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Planning a bridal shower or bachelorette party and can’t get all bridal shower guests to be there in person? Consider hosting a virtual bridal shower.
We understand how much time, effort and resources you’ve put into planning the shower party and it would be sad to cancel the party. Virtual bridal shower is the perfect solution to getting the shower crew together no matter where they live.
Here is how to host a virtual bridal shower or bachelorette party.
What is a Virtual Bridal Shower?
A virtual bridal shower is a traditional bridal shower but held online. The shower can be hosted using video conferencing apps or website like Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, FaceTime, Facebook.
What Happens at a Virtual Bridal Shower?
A virtual shower follows the outline of a traditional shower of food and drinks, play games and the bride opening her gifts. Most of the gifts given at the bridal shower comes from a registry created by the couple.
Now that we’ve answered these questions. Ready to get the party started? Here is how to host a virtual bridal shower or bachelorette party.
1. Send Out Virtual Bridal Shower Invitations
Invites are used to communicate the date, time and theme of the bridal shower with guests and these are very important. Buy bridal shower invitations online and mail them to guests. You can ditch formal invites and send guests Evites if you are working on a budget. You can buy or design PDF/JPEG invites and mail to each guest. The details of the party can also be sent as text messages too.
In case you’ve sent out invitations before, send a text or call guests to let them know there’s been a change of plans and tell them about the new plan.
2. Use Video Conferencing Platforms
There are several free video conferencing platforms you can use for the virtual shower. You can use free apps and websites like Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, FaceTime, Facebook.
Just make sure to test the platforms before the shower date and understand how each works so you can pick the platform that best works for you. Also confirm with guests if they have access to the platform.
3. Party Decorations
The fact that it is a virtual party doesn’t mean you shouldn’t decorate, it’s still a bridal shower just that you are having it online! Decorations will add an air of celebration to the event and make sure you have great and instagramable pictures from the party.
Buy some coordinated party decorations and mail to guests before the shower. Guests can also use decorations they have. Just make sure the decorations fit into the bridal shower theme.
Prior to the party decide on a food to serve during the party and share the recipe with guests so they can make the food and serve them during the shower. Make sure to pick easy food everyone can make.
5. Virtual Bridal Shower Games and Activities
Bridal shower games are perfect for breaking the ice at parties just because this is a virtual party doesn’t mean you don’t have to play games. Pick 3-5 printable bridal shower games you are sure the guests would enjoy playing. Email the guests with printable bridal shower games they can print ahead of the bridal shower.
Here are some great virtual bridal shower games and activities.
Emoji Pictionary Game: Guests guess the wedding related words and phrase written with emoji’s on the game card given to them. The person with the most correct answers wins!
Who Knows the Bride Best Game: In this game guests answer questions about the bride, after everyone is done filling the game cards, the bride can read the questions out loud and say what her answer was. Whoever gets the most answers correct, based on the answers the bride provided, wins!
Wedding Traditions Game: Guests have to match each wedding custom question to the reason for doing them. The person who guesses the most correct answers wins!
What’s in Your Phone Game: Guests each get a card with a list of items often found in people’s cell phones and points value assigned to each item. The person with the most points wins!
Movie Love Quotes: In this game guests match each quote with the famous movie it came from. The person with the most correct answers in the shortest amount of time wins a prize.
(For games with answer key, make sure not to email the answers to guests, email the game card questions only)
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5. Game Prizes
Gift cards are perfect game prizes for virtual parties. Give gift cards to popular places like Starbucks, Target, Amazon. You don’t need to get expensive gift cards, you can send gift cards between $5-10. Just make sure you note the email address of the game winners so you can send the gift cards to their email addresses.
When it comes to gift, you should include details about the bride’s gift registry in the invitations and the deadline for purchasing the gifts to so the gifts can be available during the bridal shower. Guests can either ship the gifts to you or to themselves.
If the gift is shipped to you, you can open them during the video call and if the gift is shipped to guests they take turns opening them during the shower. For guests who didn’t receive the gift on time they can also reveal the gift they got the bride.
With favors you let guests know you appreciate them for being part of the shower. When it comes to bridal shower favors for the online bridal shower, they don’t have to be expensive or large instead get favors that are portable and easy to ship.
Here are some favors that will be appreciated and easy to ship:
Virtual bachelorette party or showers can be just as fun as traditional parties. Make sure to communicate with guests and keep them in the loop for a successful party!