As far as wedding events go, I think I got pretty lucky. My parents threw us an amazing engagement party at their home with fun accents in our colors and reflecting our wedding’s classic theme. My sister, an event planner by trade, had the bar manager at one of Boston’s best restaurants create a signature cocktail for my tea party shower. Our rehearsal dinner featured incredible Italian food in an intimate setting and a surprise groom’s cake that Jack never saw coming. What made these events so wonderful was that each was a reflection of our personalities and the theme of our wedding. We had a winter wedding in Boston, complete with a jazz band and retro details in colors of black, white and platinum. And each of our events was a celebration of these elements.
So with that in mind, why not shake up the traditional bridal shower to incorporate things near and dear to the bride’s heart? Here are a few ideas for events that will bring people together in a fun setting to honor the bride and celebrate her favorite hobby.
For all you budding oenophiles out there, a wine tasting is a fun and interactive way for your group to learn something while sipping tasty new vintages. There are many wine tasting forums in cities across the US, and many upscale restaurants also host tastings with their sommeliers. Perhaps you can taste wines from the brides’ favorite region, or somewhere she and the groom will be traveling on their honeymoon. Or you could incorporate some sparkling wines with which to toast her upcoming nuptials.
If your guest of honor is a foodie, there’s an excellent chance she’ll love the opportunity to cook up a yummy meal with all of you. A cooking class is easy to find; even if you’re not in the neighborhood of a well-known culinary institute, many adult education centers feature a range of classes for all abilities. You can work with the instructor to feature a twist on her favorite foods, or cook foods from her country of ancestry. And the best part, of course, is that you get to share a great meal you’ve prepared together!
Sporting Event or Lesson
Sports-oriented parties aren’t just for the guys anymore! Why not bring guests to cheer on the bride’s favorite team, or if she’s working on her swing, treat them all to a golf lesson at a local driving range? This is a great option for a bride who isn’t thrilled about traditional, overly girly parties. The good news is, you can still pamper her with great seats, a great meal during or after the game, and an energetic party to fit her style.
Dance has gotten a lot of attention lately as a great alternative to traditional cardio workouts. It’s also a fun way to spend time with friends and learn a new skill in the process! Dance studios offer everything from traditional ballroom dance lessons to exciting workshops on flamenco and belly dancing. There’s truly something for everyone, and if you’re bride enjoys getting out on the floor, a dance class is a great way for you to share her enthusiasm!
I don’t know many ladies who don’t love a trip to the spa. There are a million options for treatments and services to fit every taste, and many of them can be done in a group setting. How about treating guests to a manicure and pedicure, or giving them each a makeup and skincare consultation by an esthetician? Many spas have technicians who will come to your home or event location and pamper you and your guests on site.
Hope I’ve given you some fun ideas to help you plan a great shower!