Do you know how the custom of a bridal shower came into being? In the past, if a father did not approve of his daughter's choice, or if the bride's family was poor, they would not be able to give the daughter dowry. Relatives, friends and neighbors would then gather together at the bride's house and give her their blessings in the form of gifts. These gifts would then become a part of the girl's dowry, and would allow her to marry the man of her choice. This is how the custom of a bridal shower came to be.
The earliest reported bridal shower took place around the year 1860 in Brussels, Belgium. Bridal showers, however, have come a long way now. It is a popular wedding custom, especially in the US, Canada and Australia. Bridal showers are a lot more fancy these days. A typical setting of a bridal shower party includes several tables set for the guests to sit at, and a stage on which the bride sits, so that the guests can go visit her and give her presents they have got for her. It is a common practice to embellish the guests' tables with a centerpiece. Here are a few ideas for theme-based bridal shower centerpieces.
Bridal Shower Centerpiece Ideas
Though everyone may come up with the idea of placing a centerpiece of every table at a bridal shower lunch or party, they won't come up with very unique ideas. Hopefully the ideas given below will sort you out! Here are some unique theme-based bridal shower centerpiece ideas that will surprise and delight your guests.
Hurricane Vase Centerpiece
A hurricane vase can be used in many ways as a centerpiece. One of the easiest ideas is to make a unique flower vase out of a hurricane vase. You can add small colorful stones to a hurricane vase and stick a flower in them. The colors of the stones can be coordinated with the color theme of other decorations. If you are going to use cream and off-white colored drapes, you can go for pale-colored stones. The flower can also be similarly color coordinated.
Tip: Choose a flower with a strong stiff stalk which can be easily inserted between the rocks and which will stand straight. Roses will work the best.
Bride and Groom Centerpiece
It is a bridal shower after all, isn't it? So why not opt for personalized centerpieces? You can design a centerpiece to carry the bride's and the groom's picture. Water globe photo frames look really pretty. If the bridal shower is going to be held during winter, you can opt for the snow globe photo frame. If that sounds too self-obsessed or indulgent to you, you can opt for a globe with a miniature bride and groom inside. They look oh-so-adorable!
Tip: Let the picture in the photo frame be casual and not a studio picture. Casual pictures just feel a lot more real and spontaneous; studio shots look artificial.
One unusual idea for a centerpiece would be to design it according to the season of the year. For example, if you are going to have a bridal shower in fall, you can design a bridal shower centerpiece that incorporates the elements of fall, or more so of autumn. A common visual of autumn is that of a rather plump rosy-cheeked female adorned with different fruits. You can design an unusual bridal shower centerpiece on this very theme! If not, you can even design a centerpiece using different fruits of autumn
Tip: You can design a seasonal floral bridal shower centerpiece by using all the flowers that bloom in a particular season.
Many people like to get married at exotic locations. If you happen to be one of them, chances are you might be planning to have your bridal shower party at the exotic location as well. So why not design a bridal shower centerpiece that reflects the place where you are going to get married? For example, if you are getting married in Hawaii, you can have a tropical centerpiece. You can include elements like coir, coconut palms, exotic flowers, and the like. If you want to get married in Las Vegas, you can have poker chips lying in a pile as a centerpiece. You can even have playing cards, and a miniature Vegas Vic standing at the center of each table.
Tip: Research about the different cultures of your wedding destination, things that are unique to the area, and design a centerpiece accordingly.
Party Favor Centerpiece
If you plan to hand out party favors to the guests who are going to attend your bridal shower, it will be a nice idea to have a party favor centerpiece. There are two main advantages of doing this. One advantage is that you do not have to figure out a separate way to hand out the favors to your guests, all you have to do is leave them on their tables. The second advantage is that you do not have to plan for a separate centerpiece for the table! This can prove to be an economic option as well. Plus there is less wastage of decoration materials.
Tip: If you do not want to leave the gifts on the table just like that, you can place a small bunch of flowers along with it. You can even place a name-card next to the favor centerpiece (it will help identify the table as well).
Weren't those some lovely bridal shower centerpiece ideas? Make sure you select the centerpiece that will go best with your theme as well as your budget. If you do not want to buy centerpieces, you can even make bridal shower centerpieces at home. It isn't as difficult as it seems to be. Making your own centerpieces will assure that they are well theme-coordinated too. Hope you make the choice that's best for you.