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8 bridal shower themes for the modern bride

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Do you want to know the secret? throw an epic bridal shower? It’s all about originality.

While following traditional guidelines is a safe standard, having a modern maid of honor means you don’t be afraid to mix it up – especially when it comes to bridal shower-themed.

If your looking for simple and boring you are in the wrong place. If you want to win the award for the best maid of honor ever, stick with it.

Below are eight unique bridal shower themes that are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

Stock-the-bar

As newlyweds, the bride and groom have a lot to celebrate and what could be nicer than a fully stocked bar!

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The basics of this wedding shower theme are simple: send out invitations letting guests know that this is a bar-style party and that instead of a traditional gift, they will be asked to bring their favorite bottle of wine or liquor.

The bride and groom can also register for barware or decor. In this case, you would also include the registration information in the invitation.

Our stock-the-bar shower must be a must:

Bar cart display Go inside with your fellow bridesmaids and purchase a bar cart for the couple that doubles as a display for the shower!

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Cocktail recipe cards Surprise the bride and groom by having guests fill out a card with their favorite cocktail recipes so they can mix them up on their next date.

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Mini Liquor Bottle Favor Tags- Give each guest something to take away in the form of a mini liquor bottle with these adorable gift tags.

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Brunch and Bubbly

If your bride-to-be loves classically chic bridal shower themes, you won’t go wrong with throwing a juicy bridal brunch!

Brunch and bubbly invitation

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The focus of a bridal brunch is really on the menu and drinks menu. So you need to be sure that you have a solid set up. Our rule of thumb is to always use the three B’s: breakfast, bubbles, and blood.

For more information, see our step-by-step guide to the best brunch under the bridal shower.

Our brunch and bubbly must-haves:

DIY Mimosa Bar- “A bridal brunch without a mimosa bar is not a bridal brunch at all.” -Modern MOH

Mimosa bar display

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Bloody Marys in a glass Level up your favorite game and send the guests home with their personal Bloody Mary kit!

DIY Bloody Mary Kits

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Brunch Recipe Book Send these blank cards with the invitations and have the guests write down their brunch recipes. Combine them in a recipe book or box while showering to give the bride something!

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Traveling from lady to lady

If your bestie and future husband are avid travelers or planning a wedding / honeymoon then this is one of our bridal shower themes to watch out for!

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Depending on the circumstances, you can choose to focus the shower on a specific destination or opt for a general travel theme. Either way, make sure you incorporate travel into all of the little details – decorations, favors, games, etc.

MODERN MOH TIP: Is your focus on the couple’s honeymoon on this topic? Tie this into the gift by working with the rest of the bridal shower to create a DIY honey fund where you all choose a local activity or meal at a restaurant that you want to buy for the couple.

Our trip from Miss to Mrs. Must-Haves:

Luggage tag favors- There’s nothing we love more than an in-brand, yet practical, guest favor

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Where were we?- Play a travel-themed game that has guests guessing the locations of the couple’s past trips.

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“Passport” Photo Booth- Have guests take turns taking a passport photo with travel-themed props!

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Vino before vows

Can you think of a better way to shower your bride than with a trip to her favorite winery? We can not! If your beast is a fan of adult grape juice then this theme idea is for you.

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The first step in planning this type of bridal shower is to contact the vineyard / winery to determine availability for the size of your group. Once you’ve picked a date and made a reservation (if necessary), it’s important to iron out the little details.

For example, does this winery serve food or are you responsible for bringing your own? How much does each tasting cost? Can you buy and drink your bottles on site? Trust us, the more details you have planned in advance, the better!

Our Vino Before Vows Bridal Shower Must-Haves:

Wine Charm Favors- Help guests keep track of their glass by handing out these adorable wine charm favors!

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Wine bottle centerpieces – Recycle some old wine bottles to use as decorative centerpieces. Boost your display by adding fun fairy lights!

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Wine box gift Skip the registration gifts and give your beast something extra special and themed like this adorable anniversary wine box (bonus points for filling it up with wines from the bridal shower!)

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“I do” BBQ

Looking for a low key shower theme for couples? We recommend an “I Do” BBQ!

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This wedding shower theme works best when housed in a guest house that has a large garden with plenty of space for guests to entertain themselves. If this isn’t an option, check out your local parks!

There is everything to eat that can be grilled (burgers, dogs and sausages), paired with easy-to-serve side dishes (pasta / potato salad, devil’s eggs, vegetables and dip).

When it comes to drinks, think of cocktails in bulk that can be served in jugs or dispensers, as well as beer and wine options that can be served from refrigerators or tubs.

Our “I Do” BBQ wedding shower must-haves:

Backyard Games- Give guests something to do by setting up a variety of fun backyard games for groups like cornhole or bucket ball (this can also serve as a gift for the bride and groom!).

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Custom Koozies- Buy practical favors that guests can use both in the shower and afterwards!

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Utensil holder Skip the plastic utensil holders and use these adorable personalized kraft pouches instead.

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Fall in love

Celebrate your all fall related bestie by giving her the most fabulous fall-inspired bridal shower.

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Start by choosing a few fall in love decorations, then plan a menu of fall favorites.

For more information, check out our step-by-step guide to throwing a fall-themed bridal shower.

Our shower must-haves to fall in love with:

Fall-Themed Bucket List- Have everyone use their cards to suggest their favorite fall date idea (e.g., go to a pumpkin patch or make a spook) and combine them into a gift to show off to the couple!

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Apple Cider Kit Favors- Send the guests home with these delicious homemade cider kits.

Fall bridal shower favors

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Signature Fall Cocktail Serve up a great fall cocktail like this delicious cider sangria.

Apple cider sangria

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Garden party

Does your future bride have a green thumb? Or maybe she just loves spending time outdoors? In any case, a garden party is definitely one of our bridal shower themes!

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As in any garden, aesthetics are everything. Because of this, the ideal location for this type of bridal shower will naturally be decorated with a variety of plants and flowers, leaving just a few final touches to add.

When it comes to the food and drink menu, think of fresh finger food and delicious cocktails. And don’t be afraid to throw some edible flowers into the mix!

Our garden party must-haves:

Flower bar Set up a flower bar to build your own bouquet of flowers that is a fun activity and gift for guests at the same time!

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Seed Packet Favors- These adorable Let Love Grow Seed Packets are the perfect garden party favors to send guests home with.

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Greenery Games- Add to the overall aesthetic by playing some green themed games.

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Last party

Send out your future bride in southwestern style by hosting one final fiesta bridal shower!

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The key to capturing a final Fiesta theme is in the color scheme. Think of bright colors like pink, orange, and yellow with hints of green and blue.

Most importantly, make sure your food and drink menus are top notch. We talk about loads of guacamole, build your own taco bars, and ice cold margaritas!

Our Final Fiesta Bridal Shower Must-Haves:

Colorful background Create a colorful background for your photos with this vibrant border background.

Fiesta background

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Cactus centerpieces – No fiesta bridal shower is complete without a few thrown cacti!

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Floral Fiesta Veil- Make your beast feel like the queen she is by rocking this floral fiesta veil.

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