cheap bridal shower ideas

16 Cheap Bridal Shower Ideas

A bridal shower is a great way to celebrate the new bride by giving her gifts and lots of fun! But, when considering throwing a bridal shower on a budget it can be hard to not spend too much money. When you consider the menu, decorations and drink menu the expense of the party can add up. So, if you are the host of this bridal shower refer to our cheap bridal shower ideas guide to help throw a cost effective party.

Follow our List of Cheap Bridal Shower Ideas

1. Co-host the event

Try and co-host the event with other bridesmaids or family members of the bride to be. This will allow you to split the cost of the party among other people who care for the bride. Asking for a hand will allow you to bond with the family of the bride and give you help throughout the whole party planning process. You might not think of it now- but it will be a huge help in the end and a big load off your shoulders.

2. Change up the guest list

More specifically cut the guest list. Don’t over invite, the bigger the list the more you are going to have to spend on food decorations etc. You don’t have to invite everyone that is invited to the wedding either. I would ask the bride who her must- invites are on her list. Don’t forget- everyone invited to the bridal shower must be invited to the wedding!

3. Change the venue to your backyard

If you or someone close to the bride has the backyard to host the shower host it there. This will be a fun and inexpensive way to celebrate. If you have it at home you will be able to dictate everything that goes on. Hosting the event in the backyard will save money to avoid paying for an actual venue. You will also be able to choose the decorations and exactly the way you want everything to go- to match the future bride of course!


4. Don’t overdo the menu

Food is an important part of the party- but it doesn’t have to be so fancy. Avoid a sit-down meal to cut the costs. Finger foods and appetizers are a better choice for cost savings. If you avoid a sit-down meal you won’t have to worry about the expensive place settings. Serving finger foods will allow guests to mingle more and keep the party fun.

5. Choose a potluck

If you choose to plan the event with others you can have everyone make a dish to pass. This can go for drinks and paperware too. A cute idea for the bride would be to include recipes with the dish that you bring to give to the bride. 

Food and drinks will be the most expensive thing on your list so try and shop discounts at the grocery stores. Avoid pre made food as this will cost more than if you purchase the ingredients and make the dishes yourself.

6. Have a signature drink

Instead of buying a bunch of drinks for the wedding shower consider having one signature drink that everyone will enjoy. You could even set up a mimosa bar with a bunch of different fruit juices and cut up fruit. All you will need for a mimosa bar is a couple bottles of champagne- and it doesn’t have to be expensive champagne either.

7. No Fancy Bakeries

Spending hundreds of dollars on a cake or cupcakes for a wedding shower is pointless. Consider making homemade desserts for this shower. You can even purchase box mix from the store which will cut expenses. Sometimes cakes from grocery stores will even be cheaper than the fancy bakeries. 


8. Opt out on fancy favors

Although favors are a great way to thank guests for attending the shower they do not have to be so extra. There are some easy favors that you can make to help cut the costs. Edible favors would be perfect for a bridal shower. Try some homemade cookies or chocolate covered pretzels. If you cannot cook- do not worry! There are other handmade favors that you can make. Try and make a handmade love knot!

9. DIY Decor

Of course it is easy to just go to the store or order decorations for the bridal shower. Making the decorations is so much cheaper though. This is your time to show off your crafty side. Host a craft night with all of the bridesmaids and put together some decorations. It may take a little longer of your time but it will be worth it when you see how much money you saved. Getting the bridesmaids together will also be a fun bonding event.

10. DIY Centerpieces 

Don’t buy flowers from the florist this year. Print out pictures of the bride and groom and buy some flowers from the grocery store. You will be able to put together a much better centerpiece than anything you would be able to buy.

11. Utilize the Dollar Store

The dollar store has great decorations that people forget about. I call it the hidden gem. Balloons, table cloths, plates, napkins should all be bought from the dollar store first. Although you may want more fancy decorations you will never use this stuff again. So opt in for dollar store items!

12. Focus on Reusable Decorations

There are certain decorations you will be able to use again for the wedding. Focus on buying things in neutral colors so they can easily be reused. Or ask your friends to borrow decorations from past events that you have attended. Lots of people are willing to help believe it or not!

13. Use E-vites

Everything we do today is electronic- so why not take this opportunity to save some cash! Not only do Evites save money to make but guests actually prefer them over paper invites. Evites also make RSVP-ing so much simpler with just a link to your phone number. Evites are also easier to keep track off. 



14. Take advantage of Free Online Games

There are lots of games that you can offer guests to play throughout the shower that are free online. If you have a printer, ink and some paper you can play these creative games throughout the shower for basically no cost at all.

15. Less Entertainment

Bridal shower games that you print online are the perfect entertainment. There really isn’t anything else that is necessary for the shower. At the end of the day everyone is there to celebrate the bride and will just be happy to spend some quality time with her. When it comes to music just plug your phone into a speaker with you or the brides favorite playlist. There is no need to hire a band or musician. Playing music is important though because it will keep the party upbeat and everyone will stay in a good mood.

16. Be Thoughtful

Thoughtful gifts are much better than expensive ones. Even if your friend has a registry she will appreciate the thoughtfulness behind a gift much more. If you spend a lot of money on the shower choose to make her something that she will cherish rather than something she just wants. A scrapbook or a book for her guests to sign will go much further than anything on her registry. 


As you can see, planning a bridal shower doesn’t have to break the bank. It is up to you to be creative when planning the shower this year. Just because there is a budget that doesn’t mean corners have to be cut. The party can be equally as enjoyable on a budget. So don’t worry- you just might need to put a little extra work in, but we hope our cheap bridal shower ideas helps your beautiful event!

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