When I got engaged, I hoped that I’d have a bridal shower or two. I was surprised to find out I’d have six! It’s amazing that so many people want to celebrate my marriage and, in some cases, welcome me into a new family. I had three showers in April. They were all different, but fantastic.
My first shower was with my mom’s side of the family. They rented a space at The Mad Hatter tea room in Anoka. It’s located in a historic home built in 1857, and the space is beautiful. The food was even better. We had a tea service with three courses, including scones, finger sandwiches, and desserts. The guests got into the theme; everyone donned fascinators and fancy hats! If you’re looking for a unique bridal shower venue, I highly recommend The Mad Hatter.
There are two weddings in Sean’s family this summer. He’s getting married in June, and his brother is getting married in July. Instead of having separate showers, my future sister-in-law and I decided to join forces. We’re both fans of the awesomely bad The Bachelor/Bachelorette reality TV franchise. Sean’s aunts on his dad’s side decided to throw us a Bachelorette-themed shower. We enjoyed breakfast cocktails and an amazing brunch spread. We even got a surprise visit from our bachelors, who gave us a “final rose."
Themes are fun, but sometimes it’s great to stick with a classic event. Sean’s relatives on his mom’s side threw a traditional shower at his aunt’s home in Plymouth. They had mimosas and a lunch spread with salads, fruit, and a variety of desserts. We also played some great games. When we arrived, we had a card with the name of a famous couple pinned to our backs, and we asked yes-or-no questions to guess who our couple was. The host also put together a tray with a variety of wedding items. Guests had 30 seconds to look at the tray, then write down as many items as they could remember.
Additional thoughts on showers:
- Study the guest list. I had Sean give me a breakdown of his aunts, cousins, and family friends before I attended showers on his side of the family. That way, I could spend more time enjoying the event and less time trying to figure out who’s who.
- Check and replenish your registries. Most of the items on my Macy’s registry got purchased right away, so I had to scramble to find some more gifts! (This is a fun problem to have, by the way.)
- Keep track of gifts. As I opened presents, it was helpful to have someone keep a list of gifts and who they were from. I also found it helpful to write thank-you notes a day or two after each shower; I could recall specific details from the event and include them in my notes.
For more shower tips, read this post from Mpls.St.Paul Weddings editor Emily Howald Sefton.