Here comes the bride-to-be. And since April showers bring May flowers, why not give her a floral tribute? Inspired by bright poppies, soft pink roses and the timelessness of daisies, our bridal shower invitations set the tone for an elegant brunch, a rustic luncheon or whatever tickles the blushing bride’s fancy. Botanical borders in subtle shades or pops of vibrant hues lend springtime cheer to any bridal shower. So establish the festive mood with these invitations and finish with lively bouquets or sprinkles of petals as the bridal shower décor. Our fresh picks are on trend for spring and blooming lovely, if we do say so ourselves.
Let fresh spring blooms and bright hues inspire your bridal shower. We love the idea of picking a color palette based on your invitation and carrying it through your entire event.
We are extremely excited to share this styled bridal shower photo shoot with you! The talented Sandra over at Simply Peachy created this gorgeous and perfectly coordinated bridal shower photo shoot, which was inspired after one of our bridal shower invitation designs. Sandra beautifully displayed that by using an entire stationery suite, including invitations, thank you cards, address labels and even gift tags, you can harmoniously pull together the theme for your celebration. We especially love how she displayed the thank you cards in front of every place setting, for a unique and personalized touch. Not to mention, those gorgeous desserts look simply decadent! Which detail is your favorite?
Styling // Simply Peachy
Photography // Isa Photography
Bridal Shower Invitations and Stationery // Wedding Paper Divas
Florals // Divine Floreal
Cupcakes // Sakura Cupcakes
Macarons // Once Upon a Bake
When my childhood best friend, Lauren, got engaged and then asked me to be her Maid of Honor, my brain immediately starting spinning with ideas for creating a fabulous Bridal Shower for my most special friend.
Lauren didn’t have a particular theme she desired for the shower; rather she causally mentioned that she loved the color yellow. For the venue, I selected the FDR Suite at The Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, Texas. (The room was named the “FDR Suite” because this is where the President and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt stayed on their trip to Dallas in 1936. I love this little bit of history!) The room itself has a gorgeous green damask wallpaper. So, by pairing yellow and green together, the citrus theme was born!
After selecting the venue (The Mansion on Turtle Creek) and the theme (Citrus), the next step was selecting the perfect invitation to set the tone for the event. Invitations are one of my favorite elements of any party because they immediately let your guest know what the party will be like. I wanted this Bridal Shower to be two things: fresh and chic. It took me quite a while to find what I was looking for. Everything seemed to be either too boring or too busy. I even considered commissioning my own original invitation (which would have been oh-so-pricey!) when I stumbled upon the Wedding Paper Divas website and found exactly what I was looking for in the “Fresh Romance” invitation suite.
Though they were created to accompany wedding invitations, I opted to include the RSVP cards because I thought this added a little something extra and made keeping track of the responses so easy (for both the guests and for me!). In particular, I loved that Wedding Paper Divas provided the option to use any color scheme I wanted. I asked them to change the brown text box to green so that it would fit in perfectly with my color scheme. The invitations and response cards were absolutely stunning.
My initial inspiration came from an image I saw on Pinterest of lemon trees being used as table centerpieces. So, I created a lemon topiary, as well as a table runner using leaves and actual lemons. I fell in love with this idea of a non-floral centerpiece that was still natural. Combined with the four yellow vases I filled with green and white flowers, it definitely created the fresh, clean and chic vibe I sought after!
Other little details that really brought the party to life:
- Mini-Topiary Placecard Holders (that I’ll get use of out for a long time to come!)
- Spring for modem calligraphy (Etsy is your new best friend)
- Yellow Linen Napkins tied like bow ties (rent & return!)
- Individual Boxes of Cake Balls with a coordinating favor tag and grosgrain ribbon (the best favors are always edible!)
- A tiered stand of lemon and pistachio French macaroons (because who can deny a macaroon?)
- A yellow, silver and gold tassel garland that I made and hung around the gift table (so on trend!)
- A vintage, 1960s Peacock Chair for the bride to sit in while opening gifts (it created a stunning vignette for photos!)
- Giant yellow balloons (in a color that really “POP”s!)
Because I planned months ahead of time, doing little bits here and little bits there, this Bridal Shower Luncheon was… a piece of cake! It gave me such great joy to shower my lifelong best friend with a party that was so totally her! I shy away from doing anything “cookie cutter” because life’s too short to do something boring! Think outside the box and create an event that reflects the personality of the person you’re showering with love. It is a memory that they will cherish forever!
