Three of my bridesmaids and my lovely sister threw me a DIY Bridal Shower a few weeks back. It was a great afternoon with good food, great friends and safety goggles. Who couldn’t ask for more?
When they first offered to throw me one, my first instinct was to decline. Let me explain. I’ve been trying to downplay this wedding. I’m not a traditional bride and am not planning a formal event so the standard bridal events didn’t seem necessary. But I realized not all ritual is wrong and sometimes you just let your friends do nice things for you.
Looking back now, I had nothing to worry about in the first place. Not only was it a lovely party with some of my favorite people, but the hosts customized the idea of a bridal shower to fit me including a very practical tool registry, taking photos of all the details for me and having very vegetarian friendly food. So for all you alternative brides out there listen up – your friends will take care of you, so relax and enjoy it.
Here are some highlights of my DIY Bridal Shower…. and to Alisa, Dagny, Robin & Ali – I love you tons.
The girls send out an evite for the shower and here’s what it said:
As we all know, Andrea is no ordinary bride, so we couldn’t throw just your run-of-the-mill bridal shower!
Help us honor Andrea’s DIY (Do it Yourself) nature at this party with a DIY theme! That means out with the china patterns and in with the cat doors and pergola!
They asked me to put together a list of tools and materials I needed for projects that I built my gift registry from. (I’ll go into more detail about the registry once invitations go out for anyone wanting more information on tools I selected.)
Here’s Dagny, Robin and Alisa who put together most of the details of the day. All three can plan quite a soiree on their own, so combining their superpowers resulted in a pretty epic bridal shower.
When I arrived the girls had Robin’s house all decked out in DIY-inspired goodness including work aprons for everyone and a handmade congratulations banner.
Flowers were potted in paint cans and a full veggie inspired buffet was laid out. Alisa created two special drinks for the day – a chili pepper infused Screwdriver and the Concrescere (Con means together and crescere means to grow. Isn’t that clever?) a drink combining lemonade and champagne.
After lunch, guests signed a “love” pot for me and decorated my apron. Then we chatted and I opened gifts.
Here’s a collage of some of the photos taken. I really couldn’t ask for more. It was a perfect Andrea-themed event.