Bridal Shower Planning Checklist

Not sure where to begin when it comes to bridal shower planning? Here's how to throw a memorable party for the bride, including a sample bridal shower timeline, choosing a theme, and keeping track of gifts.
3 Months Before Event

Talk to the bride. Does she want all women? Afternoon tea or a Saturday night soiree? Does she want a particular bridal shower theme, style or color? Get the gist on the direction she wants to go on the shower.

Set the date- Usually 1-2 months before wedding

If the bridal shower will place at a location that needs a reservation, make it now just to be safe.

Create the guest list for the bridal shower. And take note: Anyone you invite to the shower must also be invited to the wedding.

2 Months Before Event

Send a save-the-date email or call important guests to see if there might be any scheduling conflicts.

Purchase bridal shower invites or what you need to make them.

Get together can brainstorm on details like rentals, decorations, theme, food, games and who is responsible for what.

Order special menu items through the bakery or caterer, and rent linens and other equipment from a rental company, if necessary.

Compile addresses for the guest list.

Assemble and address invitations. Don't forget to include information about the couple's registries. Then mail invites.

Shop for decorations, paper goods and other party props. Amazon, etsy and local party stores are good options.

Buy favours (check out our party favours here)

Two (or More) Weeks Before

Buy your shower gift for the bride.

Make a shopping list for the food and drinks. Buy any hard-to-find ingredients.

Double check with anyone helping with the shower to make sure they can still complete their task.

One Week Before

Confirm reservations.

Confirm orders and delivery times.

Confirm RSVPs.

Buy groceries.

Organize shower games and activities.

One Day Before

Prepare any menu items that can be made in advance.

Receive and set up equipment, assemble decorations and favors, and set table(s).

Confirm who's bringing what and ask them to arrive early to help.