When the bride-to-be is a professional event planner, the pre-wedding celebration is bound to be remarkable.
1 of 11
After getting engaged, wedding planner Azar Jazestani found herself floating on a cloud. So it was only natural that she planned a light-as-air shower—and invited loved ones to share in her bliss. Azar, the owner of Principal Planner, in Montréal, ends her days dreaming up events that put others in the spotlight. But on January 14, 2017, all eyes were on her.
Though bridal showers are often hosted by the maid of honor or a relative, Azar wanted to save her loved ones the heavy lifting—and after all, focusing on the details is what she does best. So she took the helm. Her euphoric mood made a heavenly theme an obvious choice—and the white-on-white (with dashes of pink) color scheme suited the season. She chose Joe's Prop House as her setting—a blank canvas on which to serve up brunch, sweets, fun, and games. And the sky, it turns out, really was the limit.
2 of 11
Hydrangea "clouds" raining mini carnations hung over the tables (thanks to Aura Design), with puffs of faux snow running down the middle. Seating was informal—with each guest choosing a spot to sit. The linens, chairs, and tables, all came from the venue, Joe's Prop House, and Olive Orange Catering handled the menu.
"Just have fun! So many brides are concerned with showers they've attended or things they've seen at them," Azar says. "But when your event represents you, success is inevitable."
3 of 11
Each of the 25 guests got a box of goodies to use—where else?—in the shower. Bath-themed cookies by L&V Sweets were packaged along with a loofah, soaps, bath oils, a sponge, and a spa headband. Cards tucked under napkins prompted attendees to write down a memory they shared with Azar. Each was later read aloud, to lots of happy laughter.
"Give favors with meaning," Azar suggests. "If you're known for being funny, give something that gets you laughing. If you're a DIY lover, try a mini photo album. Skip heavily branded items: Guests love you, but they don't want anything with your initials on it."
5 of 11
Azar's girlfriends are display coordinators and had a piece used in a store that was befitting of the celebration. The winter icicle creation was installed over the game area.
Swipe here for next slide
6 of 11
7 of 11
"Montrealers are die-hard breakfast aficionados, so it only made sense to have a menu of brunch favorites," says Azar. An all-white dessert spread, including cookies and donuts, was the showstopper of the morning feast (which also featured omelets and waffles made to order, along with cheeses, puff pastries, and fruit).
8 of 11
A Little Something
Mini cloches housed milk-chocolate truffles. "Avoid creating awkward clumps of people by not placing all the food in one spot," Azar suggests. "Set up a sweet spread in one corner, a buffet of small bites in another, and the main event on its own. This keeps guests mingling and the flow smooth."
10 of 11
Sweets for Days
The dessert options were seemingly endless, including French macarons, doughnuts, cupcakes, cream puffs, chocolate-covered Oreos, and these heavenly eclairs.
Swipe here for next slide
11 of 11
Photography, Anthony Patrick Manieri
Location, tables, linens, and chairs, Joe's Prop House
Event planning, Principal Planner
Catering, Olive Orange Catering
Flowers, Aura Design
Stationery, Design by Kismet
Cake and sweets table, San Marco Pasticceria
Tabletop rentals, Celebrations
Hair and makeup, Kiki Blend
Cookie favors, L&V Sweets