Did you see our recent super chic, tropical bridal bash we shared from Rebecca K? We were all swooning over the pineapple cake, flower crown, hanging tulips, it was all so creative!
Well lucky us, Rebecca shared all her expert tips to make such a fabulous, chic and unique party a reality for your favorite bride-to-be. With a little brainstorming, and a few personal touches, you can put together a bridal bash so perfect she’ll think you hired an event designer.
1. Brainstorm A Personal Theme
Starting at the very beginning, the party needs to have a style. Did the couple get engaged in Paris? Maybe a Parisian patisserie afternoon tea could be an idea. Is the couple travelling to wineries over their honeymoon? How about organizing a rosé wine tasting as part of the party.
For this bride to be, she grew up in the tropical warm weather climate but now lives in the city. We incorporated tropical beach touches into the day with still keeping it stylish and modern. We picked a chic and fresh colour palette of white, light blue, grey and gold and incorporated this into all details of the day.
2. Find A Unique Venue Space
For something chic and unique, consider spots you may not think of as an “event” venue. How about your local hip coffee shop? They may have a small space for a group you can hire for a small fee. Your local florists shop may be quiet on a Sunday mid day and have a fun spot to set a table in the middle of flowers and plants, why not ask! The garden area of a cafe, a local day spa, there are a lot of places out there!
If you are having a smaller group for the get together, consider looking at an Airbnb for the day or sites that cater towards small meeting groups such as Vrumi . Do this as soon as possible so that you can get the theme moving into place and send out the invitations.
3. Don’t Forgo The Paper Invite
Isn’t there something so special about receiving a printed invitation in the mail? In the world we live in with an inbox overflowing with emails and junk mails, it is quite a unique touch to send out an invite through the post.
Websites such as Papier and Minted create gorgeous and affordable invitations that make it easy to order for guests. For this shower we worked with White Olive Design Studio to create something special for the bride that mixed in the tropical beach with the modern touch, mixing in a gold geometric pineapple with the greys and blues.
When sending the invitation include a hashtag for the event! This is a great way to have the guests share photos leading up to the party and day so that the bride to be can get excited about the soiree!
4. Get Creative with Food & Drinks
Let your theme and planning of the bash be incorporated into what you are serving. Has the couple lived in multiple cities together? Maybe incorporate items from each region they have been in! And for drinks, does the bride enjoy visiting a brewery more than a winery or would instead have a glass of champagne any day over a G&T?
Include a menu card if you have a sit down style meal and incorporate small notes into the items as to where the inspiration came from, if you have a buffet, include this on the menu card. Always remember to have enough options for all dietary needs and to make it special in someway to the guest of honor.
I see dessert as part of the decor; a great photo op for the bride-to-be and an excuse to have a bit more fun and different with the cake then on their wedding day. We blended in the tropical theme by having a large pineapple design over the gold cake and dotted the table with hand-painted tropical leaf sugar cookies.
And consider a chic cocktail. We decided to create something a bit different on this day by making three wine spritzer for the day. Guests could make a suggested cocktail on their own or also use the ingredients on their own for something non alcoholic.
5. Mix in Plenty of Personal Details
This is a party to celebrate the bride to be’s upcoming wedding day, it is an exciting time! Make it special to her than just another get together by planning little details in advance that she will never forget. We had a gorgeous flower crown created for our bride to wear during the party.
Perhaps, ask the bride and groom’s family for baby photos of the couple and frame them around the space. Then, ask her friends for photos of them together and place them around the table to serve as an ice breaker during the party with how you know the bride to be.
Encourage guests to snap photos and share them using the hashtag or have a few Instax cameras dotted around for guests to take photos with!
I once went to a shower where the bride loved to cook, with our invitation we all received a recipe card to complete and bring with us, the bride was then given a cookbook that had all of the recipes in them, a small thing, but something special to the guest of honor.