Want to know the secret to throwing one epic bridal shower? It’s all about originality.
While following the traditional guidelines is a safe standard, being a modern maid of honor means you’re not afraid to mix it up- especially when it comes to bridal shower themes.
If basic and boring is what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the wrong place. If you’re looking to win the award for the most kick-ass maid of honor ever, then stick around.
Below we have eight unique bridal shower themes guaranteed to leave a long-lasting impression.
As newlyweds, the bride and groom will have plenty to celebrate and what better way to do so than with a fully stocked bar!
The basics of this wedding shower theme are simple: Send out invitations informing guests this is a stock-the-bar style party and that instead of a traditional bridal shower gift, they are encouraged to bring their favorite bottle of wine or liquor.
The couple may choose to register for barware or decor as well, in which case you would also include the registry information on the invitation.
For more details on this fun theme, check out our comprehensive guide on how to host a stock-the-bar shower.
“Brunch and Bubbly”
If your bride-to-be loves classically chic bridal shower themes, you won’t go wrong with throwing a boozy bridal brunch!
The focus of a bridal brunch really is the food and drink menu, so you must be sure to have a solid setup. Our rule of thumb is to always feature the three B’s: breakfast, bubbles, and bloody.
Keep the theme going with the decorations by incorporating fun “brunch and bubbly” balloons and banners, as well as brunch-related favors and prizes.
Want more details on how to pull off this popular theme? Check out our full guide on how to host a bridal shower brunch in eight simple steps!
Our Brunch and Bubbly must-haves:
Brunch Recipe Book
Send out these blank cards with the invitations and have guests jot down their go-to brunch recipes. At the shower, combine them together in a recipe book or box to give the bride!
“Traveling from Miss to Mrs”
If your bestie and her future hubby are avid travelers or are planning a destination wedding/honeymoon, then this is one of our bridal shower themes to pay attention to!
Depending on the circumstances, you can choose to focus the shower on a specific destination or go for a general travel theme.
Whichever way you choose to go, just be sure to incorporate travel into all the tiny details- invitations, decorations, favors, games, etc.
MODERN MOH TIP: Are you focusing this theme on the couple’s honeymoon location? Tie this into the gift by creating a DIY honeyfund with the rest of the bridal party, where you all choose a local activity or meal at a restaurant to purchase for the couple.
“Vino Before Vows”
Can you think of a better way to shower your bride than with a trip to her favorite local winery? We can’t! So if your bestie is a fan of grown-up grape juice, then this theme idea for you.
The first step in planning this type of bridal shower is to get in contact with the vineyard/winery to determine their availability for the size of your party.
Once you have selected a date and made a reservation (if necessary), it’s important to iron out the little details.
For instance, how much is each tasting per person? does this winery serve food or are you responsible for bringing your own? Trust us, the more details you have planned out beforehand the better!
Wine Box Gift
Skip the registry gifts and give your bestie something super special and on-theme like this adorable anniversary wine box (Bonus points for filling it with wines from the bridal shower venue!)
“I Do BBQ”
Looking for a lowkey couples shower theme? We highly recommend an “I Do” BBQ!
This wedding shower theme works best if hosted at a guest’s house that has a large backyard with plenty of space for guests to mingle. If this is not an option, try checking out your local parks!
For food, go with anything that can be grilled (burgers, dogs, and sausages) paired with simple-to-serve sides (pasta/potato salad, deviled eggs, veggies, and dip).
For drinks, think big batch cocktails that can be served in pitchers or dispensers as well as beer and wine that can be served out of coolers or tubs.
Our I Do BBQ wedding shower must-haves:
Give guests something to do by setting up a variety of fun backyard games for groups like cornhole or Bucket Ball (this can also double as a gift for the bride and groom!)
“Fall In Love”
Celebrate your bestie with all things autumn by throwing her the most fabulous fall-inspired bridal shower.
Start by selecting a “fall in love” themed invitation, then move on to matching decorations, favors, and game prizes. Incorporating a similar color scheme is an easy way to tie these all together.
When it comes to planning the food and drink menu, there is no shortage of fall favorites to choose from. Think pumpkin cheesecake bites and apple cider sangria!
Looking for more details about this seasonal theme? Check out our step-by-step guide to throwing a fall bridal shower.
Our Fall in Love shower must-haves:
Fall-Themed Bucket List
Have each suggest their favorite fall date idea (i.e. going to a pumpkin patch or taking a haunted hayride) using our cards and assemble it into a gift you can present to the couple!
Does your bride-to-be have a green thumb? Or perhaps she just loves spending time outdoors? Either way, a garden party is definitely one of our bridal shower themes to consider!
As with any garden, aesthetic is everything. That’s why the ideal venue for this type of shower will be naturally decorated with plants and flowers, leaving you to simply add a few final touches.
When it comes to the food and drink menu, think fresh finger foods and yummy sparkling cocktails. And don’t be afraid to throw a few edible florals into the mix!
Finally, go above and beyond by planning some fun garden-related activities and games (keep reading for some good ideas!)
Send your bride-to-be off in southwestern style by hosting a final fiesta bridal shower!
The key to nailing a final fiesta theme is all about the color scheme. When deciding on decorations, think bright colors like pink, orange, and yellow with hints of green and blue.
Throw in some fiesta-themed supplies, like cups or napkins, plus fun accessories like mini sombreos or cactus confetti.
Most importantly, make sure your food and drink menus are top-notch. We’re talking loads of guacamole, build your own taco bar, and ice-cold margaritas!