[dropcap]C[/dropcap]hoosing your bridal shower venue can be quite the process, but before my (now) husband and I were engaged we talked about our future wedding and how we would love to have it at a winery. We began searching for a wedding venue only to find wineries in our area typically only hold a maximum of 80 people. While we wanted a small wedding, that was too many people to cut from our guest list. So deciding on a venue for my bridal shower came easy and was within my budget.
I had no set theme for my shower, other than I wanted to bring in our wedding colors which were purple and gold. I had pictures and ideas that I had seen and desired to incorporate, but honestly I was wondering how it would all come together. The end result was better than I ever could have imagined.
I made the majority of the details since I love DIY projects. I absolutely loved my fun bridal shower invitations from Wedding Paper Divas and how they matched the theme of my day and venue so I framed one of them and used it as part of the decor. The signs placed on different tables were designed in Canva, which is a great free tool. The centerpieces doubled as prizes for winners of the games we played. The wine bottles were purchased from the winery and were decorated with a tag I had personalized from Paperie Off Park and some gold ribbon. The other part of the centerpiece was provided on behalf of the winery and were colored glass bottles. I filled them with baby's breath and the whole centerpiece pulled together nicely.
The wine bottles and large letters were made in a matter of minutes. It's pretty amazing what you can do with a can of gold spray paint. I removed the labels from the bottles and sprayed one with gold glitter spray paint and the other with plain gold spray paint that I also used on the frames for the signs around the winery. I purchased the faux flowers at the dollar store & the small letters for one of the wine bottles at Hobby Lobby. The large letters were spray painted gold and were from Wal-Mart, but you can find them at pretty much any craft store these days. A few framed pictures of the Groom and I were placed around at various tables also. I made a tassel party garland in purple and gold and hung some banners from my bachelorette party that were a beautiful, special touch.
• FOOD & DRINKS
The winery did wine tastings and the guests were able to enjoy glasses of wine, but I also wanted some other options for beverages. I had a delicious summer sangria and also an an infused strawberry, lemon & basil water. The sangria was a HUGE hit and the coordinator from the winery asked for the recipe because he was impressed on how much everyone loved it.
The menu was created with the help of one of our best friends and groomsmen, Mike. He is an amazing Chef and graciously made everything. I can't tell you how many compliments we received on the food that day and he made sure it was all perfect. We had everything from fresh fruit to bruschetta to pork tenderloin sandwiches. It was perfect for a warm summer day and was so delicious.
I could eat cupcakes every day for the rest of my life and the delicious ones served were from a local baker, AllieCakes. She didn't tell me until after the fact, but it was her first time making a cupcake wedding dress and she nailed it. I loved the way it turned out! I chose 2 flavors for the cupcakes..an almond and a lemon, both with vanilla frosting. They were so good and luckily she was also our wedding baker, so we got to enjoy those tasty cupcakes again a month later on our big day.
I chose wine glasses as favors for each guest with a thank you inside. Can you believe that I found them from the Dollar Tree for $1.08 a piece when ordering in bulk? The touch of gold lips was applied easily and the step by step instructions can be found in a post about my DIY drinkware . I wanted to have something for my guests that they could frequently use, and it tied in with the venue so that made them even more fun. I added a poem as a thank you to place inside the glasses also.
My Maid of Honor had the great idea of a Words of Wisdom Station. We cut out purple hearts and had everyone write their marriage and love advice on them. I loved reading them and will keep them forever. I also wanted a guest book and had a few ideas, but my final decision was to use a wine bottle from the winery to have everyone sign, and it's now on display in our home. I also made the flowered "L" and used it again at our wedding. I am so happy with how it turned out and got a lot of compliments on it so that made it even more special.
As we played games that I created in PicMonkey the winners got tickets to enter for baskets made by my bridesmaids & family. They also got tickets just for coming, woo-hoo! Everyone had a chance to win so that made it fun. We played Bridal Bingo while I opened gifts, which kept everyone occupied and made me feel a little less nervous during the process. One bridal bingo card per table was marked on the back and that person got to take home the bottle of wine from the table.
A few shops and sites I used: The personalized napkins were from Memorable Wedding on Etsy. I highly recommend her shop for the inexpensive price tag and quick shipping. The Printable Gal from The Sequin Notebook blog reached out to me and offered to make some adorable straws for my special day. She worked with me to find out my vision, colors I wanted and offered some fun suggestions. I absolutely loved having a piece of one of my blogger friends incorporated in to my bridal shower drinks!
Planning an event so important can be a lot of pressure, but when you nail down the details and make it your own it all comes together. I absolutely loved every second of planning my winery bridal shower and enjoying a beautiful day with my loved ones. Be sure to use your resources and use the lovely world around you as inspiration.