How do you host a bridal shower when the Bride to be lives in a different state? Here is a great question and our answer:
Alright, I’m brand new to this. My best friend since I was 7 had told me when she first got engaged that I’d be a bridesmaid, which I kind of figured. She just announced today to all the bridesmaids who was who for the wedding in June, saying she chose me as her Maid of Honor. I’m only 19, but I have hosted bridal showers, well at least helped my mom host a bridal shower for a family friend. So, I wouldn’t sweat it so much if it wasn’t for the fact that the bride, myself, and my sister (one of the other bridesmaids) all live in Georgia, and the brides two older sisters live in Virginia, (I know at least one does) and I think even the the groom’s sister is up there, who are also bridesmaids. I am also a broke college student who has been looking for a job, but so far no luck (thanks economy). Should I wait until we are all up in Virginia, where the wedding will be held, and try and figure out something not so costly there? Or should I try and figure out something down here?
Planning a bridal shower when the bridesmaids are scattered across the country can be a challenge. There are a couple options to consider. You can host the main bridal shower in Georgia because this is where the bride lives, she probably has many friends and family that would be able to attend. Still send invites to the other bridesmaids, even if they are unable to attend. The problems with holding a bridal shower in Virginia the week of the wedding include, #1 planning an event during a time that is already busy, #2 potentially fewer people to invite, and #3 you may be less familiar with the area and what is available for the party. When you get to Virginia, you can hold a bachelorette party for the bride which will include all the bridesmaids. The bachelorette party is usually a smaller, laid back event; so, planning that for Virginia should be easier. Remember, you don’t have to do this on your own. Ask the sisters who live in Virginia for bachelorette party ideas. They will probably be happy to help you plan a party for their sister.
Bridal showers don’t need to be too costly. One way to easily cut down on costs is to host the shower in somebody’s home. Invitations can be found at a good price at places like Target and Wal-Mart. Keep the decorations simple: balloons, streamers. Paper plates and cups come cheap. Flowers are a nice touch but will cost a bit extra. As far as food goes, you can either order food from a restaurant, deli, bakery or make the food yourself, gathering as much help as you can from your sister and the bride’s mother. Keep the food simple: finger foods, a salad, cake and ice cream. Perhaps your sister or a few of the other bridesmaids will be able to help with the cost.
Good luck with the planning!