We have an amazing bridal shower to share with you today! This “She’s Been Scooped Up” bridal shower was the perfect theme for the sweetest bride. At each seat was an ice cream pint filled with a favor bag, along with a custom wood spoon with the couples wedding date so guests could take their pint to the “build your own” ice cream bar. This unique theme had guests raving all day long!Xoxo, Jessica
“She’s Been Scooped Up” Bridal Shower
Submitted by: Event Prep
What was your bridal shower budget?
The bridal shower included a guest list of almost one hundred people and was kept to a budget of around $1,800.
The venue was a local park that has a very reasonable rental rate of $200. At first glance, it wasn’t the “prettiest” of venue spaces. But we knew that by saving on the rental rate we could make the most of our decor budget by adding in a lot of personal and unique touches.
$100 Florals: DIY Centerpieces with using pastel carnations in milkshake glasses
-A beautiful centerpiece was also gifted to the bride by own of her bridesmaids
$600 Decor – Table linens, ice cream favor cups, plastic plates and flatware, balloons for the balloon wall, milkshake glasses for the centerpieces
Full disclosure: Use of items such as the pink couch, gold shelf, charger plates, and items from the dessert display was included as a gift from one of the bridesmaids who owns an Event Planning & Design company. To re-create the look on your own, similar items could be sourced from a rental company for an estimated total cost of ($1,000-$1,500).
What was your design inspiration?
We knew we wanted something colorful and bubbly – just like Mandy’s personality! The “She’s Been Scooped Up” theme was met with excited responses from the group! So I knew this would be the perfect route to go for a theme!
The bridal shower was scheduled in April making it the perfect time to work around a pastel color palette. -Cassandra Clair: owner of Event Prep.
How did the bride and groom meet?
Their love story is a bit of a unique one! They met in 6th grade at a local soccer tournament and briefly talked via text after it. The couple then reconnected during senior year of high school and went to prom together! They both ended up going to Kent State University and have been smitten with each other ever since!
What is your proposal story?
Alex took Mandy on a fun weekend getaway to Chicago, which is one of their favorite cities. Mandy was hoping to look at engagement rings while there, but little did she know Alex had already bought the perfect ring and was ready to propose. Alex took Mandy to a quiet, secluded park with a beautiful view of the water and skyline in the background. Alex was born in Chicago, and told Mandy that he started his life in Chicago, and was ready to start his life with her as well, and then he popped the question!
Describe any DIY, personal or handmade items.
From Cassandra of Event Prep
When I design or style an event I have a few “go-to” tips and tricks to maximize the budget.
When possible, incorporate items you or a family member already own. We created a beautiful champagne display by styling some glasses on a gold bookshelf that I own. Another area of focus was the festive balloon wall and lounge area! The pink couch (a personal favorite) normally has a home in my office space. Including it in the event added a lot of personality and many guests utilized this area as a photo op!
The balloon wall is an impressive backdrop that’s surprisingly simple to re-create. We gathered some of our bridesmaids over a wine night and assembled this a few days prior to the bridal shower!
Another budget-friendly tip I like to use is to style food & beverages in an interesting way. This adds personality and character to the room at little to no additional cost. For example, we knew there would be a “build-your-own” ice cream station. Obviously, ice cream pints were needed for this. Instead of placing the pint containers on a random table where guests would barely see them, we filled them with favors! Inside each pint was an assortment of popcorn + candies in a clear plastic bag, with a ribbon. We topped them off with a custom wooden spoon displaying the bride & grooms name and wedding date. These cute dual purpose favors greeted each guest at their table setting. When it came time to help themselves to the dessert station, they were able to use their empty ice cream pint at the bar!
The best decision we made was having Mandy & Alex’s wedding photographer, Stacey of Love is Greater Photography, on-site to capture some of the bridal shower. This is a modern gift idea that I think should be considered more in the future! It’s a great way for the bridal party and immediate family members to get comfortable with the wedding photographer. It also allows everyone to be off their own phones enjoying the present moment. Yet they still get the benefit having all of the memories of the day captured!
What were your favorite parts of the day?
Mandy’s favorite moment from the bridal shower was walking into the room for the first time. The bridal shower was a complete surprise! They both loved getting to celebrate their love with all of their friends and family!
Alex and Mandy’s favorite details from the bridal shower were the colorful balloon wall and ice cream bar! They were both such unique, and fun ideas that made the bridal shower really special!
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