How to Throw the Cutest Bridal Shower on a Budget

This year, I was asked to be the maid of honor for my best friend, Nikki. I have never been a maid of honor before, so I was a little stressed because I was unsure how to throw a bridal shower or bachelorette party. Since I no longer live in the same city, better yet same state, as the bride, it was a little trickier for me to plan everything. However, if you follow the steps that I learned that were useful for me, you will be able to host the perfect bridal shower!

  1. Discuss with the bride the date and location of the bridal shower well in advance.
    • I started this process 4 months in advance. In February I nailed down the date of May 19 and a couple days after that I nailed down the location being the Black Cloister. After researching many different locations within Toledo, the Black Cloister was the cheapest and most accommodating location. They charged $25 per hour and we used the space for 4 hours, bringing us to a total of $100. Split up 7 ways by the bridesmaids was about $15.
  2. Figure out the theme of the bridal shower.
    • As soon as I nailed down the date and location, I got on Pinterest to look at different ideas, and I landed on a champagne themed bridal shower.
  3. Create and send out bridal shower invitations well in advance.
    • I ended up purchasing a card template off of Etsy, which cost me $13.71 When I was checking out, I just had to add the details of the bridal shower. The seller was able to tailor the invite and send it back to me all within 24 hours. Once I had the finalized template, I saved it as a 4×6 picture on my phone. I have a Shutterfly account and a perk of having the app on your phone is that you get free 4×6 prints, you just have to pay for shipping. I had 30 prints made of the invitation and it cost me $7.68 for shipping. I then ordered the envelopes and mail stamps off of Amazon, which cost me $25.48. I had these sent out 3 months in advance.
  4. Start thinking about the decorations and other items that need to be purchased for the bridal shower, so that you can start budgeting.
  5. 2 Weeks before the bridal shower, make arrangements with the bridesmaids to see who can help setup the shower and who can bring each food item.
    • The only items that were left to purchase were:
      • Bottles of Champagne
      • Juices (Orange Juice, Mango Juice, and Pineapple Juice)
      • Fresh Fruit
      • Cheese Platter with Crackers and Meat
      • Donuts
  6. A week before the bridal shower, contact the bride about the games and how to make them NOT boring.
    • Have you ever been to a bridal shower that was incredibly boring? I sure have and I was not about to let that happen this time around. Nikki was kind enough to make a Bridal Jeopardy game that kept everyone super involved and entertained.
  7. Start getting all the items together the day before the event to make sure there are no last minute items needed and so that no items will be left behind when packing up the car to head to the bridal shower.
    • This will help cut down on un-needed stress the day of the event.
  8. Blow up the balloons the morning of the event, if applicable.
    • The balloons were purchased on Amazon, so all we had to pay for was the helium.
  9. Enjoy the bridal shower!
    • Now that it is officially time for the party to begin, just sit back and relax while the fun commences.


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