Planning the Perfect Bridal Shower: Our Tips for Hosting an Unforgettable Event!

April 6th, 2023

Your best friend is engaged, and you’ve been asked to throw a bridal shower! You want to make it a memorable event, but where do you start? We’ve created this list of our top recommendations for planning an extraordinary shower for the bride-to-be.

Bridal shower set up in a ballroom at The Drexelbrook. Presents and balloons are surrounding a chair set up infront of a wall of greenery displaying photos of the marrying couple.

Bridal Shower set up inside the Mansion at The Drexelbrook

Bridal Shower Theme

The shower is a time to celebrate the bride-to-be and get everyone excited for the upcoming wedding celebration. Part of making the bridal shower a success is picking the perfect theme. The bride’s interests, the time of year, and the location of the shower are all factors to consider when deciding on a theme. There are endless possibilities when it comes to shower themes, so it’s important to narrow down the options and choose something that will be a hit!


Invitations are often the first thing that guests see. You’ll want to take some time to create invitations that accurately reflect the tone and theme of the shower.

If you’re not sure where to start, we have a few suggestions!

– Choose a color scheme that matches the bride’s wedding colors.

– Use imagery that represents the theme of the shower (e.g., rustic if the shower is taking place at a farmhouse).

– Keep the wording simple and to the point.

– Include all the essential details (date, time, location, RSVP information).


Round table set up with an ivory tablecloth and pink linens. napkins are folded in the shape of roses and centerpieces include crocheted flowers.

When decorating for a shower, you’ll want to choose a theme that fits the bride’s personality and style. You’ll also want to make sure the decorations are appropriate for the venue.

And of course, you’ll want to choose decorations that will look good in photos!

With these things in mind, you should be able to choose the perfect decorations for a bridal shower.

Just be sure to have fun with it and make the event unique to the bride.


The venue sets the tone for the entire event! Here are a few things to keep in mind when picking the perfect venue for a bridal shower:

-Size: The venue should be large enough to accommodate all of the guests, but not so large that it feels empty.

-Location: The venue should be convenient for all of the guests to get to.

-Atmosphere: The venue should have the right atmosphere for the event. For a more casual shower, a restaurant or café might be ideal. For a more formal shower, a private room in a hotel or event space might be better. The Drexelbrook and Holiday Inn & Suites Philadelphia W-Drexel Hill both have excellent event spaces and catering options for bridal showers.


As the host of the bridal shower, you want to make sure your guests are entertained.

One popular idea is to hire a caricaturist to draw guests’ portraits. This is a great way to get everyone involved and to have a keepsake of the day. Another fun idea is to have a photobooth set up so guests can take fun pictures with the bride.  Games are always a popular option for bridal shower entertainment. If you go this route, make sure to choose games that are appropriate for the age and interests of the guests. You can also hire a professional entertainer to lead some fun activities or perform for the guests.

Whatever you choose, make sure it is something that the bride will enjoy and that will make the event memorable for all of the guests.

FavorsClose up image of bridal shower favors. Cookies realistically painted as a picture frame of the marrying couple. Sign reading "A sweet ending to a new beginning, enjoy!"

There are many different types of favors you can choose from, and the options can be overwhelming.

One popular option is to choose favors that are related to the theme of your shower. For example, if you’re having a garden-themed shower, you could give your guests potted plants or seed packets. If you’re having a beach-themed shower, you could give your guests sand-filled vases or beach-themed soaps. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s something your guests will appreciate and use. Another option is to choose favors that are practical and useful, like kitchen towels or mugs.

There are several ways to make your bridal shower favors memorable and unique.

For example, you could personalize them with the names of your guests or fill them with special treats that are meaningful to the marrying couple.

With a little bit of planning, you will create a bridal shower that the bride will love! With the right theme, décor, food, and activities, it will be a bridal shower that will be remembered by guests for years to come.

Call our Event Sales team today to learn more about your options & start planning your perfect bridal shower!