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Tips To Planning the Perfect Bridal Shower

If you have the privilege of planning a bridal shower and have never done it before, you might be surprised at the undertaking that it can quickly become. Although you might feel inundated with ideas of pulling off spectacular do-it-yourself (DIY) creations and expensive foods and favors, don’t feel pressured to drive yourself mad in a quest to throw the shower of all showers. Unless the bride feels the need to run the party herself, chances are high that your shower idea will be successful. Here are some additional tips to throwing the perfect bridal shower.

Get the Bride’s Input

Getting the bride’s input can be very useful for creating a shower schedule. You want to have the shower at a convenient time for the bride and make sure that people she wants to be there are included. You can also get theme ideas from the bride, either by explicitly asking her or being sneaky and asking her questions about herself and the groom in order to build on your own secret theme. If you should get stuck on ideas and want the shower to remain a surprise to the bride, then get input from someone close to her, such as her mother. At the very least, you should get the following input for planning the party:

  • Best date and time
  • A guest list
  • Whether or not gifts are requested


Choose a Theme Based on the Bride or the Couple

Not every bridal shower is required to have a theme. You can just throw a party with food and general decorations, if you want. However, creating a theme can make the shower more personal and provide ideas for decorations or bridal shower invitations. When choosing a theme, select something specific about the couple. It could be the year that they met or went to high school, their shared passions or interests, or where they’re going for their honeymoon. If you’re throwing a couple’s shower, definitely make sure the groom’s interests are also included.


Take Advantage of DIY Activities

You don’t necessarily have to supply the gifts for every guest or be responsible for a plethora of games and activities. DIY crafts make the perfect party favors and activities. There are ideas from create-your-own-fragrance bars to arranging a flower bouquet. Simply supply the materials and let your guests go crazy. bridal-shower-treats

Enlist Help

Planning a shower can turn into a big undertaking if you have grand plans. In addition to planning for activities, you likely need to consider decorations and food. Rather than stressing yourself out, create a shower committee and enlist the help of other friends or family members of the bride. If you don’t mind handing over the reins, assign specific tasks to individuals and let them figure out the details. Again, having a theme already established can give everyone a great starting point. If you have the budget for it, then hiring a caterer or having the shower at a location where they will provide the decorations and food for you will save you a lot of time and stress.


Don’t Be Afraid of Your Dollar Store for Favors

When planning a bridal shower on a budget, your wallet might be stretched thin when it comes to supplying favors or gifts for the guests. It is fairly traditional to have shower guests leave with something as a memory of the party. Luckily, your local dollar store should have plenty of items at an affordable price. From votive candles and bubble bath to wine glasses and picture frames, take a trip down the aisles to get inspired. It doesn’t have to be expensive, and your guests will appreciate the gesture.

Check Local Businesses for Ideas

If you’re really strapped for ideas on where to plan the shower and what to do, check out your local businesses. You might be surprised at the different activities that are available for showers. You can reserve a room at a local restaurant or schedule a wine tasting. Set the bride and her guests up for a spa day, or maybe see if a local professional will come and teach a class such as cooking, makeup, or painting. You might be able to find a variety of ideas for any budget.


Keep Your Guests in Mind

The bridal shower is not the same thing as a bachelorette party. While you might be tempted to include funny, racy games, keep in mind who will be attending the party. If there will be elderly family members of the bride in attendance, you might want to forgo the lingerie theme. Then again, perhaps the elderly family members will be fine with it! If you’re planning anything that might be considered a little racy, check with the guests to get an idea of what is and is not appropriate.


Make It Memorable and Keep It Manageable

Throwing a bridal shower is the creation of memories for the bride leading up to her big day. It doesn’t have to be an expensive affair. Just make sure to give it plenty of thought and time for preparation. Whether you’re having it at a restaurant or in the living room of your home, a solid theme with a few activities, food, and favor ideas for the guests will likely lead to the throwing of a perfect shower.bridal-shower-beverages


Bryan Passanisi is online marketer and writer living in Redwood City, CA. He graduated from The University of San Francisco with his Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. Bryan has managed a popular wedding blog and has created viral content. He currently is a blogger for Shutterfly.

Photography Credit: All photos from Karen Up On the Hill

My Dream Bride!

It is so easy to make a picture perfect wedding come true when we have the picture perfect bride!  Choosing a package that fits you best is sometimes a stressful task.  This can determine how much is done by you, and how much is taken over by us.  With the Day-Of package we are not as involved in pre wedding planning, but a few things can make everything stress free! With simple communication, organization, and a smiling face there is no room for stress or hiccups.


