Let's face it: not every bride dreams of the bridal shower where she'll eat cucumber sandwiches holding her pinky finger up all day listening to classical music. There are some brides - human brides - who would prefer something a bit more original and different. There are some great ideals for bridal themes for unique brides.
Secret #1: Always think of the bride. When it comes to planning the best shower ever, refer to secret #1: always think of the bride. While the bridal shower may involve family, friends and other loved ones - the shower should be an expression of the bride's personality and taste. It is the ideal time to say something about who the bride is as an adult woman and to celebrate her becoming a married woman. So begin delving into what she likes, what she doesn't like and what would make her the happiest. It is in uncovering these answers that you'll find the perfect shower most often for the "unique" bride.
A shower in a unique place can be an excellent choice. If the bride has always loved the aquarium, see if you can plan her bridal shower there. Or if the bride is a history buff, start researching local historical homes open to the public. You may be surprised at how many places are available for special events. Some cost very little and others are exorbitant. But you'll only know if you ask....
Sometimes the best unique bridal shower exists in creating the "perfect" menu. Is the bride a chocoholic? Have a sweet chocolate theme and serve only desserts and other tempting treats with coffees and teas. Perhaps the bride has been a margarita girl at heart (and who isn't?)...then try a margarita shower at her favorite Mexican restaurant complete with Mariachi band. The Asian foods bride would appreciate a sushi themed bridal shower. Or the wine loving bride might especially enjoy a bridal shower in a vineyard that featured a wine tasting. Some brides may be very "into" the menu and with others, this may matter little.
With all brides it is critical that those near and dear to her attend. This is not just the unique bride - but for every bride. To plan the perfect unique bridal shower you need to plan it well in advance so loved ones have enough time to travel or prepare to come. You will have a very disappointed bride on your hands if her great grandmother or college roommate cannot attend.
Don't go shower-zilla on us when it comes to planning. Most people won't notice napkins that don't match, if the favors don't come or if something is spelled wrong. But they will notice the big things. They'll notice if the bridesmaids and other ladies planning it are stressed about planning the shower - bridal showers should be fun! Shower guests will notice if you've run out of ice or cups or napkins. Anyone else who gets too fussy should be reminded it's the bride's day to be the fussy one.