Wedding Planning Guide
bridal shower theme ideas
Photo: Steve Steinhardt
While we always love classic bridal shower themes like champagne brunches and tea parties, here are some more contemporary ideas for a twist on tradition.
- The color of love
If you’re planning a simple celebration, a beautiful color scheme is all you need. Look to the colors used in the ceremony, the couple’s favorite colors, or seasonal color palettes for inspiration.
- Bouquet or flower crown bar
Hit the local flower market and let guests create their own bouquets to take home or flower crowns to wear.
- Bubbly bar
Set up a DIY mimosa bar with champagne and a selection of fruits and juices.
- Wine not?
Arrange a wine tasting, stock the couple’s wine rack, and provide delicious food pairings.
- "We do" brews & BBQ
Perfect for a couples shower, a backyard barbeque is casual and fun for the whole guest list.
- Meant to bee
Choose a yellow and black color scheme, sweet treats, and pots of honey as favors.
- Stock the bar
If the couple’s kitchen is already stocked, top-shelf gifts and barware will come in handy for all their future celebrations. Consider a cocktail mixing class to get everyone in the spirit.
- Recipes for love
Have guests bring a favorite dish and write down the recipe for a shower cookbook, or plan a group cooking class.
- Adventure awaits
Use the couple’s honeymoon destination or global travel to inspire the menu and decor. Guests can bring gifts they’ll use for travel like luggage, beach essentials, and a camera and accessories.
- Get cheesy
Set up a fondue bar, charcuterie potluck, or even a cheese tasting. Don’t forget the wine pairings!
- Marry melodies
Perfect for the couple who loves music, plan an event with a great soundtrack. Book a music or dance lesson and have guests create custom playlists or add to the couple’s record collection.
- Like a fairytale
From mermaids to wizards to Jane Austen, using the bride’s favorite story is a great way to bring a little magic to the celebration.
- Go tropical
Send everyone on a sun-soaked getaway with palm frond decor and tropical flavors.
- The great outdoors
For the outdoorsy couple, plan a scenic hike and pack a picnic.
- L’amour toujours
A très chic Parisian theme lends itself to elegant celebrations and lingerie soirees. Ooh la la!
Book a group yoga class and finish the day with smoothies or a fro-yo bar.
- Let love grow
Cultivate a garden themed celebration with planter painting and seed packet or potted plant favors.