Big smiles, bright colors, booze, and sombreros make for a very fun bridal shower. One of our biggest goals at Showerbelle is to encourage our readers to abandon traditional ideas of what a shower is supposed to be like, and to highlight new and fun bridal shower ideas. That's why I was so happy when Christiane Lehman of Truly You Events sent me this bridal shower fiesta that is so fun it reminds me of some sort of Las Vegas heist movie montage. Read Christiane's description of her inspiration for this fun shower, and how she made it happen below:
It was colorful, fun-loving and definitely something different. Nerrisa and her fiance Josh will be having a laid back tent wedding along the Jersey shore this September, so I wanted her shower to set a relaxed yet stylish tone for the big day. Instead of a typical shower venue, we (myself and Nerrisa's other 6 bridesmaids) selected a high energy Mexican restaurant owned by Iron Chef Jose Garces in University City. We had such a blast being inspired by the colors and traditions of Cinco de Mayo for the shower details!
Anyone who knows Nerrisa knows that she loves to party, so our goal was to create a colorful, light hearted shower where guests would actually have fun! The invitations asked guests to join us for a, "Bridal shower fiesta honoring our favorite senorita". Of course, we hosted the event over Cinco de Mayo weekend, and served red & white sangria as guests arrived. The favors were mini bottles of Nerrisa's favorite tequila, with hand stamped favor tags that read "Gracias". We scored the rubber stamps from Paper Source and were super happy with how this DIY project came together. Another beautiful DIY element was created by Nerrisa's Mom for the shower. Lillian had custom prayer cards made with the patron saint of Mexico, Our Lady of Guadalupe, on the front. On the back, she encouraged the group to keep the newlyweds in their prayers as they prepare to become husband and wife!
Some of my other favorite elements of the day were the photo booth, family style menu and signage above the bar. Our contacts at Distrito were kind enough to let us take over the signs above the bar within the event space. We used the first sign to welcome guests, and dubbed the day "Cinco de Bisa", which is Nerrisa's childhood nickname. On the middle sign, we gave the group a play by play and on the end, we encouraged guests to share their photos with us on social media. Once our beautiful bride arrived and everyone settled in, we enjoyed a delicious family style menu featuring some of Bisa's favorites, like fish tacos, guacamole and chicken enchiladas.
The only "traditional" item we did was bridal shower bingo, but the game cards were made with a bright pink chevron border and the maids handed out margarita mix to the bingo winners as gifts were being opened. After gifts, we hopped in Distrito's VW Bug that is normally used as a dining table and flipped on a few sombreros for a few fun group photos. All in all, it was the perfect fun-focused shower for our party girl bride.
Planning by Christiane Lehman of Truly You Events | Photography by Scott Lewis Images | Invitations by Wedding Paper Divas | Venue & Catering by Distrito Restaurant | Floral Crown for Bride by Tanti Lina, Papertini | Favor Tags (DIY project) tags, stamp and color pads from Paper Source