Bridal Shower: The Complete Guide To Planning

A bridal shower is a relatively new tradition for Nigerian ladies, but it has already managed to become one of the favourite ones. Bridal shower planning can be quite stressful simply because there are so many things to take into account and remember. However, it doesn’t have to be – here are some of the best bridal shower ideas of 2019!


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1. What is a bridal shower?

The history of a bridal shower celebration goes back centuries when it was used mainly as a way for the bride to collect presents, which she can then use during the wedding or in her married life.

Today, however, gift giving is not the main purpose of a bridal shower, although it can always be a nice bonus. These days, the bride and her closest friends and family members come together to celebrate the upcoming important event in the bride’s life and express their well-wishes.

Bridal shower ideas in Nigeria

2. Bridal shower decorations

The bridal shower can take place anywhere the bride and her guests want: at someone’s home, in a hotel room, at a restaurant, bar, or night club, on a beach, or even right in the city streets. No matter where you decide to take your bridal shower party, decorations remain an essential aspect of the celebration.

The bridal shower decoration ideas heavily depend on the theme of the party. Popular bridal shower themes include:

  • Specific styles of clothing, for example, vintage or camp;
  • Favorite TV shows and films;
  • Favorite periods from history;
  • Favorite colors and color combinations;
  • Cooking party/slumber party.

The choice of a theme will influence the overall look of the event. How to decorate for a bridal shower? Simply look for inspiration photos on Instagram or Pinterest, or think of your own ideas. For example, if the bride is enamored with the 1920s, the party decorations should be accordingly glamorous and sophisticated.

Bridal shower ideas in Nigeria

3. Bridal shower food

Food is a central part of any celebration, but since the bridal shower is usually celebrated by an exclusively female company, you will rarely find heavy and greasy foods on the bridal shower table.

Instead, bridal shower food is all about light appetizers and finger foods. Generally, you can’t go wrong with any of the popular Nigerian small chops. You can also add things like tiny sandwiches, meatballs on a toothpick, mini quiche pies, and other small but delicious finger foods.

As always, bridal shower cakes are a special aspect of a bridal shower food zone. You can go for a traditional one- or two-tiered cake, or choose something more modern and convenient to serve – for example, a set of cupcakes or cake pops decorated according to the party theme.

Bridal shower ideas in Nigeria

4. Bridal shower program

If you want your party to be a huge success, you can’t get away without a well-designed program. The program will allow the party host to create smooth transitions from one item of the itinerary to another and to keep the bridal shower flowing smoothly and within the given time frame. A typical program of a memorable bridal shower looks like this:

  1. Arrival.
  2. Picking out the name tags.
  3. Snacks.
  4. Games.
  5. Well-wishes.
  6. Snacks.
  7. Gift giving.
  8. Games.
  9. Cake or other desserts.
  10. Departure.
Bridal shower ideas in Nigeria

5. Bridal shower games

As you can see from a typical bridal shower itinerary, games are a vital part of this celebration – they are so popular that there are several times during the night when you can play the games.

However, the choice of games is not an easy one. The bride and her guests are far from the child’s age, which means the games should be age-appropriate. Plus, they need to be fun – the games are often the one thing the bride and her guests will remember for the longest time. Check out some cute bridal shower game ideas in this video!

Bridal Shower Games

Watch as family and friends join Jah-Isha in the celebration of her preparing to be a bride. These Bridal Shower games are perfect for a crowd of any age and size! Which games did you play at your bridal shower ? Comment below!


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