Post # 1
I am 1 of 2 Maid/Matron of Honor in my friend’s bridal party. We are all in our mid 20s and financially strapped. 5 people in the bride’s family are throwing her shower (I am assuming because the bride’s family knew that we couldnt afford to host a big event).
I have offered to help and so has the other girls in the bridal party. We texted/called 3 of the 5 people throwing the shower- numerous times. We were told very little information until it was already booked. They booked it a very nice upscale location. When we did hear back from one of the shower hosts they asked us to do the invitations and decorations.
The bridal party and I are not familar with the place the shower is being hosted at. So I have no idea how to decorate it, nor do the invitations.
How much should I budget for decorations and invitations? What are some “average” priced decoration ideas. Where do you even go for decorations, for a bridal shower?
The entire bridal party is worried that what we think is great- may not be considered great by the bride’s family. We would hate for them to have paid for an expensive place and then be cheapening it with not-so-great decorations.
Post # 3
I really don’t think there is an “average” price.. some are pretty cheap, and some are over the top expensive!
I would suggest asking specifically where the bridal shower will take place.. and look online for pictures of the venue. That will help you get an idea of what you could decorate with.
Post # 4
I would go to the place and see if you can see it prior to the event. Decorations are so dependent on what the place looks like, if it has tables, ect.
Most of the bridal showers I have gone to have had minimal decorations. Some balloons, a sign, and that is about it. You definatly don’t have to blow the budget. Also, Nobbies (or equivilant) has a wedding section, and you can often find invites for showers there, where they are cards that you can fill out faily simply for low cost (no need to design cards and pay a printer). I would bet if you are creative, you can do shower invites and decorations for $100.
Post # 5
You can google the venue online to see if they have pictures of the place online, or are you or someone else close enough to run in and take some pics. Also maybe call the venue and ask them how it’s normally decorated.
Post # 6
This is a picture of the place, but not set up for an event. I want to visit it, but feel so awkward walking in just to look at it– knowing that it is already booked.
@Misswhowedding: I think her family is expecting print out invitations. I have known the bride since childhod. Her family is VERY picky and are quick to voice their opinions.
Post # 7
@BM-is-a-TERRIBLE-acronym: When my friend got married, her neices made these really cute paper flowers and strung them along the fronts of the tables, and then we had mason jars with stones in the bottom and flowers in them on the tables. Also we used the flowers on the boquet that we put the ribbons on for her rehersal dinner! 🙂
Post # 8
@HisIrishPrincess: I did google a lot! 🙂 I still am having a hard time firguring it out.
Again this is it, not set up for a party.
Post # 9
@BM-is-a-TERRIBLE-acronym: I don’t have any advice, I just wanted to voice my appreciation of your user name. I work in the medical field and Bridesmaid or Best Man would usually be the abbreviation for bowel motion! Combine that with all the Save-The-Date Cards around here, and this board becomes a very funny place in my head.
Post # 10
@nattiejeanne: THOSE are soo pretty and perfect! Now if only I had the skill to make those! Ill check around with the bridesmaids if they know how
Post # 11
It sounds like the family really wants to host the event, and is letting you guys help because you were persistent about offering. Which is very nice, but know that it seems like the family might have wanted this to be more of a “family affair”. Either way, nothing to stress over. I would figure out a set number each girl can contribute, and go from there. How many wedding party members are there? I think that even with $20 – $40/pp would give you a big enough budget that you could decorate it nicely. Buy cheap vases from Michael’s, purchase fresh flowers the day off and make nice flower centerpeices for each table. For invitations, look online at Vistaprint, Wedding Paper Divas, Mint etc. All of those sites offer good discounts periodically. Ask the family how many guests will be attending and all the details to be sure the invites are correct.
Post # 12
+1 on Googling the venue and find out if there’s a theme!
Post # 13
@aliciaspinnet: YES! 🙂 I have stalked the boards for ideas for a couple of weeks. All the acronyms were driving me crazy, especially Bridesmaid or Best Man because of its better known use as bowel movement! My least favorite is BM— why why why?! I thought we have love for our bridesmaids!
I guess a lot of Bees are unfamilar with the professional use of the acronyms! There are so many acronyms on here that are used:
Fiance = food intake
STD = l think most people are familar with the other use of this
just to pick on a few…
Post # 14
@BM-is-a-TERRIBLE-acronym: It’s very pretty!
If those are their everyday tablecloths, you could go with a pink & brown wedding shower theme.. maybe even bring in some gold as well.
You can make most of your own decorations :
tissue paper poms :
make your own ribbons & straws
Really cute & inexpensive favors
to decorate the gift table you could make a bridal shower towel cake!
Post # 15
@JrzyGurl: Thank you! I will check out those sites.
Post # 16
@jenilynevette: Thank you so so so much for the help and inspiration. I love those tissue poms! I think if we do that, fresh flowers and some cutesy/matching favor to put on the table (that could almost double as a decoration).