As an office stylist and online boutique owner, life can get pretty hectic. I have to keep track of everything both with my styling projects as well as with the running of the store. Without checklists and organization, my life would be a complete mess!
So, when my friend announced she was getting married, I knew that my detailed & organized approach towards my business would definitely help with throwing her a fabulous Bridal Shower, and thought that my approach could also help others when they are introduced to the very same task.
There are so many details that go into planning a bridal shower, so you may think that keeping things organized is nearly impossible. Though we may at times want to “wing it”, I doubt the bride to be wants to find out everything was planned on a whim! We want to make sure planning the shower goes as smoothly as possible, for both your sanity, and your friend.
Here are my top tips for planning a bridal shower, and doing it right:
1. Keep a separate notebook & file of the event details
With any project that I have I make sure to keep a separate binder and notebook (stylish ones of course!) to ensure I can find what I need at a moments notice. You don’t want to end up losing the caterers’ details, or worse, losing the guest list! Being organized and detailed will not only show your bride to be you care, but it will also make your life easier.
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2. Make a to-do list
Not only is making a list important but a time frame of when things need to be done is just as important.
If you are throwing the shower at a restaurant, then you will need to make reservations. Planning on special ordering flowers or centerpieces? Calling ahead is a definite must.
3. Pick a theme and stick with it
Every bridal shower has a theme... or at least it should. I’m not talking about a costume party here, but more along the lines of a cohesive look for the shower itself. Ask the bride what she loves, her favorite colors and even her dislikes so that you know what direction to go. If she loves the color pink, then a blue shower wouldn’t be the best option. My personal favorite theme is the Something Blue Theme, both classic and beautiful. Whichever direction you decide to go in, stay with one look.
4. Keep a peaceful and calm mind at all times.
This may seem like an obvious one, but you’d be surprised to find how many people run around frantically taking all the fun out of this. You’re a part of such an amazing and important time in the bride’s life, that you should exude a calm and collected attitude always. Besides, shower guests will know if you didn’t have a fun time putting this together, and it might just put a damper on the special day.
5. Close to the event, make sure everything is in place and ready to go-No loose strings!
This is where making your list and checking it twice comes into play. Go through your original to-do list and make sure that you call and re-confirm guests, reservations, and anything else you need for the event. Planning ahead is important, but you never know when things can get mixed up closer to the day. Imagine finding out that the party favors won’t actually arrive until the day after the bridal shower!
Always remember that this is supposed to be fun! Be organized, positive, and remember to smile.
Sayeh Pezeshki is the Office Stylist, and a female entrepreneur who started her first business at the tender age of 17. After being inside her fair share of manilla offices, she decided to pursue her passion: bringing Office Style to a Manilla World ©. Her blog TheOfficeStylist offers tips and ruminations on how to bring style into every office environment from tech start-ups to doctor’s offices. Her store, SortingwithStyle.com carries premier office styling brands like Russell + Hazel, Thomas Paul and Cavallini & Co.