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Have you recently been asked to plan a wedding shower for a friend or family member? If so, you probably have a hundred questions regarding what to do, what to serve, whom to invite, and so on. Planning a wedding shower is an important responsibility and with proper planning, you can create a magical and memorable occasion that goes off without a hitch.

First, plan the shower about four to six weeks from the wedding date. This will give you adequate time to order invitations, food, drink, reserve the place where the shower will be held, and get everything together to create the perfect event. Typically, the Maid of Honor or at least one of the Brides Maids is responsible for throwing the wedding shower. However, if you are neither, you might talk to the bride to see if you could ask for their assistance to keep things traditional. You may even find members of the brides family interested in helping and rather than feel pushed aside, you should embrace the offer.

Most importantly is to go over the list of invitees with the bride and groom to ensure no one has been forgotten. Additionally, you want to establish a date that works for the bride and groom and choose a location that is easy and convenient for everyone, especially if you have people coming from out of town. In this case, a location in or near a hotel would certainly make things easier.

Once the budget is determined along with the list of names, you want to select invitations that will help set the tone of the occasion. For example, if you are planning something a little more laid back and fun, indicate that on the invitation. The same would be true for a formal, more elegant shower where you need to let people know the appropriate attire and atmosphere of what to expect.

If the wedding shower will be held in your or another persons home, you might consider having a potluck. This is a great way for all the guests to bring their favorite food while keeping the budget in check. If you still want to have the party in a home but prefer something more organized, you can hire a caterer to come into the home. Typically, a caterer will charge on a per person basis and provide you the opportunity to choose the menu. If you want to have the shower at a local restaurant, usually a chef will work closely with you to devise exactly what you want and within your budget.

You should keep the drinks to soft drinks, tea, mineral water, and only wine and beer for alcoholic beverages. This is an occasion to celebrate a very special moment and the last thing you want is for it to become a slush prty. Just as with the actual wedding reception, toasts are also appropriate for the wedding shower. Since both the bride and grooms parents and family will attend, you want this to be something special, organized, and focused on the soon-to-be married couple.

Finally, if your budget will accommodate entertainment, live music is wonderful. For an intimate gathering, a piano player would be ideal where guests can still visit while having soft music playing in the background. If the party is larger and more relaxed, you could consider a vocalist, soft jazz band, or Mariachi band. Parking is another consideration, especially if having a large gathering at a home. Rather than your guests having to park blocks away and then walk, you might have them all meet at a local store and then have everyone driven in or hire a valet.

To decorate for the wedding shower flowers set around make a beautiful presentation without costing a fortune. You could even go with flowers such as Sunflowers that are gorgeous and creative. If you live in a town with a local Saturday morning Farmers Market, try to buy flowers there, as you will get fresh choices for a fraction of the cost elsewhere.

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