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Plan it well in advance to avoid being clueless or frantic later. The idea of a wedding shower is to celebrate the bride and give her a space to let her hair down before the big day, with her friends and loved ones. It's supposed to be a relaxing experience, so tying yourself in knots in excitement or tension can only serve to spoil the mood and dislocate the purpose.
The maid-of-honor or the bridesmaids may host the shower for individual weddings or hold a bash for multiple ones, if they can team up, to save costs. And of course, the more the merrier.
The theme of the wedding shower may reflect the theme of the wedding, or may just provide a crazier, more whimsical space to enjoy together if one is planning a more traditional and conservative marriage later. As part of the host team, explore first what the bride or the couple considers to be a fun experience, and then give free rein to the imagination. The invitations you send out may contain information about the marriage web site, so that tech savvy friends and relatives can access the latest details freely, know what the couple needs to decide on the wedding presents accordingly.
The themes may range from anything to everything right from a comfortable garden party to lingerie fun, depending on the bride and the range of guests invited.
If the theme of the shower is decided after analyzing the preference or personality of the bride, it would also ideally provide a cue to guests who do not know her personally and feel baffled as to the choice of gifts.
For instance, a bride who feels she cannot cook to save her life, the theme may be culinary. Friends and family may pitch in, cooking together, encourage her to join them and provide her with an album of delicious, east-to-prepare and sureshot success recipes and kitchen accessories to make her life easier.
For the sporty kind of bride, the theme might be an adventurous one, including rock-climbing or camping orientations. Guests may gift her practical stuff like tents, a couple comfy sleeping bags and books on romantic getaways.
For newly weds about to move into their first homes and interested in making it beautiful, guests may bring books on interior décor, lampshades, small articles of furniture and bric-a-brac to help them do so. The shower may explore this theme, with people offering practical tips recorded on cards for the homemakers.
Various interactive games can be played during your bash, to involve more people ad make it more fun. The themes of these games may range from sharing of recipes and household tips to insights on love, marriage and lovemaking.