13 Bridal Shower Theme Ideas

As the bridal shower party planner, you’ll want to plan a shower that accentuates and celebrates your bride-to-be’s personality. To begin, list everything that you can think of that describes her. Maybe she loves wine, maybe she loves gardening, maybe she’s a homebody and can’t wait to decorate, or maybe she’s just super-excited about her honeymoon. Any personality trait that fits the bride will be helpful as you decide on a theme for her party. Once you have your list in hand, use these Bridal Shower Theme Ideas to help plan the perfect celebration.

Wine and Cheese Tasting Shower
If the bride loves wine, arrange an afternoon or evening of wine tasting. Hold the shower at the bride’s favorite winery or someone’s house, and include different kinds of wine and add cheese for guests to sample. Shower gifts might include wine, wineglasses or other wine-themed gifts.

Makeover Shower
Inviting a small group of friends to the shower? Invite a makeup consultant to do makeovers. Gifts for the bride might include lovely lotions, nail polishes, facial creams and body washes.

Naughty & Nice Shower
If the bride is all about fun and games, have each guest bring one naughty gift for the bride’s honeymoon, and one nice (normal) bridal shower gift. All of the naughty gifts can be collected and placed in a satin pillowcase for use on honeymoon night.

Stock the Bar Shower
Ask guests to bring their favorite alcoholic beverages and/or mixers to help the bride stock her bar. For a stress-free, mess-free time, consider holding this shower at the bride’s favorite bar or restaurant.

Lingerie Shower
If the bride and her guests aren’t shy, why not plan a lingerie party? You can set the mood with candles, cocktails and chocolates, and ask each of the guests to bring a gift of lingerie for the bride.

Patio Shower
If you’re having a couple’s party, host an outdoor patio shower! Fire up the barbecue, entertain outside, and have guests bring a gift for the couple’s patio.

Home Improvement Shower
This shower is great for the do-it-yourself couple! Even the man-of-the-house will appreciate the gifts when guests give you tools and supplies to fix up your home or apartment. If you don’t know exactly what the bride and groom need, request gift cards to their favorite stores.

Kitchen Shower
Have your guests bring their favorite recipe and a gift for the kitchen. Have the guests’ recipe “match” the type of gift they’re bringing. If they bring a recipe for a cake, cake pans are in order. If the recipe were for soup, a stockpot would be the perfect gift.

Stock the Pantry Shower
Similar to the kitchen shower, the pantry shower will get the bride and groom ready to get things cooking! Have your guests bring their favorite recipe and all the dry ingredients needed to make it.

Garden Shower
The bride-to-be is an avid gardener? Hold a garden party! Gifts for the bride and groom might include a variety of plants or gardening tools. Not sure what to buy? Gift cards from a local nursery would be great. Or…how about having a tree planted in the couple’s yard (or in a pot, if they don’t have a home yet)?

Honeymoon Shower
Whether it’s an exotic beach location, a camping trip or a different locale, a honeymoon shower should celebrate the couple’s honeymoon destination. Gifts should follow the theme, so let guests know what the couple’s needs are for travel. Luggage would be a great gift for this type of shower, as well as gift cards for the bride’s favorite boutiques.

Pajama Party Shower
Want a girl’s night in? Have a pajama party…complete with P.J.s! Everyone should arrive in their cutest pajamas and bring gifts to pamper the bride. Activities might include manicures, pedicures, facials and massages.

Scrapbooking Shower
Have your guests get creative by bringing photos, recipes and other memorabilia of their friendship with the bride. Provide each guest with a blank page or two of the scrapbook to decorate as they wish. The bride will end up with a great book of memories!

Free Underwear Sample – How Far Should Your Direct Sales Model Go?

Last month, I was talking to someone who had a pet product. They were putting together a business plan, and specifically a new marketing plan with one of the key features being direct marketing and direct sales. They wanted to try the old “Ben and Jerry’s” trick, whereby they would give away free samples, and pet owners would be so hooked on the product, that they would continue to order more through their website. In fact, their conversion rate in trying this out was almost 25%, and mind you they were in a fairly well-to-do area, but if they stayed with the same demographics, such a strategy could work.

How do I know this? Well, before retirement I ran a mobile car washing operation, and franchised it around the country. Our bonsai and blitz marketing team constantly went out and gave away free car washes as samples. If people enjoyed the free car wash at their office, then they would have us back on a regular schedule once a week. It was a great way to build new routes, win friends and influence people. Can any product or service the marketed this way you ask? For the most part I would say the answer is yes.

Indeed, I have a very good friend and she goes to one of the major colleges in Los Angeles, her and her friends are on the Red Bull marketing team, and they drive around in a car with a giant Red Bull can on top and give away free samples. Wherever they do this, the sales for Red Bull go up in the local liquor stores, convenience stores, and grocery stores. In other words it works.

It works so good in fact that I might even recommend that Marissa Mayer, the new CEO of Yahoo have college interns run around to all of the soccer fields wearing Yahoo T-shirts, giving away prizes and inviting new users to come partake in whatever it is they are offering online. Incidentally, I did put together such a bonsai and blitz marketing campaign strategy report and I sent it to the president of Pacific Telephone in San Francisco in the early 90s, she loved the idea.

Still, there may be some products it won’t work for, such as giving away free underwear samples as a direct sales model. However, there have been large array sales teams that go out and do home parties, and they do give away free lingerie samples, and it works for them. This of course is in the privacy of the guest home being used, and not in public. Suffice it to say, direct sales work, that’s why all the successful companies do it. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.

Look Splendid in White

A wedding day is the most important day in a girl’s life. It is usually what she has dreamed of her entire life. And things must be just perfect for that day. A white wedding is the norm usually for weddings and most brides choose white for their wedding gown. Other colours are also worn, especially pastel shades, but mostly it is white. It would help if the following tips are kept in mind while choosing a wedding dress.

• Choose a dress according to the location. A short dress may not be suitable for a church wedding and a trailing dress will not suit a wedding on the beach.

• The fabric is also important. Most fabric can be worn throughout the year, but some fabric like organdie and linen go well in summer, while velvet and silk may be more appropriate for winter.

• Keep a budget for the dress in mind so that you can straightaway eliminate all the dresses out of your price range and save yourself the time and effort. Also you should know that you will have to pay extra for shipping, taxes, alterations, lingerie and embellishments, and these will all add up to a fair amount.

• Schedule your appointment with the dress salon and let them know roughly what you are looking for. It will help them to keep samples ready.

• Let the salon make recommendations. Sometimes an expert at the store may help you pick out just the dress you want.

• Visit the salon during the lean hours when the sales people will be more relaxed and the trial rooms will be free. If the salon is crowded, the attention of the sales people will be divided and they may not be able to make valuable suggestions.

• Take just one or two friends with you, or you will end up with many clashing opinions and no dress.

• Don’t go in with a dress size in mind. Wedding dresses are usually smaller in size.

• Most dresses take from five to eight months to be delivered and therefore you must shop in advance. Don’t buy a smaller dress promising yourself that you will lose a little weight. It may not happen and further, it is easier to take in a dress that is a little large than try and get into a smaller size.

Shopping for a wedding dress is usually once in a lifetime event. Enjoy the whole process.