Bridal Shower Party Las Vegas
One of the best things about being a bride
comes from the amount of attention you’ll be getting in the coming months.
You said, “Yes,” you have the ring, and now you are officially engaged. One of the best things about becoming a bride is all the attention you will get before you say, “I do.” There are many celebrations associated with an upcoming wedding and one of the most popular pre-wedding events is the bridal shower.
What is a Bridal Shower?
The modern-day bridal shower is a fun, celebratory occasion with family and friends who have been given an opportunity to “shower” the bride-to-be with personal and practical gifts that will help her set up her home.
The History of the Bridal Shower
Tracing its origin back to the 16th Century, the bridal shower was initiated as an alternative to the dowry system - property or money brought by a bride to her husband on their marriage. If a poor woman's family did not have the money to provide her with a dowry, or if a father refused to give his daughter her dowry because he did not approve of the marriage, friends of the girl would gather together and bring gifts that compensated for the dowry and allowed her to marry the man of her choice.
Who Throws The Bridal Shower, Where, and When?
The bridal shower should take place between two weeks and two months before the wedding and the planning is typically left up to the maid of honor with help from the bridesmaids.
When it comes to location, it can take place at a local restaurant, a family member’s home, or outdoor venue with lunch or brunch. The location; the theme, décor, and party favors; the food and beverage; with a few time-honored traditions thrown in like the groom showing up at the end of the bridal shower with flowers for his bride-to-be, and whether it should be a surprise or not, are important factors to consider during the planning stages and should be a reflection of the bride’s unique personality and taste. This day is all about spoiling the bride!
Once you have assigned roles and responsibilities, figured out a budget, the date, and compiled the invitation list (proper etiquette dictates that whoever is invited to the shower should be invited to the wedding), it’s time to figure out that all-important question…what do you do at a bridal shower? Besides eating, drinking, mingling, and watching the bride open her gifts, what else is there for the guests to do?
Wedding-themed games are a fun and inexpensive way to encourage conversation and ensure your guests are completely entertained. While there are over one hundred of these games to choose from, following are some total crowd-pleasers, most of which you can DIY or purchase from Amazon and Etsy:
How Well Do You Know the Bride
A fun, interactive game of at least 20 intimate questions about the guest of honor, and whoever has the most correct answers, wins! Depending on the crowd, questions can be naughty or nice. For example:
- What is the bride’s favorite color?
- What is her favorite perfume?
- How many kids does she want?
- What’s No. 1 on her bucket list?
- Where is the craziest place she has ever had sex?
Put a Ring On It
This classic game is a test as to who can make it to the end of the party without saying the forbidden word, “bride” – a nearly impossible feat. Whoever collects the most rings wins!
Guess the Dress
With this game, guests get to show off their skills by sketching what they think the bride’s dress will look like. Separate winners into different categories like “The Best Guess”, “The Most Creative,” and “The Ugliest.”
The Toilet Paper Dress
The proverbial toilet paper wedding gown competition - cheesy but fun. Divide guests into teams of 3-5 people with one person from each group designated as the “bride.” Give each team several rolls of toilet paper and tape and have the other members of the group create a wedding dress and headpiece in approximately 15 minutes. Whichever group the bride picks as the best dress design, wins the game.
Two Truths and a Lie
This is the ultimate icebreaker, especially for guests who are just getting to know each other. Each guest tells the group three experiences they have had with the bride and/or groom - two of these stories are true, and one is a lie. Guests will then have to guess which one they think is a lie. The one who gets the most answers right wins.
Let’s face it, while bridal showers mean well, they can sometimes be boring, a bit stuffy, and a little awkward. If you don’t want a traditional bridal shower there are several alternatives like a “Jack and Jill” that celebrates both the bride and the groom, or a more risqué and intimate version of a bridal shower – a lingerie only party - or completely break tradition, grab your girl gang, and head to Sin City for a destination bridal shower. Las Vegas is not just for bachelor and bachelorette parties, with all the endless options, it is fast becoming THE place for bridal showers.
Some brides are older and don’t need bridal showers to help them set up their homes, it’s already full of pots and pans, toasters, and blenders, while other brides want to spice things up with a bridal shower that adds adventure with 5-star dining, a spa day, soaking up the sun at a dayclub, and taking in the nightlife with a hot and steamy and a little bit naughty male revue.
Planning an Unforgettable Bridal Shower
Remember, planning an unforgettable bridal shower is a team effort, it takes communication and coordination to make it a success. While it is a wonderful and exciting time for the bride, with all the choices for venues and activities, it can also be stressful and confusing so choose a theme that genuinely reflects the bride’s personality, interests, sense of humor, and style and she will enjoy the experience to the fullest!