TO the Feathered Arrow blog. I'M Kari! A WEDDING PLANNER, PODCAST HOST, BIZ EDUCATOR, AND A LOVER OF COFFEE, ALL THINGS OUTDOORS + A SUCKER FOR A GOOD LOVE STORY.
Whether you’re newly engaged or finally planning your wedding post-pandemic (woo hoo!), part of the wedding planning process involves planning other wedding events. Your engagement party, wedding shower, bachelor(ette) party + even sangeet are exciting events that go hand-in-hand with your wedding! However, just like wedding planning, I believe that planning a wedding shower doesn’t have to be stressful! Below I’m sharing tips to make your wedding shower a memorable one for you + your guests.
We love a good themed party! For your wedding shower, there are so many ways you can approach finding a theme. For example, you can use your wedding shower as an extension of your wedding day. So, if your wedding is a destination soiree in Italy, having an al fresco pasta dinner will really set the mood! Or you can choose to have a completely different vibe that is just about having fun! Whatever you choose, a great way to let guests know the theme is with the invitations. We personally love Basic Invite for their incredible variety of wedding shower invites available for you to choose from. Just head to https://www.basicinvite.com/ to start designing, and don’t forget friends, you can use the code FeatheredArrow20 to get a discount on your order.
One benefit of introducing a theme to your event is that it can really help you with the menu. Not only dinner but a theme can also influence drinks or specialty desserts. Earlier this year, we helped plan an Italian-inspired co-ed wedding shower that included an espresso/coffee cart for guests. It was incredible! I mean, seriously the best coffee I have ever had. Not only was it very on theme, furthermore, I love that it was a treat guests weren’t expecting! (Speaking of coffee, check out this coffee themed bridal shower we did a few years ago!)
If you ask us, great entertainment is a key element to any party! Whether it’s a live band, DJ, or even a live-show type of entertainment. The sky is the limit! Bonus if the entertainment can include your guests. For example, I love this wedding that had an artist paint live portraits of the guests. So clever and a great favor for guests to take home.
I always mention to my clients that one thing that can affect your wedding timeline is too many speeches at dinner. Don’t get me wrong, I love wedding toasts. I truly do. However, there is a limit that keeps guests entertained and things on track for your wedding day. That’s why I love when couples use wedding showers + wedding rehearsals as opportunities for guests to give speeches. This gives those special people in your life a chance to share their love for you + your partner while also giving space to immediate family members to give speeches on the wedding day. It can also help some of your friends and/or family that are uncomfortable with public speaking to use this opportunity to give a toast instead of at the wedding.
There you have it, friends! I hope this helps you in the planning of all of your wedding events. If you’re ready to start planning your wedding shower, contact me on my homepage here and let’s chat!
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