Wedding season is in full swing here in NH. So if you’re a Maid of Honor, a mom, a sister, or a best friend to a bride-to-be it’s likely you’ll find yourself planning a bridal shower sometime soon. So how do you successfully pull off the perfect day to honor the future Mrs. without breaking the bank or losing your mind? Like anything in life, it’s all about priorities! Before you find yourself being the victim of procrastination or biting off more than you can chew, focus on these three important elements and your bride will be in her glory. Here are the must-haves to ensure an amazing day the bride will remember for her days to come.
Pick the right venue.
When selecting the best venue, it’s important to identify what its purpose will be. We chose a front porch in the White Mountain region of NH for our laid back bride who loves the great outdoors. We didn’t stress about a formal seating arrangement and we opted for a potluck so the location was perfect. A bride with other tastes or a larger guest list might warrant renting out a restaurant or an event hall.
We honored the bride’s country-chic style with mason jars, galvanized wash tubs, burlap and lace, and we brought the elements of the outdoors in with fresh lilacs from the front yard and sunflowers from In the Company of Flowers.
Make sure there’s good grub.
All the guests pitched in to prepare their favorite potluck dish for the bride’s special day. There was everything from sausage bites, zucchini pie, finger sandwiches, sandwich wraps, fruit salad, buffalo chicken dip, artichoke and spinach dip, oriental salad, caprese skewers – you name it! The bridesmaids pitched in together to stock a DIY mimosa bar for the guests, along with some pitchers of iced tea and lemonade.
Of course no party is complete without a dessert to die for. If the homemade white and dark chocolate covered strawberries weren’t enough, there was a melt in your mouth tray of s’more cupcakes and a Kahlua cake by Swift’s Sweets. One bite of the coffee liquor infused chocolate cake finished with a White Russian buttercream frosting was enough to knock my socks off. But I had to sample the cupcakes too! The chocolate cupcakes were topped with a marshmallow buttercream frosting, crushed Graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows. Can I go back and eat it all again?!
Make it personal.
If the bride is traditional and wants to wear white – let her. If she’s unconventional and wants to wear a tie-dyed dress – let her. Whatever the day entails, make sure it’s true to the bride’s wishes and reflects her personality. Our bride loves to hike and ski the mountains of New England with her fiancé. A couple of the bridesmaids had a great idea to do a trail mix bar with goodie bags stamped with an emblem of a mountain and the saying “And so the adventure begins.” Our bride is a proud homeowner of a gorgeous country farmhouse, so her bridesmaids gifted her a homemade country-chic sign of her soon-to-be last name that she can proudly display in her home. Whatever you do, just make it meaningful and there’s no way you’ll go wrong.
Hosting a shower or event in NH anytime soon? Check out these great vendors for your planning needs!
- Frederick’s in Amherst
- Jacques in Pembroke
- Life is Sweet in Keene
- Kristin’s Bakery in Keene
- Queen City Cupcakes in Manchester
- Cupcakes 101 in Bedford
- Master Pieces Cake Art in Stoddard
- Saxy Chef in Dublin
- Jonny Cakes in Keene
- Cakes by Helen in Keene
- Naturally Elegant Designs in Keene
- Kathryn’s Florists and Gifts in Winchester
- Anderson the Florist in Keene
- The Garden Party Floral Boutique in Milford
- Woodman Florist in Milford
- Fireworks in Keene
- The Marlborough House in Marlborough
- The Elks Lodge in Keene
- Hidden Hills in Rindge
- Pavilion at Surry Mountain Lake in Surry
- The College Camp on Wilson Pond in Keene
- The Italian Club in Keene
- The Keene Country Club in Keene
- Stonewall Farm in Keene
- The Inn at East Hill Farm in Troy
- The Red House in Wilton
- Firefly American Bistro & Bar in Manchester
- Martha’s Exchange in Nashua