds of juice, some bubbly and fresh fruits and berries. For an evening party, a ‘muddle your own cocktail’ station is a great alternative. Get some spirits, herbs such as basil and mint, a few muddling sticks and mixers and you’ve got yourself a bar!

Games – Here’s where you can get creative! Play something that gets everyone involved but that’s not too cheesy. You can make up your own version of Taboo using wedding words like Bride, Groom, Dress, etc. make teams and have a prize for the winning team! Play The Newlywed Game and ask the bride a series of questions that the groom has already answered like “Where was your first kiss?” and see how many she gets right!

DIY Wedding Favor: Herb Infused Salt Scrub
Photo by Krista Mason

Favors – Make them something! We love this sugar scrub – super easy and so cute! Add a cute thank you tag and maybe even a bloom from the flower mart and you’ve got yourself a perfect Pinterest goody for your guests to take home!

Will You Be My Bridesmaid Brunch
Photo by J Wiley Photography

Backdrop – Everyone will want to take pics with the bride-to-be so make sure they’re cute! Set up a fun backdrop for everyone to pose in front of that you can DIY yourself at home! Check out this one we made here – and let the guests snap away!

  • Kyra

    Love the “make your own mimosas” idea! So cute!

  • Molly

    I love the sugar scrub idea!

  • Taylor

    These are extremely helpful – showers can get So expensive!!

  • Rachel

    This is SO helpful as I am planning my sister’s shower 🙂

  • Jessica

    Such great ideas!

  • Tina

    mimosa bar – yes!!!

  • Gabby

    Every party needs a good photo backdrop!

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