By Camille Simmons

Published on June 7, 2016

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The excitement has passed and you realize you signed up to throw a bridal shower. Don’t fret! Hosting this very special event doesn’t have to be a planning nightmare. Enlist the help of a few bridesmaids or family members to divvy up tasks. It’s extremely helpful to use a checklist during the process as you plan.  But what do you do when it comes to decorating? Sometimes this step alone can feel like a difficult fete. Not to worry, below are tricks to decorate a beautiful bridal shower your lovely bride will never forget. 

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Create a dramatic element. 

First impressions really do count.  Your bride and her guests will instantly love the decor if there’s a creative element on display.  Backdrops, hanging decor, furniture or even just bursts of color are eye-catching.  Creating a dramatic element doesn’t have to be expensive either.  Use inexpensive materials like paper, balloons or fabric to draw the eye to a focus wall. Oversized crepe paper blossoms look beautiful overlooking the table.  

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Set up a simple dessert table. 

Every bride loves to see a pretty table full of sweets and treats.  Choose goodies from her favorite bakery or assign someone to help with baking.  Use an arrangement of beautiful platters, cake stands and dessert plates to create an inviting tabletop. Use heirloom linens from her mother, grandmother or find styles that fit her overall wedding style. 

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Get the bridal party together for a DIY session. 

A lot of the decor elements you’re planning may involve a little labor to finish.  Grab your power team of bridesmaids or anyone else willing to help. To help save your budget split up the cost and assign each helper to carry out a different task.  Organize a decor party beforehand to get everyone crafting and making together.  Simple flower arrangements, paper flowers, tassels, pinwheels, garlands, and backdrops are all projects your awesome team of helpers can tackle.

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Curate a beautiful place setting. 

No matter the guest count, take time to create a beautiful place setting.  Depending on your budget, it can be as elaborate or simple as necessary. Having a designated space for each guest and especially the bride will make everyone feel special.  Handwritten place cards, coordinated dishes and beautiful linens are the elements of a well-created place setting.  If tight on budget, collect beautiful dishes from your planning committee or the bride’s family to use for the shower.  Mismatched dishes will still look beautiful!

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Incorporate elements she loves. 

Making a shower personal is really a step you don’t want to skip.  Add photographs of the bride and her future groom, family photos and memories with friends into the decor.  Have picture frames on the tables or little trinkets she treasures deeply.  If she loves vintage, use a collection of vintage glassware at each place setting.  Serve her favorite champagne, cocktail or tea as the specialty beverage. All the decisions should be made with her mind along with these few extra special details. 

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Coordinate the stationery.

Set the tone of the bridal shower weeks ahead. The shower invitation is the guest’s first clue to the style of the event.  Along with the helpful information on the invitation, the shower stationery is your first opportunity capture your bride’s personality. Choose flowery stationery for the dainty elegant bride or clean minimal designs for the relaxed modern bride. 

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Incorporate all or a few of these elements and your bride will be overjoyed.  Planning and decorating a bridal shower does’t have to be a headache after all!

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