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Top tips for planning a bridal shower with a difference

Recently been appointed Maid of Honour? Look no further than our guide to bridal shower ideas to really give your Miss a day she won’t forget.

Images: The Stylist’s Guide.

Alyse Vozzo of Adelaide’s The Stylist’s Guide, has been at the helm of some of the state’s most beautiful events, from engagements, to big birthdays, christenings and baby showers. 

Her years of experience as an event planner and stylist have given Alyse the insider knowledge on how you can level up your next event, with thoughtful details and stunning decoration, to really wow your guests. 

If you’ve recently been appointed maid of honour and are tasked with the tall order of planning the best bridal shower for your bestie, look no further than our guide to bridal shower ideas to really give your Miss a day she won’t forget. 

Host a class at home 

Decorating a space at home and inviting an expert in to host a class for you and your ‘maids is a sure fire way to keep a relaxed vibe during the bridal shower, perfect for a low key bride who doesn’t fancy the Uber into town. 

Whether its cocktail making, cooking, paint & sip, pottery, a bouquet workshop or even candle-making, there’s a whole host of ideas for you to enjoy within your own space, meaning you can move at your own pace and let your desired expert come to you, without having to worry about additional costs such as room or venue hire. 

“Activities are a great way to bring everyone together,” says Alyse. 

“Especially when bringing together people from different walks of life and age demographics, having a common focus like painting or cooking really connects a group”. 

Champagne brunch

The perfect, sophisticated soiree for the bubbles-loving bride, a champagne brunch can be hosted indoors or outdoors, where you can gather your hens round an epic grazing table of all your favourite breakfast and brunch treats. 

There are so many tips and tricks as to creating the perfect grazing table full of your food favourites, including fresh fruit, pastries, and of course lots of flowing mimosas, which will create a stunning backdrop to any photos from the day. 

Couple’s shower

Friends with both the bride and groom? 

Why not make it a couples affair and invite guests from both sides of the union, who can get to know each other ahead of the big day, through Mr and Mrs games and a delicious spread, whether you host the event at home or in a private function space. 

Rather than keep to the traditional separation of bride and groom pre-wedding events, a couple’s shower is a modern take on the bridal shower, that celebrates the union of the happy couple and allows all friends and family to get involved. This is always a great option if the couple are planning a short engagement, or a destination wedding with a small number of guests. 

“Especially if you want to bring together both sides of the family, a couple’s shower is a great way for everyone to get to know each other better before the big day” says Alyse. 

Wellness day 

For the ultimate zen-bride who knows vinyasa flow from her Bikram yoga, why not start the day with a group yoga session or pilates class, followed by the ultimate day of relaxing and pampering treatments at a spa or salon. For the bridal party on a budget you could also host a post-workout session brunch at home with sheet masks, bath bombs and at-home spa treatments. 

“After the last 18 months, having a bridal shower that won’t leave you with a hangover might be something welcomed by your bridal crew,” says Alyse. 

“A wholesome day filled with laughs, yoga and paperings sounds like heaven!’ 

Community-support picnic

Why not host a bridal shower that supports local small businesses as well? Host a community-support picnic and choose the bride’s favourite local small businesses such as food and drinks, desserts, flowers, and picnic rugs.

Set up the picnic in a local park or backyard and decorate with wooden crate tables, throws, pillows, greenery and florals for a stunning bridal shower.

Glam pyjama party

For a more low key bride, Alyse suggests hosting a glam pyjama party. Create gift boxes for guests filled with cute PJs, a mini wine bottle, eye mask, and treats from local businesses.

Continue through the night eating from a stunning grazing board and dinner and drinks, and then later in the night host a group pamper session of face masks, and nails, followed by fun bridal shower games!

You can start planning your dream event with the Stylist’s Guide via their website here.

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