A beautiful wedding tradition that honours the bride, it’s the absolute gift-giving party showered with love and thoughtfulness in anticipation of the big day. With roots that date back to the 16th century, the core meaning stems from helping provide some financial assistance to the newlyweds for their new life together.
A bridal shower is one shared with close friends and family, designed to shower and spoil the bride with congratulations, good wishes, and thoughtful gifts.
So what better way to do it in style and throw a bridal shower at the Whitsundays?
Just imagine, your bridal shower backdrop is made of luxurious blue waters lapping onto the beach as the fresh sea breeze blows gently into your face, while the remarkable hues of the sky light up pink, purple and orange for a beautiful sunset. And there’s no better place to experience that true sense of tropical paradise than the Whitsundays. With soft white sands and pristine clear waters, followed by perfect weather, you simply could not ask for more.
So here’s everything you need to know about planning the perfect Whitsunday bridal shower.
Planning the location
Given how you are in the Whitsundays, you’ll definitely want to make plans on booking the right venue for your Whitsundays bridal shower.
Now, the big question is whether you want your bridal shower over an easy breezy casual lunch or if you’d like it more intimate and drawn out as a dinner.
Either way, lunch or dinner, we highly recommend hosting your bridal shower at the Grand View Hotel in Bowen.
Accommodating the perfect ambiance and atmosphere for a bridal shower, the establishment is nothing short of astounding. It holds close a sense of Australian history that influences the walls with a hint of a modern twist. Plus, it’ll give all the girls something to talk about given how Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman once set foot here to film the movie ‘Australia’. Talk about a great lunch and then some.
When it comes to the food, you will be spoiled for choice with a range of cuisines that will simply delight. Call in to have specially curated meals for your bridal shower or pick from the menu instead, the choice is entirely yours. From classic pub style foods that have been perfected by professional chefs to international delights, including Italian and Asian delicacies, it’s time to go on a flavour explosion during your Whitsundays bridal shower.
Bookings are essential and can be made by calling the Grand View Hotel at (07) 4786 4022.
Planning the events
What happens during a bridal shower is entirely up to you. Of course, you will want to create activities based on the taste of the bride. So things like entertaining games that will have the crowd laughing, or even skipping games altogether depends on what the bride fancies.
Typical bridal shower traditions include gift bingo, a game of wedding dress designing using toilet paper, to name a few.
When does a bridal shower take place?
A good timeframe to hold your Whitsundays bridal shower is 2 to 6 months before the wedding. Of course, you would have to do a bunch of planning to ensure that all attendees’ calendars are clear for that period (especially the bride), and you will have to take into account any necessary travel.
This could mean having to plan the bridal shower more in advance or to plan it to coincide with another event, such as the bachelorette party the following night.
Who throws the bridal shower?
Typically hosted by the maid of honour, some close friends, and bridesmaids, a Whitsundays bridal shower will definitely wow the crowd. Regardless of who is hosting the event, clear communications must be made throughout the planning phase to avoid any hiccups or crossovers that may spoil some plans.
Traditionally, mums and mum-in-laws shouldn’t be involved in the planning stage. Although, modern times have shifted away from that tradition.
Involving the couple in the planning process
Unless the bridal shower is a surprise, you’ll definitely want to involve the bride to gain some direction about their dream bridal shower and any preferences they may have.
This could include guests list, preferred themes, details, dates, times and activities of the event. With all the ideas given, it’s time for the host to spring them into action, bringing the Whitsundays bridal shower to life.
Setting up bridal shower decorations
Don’t forget to decorate the place to match the theme and event. Think lots of her favourite flowers, balloons and congratulatory things to make the bridal shower amazing.
Add personal touches to the event that shows thoughtfulness and how well you know the bride - she’ll definitely appreciate all the little touches. Don’t forget to set a picture perfect photo backdrop too, for the ton of group photos and Instagram snaps.
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