We had a great time celebrating my dear friend, Amanda, at her bridal shower last weekend!
She is tying the knot to another good friend of ours, TJ, next month, and they have a Happily Ever After theme tied into their big day.
Her family and friends did a wonderful job capturing the theme, and threw her an absolutely adorable shower at a charming community church in Goodrich.
Everything from the cake to the centerpieces had an ice blue, white, and crystal color scheme, and there were silhouettes of Cinderella, clocks, carriages, and castles scattered throughout the room.
Each guest was asked to write down their best marital advice for either the bride, the groom, or both. Cards were chosen and words of wisdom were read aloud throughout the entire party!
Due to some unforeseen circumstances, my friend Alex and I arrived well past the start time, and we felt awful about missing the first group activity. Guests were asked to design a wedding dress for the bride using template cutouts, rhinestones, bows, and textured scrapbook paper.
It was an excellent activity to kick off the party! The goal was to design a dress the bride would actually wear, and there were pictures of wedding dress sketches from movie stars framed around the room for inspiration.
Guests hung their work on the Happily Ever After wall when they finished, and Amanda announced her favorites later on in the shower.
A hearty brunch was served, along with refreshments and a table of desserts. I just loved these engagement ring cookies!
She had the prettiest cake table, complete with vintage china and two delicious and beautifully decorated cakes.
As everyone finished up their plates, it was time for another game to keep the party rolling. Each table formed a team, and we each went around the room taking turns to Name That Tune. We went through a rotation until all songs about love were played, and points were awarded for correctly naming the song title and artist.
We had a great mix and age of women at our table, and ended up winning the game thanks to our variety of knowledge in both oldies and more recent hits. It was a fun and friendly competition!
The groom-to-be showed up about half way through the shower to help open presents. The party planners did a great job of incorporating a few more games in between gifts, including one where the bride and groom had to take one of each of their shoes and answer a series of Who Is Most Likely To… questions. It was fun to see how well they know each other, or at least see how well they think they know each other. 😉
Another game I loved was Who Has the Groom?
Each chair had an envelope taped under it, and was stuffed with a different groom inside.
It was funny to see all of the different grooms that included celebrities and the couple’s pets.
As I sat and enjoyed my cake, I noticed how much Amanda was beaming while opening their gifts. When I think back to my shower, I remember feeling awkward being in the center of it all, but it’s a great preparation for what to expect for your wedding day. All eyes are on you!
(Don’t you just love the wedding dress wrapping for this ironing board? I though it was so cute and creative!)
It’s obvious that Amanda will be surrounded by a group of wonderful women that mean so much to hear on her wedding day. She was beaming from ear to ear throughout the entire shower, and looked absolutely beautiful in her white dress and accessories!
Unfortunately, I will not be in town to attend their nuptials, so Scott is in charge of representing the Hesingtons on the dance floor. I’m sure he won’t have a problem there, and I’ll just have to take in the bachelorette celebration that much more!
Thank you for having us be a part of your special day, Amanda. We wish you all the happiness in the world! <3
Amanda’s family and friends did a fantastic job capturing her shower, and all of the photos you see above were taken by them with love. Thank you for letting me feature them on this post to be able to share your hard work with my readers!
Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
What a lovely shower! You can tell her family and friends went to some much trouble to make it special. Thanks for sharing the photos!
Thanks so much for reading, Lauren! xo
Erin @ Her Heartland Soul
What a fun shower! I’m sure your friend was just excited to have you there, regardless of what time you arrived!
She’s pretty great and understanding. 😉
Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me
Love the themed idea! I’ve always planned on keeping it low-key when it comes to my own nuptials, but I always have so much fun reading through blog posts like this. Your friend LOOKS like Cinderella, so this idea was quite fitting.
Aw, she does! <3
Adorable!! 🙂 I love all things wedding!!
Ha, me too! 🙂
Such a lovely shower! It always means so much when you know you are surrounded by loved ones. And Cinderella is such a cute theme – I loved the live action movie this spring!
I did too! I can’t wait to see it again 🙂