how to plan a bridal shower: a checklist

Everything you need to know to plan the perfect shower.

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the ultimate bridal shower planning checklist
text by: Rachel Barber


set a date

Plan for something a month or two before the big day. If the majority of guests live out of town, schedule the shower a few days before the wedding.


create the guest list

Unless the couple plans on eloping, it’s always a great idea to double cross the shower list with the wedding list.


send a save-the-date

A few months in advance, send a save-the-date. This can be as simple as an “evite” via email. It’s always a great idea to personally call guests who will be traveling from out of town.


choose and reserve a venue

Pick a venue that fits with the theme and is easily accessible for guests. The most simplest of spaces can be elevated with a few tweaks and some fresh florals. After all, it’s the company that matters!


set a budget with the bridesmaids

Discuss costs – and how to split them – at the beginning of the planning process.


finalize the details

Don’t try to plan everything yourself. Host a brainstorming session with friends of the bride to come up with ideas for the menu, favors, and entertainment. It will be more fun and less stressful than making all of the decisions on your own.


make a to-do list and delegate tasks

Minimize stress and make sure all of the fine details get accomplished in time for the shower.


pick the entertainment

Take a peek at a few of our favorite bridal shower games.


send invitations

Make sure to include directions to the venue, any specifics on the dress code, and a helpful guide to the couple’s gift registry. Mail the invites 4 to 6 weeks before the event.


make a shopping list for food and drinks

Unless you plan on going along the catering route, complete the food shopping the week of the shower.


coordinate with the bridesmaids

Designate tasks such as who will be in charge of purchasing the decor, helping set up, and getting the bride to the event.


call to confirm the details: the venue, delivery times, and RSVPs

Make these calls a week in advance to avoid any last minute issues.


set up a gift opening area

On the day of the shower, make sure you have scissors, trash bags, and a pen and paper on hand for unwrapping gifts. Designate someone to record which gifts are from whom, for thank you notes later on.

14 Have fun!