How To Plan A Bridal Shower On A Budget
A fun and memorable bridal shower doesn’t have to cost a fortune and you can easily plan one on a budget. From choosing the favors, location and gifts, you can easily implement a variety of money-saving tips as you plan the perfect bridal shower. Here are a few ways to plan a bridal shower without going off budget:
One of the biggest expenses when planning a bridal shower is the location. Some opt to rent halls or even rent out fancy restaurants for the day, but you’ll save a lot of money if you have it at someone’s home. You can host the party yourself or have it at another friend’s house. You won’t have to pay any rental fees associated with a location and you decorate according to a set theme.
Instead of mailing out invites for the bridal shower, save some money on stamps and just sent out an Evite or even create a Facebook event and send it to everyone invited to the bridal gala. For those who don’t have email addresses or don’t navigate the web easily (think older family members), you can easily make custom-printed invites that don’t cost most. You can search for a cheap company on the web and price match. Or you can easily buy some at a party store and even make them yourself if you’re the DIY type.
You can easily provide the food yourself by making scrumptious and easy appetizer or scope out Pinterest for some of the best finger-food recipes around. Or you can head over to your favorite restaurant and see how much it would be to have them cater the party. You’d be surprised at how many restaurants provide special deals on catering. Also, for drinks create a few signature beverages (alcoholic and no-alcoholic) that go with the bridal shower’s theme.
Lots of party supply stores provide deals on bridal shower decorations or have supplies for the theme you’re having. Or you can easily do a quick search online to price check items so that you always pay the best price possible. And a more frugal option is to ask family and friends if they have anything that would fit into the shower’s theme so that you don’t have to spend money on them. Get creative with decorations because you might have loads of things already and not even realize it. You can use Christmas lights to decorate outside trees or houseplants that can be used for centerpieces.
Prizes don’t have to be expensive. Check out the local discount store for picture frames and reams, which always work as great gifts and prizes. Or make sure to stock up on pretty soaps and candles when your favorite store has a big sale. Or get creative and create your own.
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