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6 Unique Bridal Shower Themes

By Michelle Ecker on April 19, 2016

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6 Unique Bridal Shower Themes

When someone hires you as a comprehensive wedding planner, this undertaking often actually involves organizing more like 2 or 3 separate events, one of which being the bridal shower.

Looking forward with this in mind, know that some couples will already have distinctive tastes and hobbies that they’d like to somehow channel into their corresponding event themes (which you’ll likely find extremely helpful inspiration-wise as it offers great opportunities to personalize the party). Occasionally however, other pairs will need some help brainstorming exciting themes. If that’s the case with your couple, here are 6 unique concepts you can suggest:

1. Retro - This is a super fun theme for couples who enjoy the novelty of all things old-school. Extremely easy to incorporate into the menu and décor, this concept is a practical one to consistently suggest to various couples because it lacks distinctive seasonality restraints.

2. Campout - This is a great option for the casual couple who wants to keep the mood laidback and low-key. Obviously an ideal theme for the warm weather season, this party would be outdoorsy and relaxed - think barbequing, backyard games or a beer bar.

3. Beach Day - Although this idea seemingly corresponds exclusively with warm seasons, consider its refreshing possibility as an indoor, reconstructed island escape during the wintertime as well. Whether you’re working with an outdoor or indoor venue, a tropical theme is always a crowd-pleaser and characteristically easy to budget and design.

4. Holidays - Something fun we’ve noticed gaining popularity recently is the idea of simply recreating a holiday celebration as the theme of an unrelated party regardless of the time of year. For bridal showers, Valentine’s Day themes are an increasingly popular choice- think DIY valentine crafting, candy exchange and all things pink and red.

5. Happily Ever After - When brainstorming this aesthetic, start by asking clients about their taste in books and movies and trying to determine if they mutually share a favorite love story or fairy tale you could recreate. If you land on a doable title, have them grab a copy of that book or movie and read or watch it on their next date night while making written lists of fun concepts and images they’d like to reinvent.

6. Go Color Crazy - Remember, not all unique themes have to channel a certain concrete topic like a movie or special place. Anymore, some of the most popular, well-executed bridal showers have been much simpler, designed solely around the theme of a unique color, like all things gold.

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