If a mimosa brunch with public gift-opening just isn't your thing.
We love a good bridal shower brunch, but let's face it: Not every bride is into sipping mimosas while publicly opening gifts, and that's OK. If traditional bridal showers complete with a gift registry and cheesy games just isn't your thing, there are other options. Now more than ever, brides are opting for nontraditional bridal shower parties, even going coed and just throwing a party with their fiancé at home. From backyard BBQs and a bridal "sprinkle" to a day at the spa or a group cooking class, there are so many ways to make your bridal shower specific to your personality, instead of the same shower that many a bride has had. Check out all of these amazing bridal shower alternatives and get inspired to throw a party that you'll enjoy to the fullest!
Attend a Cooking Class
Whether it's pizza-making or assembling a Momofuku funfetti cake, everyone can enjoy a fun cooking class. You can make it a coed get-together or just invite your bridal party. Or if you really want to get down with the DIY, have a cooking class in your own home. Set up a buffet of ingredients, and go to town!
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Head to a Nail Salon for Mani-Pedis
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Go On a Group Hike
You can make this a coed activity or just go with your bridal party; either way, everyone will love spending the day outdoors, surrounded by nature. Plus, you can pack your girls a fun trail mix snack or a picnic for when you get to the end of the hike.
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If you don't want a huge bridal shower, opt instead for a "sprinkle," a small get-together of close friends and family, at your home, your favorite restaurant, or even a local public park for a small picnic. You can even make it sprinkle-themed for an extra dose of adorable.
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Combine your engagement party with a couple's shower to celebrate your upcoming nuptials with the (second) most important person at the wedding—your future hubby! Have a BBQ at home, a joint brunch at your favorite restaurant, or just a simple dinner with your close family and friends.
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Go on a Shopping Spree
And not for anything wedding related! Take a break from the planning and go shopping for some fun with your best girl friends. Scope out a new shopping spot near you, whether it be a mall you don't usually frequent, or an outdoor mall where you can walk around with your friends and stop for a fun lunch somewhere along the way.
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Are you super into rescue animal groups? Or maybe you're an environmentalist who loves to get out and plant gardens in local communities. No matter what your calling is, turning your bridal shower into a fun, charitable activity is the perfect way to celebrate your upcoming nuptials while giving back to a cause you truly care about.
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Attend a Flower-Arranging Class
There are so many options out there for this one. You can attend a beginner's class to make a simple arrangement, or you can find a class that's more specific like a bridal bouquet-arranging class or a flower crown-making class.
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Take a Day Trip
Head out to the nearest beach for the day. Pack a picnic and some bottles of wine, and you're good to go! Other fun day trips include a day at a wine vineyard, an outdoor art center, or a yoga day retreat.
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Spend a Day at the Spa
Who doesn't love a good spa day? A girls group massage, soaking in the hot tub, facials and body scrubs, the possibilities are endless, and your girls will love spending the day getting pampered. Plus, after getting your fill of relaxation, you can do a group dinner and celebrate your upcoming wedding with great food and good wine.
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Go on a Scavenger Hunt
Take your girls on an adventure and have your MOH, mom, or your hubby create a fun scavenger hunt with clues leading you and your bridal party around your hometown, your current city, or maybe even your wedding venue if it's available. End the hunt with a picnic and cocktails to celebrate your marriage and the fact that you successfully solved all the clues.
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Spend a Day at a Rooftop Pool
You can purchase day passes at most rooftop pools in NYC and other major cities for a day of lounging, drinking fun cocktails, and of course, swimming in the pool!