Looking For A Wedding Shower Checklist? You Need These 8 Steps

by Claire Bullerwell

Eight crucial steps you must add to your wedding shower checklist:

Who should host the shower party?

The maid of honour is normally the person who plans and hosts the wedding shower. However, if someone else can devote more time for the preparation, then by all means let them do it. This could be any friends or family members of the bride.

When should you hold your shower?

Because of the busy schedule the bride and her family will have in the lead up to her wedding, it is best to hold the shower about four to six weeks before the wedding.

For this reason, it is important to let the bride know in advance of the date of the wedding shower. You could even make it through the day on a Sunday for afternoon tea or do a ‘girly-lunch’ through the week.

Who to invite

Apart from your family members, the host should invite people you know well whether it be friends, relatives or work colleagues. You don’t want to invite too many people, as a large group tends to split off in small separate groups.

You see, the idea is to have all the party members to interact. You will be playing shower party games and you need everyone to get involved, no-one should be left out. For this reason, a good number will be approximately between 10-20 people.

What’s your theme?

Choosing a theme for your shower is fun and it can be a fun or a practical theme. Keep your elegant theme for your wedding day. Don’t forget to carry your theme through all your items on your wedding shower checklist.

A kitchen theme is always a good one as there are so many kitchen items and accessories to buy. Having said that there are dozens to pick and choose from.

You will know the lifestyle of the bride and groom so choosing a theme around them should’nt be that difficult. If they are gym goers and are into fitness, then a health & fitness theme would be a good idea.

Food favors games & thank you notes

Food: The menu for the food would depend on two factors. One, the location of your party and two, the theme you are having. If you were to have a wine-tasting theme, for example, a finger buffet consisting of small nibbles with cheese and crackers would be appropriate.

Favors: Some people choose not to give shower favors. It really depends on where you live and if it is a tradition in your area or not. If you do, you don’t have to go overboard with favors if you want to keep the expense down.

Games: This is the fun part. Shower games are great ice-breakers for everyone getting to know each other. Games can consist of bingo and the memory game (what’s in the bag).

Thank-You Cards: If you want to let your guests know that you are truly appreciative of their generosity, then a simple thank you note is a great gesture.


A lot of planning and organising is involved in preparing for a bridal shower party. However, it is always worth it for your guests to have a great fun time and the bride and groom receive lovely practical gifts for their hobby or their home.

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