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Bridal Shower Accessory Checklist

Here's a handy bridal shower accessory checklist for you to keep handy when planning a bridal shower. It will help you organize and be sure that you don't forget any necessity or nicety that you'd like to include to make the bridal shower a completely coordinated and memorable affair.

Bridal Shower Accessory Checklist - Paper Goods

Personalized Napkins add a special touch to table settings and buffet tables. Depending on the time of day and menu, you may need one or more of the following sizes of napkins. You can find a great price for personalized bridal shower napkins by shopping around online.

  • 5" x 5" cocktail napkins for cocktails, hor d'oeuvres, and cake - Cocktail napkins, also known as beverage napkins, are the most commonly ordered bridal shower paper accessory. They're perfect for the hors d'oeuvres table, or as a drink coaster substitute. Caterers usually recommend ordering two to three per guest.
  • 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" luncheon napkins for brunches, luncheons, buffets and cake - If your bridal shower is a brunch or lunch event, these standard size luncheon napkins are a necessity. Adding a personalization gives an elegant touch to the table setting. They're also the ideal size for wrapping slices of cake for guests. Caterers recommend ordering 1-2 luncheon napkins per guest.
  • 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" dinner napkins for formal dinners and place settings - For a more formal, sit-down catered bridal shower, choose the larger size dinner napkin rather than the smaller, lighter weight luncheon napkins. Caterers recommend ordering 1 dinner napkin per guest.
  • 8 1/4" x 4 1/2" guest towels for the guest rooms - Supply your guests with personalized paper towels in the guest rest rooms for a truly elegant touch. Plan on ordering 1-2 per guest.

Paper bridal shower accessories can be ordered from many online wedding supply houses. They're available in dozens of colors so that you can match the shower's color scheme perfectly.

Bridal Shower Accessory Checklist - Matchbooks

Personalized matchbooks are a traditional wedding favor/accessory for weddings, reception dinners and bridal showers. Most manufacturers off imprinted matchbook covers in 30-strike and 40-strike books in a variety of colors and foil imprints. The longer personalized matchbooks are often imprinted with the name of the bride, the shower date and a line on which to print the name of a guest and table assignment. A more modern substitution for personalized matchbooks, some manufacturers now make matchbook notepads that look like the traditional matchbooks - but open to reveal a small notepad.

Bridal Shower Bar Accessory Checklist

  • Cocktail napkins (description above)
  • Personalized swizzle sticks - Go all out and personalize the mixed drinks at your bridal shower. Swizzle sticks are available in colors to coordinate with your bridal shower decor, and can be personalized with any text you wish. Caterers recommend 1 to 3 swizzle sticks per guest.

Personalized Bridal Shower Favor Accessory Checklist

  • Imprinted favor boxes, cake boxes and favor bags are a way to present even the most simple of bridal shower favors in style. Available in a number of colors to coordinate with the bridal shower decor.

There are other styles and categories of bridal shower accessory besides the basics. You may choose to order personalized votive candles, votive candle holders and playing cards.