I’m totally loving this fun idea to throw a punky Marie Antoinette costume bridal shower! Fit for the inner queen in all of us, this shower took place in a gown designer’s workshop (Jill Andrews Gowns) adorned with buttons, hats, and best of all – the dresses to play dress-up! This quirky, fun and oh-so girly shower is a fun way to celebrate with your girls! Thanks to Abby Grace Photography for sharing this fun idea with us today!
I’m always excited to share gorgeous bridal shower ideas and today’s is one of the most lovely I’ve seen – plus it’s all part of a new feature from the lovely Christy of One Handspun Day! Desert Blooms is a bridal shower concept that was inspired by the Southwest and is infused with whimsical bohemian girly glam. Christy set the bridal shower in a cactus garden that was filled with quirky finds such as a covered wagon and chairs painted with donkeys. Cassandra of Borrowed Blu and Christy worked together to create all of the DIY details and to make this bridal shower an event that could be recreated or easily adapted to other events.
Love these ideas? Christy now offers a DIY Guidebook you can purchase on her site to recreate this entire shower! The guidebook includes everything you need to recreate this entire look – including the recipes, how to dye sand, painted flatware, rope wrapped terracotta pots, dreamcatchers, prickly pear mini margaritas and more! Plus she has tips on ideas to turn this event into a baby shower, wedding or party for your little one! So super fun! Big thanks to Katie Pritchard Photography for the gorgeous photos!
The florals in this shoot were created by Primal Flower. We had a vision of terrariums bursting with sunset colored flowers and Primal Flower brought that vision to life even more beautifully than we could have imagined. They even put together a lovely boutonniere and bouquet to show how Desert Blooms could be used for a wedding.
We dyed sand and used it to create the fun Aztec-inspired patterned table runner, which ended up being one of my favorite details in this shoot.
I loved these boho woven chargers and Christy will be sharing the DIY to create these later today on GWS!
For the dessert station we simply embellished a store-bought cake and cupcakes with feathers and ready-made fondant.
Things got a little tricky with the belle of our dessert station – the hand spun sugar tumbleweeds, but they were worth the time spent over the stove and looked so darling perched in small glass pots of colored sugar.
I’m totally loving this fun idea to ring in the New Year – with a glittery bridal shower! Pink + gold was chosen to give this styled shoot a feminine, bridal shower twist (as opposed to the typical black and gold for New Year’s). Lots of fun ideas to make New Year’s Eve a special night with your besties. Big thanks to Sarah Park Events and Sarah Gormley Photography for sharing this fun idea today!
The balloons were purchased as-is in a solid gold color, but were then altered to include a feeling of festivity for the holiday season. The add the sparklt to the balloons, they were sprayed with adhesive and showered with gold glitter.
The sparkly chevron photo booth (by Sarah & Samantha) is a fun idea to include for your bridal shower – lots of great photo ops for you and your ladies!
Crystal, a make-up artist, knew that she didn’t want a normal bridal shower. No cheesy games or opening gifts awkwardly in front of guests for this gal! Even though she isn’t a huge fan of being the center of attention, she did want to share this very special time with some of her close friends. So, her bridesmaids, along with her amazing mom and some other close friends, threw her the perfect bridal soiree! A bit about the fun shower from Crystal…
We invited all of our guests to join us in their favorite “Little Black Dresses” for a cocktail party with tons of fun details. Being a makeup artist, I couldn’t have a party without including some makeup, so we set up a Lipstick Bar near the photo booth and filled it with bright pinks, reds and oranges for the ladies to experiment with all night. Nicole from Umama created some adorable props for the photo booth including glittery crowns and masks. They were a huge hit! I had so much help in making the shower special. From the cookies, to the venue, crafting days with my bridesmaids, and two full days of cooking, fun was definitely had in the preparation and I am so grateful!
I hope this helps inspire those looking for some ideas in making their bestie’s shower fun + unique!
For anyone looking for a different kind of Bridal Shower Game, the He Said, She Said game was pretty fun! It was a combination of Chick-Flick trivia and questions about my fiance (now husband) and I. Every 10-15 minutes, my Maids of Honor would jump up and yell “Pop Quiz Time”, ask a question or two and reward the winners with a prize. Prizes included nail polishes and Starbucks gift cards.
For the food, we had an immense antipasto and cheese assortment for our appetizer course, followed by Baked Mostaccioli, salad and garlic bread. That was delicious in itself, but to make it even better, a close family friend made giant oatmeal walnut chocolate chip cookies for the party favors! They were the best cookies I’ve ever tasted!
