The short answer is no, but there are some reasons why it's helpful to have one.

By Nancy Mattia
May 14, 2019

While a theme isn't an absolute must for a bridal shower, having one will make party planning a whole lot easier for the hosts and makes for a more interesting, cohesive event for guests. Every decision they make-from the flowers to the food to the favors-will be driven by the theme. Also, many brides in their twenties get married within a few years of each other, and having a theme helps distinguish one shower from another. But it's important to understand what "theme" really means. If you like the idea of a travel-inspired bridal shower, that works, but a theme could be as simple as a color combination you love or a favorite flower. Here's why a themed bridal shower is the way to go.

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A theme gives the party a focus.

That saves the hosts a lot of time. While they're perusing décor at their local party store, they can zero in on appropriate potential buys that fit their theme. If it's Caribbean, they're not going to waste their time looking at tablecloths with a garden floral motif.

A theme personalizes the party.

If you've been to one bridal shower, you've been to them all, right? Wrong. If one bride loves horses, having an equine theme will remind everyone of her passion. If another loves reading, a book theme will get a thumb's up from her family and friends. Neither theme would work on the other. It's the power of personalization.

Remember that a theme can be anything you want.

If you're planning a themed wedding, get together with the other hosts-usually the bridesmaids but could be anyone except the bride herself-and think about what the bride is particularly passionate about like a movie, place, animal, hobby, or even a luxe material like lace or an event like the Kentucky Derby!

Having one perks up everything.

There are endless ways to use a theme at this often-women-only celebration. Think about the invitations, linens, centerpieces, food, dessert, cake, gifts, games, favors, music, and anything else you feel deserves some personalization.

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