5 Tips for Planning a Destination Bridal Shower

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Planning a destination bridal shower might not seem like such a good idea right now because of COVID-19. But while most people may not feel comfortable traveling for a bridal shower anytime soon, brides and bridesmaids should still think about planning for next year since these types of getaways take some time to plan. Start planning by keeping these five tips in mind for the perfect destination bridal shower.

1. Find the Best Location — Six Months to a Year in Advance

The location is probably the most significant part of planning a destination bridal shower, because it can determine the kinds of things you can do and the kind of food available. Before you choose a location, consider things like your budget, how many guests are attending, and the season in which your bridal shower will fall. For instance, you don’t want to have a bridal shower in the Bahamas during hurricane season. So, think about your favorite vacation destinations and start narrowing down your list based on your style and the above factors.

2. Set the Tone — Three to Six Months in Advance

Set the tone for the bridal shower by giving your guests all the details they need in your bridal shower invitations. The invitations will set the tone for your destination bridal shower, so choose the fonts, colors, and images wisely. It will inform your guests about how formal or informal the event will be, so they know what to pack before the trip. You can also use the invitations to provide details about the itinerary and other important information, such as the deadline to RSVP, what’s included in the trip (such as food, accommodations, etc.), and the date, time and location.

3. Choose Your Shower Games — Two to Three Weeks in Advance

Choosing your own bridal shower games means identifying games your guests will actually enjoy playing. Do away with traditional bridal shower games and find some that are fresh and exciting. You might consider some or all of the following out-of-the-box bridal shower games:

  • Put a Ring on It
  • Wedding Crashers
  • Kiss the Bride
  • Blushing Bride
  • Sealed with a Kiss

You could also consider printable bridal shower games from Etsy, romantic/wedding movie guessing games, or emoji bridal shower games.

4. Purchase Shipping Boxes — At Least Three Weeks in Advance

If you know your guests will be bringing along physical gifts, you’ll need a way to ship them back home. After all, you can’t expect to take everything back on the plane ride home with you, so having shipping boxes at the bridal shower can help you transport all your gifts back home in one piece without worrying about space. Make sure you also have call tags prepared and schedule a FedEx or UPS pickup at the hotel, so you don’t have to think about how and when to ship your gifts back home during your bridal shower weekend.

5. Check for Deals — As Soon as Possible

Once you know exactly where you want to have your destination bridal shower, you can search around for deals on activities. Oftentimes, hotels or other local businesses will have deals on group activities that help you have fun while saving money. Make a list of some of the activities you want to engage in during your bridal shower and start searching for deals based on your group size and budget. You might want to get group facials, mani-pedis, or possibly even have a full-on spa day. Whatever activities you decide on, you can most likely get a deal if you have a large group. Save yourself some money and search for deals.

Planning Your Destination Bridal Shower

Now that you have a rough timeline for planning your destination bridal shower, you can start the planning process. Even though travel restrictions are still in place in some areas across the country, you can still start planning your bridal shower for next year when things ease up a bit. Keeping this planning timeline in mind can help you stay on track and plan the bridal shower you’ve always imagined.

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