By Rebecca Barnes, Publisher of Brides & Weddings
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives, including how we celebrate. For brides-to-be, traditional bridal showers can now be enhanced or replaced with virtual celebrations. Planning a virtual bridal shower may seem daunting, but it can be a fun and meaningful way to celebrate with friends and family from all over the world. Here are some tips on how to plan a successful virtual bridal shower.
Choose a Platform
First and foremost, you will need to choose a platform to host your virtual bridal shower. There are many options available, including Zoom, Skype, Google Meet, and FaceTime. Choose a platform that is easy to use and accessible for all guests. Test the platform before the event to ensure that everyone can join the call without any issues.
Plan the Activities
Once you have chosen a platform, it’s time to plan the activities. The activities should be fun and interactive, but also meaningful for the bride-to-be. Some popular virtual bridal shower activities include virtual games, recipe exchanges, and date night ideas. You can also include a section where guests can leave the bride and groom words of wisdom for a happy marriage.
Gifts and Registries
When it comes to gifts, it’s important to be mindful of the bride’s wishes. If the couple has created a traditional bridal registry, you can share the information with guests. If the couple has requested donations towards the wedding, provide guests with the details and links to make it more user-friendly.
Make it Personal
Even though this is a virtual bridal shower, it’s important to make it personal and emotional. Include mementos that capture the love the couple shares. For example, create a booklet of date night ideas or have guests leave words of wisdom for a happy marriage.
Engage Your Guests
Keep your guests engaged by posting activities in advance and giving them plenty of time to participate. For example, consider starting with a virtual food exchange or recipe exchange and then move on to games and other activities. You can also create a social media group for the bridal shower to keep guests connected and engaged.
Planning a virtual bridal shower may seem challenging, but it can be a fun and meaningful way to celebrate with friends and family. By choosing the right platform, planning engaging activities, and making it personal, you can create a memorable celebration for the bride-to-be.
Rebecca Barnes is the publisher of Brides & Weddings, the trusted local wedding planning guide for more than 25 years. Rebecca is passionate about helping couples plan their dream weddings. Schedule a complimentary wedding planning consultation, call with Rebecca today.