How to Plan a Virtual Bridal Shower

how to plan a virtual bridal shower

 

How to Plan a Virtual Bridal Shower

Written by: Rachel Watkins https://writtenbyrachel.com.au

When you picture a bridal shower one of the last images to come to mind is talking to your family and friends through a screen. Times have been especially hard for couples who were, and in some cases still are, planning to get married in 2020. Love should be celebrated and with the incredible technology and services available to us it has never been easier to throw a virtual bridal shower!

Theme and Invitations

Rule number one. The more you plan your virtual shower like a traditional in person bridal shower, the more it'll feel traditional, normal, memorable and fun. Every detail counts. Starting with the theme! Start by designing invitations. You can go traditional and send paper invitations or create virtual invitations via digital services like, Paperless Post, Evite or Smilebox Something as simple as an invitation can go a long way to build the traditional party experience. Be sure to include all the important information in the invitation. Including the dress code for the bridal shower. Dressing up helps us to feel good about ourselves and can make us feel like we are actually going out into the world to attend a party. Make it clear that this event is a pajama and trackpant free zone!

Pick the Perfect Platform

You will also need to include the link to the platform you’ll be hosting the shower from in the invitations. Zoom, Skype, Facebook and Google Hangouts are all great options for video calls. Each platform has different features and their own pros and cons, so we suggest planning out the whole bridal shower before looking at which platform suits your needs best.

Get Decorating

Once you've got your theme picked out, bring it to life with some colour and sparkle! Decorate the space as if you were having the shower in your own home. Balloon garlands, fringe, handmade bunting and tissue paper tassels can create a whimsical and memorable scene. While you can’t actually all be in the same room, you can fake it by photographing your decorated space and sending it to everyone ahead of time. This can be used on platforms like Zoom as a shared virtual background, making everyone feel connected despite the distance. (Not to mention the beautiful photos you can take to remember the day!)

Virtual games

You’ll find there is no shortage of games that can easily be played virtually.

● Bingo - players open their digital bingo cards (have everyone read out their game card number so there’s no doubling up!) while the host of the game uses a number caller website to keep track and check bingo.

● Name that tune - this one’s simple but super fun. Simply start humming a song while everyone has to guess.

● Jeopardy - create your own Jeopardy style game. This is a great way to digitise games like ‘Who knows the couple best?’

● Bundle - don’t have time to create your own personalised game for the bride to be? That’s where Bundle comes in; they create personalised board games including digital versions!

Share a Memorable Experience

Games are often considered to be a classic element of a bridal shower however they aren’t everyone's cup of tea. An activity is a wonderful way to share the moment together and can be really personalised to reflect the personality and interests of the bride to be.

● Cocktail Making - recipes are available online and you can even rename them to match the shower’s theme. A great way to finish a cocktail making session is to have each attendee select an ingredient to make a custom cocktail for the bride!

● Paint and Sip Paint and sip classes have become popular around the country and with the current pandemic many have moved their classes online. Private event classes can be booked with an artist taking your group step by step to create a work of art!

● Create a Lip Dub A lip dub is a type of music video that centers around lip synching. These are a lot of fun to make and will be a great memento from the day! Check out college students take on Shake it Off and office workers concur the Backstreet Boys (this one shows you how successful you can be without moving away from a computer screen...perfect for isolation)

● Flower Arranging/Flower Crowns Support local and have your local florist deliver loose flowers the day of your virtual shindig. Create flower crowns to wear all day or beautiful bouquets to bring colour and a touch of nature to your home. There are great tutorials you can follow together online just by the shower host sharing their screen.

● Home Spa Day Send your guests a care package before the day filled with self care goodness; face masks, nail polish, hair masks and a relaxing candle. All they will need is their own robe to set the scene for an indulgent spa day.

● Netflix Party Many classic and much loved wedding movies are available on Netflix and with Netflix Party you can sit back with your popcorn and watch a movie together. The chat function means you can talk the whole way through and you can even force everyone to rewatch all your favourite parts. (Our vote is for The Wedding Singer!) Sadly the new normal is to feel disconnected from our friends and family.

 

Hosting a virtual bridal shower is a sweet and thoughtful way to bring people together, shower the bride to be with love and find a sense of normalcy through celebrating love.