We love beautiful bridal veils here at LWB, but when you combine it with breathtaking photography then you absolutely have us melting at the knees! In our Breathtaking Bridal Veils we focused on the bride modelling her stunning veil. However this time, we decided it was time to show off some amazing shots of couples which featured the wedding veil. The end result…, well, utterly romantic would have to be a understatement!
When choosing the color of wedding guest dresses, try not to choose the white color. White color is usually reserved for the bride. You may steal the limelight of the bride if you wear a white wedding guest dress. Of course, you’d better not to choose similar colors like ivory, cream and champagne. It’s also suggestive not to wear too black wedding guest dresses. You should learn to tone down the black as wedding is a celebration and too much black can put a dampener on the occasion.
There are different styles of wedding guest dresses. The typical three wedding guest outfits for women are tailored skirt suits, shift dresses and trouser suits. But nowadays we women like to try something a little less fitted. You can choose your style of wedding guest dress according to the time and location of wedding. A general principle is that you should dress more formally for an evening wedding than you would for an afternoon service, and more casually for a beach wedding than for one held in a city. A pretty day dress or possibly a skirt with a special top is suitable for a wedding which is held in the afternoon. A strappy dress teamed with a lightweight jacket, a long gown or a very fancy short cocktail dress can be perfect for evening weddings. Heavily embellished dresses will weigh you down at a beach wedding. A classic seersucker shift dress or a flirty strapless dress in a pink cotton lace maybe ideal for a beach wedding.
Never forget about accessories when looking for wedding guest dresses. Matching hats, bags and jewelry will help to finish the look. To go further, you may need corresponding hairstyles and make-up. Just have a great time in a wedding with suitable wedding guest dresses!
How to Save on Your Wedding Dress?
Buy used. It may not sound romantic, but you can get a used gown for 30 to 90 percent off. And, unlike other clothing, it was probably only worn once.
Rent a dress. It’s not very romantic, but it is possible to rent a wedding gown. A fabulous one. Since you only wear it once, keep an open mind!
Borrow a dress. Ideally a relative includes a dress you are able to borrow as well as update. Borrowing from a friend whose dress you admire is also possible. Worried about guests recognizing a repeat? Borrow from a friend of a friend!
Have your dress made. Check into local dress shops and seamstresses who make wedding gowns. They can emulate a gown you admire, or you can combine features from several you like and the price, though not rock bottom, is going to be lower compared to an artist gown.
Search online. Local bridal shops make their very own markups on gowns. Search around the country and see if you can find a genuine designer gown sold by a shop somewhere else where the markup is lower.
Last-season sales. Many bridal shops sell last season’s designs or even the store’s fitting sample at discounts of 30 percent or more.
Run with the brides. Yes, Filene’s Basement made it famous, but some other retailers now also host wedding gown sale days where brides and their bridesmaids try to elbow out other teams to snag designer dresses for a song.
A bridal shower is a lot of fun – not only for the bride-to-be, but the special women who get to share in her joy and excitement. Besides gifts and chattering about the upcoming wedding, bridal showers are known for their fun, humorous and sentimental games. With all the ideas out there, it can be difficult to decide on bridal shower games for your shower.
For a little extra help, here are some things to consider when deciding which bridal shower games you will choose.
What Are Your ‘Girls’ Like?
Typically, bridal shower games are made fun by the unique personalities of the women present. One way to determine great bridal shower games is by thinking about your friends and family members and what their personalities are like. Do most of your friends enjoy watching movies and keeping up with Hollywood romances? Maybe they are all suckers for a good love story. If so, you could play the famous couples bridal shower game.
For this game, you simply write one half of a famous couple on a sheet of paper – then call the name out during the game. The guests try to determine the other half of the couple. If you have a themed bridal shower, you can choose couples who fit your theme. For example:
Romeo and Juliet
King Arthur and Gwenevere
Hagbard and Signy
This is sure to be a great bridal shower game that your girls will have a lot of fun with!
Will You Be Having a Destination Bridal Shower?
If you will be having a destination bridal shower, there are many bridal shower games you could play. Think of bridal shower games which would integrate into the destination. Will you be exploring the nightlife, spending time at a spa or having an adventure with your girls? Consider games that allow you to continue playing while you’re traveling from one place to another.
For instance, the ‘memory lane’ game would be great for a destination wedding. Each guest is given a task of finding one thing that reminds them of the bride and groom before the night is over. At the end of the night, each guest will produce their object and tell the story of why it reminds them of the couple. This is one of the best destination bridal shower games and with the mix of funny and sentimental stories that are sure to be told – there won’t be a dry eye or a frown in the whole group!
Bridal shower games are not only a way to have fun at the bridal shower. They are a great way for the bride and her friends and family to bond, celebrate the upcoming wedding and have a great time. When you’re planning your bridal shower games, keep this in mind and you’ll do fine!