  1. Communication

The perfect bride is easy to communicate with. The more we can be on the same page with you and what your dream wedding is, the more we can make that come true for you and your fiancée.  Weddings are stressful, that’s where we come in, ask away!  We are here to answer questions and concerns.  With Day-Of we are not as hands on as our Full Services packages, so the more you can communicate with us on pre and post wedding tasks the more efficient and effective our job can be.


  1. Organization

We LOVE organized brides!  Layouts, decorations, seating charts, set up, pick up, and vendors.  The more we know, the better.  We once had a bride type out a list of EVERY decoration she had and exactly where everything went. For both ceremony and reception! Set up was so fast, exactly where she wanted it and we knew exactly what was going home with her that next day.  This allowed us to still be very hands on with vendors and set up without exceeding the package limits.


  1. A Smiling Face

Yes, we know this sounds funny, but smile!  Your wedding day is one of the best days of your life, relax and enjoy it.  The more you can relax and trust us, the better we can work our magic.  We will have time for concerns and questions through pre wedding meetings.  With communication and organization before your big day, the only thing left to do is have fun.  Enjoy the day, take in everything, and simply watch as everything comes together.

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Typically we only hire once a year, but with a full calendar and amazing summer and fall ahead we are doing it again...right now! 

If you are interested in working for AnnaBelle Events or in the industry this is the best local option to gain the experience you will need. Please read through all the information below before applying to make sure this is the right fit for you and your apply correctly.

One qualification to being hired is availability on June 6th and July 25th, please be sure those dates work for you before applying. 

Resume MUST be received by May 22nd.

Summer 2015

How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Palette



Choosing the colors for your wedding can sometimes be a stressful task. Whatever you choose helps determine the feel of the wedding and many decisions after. There are many options from different color palettes, to shades, to even the amount of colors that you use. So how do you even begin to choose?  Here are five steps to start you off!

  1. Analyze the season.

Depending upon what season you are getting married, there are certain colors that you associate together. For example in the spring time you think of pastels and the winter is associated with darker palettes. Determine what season you want your wedding to take place in, and what types of colors would best fit the season.

  1. Determine what is “in”.

For many brides and grooms, it may be frustrating to keep up with the trends. But, if a certain color is popular at the moment, it is going to be easier to find items and clothing in that color. With that being said, it is important to go with what you feel best represents your personality and will make your wedding day perfect.

  1. Get inspiration from online sites.

Sites like ThePerfectPalette.com and Design-Seeds.com are resources for color inspiration. These sites, and other similar sites, allow you to scroll through already created palettes as well as searching by color and season.


  1. Think about you and your fiancé’s favorite colors.

This day is about you and your fiancé, so add some personality. This can even be a starting point for deciding your color palette. For example, both my fiancé and I love green and blue. Instead of taking the typical shades that you associate with these colors, we played around a little and ended up with Navy Blue and Mint Green.

  1. Try out any color scheme on Adobe Kuler.

Is there a color scheme that you have in mind, but you've been unable to bring to life? There is a simple solution to that: check out Adobe Kuler. This website allows you to play around with different colors and shades and create a color scheme. You can even download the color scheme onto your computer to use in different computer program.


Spring Wedding Floral Guide

Spring wedding floral guide

Spring is one of the most beautiful times of the year to get married!  Spring brings with it warmer weather and gorgeous blossoming flowers.  While flowers for a wedding can be costly, purchasing in-season flowers can help you save money.  So as you're deciding on colors and themes for your wedding, take a look at this Spring Wedding Floral Guide to find the perfect Spring flowers for your big day!



Tulips are some of the most popular spring flowers, coming in various colors and flower shapes.  Tulips are versatile and look great in bouquets and centerpieces by themselves or mixed in a multi-flower arrangement.  Their vibrant color are great for a Spring wedding!









Gerbera Daisies

Gerbera daisies are perfect for a spring wedding, blooming in nearly every color!  They are very study with their thick, long stems making them great for bouquets.












Peonies only bloom in the spring so this is definitely the right time to get married if you are dreaming of peonies.  These flowers are also said to be an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage.





Hydrangeas are a great way to get more for your money with their large blooms and deep color.  They're great to use if you want full centerpieces or bouquets and come in many colors from blue and purple and green, to white and pink.








Garden Roses

Garden roses are a delicate, medium-sized flower.  Unlike traditional roses, garden roses have fuller blooms and create more plentiful bouquets, offering a soft, romantic look.

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