Your wedding planning is one of the most stressful yet fun times of your life. With budgets, guest lists, venues, flowers, and everything else, who has the time to plan a bridal shower? Usually it would be one of the mothers, but this year it probably has to be different. Whether it's because of a virus or because of distance, going digital is a good way to work around whatever tries to stop your bridal experience.
How does any bride begin their planning process? A good place to start is with books and magazines. They're good for both inspiration and guidance. Try picking up a book with premade lists and have everything perfectly laid out for you!
A book like Ultimate Wedding Planner has been curated and collected just for you. It's meant to make everything easy to keep track of and organized in one place.
For the planning of both your bridal shower and your bachelorette you and your co-planners may want some pre-planned inspiration and DIY projects to add some unique touches to your look. A book like Celebrate the Bachelorette is full of decor, food, drinks, favors, and more, most of which can be translated to a digital party. You'll be able to narrow down food, drinks, games, and a theme, be it Breakfast at Tiffany's or Rustic Ritz (pictured). And bonus: it's downloadable!
Now to the actual party planning. The main component of any virtual party these days is your background. You could go with the premade, pixelated ones online, but why not just make your own? Here's what you'll need for a shabby chic background:
Start by gluing the flowers and letters onto whatever you use to hang. In the final picture, you can see we alternated colors, but you could even dye your flowers to fit your color scheme. Some cute phrases to use include: Happily Ever After, Miss to Mrs, He Put A Ring On It, or Bride To-Be.
Attach those to your poster board and you've got your background! you could paint or color your background, change up the flowers, or whatever strikes your fancy! This day is all about celebrating you as a bride and the union you are about to enter into.
From there, you'll need a video calling app. Zoom has free one-hour calls, if you're hoping to limit your time or don't have a lot of people you want to include. Skype, Google Meet, and Facetime are good alternatives as well. Just pick your date, time, and if you want a theme and you're all set.
Another fun way to make everyone feel more together is by suggesting food or drinks for everyone to make. Whether it's your favorite coffee drink or a brunch item that you love, the options are endless and entirely up to you.
Not being able to see your loved ones at such a special time in your life is unimaginably difficult. Even if it's just because of distance, the day will come when everyone can gather again. In the mean time this is a simple and fun way to bring people together.
-Leisure Arts Team