Today, I’m sharing my best tips for elegant bridal shower decorations that you can DIY or buy at a great price.
I recently found the best bridal shower decoration supplies for my newly engaged niece. Now, I’m giving you the inside scoop on where to buy these items and create homemade accents for a personal touch.
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Where to Begin: Choosing a Bridal Shower Theme
As I highlighted in my party planning organizer, a lot needs to come together when you host a big event: invitations, food, beverages, entertainment, decor, party favors, etc. Maybe even an Eiffel Tower cake and chocolate fondue fountain? 😉
The first step in planning your pre-wedding party is deciding on a bridal shower theme.
Try these theme ideas on for size:
- Honeymoon destination
- Favorite city or country
- Sports team or university
- Ethnic or cultural theme
- Hobby-related theme
Bridal or Wedding Shower Invitations
These days, you can find all kinds of wedding shower invitations online, both virtual e-cards and more formal printed ones. I love using Zazzle to shop for party invitations and other bridal shower supplies.
Wedding Shower Tablescape
After deciding on a general theme, I always choose a color scheme. For my niece’s bridal shower, I needed three tables to accommodate our guests, so I wanted each table to have a common theme.
Based on the floral template I chose for the printed party favors, I decided to use blush pink, white, gold and green as my color scheme. I then incorporated this scheme throughout the floral arrangements and bridal shower tableware.
A place setting arrangement will depend on the serving style for your wedding shower.
Since I had buffet-style food and refreshments for the bridal shower, I opted not to have a full place setting at each table. Instead I used white tablecloths and gold doilies in place of chargers.
I then placed my free advice cards for the bride on the doilies, together with gold-patterned washi tape pencils. You can download your free set of wedding advice cards and get the washi tape tutorial here.
For the floral arrangements, I recruited my favorite floral designer…my mom!
We selected a mix of white hydrangeas, blush-colored roses, gerber daisies in pink and white and smaller pink roses. For accent greenery, we used seeded eucalyptus, which I highly recommend for its mix of textures. So lovely!
I always keep a few square vases on hand for special occasions. These 5-inch squares work well on most tables, and they don’t crowd the place settings if you put out the fine china! Click the image to shop this vase.
Since my main formal dining table is too large for a tablecloth, I decorated it with two faux eucalyptus garlands (6-feet each) and real roses. These garlands will come in handy when hosting events for friends and family in the future!
I then placed several mercury glass votive candle holders and taller flameless candles on each end. I LOVE these mercury glass beauties, and you can see how I repurpose them throughout the year, like in this DIY mercury glass holiday centerpiece.
By the way, I’m also a big fan of these flameless pillar candles (sold in plain ivory or with the gold stripe). You won’t find a better value anywhere else! They come with a remote control that lets you adjust the flame style and timer settings. Such a great buy!
The last element I incorporated for the tables was table scatter. This mix of pearls and acrylic gems comes in very handy for other formal occasions, not just bridal showers.
Here are a few more decorating ideas using pearls and gems:
- Vase filler
- Buffet table decorations
- Cake decorations
- Embellishments for signs and cards
Click the images below to shop these great items!
DIY Table Numbers
For a large wedding shower, or in preparation for the wedding itself, you may want to consider making table numbers.
These DIY wedding table numbers look stunning and don’t take long to make.
DIY Wedding Shower Chair Sashes
When I hosted a 50th anniversary party for my parents last spring, I decided to make my own chair sashes. I considered renting chair covers, but I felt I could DIY some chair sashes more affordably.
The tulle I used gives a very soft and “bridal” effect. I wish I could leave these on all year round! Stay tuned for a step-by-step video tutorial on how I achieved this little “messy bun” style.
Here’s another view of the DIY chair sashes from a different angle. It looks like my chairs are…going to the chapel, and they’re…gonna get ma-a-a-rried!
DIY Pom-Poms and Paper Flowers
I also designed paper flowers using my trusty Silhouette Cameo and wedding-themed scrapbook paper.
You can see how these two paper decor items added some extra charm to my DIY pennant shower banner. Perfectly customized for the guest of honor!
Though I created my own pennant banner for this wedding shower, you can order one of several customized designs by clicking the image below.
DIY Wedding Shower Photo Props and Frames
DIY bridal shower decor should also include some fun and entertainment.
To me, that means photo props! I found this adorable photo prop set that I could print and cut on my own. I placed these in my favorite mini cart and added some “just married” cans for kicks.
But why stop there? I decided to make a second enlarged photo frame to create a fun bridal shower. I designed it in Photoshop using the same graphics as my bridal advice cards and then sent it off to a print shop. The giant print came back on foam board, and I cut out the hole in the middle using a craft knife.
Not interested in making your own frame design from scratch? Click the image below to explore dozens of other digital file downloads you can customize for your event.
For evening wedding showers, these lanterns add another elegant touch and won’t cost an arm and a leg either! You can order lantern lights separately.
Other Special Touches for the Guests of Honor
To make the bride or happy couple feel extra special, consider adding flower crowns for the bridal party or sashes for the bride and groom. Etsy and Amazon offer many affordable options like the ones below.
Flower crowns for the bride
The best part about buying one of these crowns for a bridal shower or bachelorette party is that the bride can reuse the crown for the big day.
Bride and Groom Sashes
While I love DIY sewing projects, I opted to buy a bridal sash because this one on Amazon beat the price of making one from scratch.
The groom can have his own version, too!
DIY Bridal Shower Favors
To tie a ribbon on the event (pun very intended), I created biscotti treat bags and designed a “thank you” tag with my Silhouette Cameo. My niece is heading to Italy for her honeymoon, so I tried to sprinkle in some Italian accents here and there.
On Amazon, you can buy a large bin of biscotti or other cookies to wrap individually. I used baker’s chocolate to dip each biscotti before placing them in plastic bags. Click below to buy the same items.
I also love this small Etsy shop I discovered that makes custom party favor bags. These would work well for the rustic, farmhouse decor trend that is so hot right now.
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