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How to Throw a Drama-Free Bridal Shower

Being chosen as a bridesmaid is a real honor, but the pressure to throw your newly-hitched BFF, sister, cousin or special person in your life a memorable bridal shower can be the source of a lot of stress. Between dealing with the various personalities amongst the bridal party, planning logistics and trying to make everything perfect for the bride-to-be, it can be very overwhelming. To help you throw a drama-free and FUN shower, we've gathered some dos and don't from wedding experts that will have you planning a shower so awesome that you might land yourself a new career!

Bridal Shower Planning Dos

Discuss a budget and timeline. At the very beginning of the planning process, it's vital to discuss a budget and a timeline with everyone involved. When everything is agreed upon beforehand, it will avoid unnecessary awkwardness and potential embarrassment down the line for some friends who might be on a tighter budget.

Be mindful of the kind of bride for whom the shower is being thrown. Some people might be more particular about themes, locations and whether or not they want to open presents in front of their guests, says Nikki Haritatos, designer and event planner for Serendipity Garden Estate.

"Unless the bride you're coordinating for loves surprises and is up for anything, run your ideas by her and get her thumb's up before proceeding," advises Haritatos.

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Also consider her celebration style: A more adventurous bride might love an activity that gets the blood pumping like kayaking or a BBQ on the beach, while a more low-key or traditional bride might just want family and friends to hang out and sip sangria. But don't have too many activities, stresses Haritatos. "You don't want the party to feel rushed or have the guests feel like they need to keep to a fast-paced schedule."

Choose a venue that has some "built-in"activities. "Pick a venue such as a paint-your-own pottery place, an art gallery, or a bakery that offers baking or cake decorating classes for private parties," suggests Haritatos. "It saves you some time from brainstorming activities yourself!

Aviva Samuels, a Florida wedding designer and destination-wedding planner of Kiss the Planner, proposes letting the environment dictate the theme. "You can choose the great outdoors, such as a beach BBQ volleyball party or a casual Sunday brunch with a waffle station and Bloody Mary bar in the comfort of your living room," she says.

Make gift-giving easy for guests. "Make the gift giving process easy for your guests by sharing the couple's registry," advises Jessica Chao, Marketing Manager at Bloominous, a start-up that provides easy and affordable DIY floral kits for weddings and events. This will eliminate any potential tension that might result from people not knowing what to get, or two people purchasing the same gift.

Brides: Send thank you notes! Katherine Ford of Paisley Events reminds us of this often forgotten etiquette: "Send thank you notes to all shower guests, especially your host or hostess! Don't forget to write thank you notes to guests who couldn't attend but sent a gift."

Bridal Shower Planning Don'ts

Brides: Don't host your own shower! A bride should never host her own shower, according to Chao. "You have enough to worry about, so enjoy and let your BFFs do the work," she says. Instead, delegate tasks to your bridesmaids and family members who agree to help out to allow for "minimal stress and maximum efficiency" -- exactly what you need during this hectic time.

Ford adds that brides shouldn't try to convince anyone to host their shower, simply because it's rude to ask for such a potentially expensive and time-consuming favor. "Just trust that someone will host it for you and relax!" encourages Ford.

Don't invite guests who aren't invited to the wedding. While Chao recognizes that this may seem obvious, she warns that it "often happens when the bride isn't planning!"

Don't take on major home improvement projects if you're hosting at your house Sharon Kent, a homemaker from Fairfield County, Connecticut recounts a girlfriend's almost-horror story: "My friend hosted her daughter's bridal shower. A month before it, she decided to expand her home's deck and have the party out there. However, the deck wasn't even close to being finished a week before the shower! The possibility of the deck not being done in time added to the stress of hosting a bridal shower for over forty women!"

Don't rule out having a co-ed shower. "Today it's perfectly acceptable to invite couples or single guys to a bridal shower too," says Samuels. If you're at all concerned with the drama that sometimes seems to fester in some female-only groups, consider inviting significant others to keep things light.

Bridal Shower Planning Resources

There are countless websites devoted to everything bridal shower related, but The Knot is a crowd favorite.

Another resource is this link on Bridal Guide's website which focuses on activities and décor that were done by real people -- so they're actually doable, unlike some Pinterest posts that seem just too good to be true.

In addition, there are several apps you can download to help certain components of the shower. Some of our favorites include Food52, a3.99 app which provides video cooking tutorials for hundreds of recipes plus "extensive event planning guidance;" a free app called Hello Vino, as well as Pro Party Planner, which allows you to do everything from delegate tasks to guests, create seating charts and even turn on notifications that alert party-planners of upcoming to-dos for about5.

