Couple Wedding Showers -- Jack and Jill Never had this Much Fun!
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Posted: Monday, June 25, 2007
by Terri Hunziker
Games and Letters, Inc.
Make room for the guys, ladies! Couple or "Jack and Jill" wedding showers are on the rise as mor
Hosting a shower for gals and guys may seem like a big task but with some smart planning and a little preparation it can be pulled together easily. The secret is to start with a theme and the rest starts to fall into place. So let's get started!
Determine a budget. This should be your first step. Decide how much you can and are willing to spend. Determining a budget will help guide the many decisions you'll face during the planning stages.
Create the guest list. Obviously this should include anyone the couple would want there. Ask the couple, family and friends to ensure you are including those that should attend. This is also the time to ask for contact information. Be mindful of your budget and limit the list accordingly.
Choose a theme. This is where the planning gets fun! Pick a theme that fits the couple's personality and will be enjoyed by a mixed guest list. Here are a few theme ideas that work will for couple wedding showers:
- Honeymoon Shower - This theme centers around the couple's honeymoon destination. Decor, food and gifts reflect the destination such as a luau theme for Hawaiian or tropical destinations; outdoor gear for adventurous outdoorsy ones. Other items may include maps, travel guides or luggage.
- Health and Fitness Shower - Is the couple into fitness or sports? Reserve the rock-climbing wall at a local sport center or take this coed shower to a park or beach. Organize a golf, tennis, volleyball or racquetball tournament. Maybe a night of bowling!
- Stock the Garage - His and hers power tools! Maybe the happy couple will be buying a fixer-upper or planning a house remodel? Is the bride or groom a car buff? Race car fans? How about car cleaning or maintenance supplies. Perfect for a barbeque menu.
- Stock the Bar Shower - Forget the pantry, how about stocking the bar. A great idea for couples who frequently host parties. Guest buy top notch alcohol and bar supplies.
- Wine Tasting Shower - Organize a wine tasting event in honor of the couple. This can be held at a winery or local cafe. Guest could bring wine and bar related gifts.
- Couple Shower Cruise - If you are lucky enough to live near water a shower aboard a local cruise or tour vessel is a great setting for a fun shower. Even better if the couple is into boating.
- High-Tech Shower - For the high tech couple, create a cyberspace-age atmosphere. Use floppy disks as coasters and give custom-made mouse pads personalized with a photo of the couple, their names and wedding date as party favors. Send paper email invitations instead of snail-mail paper! Guests could give gift certificates for high-tech shopping.
Choose a day and time. Three things to note here:
- Timing the invitations is important. Invitations should be sent four to six weeks before the event. This needs to be factored-in when choosing the day.
- Timing the couple's schedule. It's best to get a list of the couple's available days and times - won't be much fun without them!
- Also, think about your schedule. Make sure you give yourself time to
complete and execute the shower plans without the unnecessary stress of
Plan the fun! Above all else, your shower should be fun! Planned activities and games will break-the-ice and get the party going. A variety of group and individual games will ensure a good time for everyone. Play music to set the mood. Just loud enough to hear but not drowning-out conversation. Make sure the couple is the center-of-attention in all activities.
Organize helpers. There are many stages of the party where help will be needed. Areas to concentrate on are food prep/serving, taking photos, conducting games, organizing and recording the gift-opening sequence, packing/transporting gifts and party clean-up.
Party favors. This is not always necessary but it is nice to give each guest some small token of thanks for their attendance. This can be as simple as a slice of cake to-go to a beautifully wrapped party favor gift. Again the watch cry is - budget!
There you have it, plans for the perfect couple wedding shower! Have fun and remember, no matter what the budget, theme or venue; you'll be appreciated for the care and time you put into their special day. Whether you spend $100 or $1000, it's the thought and effort the couple will remember and appreciate. Keep it fun and you can't go wrong!
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» left by Christine McM from Toronto, ON 5 years 317 days ago.
Jack & Jill, Stag & Doe, or whatever it's called, if you don't have help it will certainly be a distaster, i.e. trying to get my husband to clean up the yard, declutter, or come with ideas has been a chore. My son & his bride told me 3 weeks before that was the only weekend they both had off work! Many have not called or even e-mailed to say they are or not coming and it's 4 days before the shower. A cousin said, great I'll help, then when she found out the date said she was going to a concert and she MIGHT drop by! Thank goodness for backyard tents, folding tables, and bring your own folding chair! BYOB, and just serve punch, generic red & white wine, de-alcohol wine, pop, then 3 kinds of lasagna and green salad. Guests must bring a salad or dessert. Tickets on a door prize of an especially nice 40 oz bottle of cogniac, 1 for $5, 3 for $10. My own maid of honour, 22 years ago was the only one who said she would definitely help and with games, gave me ideas for prizes, i.e. books you were once given that can be regifted, shower creams, or toileteries for both men & women. I hope it goes off without my sanity! Christine from Don Mills, ON
» left by lol from quebec 5 years 39 days ago.