If you’re planning a bridal shower, make sure you do it in style and create memories that last for years to come. The Harbour Kitchen is an ideal venue for hosting the event, but bear in mind the following tips for success:
Involve the Bride
This may seem overly obvious, but in fact it hasn’t always historically been so. The element of surprise still remains important and you can preserve quite a bit of surprise, but these days it’s typical for the bride to be somewhat – if only loosely – involved in the planning of the festivities.
Some things you may wish to consider from the bride include:
- Agreement on the time and place;
- A guest list that is appropriate and agreeable with her;
- An idea for theme or specific activities.
You could involve her a lot more in the planning process if you wish, but you should at the very least agree on a time and date so that she is able to dress appropriately.
Select the Venue and Book Well in Advance
In our current time of the global pandemic, there’s no telling what can happen in the coming months leading up to the bridal shower and marriage ceremony. Unfortunately, this fact of our new reality makes it such that it’s hard to book an appropriate venue and even harder to know if it will be compliant with state regulations on social gatherings.
It’s best to plan early (earlier than early!) and speak with the venue well in advance. Although they may not be able to give you a guarantee, at the very least you can work on a plan B should the worst happen and the venue have to cancel due to lockdown restrictions.
Plan the Menu and Beverages
Planning the menu and refreshments for the bridal shower shouldn’t be a roll of the dice. Food allergies, intolerance, and of course personal taste and preference all make menu organisation an awful challenge at best and guests with upset stomachs at the worst.
Don’t waste too much time planning the food and beverages and instead spend more time on planning the theme, decorative elements, and exciting activities. Leave the catering to the gourmet chefs at The Harbour Kitchen and consult with us about budget, preferences, allergies, etc. and we’ll take care of the rest.
Provide Each Guest With Party Favours
When guests are given a small token of thanks, it goes a long way to creating memories for everyone involved. Creativity is key when it comes to party favours, and they don’t need to cost a fortune at all. Try gifts that match the theme of the event, such as tea diffuses with wonderful tea for afternoon tea-themed parties, for example.
Make Your List and Check It Twice
The bridal shower invitation list should be complete well in advance, mostly because it gives everyone involved in the planning a reliable idea of how many people to cater for, what types of activities will work best, and how long the party ought to go on for.
With the current pandemic in mind, it may be wiser although unfortunate to keep the list more concise rather than extensive. Capacity requirements(*) at many venues may be required by government mandate to be much smaller than anticipated.
The Harbour Kitchen is a truly magnificent venue space ideal for bridal showers complete with wonderful views of the Victoria Harbour, gourmet catering, and plenty of space for activities. Get in touch with us today to plan your bridal shower.
* COVID Safe Settings: Cafes and restaurants, State Government of Victoria, https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/cafes-and-restaurants, Last visit: 05/03/2021