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Ideas for a Bridal Shower: Go Vintage!

When it comes to bridal shower ideas, there can be so many; it's hard to know which one to pick. One thing's for sure, though, you'll want to choose a bridal shower theme that you can implement without causing yourself and your fellow planners hair-pulling and wringing of hands.

A case in point were two women I met at the craft store the other day. They were planning a bridal shower for their friend, and it was coming up soon. Their friend wanted a laydbug theme. Seems innocent enough, right? Well, according to those women, they had been all over town looking for ladybug favors and bridal shower supplies and found them in short supply. With less than a week to go, one of them was so exasperated, she said,

"Why couldn't she just like butterflies? You can find those anywhere."

They ended up buying 14 juvenile-looking calendars with laydybugs on them. From the looks on their faces, I could tell those weren't exactly the favors they had in mind for their friend's special day.

So, rule number one: Do a little research before you settle on a theme. You just might save yourself some heartache and time. A quick Google search for the theme will tell you how available items for it will be.

Or, if you aren't too worried about narrowly defining your bridal shower theme, how about using some of the following ideas and creating a vintage shower?

Vintage Bridal Shower Theme

A bridal shower with an old-time feel would be perfect for someone who collects antiques or just has an appreciation for days gone by. It's also a classy theme for the bride who says, "I don't know what I want!"

Bridal Shower Favors

You can give sachets, scented candles or soaps, dried flower arrangements or lovely antique-looking frames with the bride-to-be's photo in them.

Table Settings

Instead of paper plates, why not go to Goodwill, or a Salvation Army or other thrift store and buy vintage plates, cups and saucers? They don't even have to match! If you can find cloth napkins and a lace tablecloth to go with them, even better. While you're there, see if you can find any other vintage items that will complete the theme.

Decorations and invitations

Use vintage images to create the invitations and decorations. Old-fashioned photos or artwork can be printed on heavy cardstock, cut out and glued into centerpiece(s), as well as be printed on table placecards and napkin holders. Your local craft store probably has generic placecards and napkin holders, so just find a complementary color and glue the images onto them. The photos or art also can be incorporated into the wrapping and/or cards for the favors.

If you don't already have vintage photos from the bride's family, try using one or more of the images below.Or, if you decide to go modern instead, one or more of these bridal shower clip art images might work.

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PC users should click the thumbnails to see larger sizes, and then right-click to download.Mac users should control-click the invitation image until a menu appears with the option to save to your hard drive.

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Bridal Shower Favors from Amazon


Lisas-thoughts101 from Northeast Texas on May 07, 2012:

wordplay, what an excellent idea for a bridal shower. I love it. Great links! Terrific hub. Thanks.


onions123 on December 21, 2011:

This is the most wonderful site I have come across. I have been on here all morning looking for vintage pictures to save and you sure fit the bill. Bring on more old prints of children. Thank you! Onions123

kims3003 on April 02, 2011:

Very well done hub! Impressive.

Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on August 11, 2008:

Thanks, ajcor!

ajcor from NSW. Australia on August 10, 2008:

well, you did your research didn't you? good hub thanks.

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