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Bridal Shower Basics – Part 2

September 20, 2012

We hope you found the topics addressed in our first Bridal Shower Basics post helpful and that some of you were able to attend the OCMC bridal show. Our Q & A for what you should know about bridal showers continues…


When it comes to bridal shower venues, Orange County offers many lovely options. Thanks to the wonderful weather, outdoor showers are an option no matter the time of year.

Just as with Orange County wedding locations, the venue that you choose for a bridal shower will depend on your budget, the size of the party as well as the formality of the event. Many bridal shower locations in Orange County can meet your vision for the shower whether it is a very casual affair or something more elegant.

For a no-fuss bridal shower location in Orange County, consider the Orange County Mining Company. The staff will help you with many of the shower details. The food is fabulous and menus can be tailored to meet your taste and budget.

Orange County Mining Company can accommodate groups as small as 30 and as large as 220. Leave most of the work to the staff so that you can enjoy the party along with the other guests.


The type of food that you serve at a bridal shower depends on the time of day, the budget and the formality of the shower.

Some bridal showers include only cake and punch. Others include full plated dinners. If you work with an event venue, such as Orange County Mining Company, the staff can help you tailor a menu that is appropriate for your event.

Some have asked if the guests should be expected to pay for their own food. This is not appropriate. Remember, you are inviting guests to a party to celebrate the upcoming marriage of the bride. You do not invite someone to a party and then ask them to pay for their own food.

When to Throw a Shower

Ideally, a bridal shower would take place one to two months before the wedding. Of course, this is not going to be best for every couple. Holding it too close to the wedding can put a strain on the couple’s busy schedule as they scramble to make all necessary last minute arrangements.

If there are out of town guests who are very special to the bride, you may consider hosting a bridal shower in the week before the wedding. This allows those out of town guests to be at both the shower and the wedding.

Of course, if you are planning to have a shower that close to the wedding the bride should be involved in selecting the date.

Is More than One Shower Appropriate?

It is not at all uncommon for a bride to have more than one bridal shower. The reasons for having more than one shower vary. They may include the desire to have a co-ed shower and then another shower at which the bride can receive lingerie in a more private setting.

Sometimes, there may be one shower for family and another for friends. In this case, each shower would be hosted by a different person.

Once you have the basics down, hosting a bridal shower can be a lot of fun. Just use a few personal touches so the bride will see how much thought went in to planning her shower.