Maid of Honor Files: My Must-Have DIY Bridal Shower Decorations

Happy Monday, Brides!! I’m super excited to be welcoming you to the first official blog post in my Maid of Honor Series where I’ll be giving you an inside look at the ins and outs of planning a bridal shower and more! Needing some inspiration for your own bridal shower? Take note of the next few posts that will include planning updates, helpful DIYs and even some free printables that you can make use of at your own bridal shower! Feel free to share this blog post with your maid of honor or whoever is hosting and co-hosting your bridal shower to give them some helpful hints.

 

Don’t forget to check out my previous posts from this journey, starting with my sister’s dress shopping experience at Nancy’s Bridal Boutique here and feel free to take a peek at my first introduction post to this official IndyBride2B series here.

Thanks for joining me on this journey and stay tuned to learn more about the best bridal shower must-haves and all the tips and tricks you need to know to plan the bridal shower of your dreams, including free bridal shower game printables, decoration DIY’s, and stick around for my poppin’ Bridal Shower playlist that we’ll have on repeat for the whole party! Spoiler alert…lots of country on this playlist…huge fan of country music. 

This week I’m giving you guys the scoop on my bridal shower decorations, including color scheme, DIY how to’s, and a vision board for the shower! I’ll also be referring you to some of my favorite bridal shower décor DIY’s that other creative minds have come up with!

Color Scheme

The MOST important thing to nail down first in planning out your bridal shower décor has got to be the color scheme. Whether it’s pink and gold, blue and gray, or fuschia pink and soft pastel green, you have to have a direction for your décor and that starts with color! For my sister’s bridal shower we are sticking to  P I N K  as the main color with accents of peach and gold. I LOVE and LIVE for pink...which is funny because I never wear it, but for decorations, it’s my absolute fav. 

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Now that I’ve got my colors, which were bride-approved by the way, it’s time to get into the planning! I admit this was intimidating at first. I, like many other siblings, want only the best for my sister, which means, I’ve got to throw her an absolutely killer, unforgettable, and beautiful shower! Phew, that’s a lot of pressure!

So, I began brainstorming ideas for her decorations and I came up with a few ideas that I thiiiink you might be interested in hearing about. Scratch that, you HAVE to hear about it! When these ideas popped into my head, I knew this was about to be something beautiful!

 

Floral Block Letters

This was definitely one of my favorite DIY projects. It’s simple, inexpensive, creative and so easy to make! If you’re out here trying to ball on a budget, this may be the DIY decoration for you. My sister will be opening her bridal shower gifts by our fireplace, right below the mantle, which means this is a major photo opportunity. Guests will be wanting to capture the moment she opens their gift, I'll be snappin’ pics in the back for my blog post, you know, just the usual stuff. While the mantle is already beautifully decorated (thanks mom!), it does need something pink to carry on with the theme of the bridal shower, in my opinion. This is where the block letters come in. Think you might want to try your hand at making your own? PERFECT! Here’s what you need:

  • Wooden Block Letters + a “&” Block {S&R} (I got mine from Michael’s, that place always has what I’m looking for and ALWAYS has coupons)
  • Flower Decals (you can buy flower decals or a bouquet of silk flowers and cut the blooms yourself, I went the more difficult route and bought bouquets to cut up myself…but hey their summer arrangements were half off so I couldn’t really pass that up!)
  • Hot Glue Gun

Just three things! That’s all you need to make the best DIY bridal shower decoration of your dreams! Unless of course, you want to make the "&" stand out, in which case you would need a little bit of Elmer's glue and glitter! This whole project is probably pretty self-explanatory, but I’ll tell ya how I did it anyway.

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There are just TWO easy steps for this craft. Simply arrange your flower decals on the wooden letter (which I recommend buying a wooden letter that’s already painted, because ya know, the ~aesthetic~ is priority), and lastly, after allowing your glue gun time to heat up, glue the flower decals securely onto the wooden letter until the top side of the wooden letter is covered in pretty blooms.

I bought pink flowers to go with our theme! This is an easy peasy way to incorporate your color scheme into the décor.

 

Flower Garland

I’ll be honest, I totally did not go to Michaels’s in search of a flower garland, but I did walk out with one. What can I say, I couldn’t resist the pink flowers or the fact that the flower garland was ALSO on sale! Yippee!

When I got home with my new goodies, I walked around the house searching for where I was going to put this garland that I had just purchased, without a clue of knowing where I was going to place it. I guess you could say it was an impulse buy. As I looked around I considered draping it across the mantle, but I didn’t want it to take away from the block letters. And then I saw it, I looked towards the drapes framing the sliding glass door and I had my lightbulb moment, I can line the drapes with the garland…which will look a little something like this:

 

Photo Display

Every #basic bridesmaid knows that if you’re going to decorate for a bridal shower, you gotta have some twine…maybe a few mason jars but we’ll talk about that later. Anyways, I fully admit that I am a basic bridesmaid and when I saw the roll of twine at Michael’s, I just couldn’t say no.

 Here's a look at some of the goodies I picked up at Michael's during my trip!

Here's a look at some of the goodies I picked up at Michael's during my trip!

For my DIY photo display, I am going to be hanging a line of photos in front of the fireplace that proudly display the happy couple with pictures from their engagement, their dates, and more. How will I do this, you ask? Once again, it’s REALLY simple. Y’all gotta know I don’t have time for anything too complicated, and I’m sure you don’t either. So, here’s what you need:

  • Twine
  • Mini Clothespins (they were out of the minis…ugh… so I just got medium-sized clothes pins. But I found them in pink…SCORE)
  • Prints (time to hit up CVS to print out all of my sister’s fav photos with her fiancé)

Aaaaannnd that’s really all there is to it, once again only three items you need, and again BALLING ON A BUDGET.

Here are some examples of what I’ll be making with these items! Stay tuned for future blogs to see pics of all these decorations coming together!

 Photo by Halberg Photographers via  Wedding Chicks

Photo by Halberg Photographers via Wedding Chicks

 Photo via  Emmaline Bride

Photo via Emmaline Bride

 

Centerpieces 

One other way we’re incorporating the color scheme into the décor is through centerpieces, of course. My mom is an expert with flowers (stay tuned to see my post on the DIY planters that my mom arranged for the altar at my sister’s wedding) and she happily volunteered to make arrangements for each of the tables. While we’re still brainstorming these thoughts, we do have some idea of what we want:

  • Mason jars (with lace trim)
  • Pink Peonies (although they are approaching the end of their season so we’ll see about this one)
  • Peach Roses
  • Greenery (maybe eucalyptus leaves)

That’s the plan for now, but we’ll see how it turns out! Here are a couple centerpieces I was inspired by:

 Photo Via  Ruffled

Photo Via Ruffled

Now that you've seen most of my ideas for the bridal shower, check out this vision board that I'm using for inspiration as I plan the rest of the shower!

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Don't forget to check out these links to a few of my favorite DIY Tutorials that you can use for any event, especially your bridal shower!

That’s all for this week folks! Stay tuned for my next post featuring all the bridal shower games you SHOULD play at your bridal shower, not the cheesy games people hate. Keep your eyes peeled for the next post for more bridal shower inspiration that you’ll need to plan the best bridal shower ever!

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