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Unique and Unusual Bridal Shower Ideas

Updated on June 21, 2013
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Bridal Showers have been the part of celebrating a bride's up and coming nuptials for hundreds of years. Bridal showers have always been about the gift giving, the trendy games, and fancy finger foods.

Where bachelorette parties are usually “friends-only” and sometimes go the extreme in celebration, bridal parties are traditionally attended by mother-in-laws, great aunts, cousins, members of the bridal party, and every friend imaginable. Therefore, when planning a bridal shower, you need to remember that everyone who is attending will feel comfortable, relaxed and have a good time!

With this in mind, your primary goal is to focus on the bride, of course! Make sure that the bride is relaxed, well rested, and ready to enjoy an afternoon or evening with those whom she loves. If you want to spare her from a boring shower of traditional riffraff, then try planning one of these bridal showers. These shower ideas are geared for all those who attend, so there should never be any awkwardness.

Soothing Sweet Vanilla Heaven Foot Bath with Rose Petals
Soothing Sweet Vanilla Heaven Foot Bath with Rose Petals | Source
Chocolate Mud  just one elixir you can create for a refreshing facial
Chocolate Mud just one elixir you can create for a refreshing facial | Source
Hire a few manicurists to pamper your guests
Hire a few manicurists to pamper your guests | Source
Have a Potpourri table set up for the guests to make their own potpourri bags. It's a great "take home" gift.
Have a Potpourri table set up for the guests to make their own potpourri bags. It's a great "take home" gift. | Source
Enjoy a relaxing luncheon with light salads and other tasty morsels
Enjoy a relaxing luncheon with light salads and other tasty morsels | Source

#1 Spa Shower

We all know how stressful planning a wedding can be. From the bride herself, to the mothers, the bridesmaids and even the planner will need a little stress release as it gets closer to the big day.
What a perfect way to help keep “the calm” with a Spa Shower!

Start by locating a home or room for rent that has a relaxing atmosphere with plants, soft lighting, and comfortable seating.

Rearrange the room into 6 areas:

  1. Foot Bath
  2. Facials and Makeup
  3. Chair Massage
  4. Manicure Station
  5. Potpourri Table
  6. Refreshments


  1. Create a foot bath circle with three or four chairs and foot pails. Have an elixir, "Sweet Vanilla Heaven Milk Bath" pre-mixed in a bowl with a scoop for the ladies to add to their water. With the foot baths formed in a circle, this way the ladies can sit and talk while enjoying an aromatherapy soak.
  2. Another station might include a 2 or 3 makeup artists to give facials and makeovers to your ladies and help them with makeup and hair suggestions for the wedding. You can go online and find recipes for facials and aromatherapy elixirs that can be done at home.
  3. Hire two or three masseuses to do chair massages on your guests.Nothing beats a great shoulder massage to reduce the tension and stress.
  4. Have 2 or 3 tables prepared where you have hired manicurists waiting to pamper your guests with hand massages and manicures.
  5. Create a fragrant table with different potpourri mixtures in several large bowls with scoops, several bottles of essential oils and fabric bags with ties, and several small mixing bowls. Have the women create their own potpourri bag by choosing their favorite potpourri mix and placing it into a smaller bowl, add their favorite oils and mix it in the bowls and finally scooping their mix into their bags. It makes a beautiful take home gift.
  6. To finish off the ambiance, have a finger food table with light, refreshing hors d'oeuvres and sparkling faerie water.


"Get dirty by helping the bride pull weeds, plant a flower or vegetable garden, and mow the lawn"
"Get dirty by helping the bride pull weeds, plant a flower or vegetable garden, and mow the lawn" | Source

#2 Garden Shower

A garden shower is a great time to enjoy the outdoors with your bride-to-be.

Garden parties can be applied with two different themes:

1. With an air of refinement, it’s the perfect time to wear your best sundress and favorite oversized hat with feathers and silk complete with white gloves and oversized jewelry. (Just like playing dress-up for adults)

  • Have a contest for the craziest hat

2. Gardener brides have a long wish list for garden supplies such as rare flower bulbs, her favorite seeds or starter plants, and gardening implements.

