Just last week in Toronto, Ontario I celebrated my oldest and dearest friend, Katie, and her fiancé, Chris, by co-hosting a wedding shower for the beautiful couple. The bride has two older sisters so when they asked me to be a part of the special occasion I was so honoured and didn’t hesitate to assist in the planning. I have a background in Event Management, I love all things wedding and, come to think of it, I probably should have been a wedding planner because I really enjoy the magic around these big moments. 🙂
The wedding shower took place on Saturday, June 16th from 2-4pm at a private venue on St. Clair West. The bride and groom gathered with about 25 of their closest friends and family for the afternoon. With the groom attending the event as well, I lined up a game that they could play together as an icebreaker for their guests so everyone could watch and have a little giggle while learning more about the couple. I call the game “Him or Her” and it went something like this…The future Mr. and Mrs. sat back to back holding one another’s shoe. I asked them about 30 questions and the bride and groom held up the shoe of the person they believed was the right anwer to the question.
I.e. When you first met, who made the first move? Who has the bigger wardrobe? Who is first to say “I’m sorry”! Who spends more money?
This game definitely sparked lots of laughter and debate amongst everyone and lasted approximately 10 minutes. If you’re planning a shower, I highly recommend playing one or two games because it gets people talking and involved.
There was no set theme for the shower but we ultimately knew we wanted to keep the overall look classic and sophisticated. I was in charge of décor so for the colour scheme the bride’s sisters and I agreed to keep it neutral. For the balloons I chose pearl white and silver. I selected 4 bundles of 4-floor length balloons for the room, the “CHEERS” balloon banner worked as a great backdrop across the window, and we passed the “love” balloon around for the bride to take pictures with her guests. For the banners I went a bit more rustic by choosing a burlap style and accenting areas of the room with burlap ribbon (i.e. photo banner). Banners are a great way to fill up bare walls and bring some fun to a space. I also borrowed a few silver frames from my mum’s house to showcase the couple when they were little children.
One of the bride’s sister’s is an expert when it comes to floral arrangements so she had the task of putting together all the gorgeous floral arrangements in mason jars. We decided to keep the flowers simple yet elegant by choosing lots of white and natural greens. We then gifted the flowers to some of the guests as they were leaving. All décor inspiration was really just an extension of the bride and groom’s wedding invitation and upcoming wedding in the fall.
Venue: The Granite Place
Flowers: Summerhill Floral Boutique
Shop Smart Tip: If you are attending an upcoming bridal shower, here are my suggestions when shopping for a gift…
- Find out if the couple is registered anywhere. If so, purchase something from the registry.
- If you can’t decide on a gift from the registry, go with a gift card to the store they are registered at. If the couple receives a few gift cards from various people they can then purchase some larger ticket items.
- Don’t give cash at a bridal shower (save that for a wedding gift). When guests attend a shower they usually want to see gifts being opened and some even like to pass the gifts around. It’s part of the whole experience.
- If you want to get creative and buy a gift not from the couple’s registry, make sure you really know their style and preferences.
So grateful I was able to fly into town and join in on the wedding festivities for this gorgeous girl. I’m so happy for her!
Happy Wedding Season!
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below.