Bridal-Shower Decorating

Liven up your bridal shower with creative themes and decorations. Celebrate the bride-to-be with these bridal-shower ideas.

Reflect Her Unique Personality

Incorporate the bride-to-be’s personal style into the decorations. You may have to do some homework, but it’ll be worth it — she’ll love your attention to detail. Here’s where to start:

  • Notice the way she dresses. Is she casual, traditional, elegant or trendy?
  • How does she decorate her home? Look for themes and styles.
  • What are her hobbies? Does she love scrapbooking? Does she love fitness? Try to find a theme she’ll love.
  • What’s on her registry? Pay attention to her favorite tableware and linens.

Pick an Accent Color

White is the traditional bridal color. While most of your decorations can be white, don’t shy away from colors. Choose a secondary color like pink, yellow or red. The vibrant hues add spice to the decor. Try these tips:

  • Fill brightly colored bowls with water and floating candles.
  • Use colored fruit in a centerpiece. Cranberries and apples look great.
  • Mix a few colored balloons with white or pearl-colored balloons.
  • Use a deep-hued tablecloth. Add white plates and napkins — you’ll get a dramatic look the guests will love.

Arrange Fresh Flowers

You don’t have to be a florist to make flower decorations. Get fresh flowers the day before the bridal shower. You can pick them up, or shop online and have them delivered. For an easier option, consider picking flowers from your own garden or your attendees’ gardens. Arrange the flowers yourself or use a large bouquet as a centerpiece. But, most importantly, be sure to choose the right flowers for your shower:

  • Red roses represent romance and passion.
  • Pink carnations add a gentle pastel tone to your decorations.
  • For a casual style, arrange wildflowers in mismatched vases.
  • Small potted plants can double as favors for your guests.

Get Crafty

Need inspiration? Browse through bridal magazines and books. Then, visit the craft aisle and duplicate it yourself. These easy decorations require no previous crafting experience:

  • Wrap traditional wedding almonds in small fabric sacks. Secure with ribbon.
  • Decorate the bride’s chair with white satin ribbons and artificial flowers.
  • Scatter votive candles on tables and shelves. Try using different sizes for contrast.
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