We’ve curated the best bridal shower brunch ideas on a budget to help you host a great event your family and friends will remember forever!
Hosting a bridal shower is a great way to show how much you care, but if you’re on a budget, finding inexpensive party ideas isn’t always easy.
That’s why we love to do an affordable bridal shower brunch theme instead of a sit-down meal.
Who throws the bridal shower?
The maid of honor, best friends, or bridesmaids are traditionally the one or ones to host the bridal shower.
It’s a good idea to talk with the rest of the bridal party and close family members to plan the party together.
This way you all know what is going on and can set up specific tasks as you plan the rest of the party.
Pick a date, time, and venue
A bridal shower is a special occasion that takes careful planning, but they are also so much fun!
When should a bridal shower be held?
Traditionally, a bridal shower should be between 2 weeks and 2 months before the wedding.
We like a bridal brunch in the late morning or early afternoon.
Choosing a venue
When it comes to picking a venue, you want to make sure you have enough space for everyone.
Since bridal shower budgets can be small, we suggest someone’s home, or seeing if a restaurant has some great brunch specials and a party room. Sometimes you can rent the room for the price of food.
If you’re a member of a church, another one of our bridal shower brunch ideas on a budget is to see if a church has an activity room. If so, they usually offer it free to church members.
Choose a Theme or Color Palette
When it comes to bridal shower ideas on a budget, we prefer to choose a color palette over a set theme. This can help keep extra costs down, and the right colors can really set the mood for your event all by themselves.
Bridal Shower Decorations
You don’t need a ton of bridal shower decorations to make the event special.
Fresh flowers in mason jars are an easy way to make any event feel more special. We look at grocery stores for specials on fresh flowers to save money, as well as, choosing in-season flowers and inexpensive fillers like baby’s breath.
Vintage books, tablecloths, and tea lights are also great additions that are inexpensive and fun to play with! The people planning the party may have some they can lend for the event. If not, you can check places like community centers, Facebook marketplace, and Goodwill to save money without sacrificing style.
Another idea is to use old photographs of the couple as centerpieces on the table. This helps everyone go down memory lane, and it can also save so much money by skipping large centerpieces.
If you’re trying to save money, you may consider skipping paper invitations — especially if the bride isn’t super traditional.
You could email or text the details (Date, time, location, dress code, and where the couple is registered) instead of mailing invitations.
If the bridal shower guest list includes older people, you could reserve a few paper invitations to send to them.
When do you send bridal shower invitations?
You want to send bridal shower invitations out 4 to 6 weeks before the event. It’s also recommended to ask guests to RSVP to help you plan the right amount of seating and food.
Plan Your Bridal Brunch Menu
You can also save money on your hosting duties with the help of these amazing homemade desserts, breakfast recipes, and drinks.
Games & Activities
Depending on your bride, bridal shower games may or may not even need to be considered. You can always do a bridal brunch or tea party without any games. The activity could be opening gifts.
A great brunch and a DIY mimosa bar may be just the right amount of fun for some brides!
With that said, if you have a large party of people bridal shower games can help them mingle and get to know one another while they enjoy their good food and drinks.
The Newlywed Game, couple trivia, mad libs, wedding Pictionary, or a scavenger hunt can all be fun bridal shower brunch ideas on a budget.
We also like the idea of having guests write down their best advice on love and marriage and placing them in a box for the bride.
Bridal Shower Favors
Since you’re reading about bridal shower ideas on a budget, party favors may be left off your list.
Should you give a party favor for a bridal shower?
Bridal party favors are completely optional. If you choose to include a party favor, a small gift or edible treat is a great option. You could also take polaroids or set up a photo-booth and the picture would be the party favor.
With the help of these bridal shower brunch ideas, you can put together an amazing menu, as well as find some bridal shower games and party favors, for your celebration without breaking the bank.
From delectable desserts to classy cocktails, you’ll find everything you need to host a beautiful bridal brunch menu for your favorite bride’s big day.
If you like these bridal shower brunch ideas on a budget, you may also like our list of perfect afternoon tea party recipes or cheap party finger foods!
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