How to host a Wedding Shower without breaking the Bank

Whether you are the maid or matron of honor, the mother of the bride or the bride’s best friend, planning a wedding shower can be a big task. It should be perfect and make the bride feel special and loved, but also friendly on your wallet. Here are 5 tips on how to plan an excellent wedding shower without breaking the bank:

1. Location
The location is key to the budget the party planner has set. If you are trying to create a fun, cost-effective event you should consider having the party in someone’s home. It doesn’t have to be your own home, but it will definitely save you a lot of money. If you would prefer to have it at a location where the staff does everything, do not forget you can negotiate the price. If neither of these are options, check out local state parks or outdoor locations that allows food to be brought in.

2. Food
Food can be the most expensive part of a party. However, it is also the easiest category to save money in. There are so many ideas on the internet about awesome parties with amazing homemade food. It is an option that is friendly on your wallet, and there are so many opportunities to be creative with the menu. Money Crashers had some excellent ideas for how to keep things cheap and classy at the same time.

3. Decorations
This is the day of Do-It-Yourself crafts and decorations. With the help of Pinterest and some very ingenious creators, there are decorations you can make from things around your house or things you can buy at the dollar store. There are an endless amount of options and instructions for making cheap knick-knacks into beautiful pieces of art for centerpieces or other decorations.

4. Activities
Playing a game or two may easily be one of the cheapest things you can do at a wedding shower. There are so many games you can choose that do not require any materials to be purchased. For instance, there are many games that involve asking both the bride and the groom questions to see if they can match each other. The audience plays along and also tries to guess what the Bride’s answer will be. The only thing you need is some paper and pens. Huffington Post had some fun ideas:

5. Party Favors
Not only do you have to throw a party, but guests are usually given a gift. While this may sound overwhelming, it does not have to be. There are so many options you can make ahead of time and store for the party. Some popular options include chocolate covered Oreos, chocolate dipped pretzels or homemade bath scrubs. It does not have to be an elaborate party favor. The goal is to give something that will be a nice way to say “Thanks for coming!”