  • Instead of dressing up with frilly attire, have the shower at the bride’s home (if she has one at that time) and come in jeans and t-shirts and prepare to get dirty by helping her pull weeds, plant a flower or vegetable garden, and mow the lawn. The bride will be ever so thankful that you were instrumental in helping her get closer to her dream garden.
  • Have sandwich fixin’s and a refreshing iced tea for lunch.

Have a Head Chef  from her favorite restaurant teach the bride how to make her favorite salad.
Have a Head Chef from her favorite restaurant teach the bride how to make her favorite salad. | Source

#3 Foodie Shower

If the bride-to-be loves to cook, surprise her with a Foodie Shower! Make arrangements to have her shower at her favorite restaurant during the morning or afternoon when it is the least busy. Ask if you can arrange a cooking lesson with the head chef to make her favorite dish. Perhaps it would be her favorite salad and how to prepare it correctly, or how to roll sushi, or the correct way to sauté a skillet steak.

After the cooking lesson, proceed with lunch and present the bride with all kinds of unique kitchen gifts. Those that she would normally not buy for herself, however will light up like a Christmas tree when she see’s all the wonderful gadgets gifted to her.

Some gift suggestions might include a wok, or an omelet pan with the highest grade steel, sushi mats, or a complete set of stainless steel whisks.

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Lisa has directed and acted in musical theatre for nearly 30 years. Her musical upbringing allowed her to pursue her career in teaching and directing and continues to direct shows today. As the owner of 2 online Home Décor sites, Lisa’s passion for Rustic Living all begins with her love for the home, outdoors, and her many hobbies. Lisa loves to laugh, and she share’s that love through her comedic hubs centered on her MOM. Lisa’s passions include writing, directing, acting, photography, singing, cooking, crafts, gardening, and home improvement, including decorating. Lisa also writes under her penned name, Elizabeth Rayen.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Lisa, even though I am already married, I could use all of this! Wonderful ideas. Love the footbath idea -- very nice and pretty. Voted up++

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Oh same Dianna! Actually, I was thinking that these ideas could also be used for birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Thanks for the votes. You are number one with me tonight as well! (Maybe you and I are the only ones still awake at this hour. lol) ♥

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Very organized and well written, Lisa! Hmm, now how about a hub that deals with a Super Bowl bridal shower?

      : ) As usual, just thinking outside the box! Have a wonderful menehune kind of day, Lisa! Love your writing!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      LOL hawaiian... ya know.. I was just thinking how cool it would be to hold a "Duper Bowl Bridal Shower" and have beer, and finger foods, and a lot of yelling going on while the mom-in-laws do the jump and bump chests thing when a touchdown is made! hehehehhehehe But seriously, I do have an outline for a "Sports/Outdoors" themed Bridal Shower.. Hey, who's to say it can't be during the Super Bowl?!?!?! My menehunes are dancing all around me.... now if I could just get them to clean the house! LOL Warm Aloha my friend! ♥

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Having been to so many showers this adds new and fun ideas. A gardening shower would be fun. Well maybe my next marriage. What fun ideas for everyone. If I can't have a gardening shower I would love to go to one with a fancy hat contest. Love this hub.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you tirelesstraveler! There are so many cool ideas to execute for a bridal shower, but I agree with you.. I would love to wear a big fancy hat at a garden party♥ So happy you like the hub! :)

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Spa shower is my favorite option here because it pampers all the attendees and helps them stress down for the big event. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      I couldn't agree with you more alocsin. My vote is for the Spa Shower as well ! Thanks for the votes and comment.♥

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      What a cool hub, Lisa. I'd love to do the spa (for any reason!), but they all look fun. Thanks for sharing these creative alternatives. UP/U/A/I and sharing.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Denise. I agree with you as well. The spa would be my choice. I'm pleased you enjoyed it! Thanks for the kudos! ♥

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Great ideas and I vote up and share.

      Have a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Eddy! Glad you liked them. Thanks for the V & S! Have a great day as well. :)

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey Lisa, all the pictures are showing now :) Having a shower theme really personalizes everything and means so much more to the recipient. Great hub with great ideas!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Very cool Sharon! That was so bizarre :o I love shower or party themes. They just give you so many ways to design your party around them! Thanks for reading ♥

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      Tammy 3 years ago from North Carolina

      These ideas are wonderfully fun and unique. I love the idea of a spa party. Excellent!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Tammy! The Spa Theme was my favorite as well! ♥

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