I'm amazed at this pretty pink bridal shower, and what the mother of the bride and her bridesmaids were able to do in a backyard! This is a great real shower to share with you because it exemplifies what I think of when I think of a traditional bridal shower, and so I thought it would be a great inspiration for those of you who'd like to go the pretty pink, traditional route. I've put together a few style guidelines below to help you recreate this look.
How to Achieve Traditional Elegance in a Bridal Shower
While this is a backyard, it doesn't look that way. In fact, it could actually be mistake for an expensive outdoor wedding venue. You can still achieve the same sort of classical elegance like this by following these 5 steps:
- Select a venue. You'll want to host the shower in a venue that is either traditional or elegant in style OR one that doesn't have too much going on, and can serve as a blank canvas. The backyard venue in this bridal shower featured elegant columns and beautifully manicured garden.
- Allot an elegant budget. There are plenty of bridal shower themes that you can pull off beautifully on a dime, but this is one that if you want to do it well, you'll need to spend a bit more on. Discuss your budget before picking your theme with your fellow co-hosts.
- Rent the appropriate pieces. Again, there are many bridal shower themes the work great with mismatched pieces you already own and thrift store finds, but this is a theme where you'll want to go for uniformity. Here are a few items to rent to achieve a similar look
- Round tables
- White resin chairs
- Hot pink floor-length tablecloths
- Light pink napkins
- Place settings in white china
- White lanterns
- Hire a floral designer. The centerpieces for this bridal shower are a charming mix of pink roses and white hydrangeas with green accents, but unless you're super creative, have previous experience arranging flowers, and have lots of time, you'll want to hire a professional floral designer.
- Get help setting up. The great thing about this bridal shower is that while it's super pretty and elaborate, the setup is fairly repetitive, and doesn't require a lot of artistic direction. It will take awhile to set up, so you'll need to enlist help. You can draw a simple map of where to put the tables, and then make a list of everything that goes on each table and place setting (e.g. tablecloth, napkin, charger, etc,). The other bridesmaids can follow it without supervision, and you can work on setting up other things like the food display. If you're hosting the bridal shower by yourself, think about hiring some teenagers from your neighborhood for a couple of hours.
"Sanam's bridal shower was such an adorable event. In their shaded backyard, guests were greeted with beautifully decorated tables - pink floral centerpieces, rustic white lanterns, and white plates that accented the color palette wonderfully. Sanam's mother, who owns a bakery in Los Angeles, also made the beautiful cake for her bride daughter!"
- Deasy Simanjuntak of Paper Ban Photography