We recently hosted a couples wedding shower for a young couple who live out of state. Since most of their friends and family in Minnesota hadn’t seen them in a while, it was a special day to celebrate and reconnect. It was our pleasure to celebrate as they prepare for their big day!
Time was limited, and it was a holiday weekend when guests have busy schedules. We wanted to ensure the couple had a chance to really talk to and spend time with people who made the effort to come to the shower. Having an Open House shower allowed people to come and go as needed, without worrying about being late or leaving early. The loose structure and flow of people in and out at different times allowed the couple to talk to everyone who came.
Couples Wedding Shower Invitations
Invitations for the shower were created using a free online template from Wedding Chicks. Most of the text in this Bridal Shower template can be changed, so it can easily be modified for a couples wedding shower. The invitations were printed on card-stock and mailed along with directions and an index card for guests to bring a favorite recipe to the shower.
Because some of the guests didn’t know a lot about the couple, we created a relationship timeline to help guests learn more. There are lots of ways to display a timeline; chalkboards, printed graphics, or signs. We used black construction paper and white crayon to give the ‘chalkboard effect’ and framed it with scrapbook paper.
Include significant relationship events:
– when they met
– first date
– first “I love you
– the proposal
– wedding details
Our timeline was posted on the wall throughout the main room where everyone gathered. As people mingled and ate, they read and learned more about the couple. A few of them are shown below.
What They Love About Each Other
Using IKEA chalkboard easels, we displayed a list of the things the bride and groom love about each other. They were set up near the entryway to draw people into the house as they arrived. How neat is it that they both listed that they love how the other loves the Lord?
Open-House Friendly Food
Open house food should be easy for people to serve themselves, and for hosts to keep cold and fresh. We served fresh fruit, chicken salad with croissants, chips with salsa, spinach dip and guacamole, veggies and dip, deviled eggs, popcorn and an assortment of desserts.
To keep things simple, we served ice water, unsweetened iced tea with fresh lemons and sugar cubes, lemonade, coffee, and sparkling water.
Additional Special Touches
In the invitation, guests were asked to bring a favorite recipe. They dropped them off at the gift table. I was told some ‘secret’ family recipes were included. In the main room, there was a place for guests to leave a note of encouragement or advice for the couple to read later. A banner was hung across with their names made from the same patterned scrapbook paper as the relationship timeline. We also framed their Save the Date and Wedding Invitations to display them for guests.
Since the couple was from out of town, most gifts were small in size, making it easy for them to bring everything home on the plane. Some gave gift cards and money, and some wrapped a photo or description of larger gifts purchased from their gift registry and mailed.
Overall the shower was a success!
We had a great turn out, despite the holiday weekend. This couple is well-loved and people did not want to miss the chance to see them! The atmosphere was laid back and relaxing. Many guests stayed a most of time and were able to spend some quality time with the couple.
Hosting this shower was fun, and was such a blessing to me. Since we don’t live near the couple it was special to get the chance to celebrate before the big day. We had the privilege to finally meet Justin, see Brittni, and watch the respectful, joyful and loving way they interact. The wedding will be in Maine this June so our family will taking a short vacation to attend. We are also excited that our son Aiden will be the ring bearer (aka. polar bear, if you ask him) in the wedding, so fun!
Congratulations, Brittni and Justin!
We cannot wait to celebrate with you on your wedding day this June.
Also check out A Couples Wedding Shower for more ideas.