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In Full Bloom: Spring Bridal Showers

In Full Bloom: Spring Bridal Showers

Flowers aren’t the only hallmark of spring. Bridal showers are major spring happenings, the precursor to all those June weddings. We love spring bridal showers, tea parties, and really, any occasion for entertaining outdoors because the more relaxed vibe gives us the chance to use our Casual Couture table linens, a collection we introduced last spring. These placemats and napkins are stocked in 10 colors, but can be ordered in any color combination with a minimum of 12 pieces with no upcharge. It’s a great way to customize a table to the bride's palette for a spring shower.

For today’s post on spring showers we spoke with eight creative professionals in the wedding industry—the photographers and event stylists responsible for bringing brides’ flights of fancy to life.  How to begin to build a theme? Nicole Liwienski of White Peacock Events says, “First and foremost the bridal shower is about the bride to be. What is her style? What are her favorite colors? How about her hobbies and interests? The experience should be based on her favorite loves so that the shower is a true reflection of her personal style.” Liwiensku throws out some ideas: A Perfume Bar where ladies can create custom scents, a Beauty Bar for creating bath scrubs, a Floral Crown Bar followed up by photos, a Cotton Candy Bar, and a Bubble Tea Bar.

Let’s look at these beautiful spring bridal shower tablescapes, accompanied by tips on how the designers created them. Then check out our Setting the Table board on Pinterest for more ideas.

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Photos by Ashley Sawtelle

Colorado-based wedding photographer Ashley Sawtelle finds that her favorite tablescapes mesh with the environment, almost as though they were meant to be there. For example, a stylist might use foraged botanicals in the flower arrangements. This outdoor organic tablescape, uses an bare, exposed wood farm table. Sawtelle says, “The beauty of the wood grain, simple dinnerware, and unruly florals are a perfect complement to the outdoor setting.”

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Left: Photo by Genevieve Leiper. Right: Design by Sooti Events.

Laura Ritchie of Events In The City, a special events planning and design firm located in the D.C metropolitan area reminds us that first and foremost, "When planning a shower keep in mind the person its being thrown, taking into account a theme or location that resonates with her.” She designed the bridal shower on the left with the bride’s mother in the family’s backyard. They chose a pink and green palette, complete with parasols for the very girly, lace-appreciating bride. Ritchie adds, "Fun linens and more eccentric decor is totally appropriate for a shower whereas it may not be for the wedding itself.” (Linens and chairs by Design Cuisine.)

Although Thetis Sardo, creative director of Melbourne, Australia firm Sooti Events, designed this “Vintage Tea Garden Party” themed event for her niece’s 10th birthday, we think it would be just as lovely for a spring bridal shower. Pretty floral fabric became a table runner, while vintage china was used for each place setting. Even the hanging crochet blanket used as a backdrop for a photo booth is bride appropriate.

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Photos by Connie Whitlock.

Jessica Hearing, founder of Denver-based events and rental company A Vintage Affair, planned this cheerful, feminine garden party for her friend’s bridal shower, inspired by the quote, “Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”  Hearing says, “A shower is the perfect occasions to throw a really feminine party since you only have to keep the bride in mind (sorry grooms!). So I like to go all out.” Indeed. Pink and white were the colors of the day, with a custom built, striped bar serving mimosas and Tricia Egan of Violet Floral Design combined peach, ivory and pink peonies, blush garden roses, lilac and clematis to create a pastel garden-fresh palette.

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Photo by Liz Banfield.

Nicole Liwienski and Jennifer Rasmussen of White Peacock Events spared no girly bling for this bridal shower. Liwienski says, “It was a story of soft watercolors, feathered details, layered textures.” She points out that little personalized touches make a celebration memorable. Once such way is with signature cocktails, done up in old and new glassware pairings. Liwienski says, “Why not dress up your cocktail with a beautiful edible glittered rim or a dainty edible floral in each glass?  It’s the small details that will make your bridal shower a memorable one and have the girls swooning over your soiree.”

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Left: Photo by Rhythm Photography. Right: Photo by Sweet Root Village.

The tablescape on the left, designed by Phoebe Lo of Phoebe Lo Events in Toronto, is set with vintage gold-edged floral china and gold flatware from Invitation to Tea and lush blooms by Petals Markhams. Lo says, “We believe that every event is a visual experience ignited through the senses of touch, taste, smell, and vision.” She advises clients to curate spring events with locally sourced materials and ingredients for the most pleasing experience. In addition, Lo likes for celebrations to include something handmade by the host that her guests can bring home as keepsakes.

Rachel Bridgwood, of Sweet Root Village, a collaborative group of designers in Alexandria, Virginia, says, "Our number one tip for planning parties is keeping it small; intimate gatherings are just more special.” Plus, when it comes to decorating a beautiful table, you can do so with items you already have, or by purchasing small sets, rather than renting vast quantities. vFor the spring shower pictured on the right, they focused on the color pink around which to build the event. Waleska Town of UpCircle Studio dip-dyed pretty napkins and made a custom runner, along which sat deep pink flower arrangements and a flurry of mercury silver candleholders. Playing with layers of chargers and plates added dimension and interest. Finally, Bridgwood says, “A simple paint pen to adorn the glasses with guest's name was a perfect DIY that served several functions, most importantly, guest didn't lose their glass as they traveled around the rest of the party with them!”

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Photo and styling by Tara Whittaker.

Calgary-based wedding photographer Tara Whittaker likes when brides take inspiration in the activities and places they loves. This particular celebration began with an afternoon wandering the aisles of Les Puces in Paris.  Whittaker says, “The bride was taken by the beautiful collections of simple things in the quintessential flea market–old fashioned magazines, postcards, stamps, and especially buttons.” So, they decided to apply the collection concept to a bridal shower using notions all in shades of blue, including button invitations, spools of thread to hold the name cards, apothecary jars filled with buttons as centerpieces, and button ginger snaps as favors.