Finally, I leave you with my three mottos for a celebratory life…
- Buy the dress, find the occasion!
- Presentation is just as important as the present!
- No champagne, no gain!
Southern Vogue is a lifestyle blog by Melissa Smrekar that is based in Dallas, Texas. Be sure to visit Southern Vogue for more details and party pictures!
This week we are sharing some of our favorite styles and inspirations for bridal showers. Here are just a few of newest bridal shower invitations that we love and would pair nicely with a chic, stylish and pretty bridal shower. Make sure to show your maid of honor these fresh new styles!
Which design in your favorite?
We love when bridesmaids and party planners get creative with their bridal shower themes, and this event we spotted on Hostess with the Mostess is no exception. We simply adore all the vintage props, thoughtful little touches and of course, the chevron that ties everything together. Isn’t it lovely?
Every bride loves looks forward to her bridal shower with all of the excitement, love, and games! It is the perfect occasion to ‘shower’ the bride with love, best wishes and fabulous gifts. Whether practical or whimsical, pick games for your bridal shower that will help everyone get into the spirit! Bridal Shower Games are an easy icebreaker and your guests will start interacting and relaxing. We all know some bridal showers can seem a bit repetitive so we have collected our favorite ideas for all of the maid of honors, bridesmaids and mothers out there to have an original and memorable shower!
We just launched some beautiful and fun bridal shower games to add a twist to the party. Some women may have seen these games at other showers, known as “Words of Wisdom.” This is when the guests “shower” the bride with marriage, life advice and amazing recipes.
We love the idea of the host of the bridal shower mailing these cards out prior to the shower with the bridal shower invitations and having guests fill them out before the party and share their advice for a happy marriage. Once the guests send the cards back with their RSVP’s the host can create a DIY scrapbook with all of the marriage advice or store them in a handmade box as a keepsake for the bride.
At the party, guests can take turns reading their words of wisdom to the group, and everyone tries to guess who gave that piece of advice. After all the cards have been read, the host can compile them in a scrapbook
Here are some of our newest bridal shower games.
We have also recently launched personalized ceramic mugs at Wedding Paper Divas. These mugs are perfect for a bridal shower favor for your gifts to remember your special day.
If you are having a themed bridal shower, such as a backyard garden bridal shower, you can match the invitations, the games and the favors with this Painted Garden design.
More Bridal Shower Games We Love…
The Newlywed Game (My personal favorite)
The Idea: A way to put the bride in the hot seat.
The Deets: Before the bridal shower, interview the groom and ask him questions about the bride and their relationship: “Where was your first kiss?” “What’s his most annoying habit?” Then at the shower, ask the bride the same questions and see if she can answer correctly. To get the full effect, record video footage of the groom’s answers and play back his responses to each question for everyone to see and hear (allow a pause between questions.)
Two Truths And A Lie
The Idea: Guests recall their funniest moments with the bride.
The Deets: Each guest introduces herself and dishes about three experiences she’s had with the bride – one of which isn’t true. The person who correctly picks out the lie gets points. The best part? The truths can be wackier than the lies (cue the hilarious story swapping).
The Idea: Everyone tries to figure out what the bride did with whom.
The Deets: Hand out index cards and have each guest write a description of their favorite memory with the bride (the more adventurous, the better). The bridesmaids or hosts will collect the cards and take the bride on a trip down memory lane. All the guests will have to guess who … snuck out of the house to meet the bride at a fraternity party; met a celebrity on a weekend in Malibu with the bride; and more.
Socializing and opening gifts are typically the center of showers, and when games are planned with thought and attention, your guests will have a genuinely fun time. The best activities are always the ones that the bride will appreciate so put some thought into and you will sure please the bride to be!
Which game is your favorite? Good Luck Planning!
Posted by Brittany Welby
Think pink for spring showers! Pastels are always a popular choice for spring bridal showers, and this week we are especially in love with feminine shades of pastel pink. Keep it girly, but sophisticated, by working with a few different intensities of the same pink, and adding gray and white as your neutrals.
We’re starting a chic new series to highlight the Wedding Paper Divas blog team’s bridal fashion favorites! Check back every Friday to see our latest style lusts and more.
Watercolors are huge for spring and summer, and we can’t seem to get enough. They’ve made their way onto some of our favorite wedding stationery and now we’re swooning for this lovely frock. The colorful blooms, feminine shape and artistic watercolor effect would be so stunning for a rehearsal luncheon or bridal shower, don’t you think?