Bridal Shower Inspiration

Carly here from Milk Glass Productions, checking in with the wedding planning process and next up is my bridal shower! I'm so excited to share with you all about the vibe and offer some advice on what makes for a fun and memorable evening/event! 

Behind the Hugs-and-Kisses Bridal Shower

My hugs-and-kisses themed bridal shower was truly a labor of love made with X's and O's! A huge thank you goes out to my Maid of Honor, Lauren Sandoval, and my lead planner, Alex VonFeldt for showering the heck out of me! 

The event was held at a meaningful and gorgeous venue in Boulder, Colorado at the home of a dear friend of mine, Keele Burgin. Back when I was in college at CU Boulder, Go Buffs, where Tucker and I met, I was a nanny for several years to Keele's twin boys, Liam and Greyson and their older brother Noah. The Burgin family has always felt like family to me and I couldn't have imagined a better place for my shower to take place. Having family integrated into our wedding is really important to me; in fact, the boys will be our ring bearers on the big day!

The Burgin's home is more like a sanctuary located on Boulder Creek and truly feels like a botanical garden. The gorgeous tablescape, provided by Event Rents, consisted of a long and beautifully decorated table beneath a large, whimsical tree in the center of the property. The white-washed wooden table offered a vintage vibe that paired perfectly with the romantic tones of the table-runner, plates, candles, and florals.

Speaking of florals, Boulder's Fiori Flowers did it again! There were flower tops dangling daintily on an invisible string from the tree branches, which truly added a magical and fairytale feel. The floral arrangements were the perfect marriage of blushing neutrals and some deeper reds that really symbolized the spectrum of love from sweet to sultry, from pretty to passionate. The place cards, provided by Designs By Sarah, were super fun and cute and totally within the theme. Guests' names were written in a beautiful black script against a white background, and on the top corner of the card were a pair of big, juicy red kissy-lips! 

There were desserts galore including kiss cookies, cake pops, and an amazing cake from Robyn at Button Rocky Bakery that was as beautiful as it was delicious! The entire party was captured by Rachel Erin Photography, a previous bride of mine that now has her own photography business. You can check her work out here!

Good vibrations and even better libations were had! We included a DIY Moscow Mule Bar for our guests which were so awesomely appropriate considering I throw a Moscow Mule festival each year in Denver (The Mule Majors). Since my bride tribe and I aren't the biggest beer drinkers, we played Rosé Pong (table/cups from event rents), which was a big hit and a lot of fun!! The food was unbelievable and provided by Rocky Mountain Catering; we dined on fun hors d'oeuvres such as mini BLT bites, chicken skewers and more, salads and sliders (smoked pork & chicken).

We had a "kissing booth" photo booth from Social Light Photo with lip-themed props, which was such a blast! My friends and I absolutely love photo booths and are suckers for a good photo op. The theme continued on into the guestbook which was beyond clever. Instead of your typical book signing, the girls applied different colored lipsticks and kissed the paper and then signed a thoughtful note next to it for old times sake. 

My future sister-in-law, Skyler, coordinated a really fun "Newlywed" game where she asked Tucker questions and I had to guess what he said. You can find premade games like this on Etsy, and I highly recommend this one. The girls also had an adorable picture blown up of Tucker from when he was younger and we took turns putting on a blindfold and trying to land on Tucker with lips: "Pucker up for Tuck". A fun take on pin the tail on the donkey. It made for a lot of laughs.

My shower was full of smooches, hugs, and kisses and now I really can't wait to be a Mrs.! So much love! I had total heart-eyes over the way the shower turned out!  

Keep reading below for my bridal shower advice!

Carly's Advice

Pick a theme that unifies all aspects of the party! Weave it throughout in clever ways from the floral colors, kissing booth, guest book, the color of the drinks, games, decor, and dress. Encourage guests to dress accordingly! Themes make for great conversation starters for guests and make for swoon-worthy Instagram pictures.

Include all the special people in your life and hold the event at a meaningful space!  

Most importantly, take the time to feel good about yourself! Your bridal shower is a great time for a trial run of your wedding hair and makeup. Thank you to Cassandra Garza and Mallorie Porter for my glam! I always recommend to my brides that they pick a day for their trial run when they are either trying on their dress or attending a pre-wedding event. Kill two birds with one stone.

Make it your own! My friends and I prefer wine over beer, but we still love a good drinking game so we decided to play Rosé pong. It's a fun twist on a classic game.

You know what they say for weddings, "Something old, something new" - I say keep some things classic but add something cool. For example, my guestbook had a unique twist on it. I was able to keep the tradition of having a guestbook while adding my own stamp to it! If you're stuck on ideas, Pinterest is a great place to browse creative ideas.

Last but not least:

Have fun, personalize the party and make up your own rules! 

Catch up on the rest of my wedding journey below:

Meet Carly

Engagement Photos

Engagement Party

Asking your Bridesmaids

Save the Dates

Be sure to stay on the lookout for more posts about my journey, advice and a behind the scenes look on my actual wedding day!

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