How to Ace Shower Season as the Bride.
Groom and I are officially at the 70 day countdown until the wedding and I am ecstatic. The invitations are being printed, the little details have been ironed out and it's just about go time. As the date gets closer, we have entered into a new phase of wedding celebrating....Shower Season. AH!
I am so lucky to be surrounded by ridiculously amazing and generous women. It's because of this that I am being given three bridal showers between February 15th and March 14th. But let me tell you, it's a totally different experience being in the hot seat. I am used to planning the showers, not being the guest of honor!
So, as shower season approaches, I wanted to take a moment to look back on what I learned from hosting a shower to see how I could apply that to being the one being showered. Brides, if I have missed anything, please let me know. I want to be ready to shine.
How to (Hopefully) Ace Shower Season as the Bride
Be flexible with dates. Locking down shower dates in advance is tricky business. I made sure to be super flexible with the dates to make sure that the hostesses who were so generously putting together these events had plenty of options to work with. I am so glad it all worked out because each shower is spaced over two weeks. I have something great to look forward to every other week. #amazing
Be helpful. When planning an event for someone and you ask them about details, it's important to give them something to work with. For example, I don't really have wedding colors, per say, but when one of the women hosting a shower asked me what mine were, I gave her an answer she could work with (teal and peach). Some people like to have a little guidance to add that personal touch and I was happy to provide it so she wouldn't stress out.
Bring a hostess gift. While I have never expected a hostess gift when I have thrown a shower, the gesture goes a really long way. I have always been so touched when a bride has given a little token of appreciation to recognize the effort that goes into planning. I have to say, I had so much fun picking out the hostess gifts for my shower and I hope that the women can really feel how genuinely grateful I am for their efforts.
Look put together. Oh my gosh, February bridal showers are tough, especially when you live in Chicago. With no tan and bad lighting, the photos could quickly become a disaster. So I am going to be sure to take a little bit of extra time to look put together so that I really feel good during that day. Nothing is worse than a bride that doesn't seem to be enjoying every second of the party.
Go with the flow. Regardless of what information I have to divulge during the shower games, or how many nails I chip during present opening, I am going to do it with a smile on my face. No one is going to have more fun at my showers than I am, and hopefully it shows!
Wish me luck!