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If you could’ve attended any celebrity happening on Fourth of July Weekend, it would’ve been Taylor Swift’s fantasy friend bash, right? Well, think again. John Mulaney got married on Saturday and completely usurped Swiftie’s status as July’s most enviable party thrower. The stand-up, SNL writer, and Mulaney creator wedded makeup artist Annamarie Tendler on July 5 in a Catskill ceremony that was likely the stuff of Pinterest wet dreams. Sorry, Swiftie. We’re gonna have to give the award to Mulaney for “party I’m super disappointed that I didn’t get invited to this weekend.” Jessica Simpson’s wedding gets honorable mention.

Sure, attending a wedding over a celebration of youth and freedom may sound like a one-way ticket to lame town. But this was no ordinary wedding. It was a dream comedy wedding between two adorable humans. The Tendler-Mulaney wedding is basically the kind of event that makes me wanna hang up my cynical spurs and celebrate true love and happiness. I mean, check out their amazingly cute and hilarious wedding invite. How could you not want to be their token single friend?

However, for those of you who are not entirely convinced, we’ve broken down all the elements of the Tendler-Mulaney wedding as compared to Taylor Swift’s weekend-long party. Prepare yourself for the FOMO fallout.


According to Page Six, some of the most notable guests at Mulaney’s nuptials included Amy Poehler and fellow comedian/boyfriend Nick Kroll, Seth Myers, and Nasim Pedrad. Just imagine the banter at your table. Furthermore, we know that Bill Hader, with whom Mulaney co-created Stephan,* was in attendance and pulled the kind of endearing shenanigans you’d expect at a funny person wedding.

Taylor Swift’s guest list was tempting: Emma Stone, Lena Dunham, Jessica Szohr and Jamie King would have been interesting to play a round of “Never Have I Ever” with. Still, dancing the cha-cha slide with Amy Poehler wins hands down.

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On the Tendler-Mulaney wedding website — Oh yeah, that exists. Please, feast your eyes — the attire is listed as “glamorous.” We also got a glimpse of Tendler’s gorgeous wedding dress in an Instagram pic posted on July 5. It’s a gauzy vision of ethereal perfection.

Swift’s bash was casual. Guests wore bathing suits and beach gear. Just saying, professionally fit people in bikinis is something I would rather not spend my weekend around. I’d much rather be fancy.


The happy couple tied the knot at Onteora Mountain House in Boiceville, New York. Check out the view from the landing of this Catskill lodge. It’s worthy of a swoon or two.

Swift’s estate in Rhode Island is certainly nothing to shake a stick at. I also must confess, the cat company looks delightful.


Few culinary experiences top a great wedding cocktail hour. The truly exemplary spreads are like heavenly cafeterias of prime rib, crab cakes, pasta salad, and booze! Who doesn’t love that? Like an expert stalker, I checked out the cocktail hour options at Mulaney’s reception spot. Offerings include: mac n’cheese pops, citrus poached jumbo shrimp, Bloody Marys, crab cakes, and mini ham and cheese sandwiches. I’d Ron Swanson that spread.

Swift made apple pie with a heart embossed into the crust, and baked an American flag cake that she really wanted Ina Garten to know about. I love sweets, but one cannot live on pictures of adorable baked goods alone.

I mean, she had a lot of friends over. Is this cake even big enough for everyone in the family portrait?

So, while Swift’s bash is a worthy contender, John Mulaney’s wedding wins hands-down as the FOMO event of Fourth of July weekend. But overall, we can all easily agree that famous people can’t help themselves. Their lives are dope, they do dope shit, and they have fun parties.

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Here comes the bride: Social media etiquette at weddings

Welcome to today’s nuptials, where modern social media trends intertwine with traditions as old as the vintage lace on Grandmother’s wedding gown. From tweeting at the wedding breakfast to Facebooking the wedding reception, the etiquette of tying the knot seems to be a-changing.

The guests at Andalyn Daich Hissong’s wedding in February, for example, were encouraged to upload the photos they snapped at the event to an app called WedPics.

Once the big day was over, Andalyn and her husband John, were able to re-live the occasion through the eyes of their friends and family’s posting of pictures.

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“The photographers don’t always catch everything and everyone, so I thought it would be a good idea to use this app so I could catch more than what the photographer could catch,” says Hissong, a former Layton resident who now lives in Duarte, California, but held her wedding in Sandy.

Twist on tradition

Social media is to be expected at weddings nowadays, as it is everywhere else, because it’s such a big part of people’s lives, says Jocelyn Boden, assistant manager of David’s Bridal in Layton.

Some folks have always brought their own cameras to weddings but years ago, the practice wasn’t as prevalent, adds Sharida Packard of Simply Stunning Weddings in Syracuse, and there was no Facebook.

