Wedding season is fast approaching, and with it comes bridal showers and bachelorette parties, where you’ll no doubt create memories to last a lifetime.
Throwing a cost-effective and practical, yet enjoyable and memorable, bridal shower or bachelorette party doesn’t have to be overly complicated, according to luxury wedding and event planner Rebecca Chan. From food and wine selections to décor, Rebecca shares her top 10 ways to host a wow-worthy bridal event without breaking the bank.
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1.- Every bridal celebration requires a toast to the bride-to-be. La Marca Prosecco, from Italy, offers fresh flavours with ripe citrus tasting notes and a refreshing, crisp finish – not to mention great value. Keep your menu simple and pair with salty foods, like kettle chips, pate, cheese and savoury crackers. Incorporating La Marca blue in your décor elements will also add a beautiful touch and if you want to kick it up a notch, consider getting custom flutes for the toast with your guest’s names printed on for a personal touch. After the toast, they can take the flute with them and enjoy it at home!
2.- All great parties have a coordinated look. Pick a colour scheme or theme that you can translate across the whole look of the event. How about a pastel coloured afternoon tea or a blush and gold soiree? Try not to use the wedding colours though, so that this pre-wedding event looks a little different than the wedding itself. Just like at the wedding, consistent colours used in your flowers, food and drink, and stationary will look fantastic for photos. And let’s be honest, it’s all about the photos!
3.- Plan for a wow factor in your décor. Splurge on one really fantastic décor element, whether that be an opulent cake, dramatic photo backdrop or colour coordinated sweets table. I always love to have at least one element that is out of the ordinary. It will be a conversation starter for guests who don’t know each other, and it will make for a natural photo opportunity.
4.- Wine cocktails are tasty and fun! Create a signature drink and name it after the bride-to-be. If you’re looking for something light and fresh for summer, combine the E & J Gallo White Zinfandel with soda water and a few colourful berries for a refreshing, lower calorie drink that looks (and tastes) fabulous.
5.- Flower markets are all the rage. Pick out a selection of pretty blooms, and let guests pick their own bouquet as a take home gift. Traditionally only one bouquet is thrown and received at a wedding, so why not give one to every gal who attends your event? This idea does double duty as a favour and an interactive activity!
6.- Let Pinterest become your new BFFL when it comes to DIY décor ideas. Every DIY project is made better with a bottle from Barefoot Wines. Barefoot Merlot from California is a soft, silky and medium-bodied red wine that will be a sure-fire hit with your friends. A definite crowd pleaser, Barefoot Merlot is a well-rounded wine, perfect for a night of crafting fun with your gal pals.
7.- Consider having a chic dress code by asking guests to dress up in a specific colour or theme. A dress code instantly elevates your event and tells guests it’s special. Have some extra colour or theme-coordinated accessories on hand in case anyone forgets to dress up.
8.- Guests love DIY stations when it comes to food and drink. Think about the bride’s favourite things and see if it can be broken down into a unique, experiential station. Does she love sweets? A s’mores station or sundae bar is always fun. Having a brunch event? A waffle bar will get guests talking. Think fun and think outside the box.
9.- Rent tabletop supplies like coloured water goblets, vintage teacups, gold flatware and beautiful tableware. Pick a few of these to rent if on a budget or rent it all for a complete look. With a small group, it isn’t too expensive to select a few interesting pieces. Renting a few of these items will give a more refined look to the event, whether buffet style or seated. The best part of renting tabletop items is you don’t have to do the dishes after! You just send them back to the supplier.
10.- A bottle of wine is a great way to thank your wedding party for all their time and efforts in helping you plan a flawless bridal shower. Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County is a rich, well-balanced Cabernet Sauvignon that can be enjoyed now, with great friends and great food. If you’re looking for great value from Napa, Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley is a standout. A well-made wine, with distinctive flavour and a robust yet balanced taste profile, Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley is a wine to impress at a dinner party or cellared for a later date.