(Closed) Bridesmaid vs Bride's Family

posted 5 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
2946 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

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 # 7
1213 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@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 # 9
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@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 # 11
1876 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

+1 on Googling the venue and find out if there’s a theme!

Post # 14
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

@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!


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