Now, the wedding planner says, “Everybody has a phone with a camera and everybody’s pulling them out.”

The craze of mixing social media and matrimony is so big that The Cottage Reception Center in Brigham City will start taking and posting its own photos on Facebook during events — with participants’ consent — in July, says owner Kevin Guymon.

“It’s kind of a win-win situation,” Guymon says, by letting couples see what’s happening right away and by giving the reception center a little publicity.

Special hashtags or apps for wedding photos on social media are just a new twist on a once-popular tradition, adds one West Point wedding decorator.

“Remember when they used to put (disposable) cameras on the table? This basically is the same thing without the expense of having to buy the cameras,” says Starla Rees of A Dream Wedding by Starla.

Good times roll

Some brides embrace inviting social media to the nuptials, like Whitney Nalder of Layton, who said guests were free to take any photos they wanted at her wedding last Saturday. Her only rule was that cell phones be silenced during the ceremony.

“It’s totally welcomed at my party,” Nalder explained a few days before her wedding to Riley Fosmark of Layton at Snowbasin. She added, “What my friends see and how they feel and what they were doing the whole night, I think that’s kind of cool to see afterward.”

Angie Fiorello says she enjoyed seeing pictures on Facebook following her August 2012 wedding to Michael Fiorello and thought all the snapshots were in good taste.

“I don’t know if I know of anybody who posted anything that I went, ‘Oh, why did you go with that?’” the Syracuse resident says.

One benefit of social media, she says, is, “People who weren’t able to come to the wedding got to see pictures that weren’t just, ‘Everyone stand and pose.’ They saw people in action, having a good time.”

Pulling the plug

Some couples, however, opt for “unplugged” or “electronic-free” weddings, an emerging trend in the world of wedded bliss. While letting folks click away with their cellphones during a reception may be fine, Packard says the wedding itself may be a different story.

“Ceremonies are generally very sacred, they’re very personal, they’re more intimate,” the Syracuse wedding planner says. Yet that mood can be changed if “you’ve got 50 percent of your audience sitting in the ceremony with their phones out, snapping pictures.”

Ushers at the wedding could inform guests of the no-photos policy, Boden, at David’s Bridal says, or the information might be included in the invitations, says wedding photographer Terra Cooper of Layton.

Another approach is to put out a basket where folks deposit their cellphones before going in to the wedding, although Guymon quipped that such a practice seems “not very American.”

Cooper says she’s also seen signs posted at the event asking guests to put away their phones, enjoy the wedding and “be present.”

“People aren’t present when they’re hooked to their phones, as well all know,” says Cooper, who estimated about 10 percent of the weddings she photographs are unplugged.

During the event, folks should be cautious when posting pictures or tweeting, especially if they are spilling the beans about any surprises or special moments, Packard says.

“You don’t want to take away from the bride and groom,” she says.

Dilemmas of posting

Utah is somewhat unique when it comes to social media at weddings due to its large number of unions performed in temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where cameras are not allowed.

“You don’t run into a lot of the ceremony issues because a lot of people respect the sacredness of the temple grounds,” Packard says.

Social media decisions aren’t limited to the wedding day itself. Couples who have bridal portraits taken before the actual wedding, for instance, must decide whether or not to put those online.

“I ask them if they want me to post before the wedding,” Cooper says. “Eighty percent of them do, but I have a few who wait until after the wedding.”

Once upon a time, brides visited wedding shops with photos of dresses they wanted to try on ripped out of magazines. Now, Boden says the norm is a Pinterest account on the bride’s cell phone, filled with images of everything from wedding gowns to veils to shoes.

“We just dress her head to toe with what she found on Pinterest,” Boden quips, adding, “I think it makes it easier all around.”

Even so, some brides have found there may be a danger in sharing too much about what they’re planning for their wedding, says Janis Peterson, owner of The Bridal Corner in North Ogden.

“They want to have a unique idea or a unique reception and when you’re Facebooking it, people steal their ideas,” she says.

Still a secret

As popular as social media may be, one aspect of the wedding remains pretty much off-limits — the dress.

Once a woman selects her gown, it’s often her mother who takes photos of it with her cellphone to use in the wedding planning, Peterson says, but those pictures won’t be posted on any social media.

“The bride doesn’t even want the photo to be on her phone because she doesn’t want the groom to see what her dress looks like,” she explains.

Although Fiorello says she loved having Facebook photos from her wedding, there is “a line of respect” that guests should not cross and that includes not revealing the dress.

“That would have absolutely upset me,” she says, “had my husband been on Facebook and seen a picture of me in my dress before the wedding.”


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