Especially for the bridesmaids out there who love their checklists, here is a helpful timeline for planning a bridal shower. It’s always a good idea to first schedule some time with the bride to discuss what would make her happy and other details like gift ideas or registries. Once you have a good idea of the type of bridal shower she would love, it’s time to get the other bridesmaids together to discuss a budget and brainstorm ideas.

Remember to consider things like the schedule for the day, the type of venue and the season of the year. Your choice of venue, either at home or at a restaurant or wine farm will impact the amount of time you have available for the celebration as well as the costs involved.


8 Weeks Before
  • Compile guest list with the bride
  • Pick a date
  • Establish budget
  • Browse bridal shower theme ideas
  • Pick a theme and colour palette
  • Compile addresses for the guest list
  • Discuss gift ideas and registries with the bride
  • Send save the dates
6 Weeks Before
  • Book venue
  • Send out invitations
  • Book photographer
  • Decide on decorations
  • Plan food
  • Plan activity/games
  • Purchase decorations
  • Start making DIY decorations
  • Order cake
  • Purchase guest favours
3 Weeks Before
  • Follow up on outstanding RSVP’s
  • Buy a gift
  • Order flowers
  • Make a shopping list for food and drinks
  • Purchase alcohol (if serving cocktails)
  • Assemble guest favours
  • Arrange guest transportation if needed
  • Organise and purchase the supplies for games/activities
1 Week Before
  • Confirm reservations
  • Confirm orders and delivery times
  • Purchase food and drinks or check in with caterer and confirm final guest numbers
  • Prepare a music playlist
  • Check on bride’s transportation and arrival time, especially if it’s a surprise
  • Collect flowers the day before


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If you book a bridal shower with Something Pretty I will take care of just about everything on this list for you. You can sit back and watch the planning process whilst I handle all of the details so you don’t have to. Get in touch with me and let’s plan the perfect bridal shower!