bridal shower is a gift-giving party held for a bride-to-be in anticipation of her wedding. The custom originated in the 1890s and is today most common in so many countries. It is usually an event whereby a bride to be is literally adorned with gifts of so many kinds by the female members of her family as well as her female friends. A bridal shower is an opportunity for the bride to relax and enjoy preferential treatment in order to relieve herself from the stress of planning her wedding.

Planning a bridal shower is not as easy as it seems,there are quite a lot of things that has to be put in place in order for it to be a perfect bridal shower. In order to plan a bridal shower , we have to know who the organizer is, whom to invite, location , time to plan and theme of the shower.


The bridal shower is usually organized by the maid of honour. The maid of honour takes it upon herself to plan, organize and carter for the wedding  shower although, she includes the help of other brides maid and friends of the bride in planning the shower.This helps to reduce the financial cost while it makes it inclusive in the planning of the shower. The maid of honour serves as the host , making sure everything is done as planned.

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Bridal shower planned by The Tolu Ajayi


When planning a bridal shower, it is essential to know whom to invite for the occasion. However, it is important to note that those invited for the bridal shower should also be on the wedding guest list . In order to know who is invited for the wedding , the host has to gain access to the guest list and this is only possible by asking the bride for it. On the other hand, If it is a surprise bridal shower, it is better to request the list from the bride’s mother. Although, if the bridal shower is not a surprise then the bride should also be included in the planning process.The groom’s family should as well be invited for the bridal shower as this makes it more personalized and inclusive.

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A bridal shower can be organized within 4 months to 1 week to the wedding. It depends on the planning process and as well as how convenient it is. If many guests are travelling far away to attend the wedding, it would be more sensible and considerate to have the shower closer to the wedding date. This gives for extra time to those travelling for the wedding to have the opportunity of attending the bridal shower as well.

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A bridal shower is usually celebrated at the residence of the bride’s home but this is not mandatory as it can be held in any establishment that suites the theme or budget for the bridal shower. It can be held in a spa, were the girls could relax and have a manicure, pedicure or a good massage.  Another known spot to have a bridal shower is a club. The club serves a variety of drinks and cocktails of any kind. It is also a great opportunity to dance with the girls. A restaurant is also a very conducive place for a bridal shower as there are diversities of food prepared and the environment is quite serene to have a conversation. There are no compulsory rules as to where the bridal shower is to be held.

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The theme of a bridal shower is solely optional, it is the decision of the host and the bride’s maids . The theme could be a tea party, a vintage pool party, travel theme, backyard theme, black and white and so on. There are so many themes to choose from as long as it works for you.

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For professional assistance on bridal shower planning ,hire an event planner that will take the burden of planning off you.





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