Have you graciously offered to host a bridal shower for a dear friend or family member? Weddings and all the celebrations that surround them are exciting times for the bride, groom, extended family and friends. There are many options to create a wonderful, fun memorable bridal shower. Follow these suggestions from the professional event planners to ensure your bridal shower is a huge success.

The first steps are to set a budget, determine a date and venue and finalize the guest list. It’s very common to have several hosts for a bridal shower in order to spread the costs out. It’s very acceptable to take advantage of eVites. The dashboards allow you to see who has opened the eVite and the tally of responses.  More often than not, bridal showers are held in the home of one of the hosts.  Be sure to include all the bridesmaids as well as the bride and groom’s female relatives in the celebration. Everyone likes to take part in shower a bride to be.

Select a simple menu of finger sandwiches and fruit salad that’s simple to prepare and all the guests will enjoy. Add a festive cake or cupcakes and a simple punch and the buffet is complete. Guests will enjoy casually helping themselves.

Consider setting up a fun backdrop and collect a few empty photo frames and creating a fun photo booth. Have a veil available for the bride to wear for the photos with her friends and family. Everyone will enjoy this at the shower.  Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and have copies made of the photos from the experts at Shutterfly.com.  Have cards for guests to complete offering advice for a happy marriage. Some fun suggestions will emerge and the bride will no doubt enjoy reflecting on this advice in the years to come.

Finally, identify an area where the bride can open her gifts and share them with the guests. Make a list for her of her gifts and from whom she received them. She’ll appreciate this when writing thank you notes.