41 Unique Bridal Shower Ideas to Bookmark

outdoor picnic spread
Photo: Ava Moore

Whether you're a maid of honor planning your best friend's shower or a bride-to-be looking for inspiration for your own party, you likely have one thing at the front of your mind: You're looking for details that'll make the bridal shower one-of-a-kind. After all, this particular celebration should be anything but cookie-cutter. It's about the bride, and there's no one quite like her. Mark the special day and her bright future by planning a fête absolutely no one will forget.

Enter the following unexpected bridal shower ideas, which will help you do just that. From surprising activities and next-level place settings to personalized favors and the ultimate shower snacks, these sweet details guarantee that the bride will be toasted in style. However you decide to format this pretty party, you and your bride are guaranteed to find a detail, idea, or moment here bound to inspire something entirely unique. Click through for all of the unexpected bridal shower inspiration you never knew you needed.

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DIY Bouquets

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Alissa Noelle Photography

An unexpected activity everyone is sure to love: Have guests create their own bouquets in place of a game. Featuring dozens of fresh blooms on full display, this makes for a great interactive experience, ensuring everyone goes home with a keepsake of the soirée.

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Chalkboard Sign

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Stewart Uy Photography

Make the bride-to-be feel extra special with a chalkboard sign.

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Custom Cocktails

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Meg Lucks, Abby Jiu Photography

Who doesn't love a dedicated drink corner? Ensure every guest at your bridal shower will reach for a drink with these festive beverages.

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Bottles of Wine

bottles of wine
Mi Belle Photography

Send bridal shower guests home with their own wine bottles. Fishing net and tassels add a touch of flair to the celebration.

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In-Bloom Macarons

painted macarons
Mango Studios

Update a favorite sweet with illustrated buds that match the shower's floral scheme. They're almost too pretty to bite into! The key word here being almost.

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On-Trend Invite

transparent save the dates
Kelsea Holder

Two acrylic slabs make for a trendy bridal shower invitation. Bonus points if you opt for lettering in a just-as-chic metal like rose gold.

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Woven Fixtures

rifle paper co. floral bridal shower tablescape
Abby Cox

Incorporate oversize woven light fixtures strewn with beautiful blooms for a wow-worthy bridal shower.

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Celestial Theme

Jack Rodriguez

If she's a zodiac enthusiast, throw a shower inspired by the stars. A celestial place setting, an indigo and jet color palette, crystal centerpieces, star-themed place cards, and embroidered constellation favors will result in a look that's completely out of this world.

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Custom Favors

colleen jewel bridal shower favors
Will Anderson

Creating party favors with an illustration of the bride and her new ring is sure to bring a smile to the bride-to-be's face.

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Flower Wall

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@feyi_mbello via Instagram

Take a cue from this ecstatic bride and fill a wall with beautiful white roses. It makes for the perfect bridal shower photo-opp.

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Memory Lane

memorial photos
Kara Miller

Bring a personal touch to a quiet corner by setting up a family photo station. This is a great way to include loved ones that are no longer with you. While it doesn't make up for their absence, seeing their faces in photos will help you feel their love at the shower—and help your guests (especially the ones that never met Nana or Pop!) get to know them, too.

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Girls' Picnic

outdoor picnic spread
Ava Moore

Throwing a bridal shower with a smaller guest list? An intimate picnic is the way to go. Splashy rugs and cozy pillows make sitting on the ground comfortable. A stylish tablescape, with taper candles and lots of blooms, elevates a casual picnic into a lady's brunch.

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Woven Favors

beach welcome bags
Penelope Photos

If you're planning on showering the bride at an oceanfront venue, send attendees home with a thank-you bag filled with beach essentials. Straw hats wrapped in flower crowns, woven totes, and slippers are an elevated, on-theme take-home.

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Floral Pops

floral popsicles
Alicia Mink Photography

Planning a summer shower? Lemonade ice pops, filled with fruit and edible flowers, are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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Sweet Sign

decorative window
Jay C Winter

A vintage window can be repurposed as the prettiest bridal shower sign. A sweet, succinct sentiment, like "Showered with love," is the perfect add.

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Balloon Arch

Balloon arch
Ashley Kelemen

Floral installations may be trendy, but we're just as taken by this dusty-peach balloon arch. It makes a major statement, so be sure to keep the rest of your tablescapes décor quiet.

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Personal Aprons

personalized apron
Lauren Renée

These personalized aprons are a two-for-one. They'll serve as both place cards and bridal shower favors your guests will actually use.

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Bring the Inside Out

dessert table
Ether and Smith

Forget the rentals. Bring out a beloved desk or vanity when it's time to set the dessert table. Need more room? Simply open the drawers—they act as makeshift trays and look even lovelier filled with fresh blooms.

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Filter IRL

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@vivakayla via Instagram

An interactive photo frame mirrors your Instagram grid, while loads of fun props add something extra and unique to your bridal shower festivities.

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Unusual Centerpieces

bridal shower centerpiece with geometric hurricanes
Sugar and Cloth

An array of geometric-inspired centerpieces adds intrigue to an already powerful table. Gold-rimmed and transparent, these vases offer something extra to a colorful affair.

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Tequila Shots

mini patron bottle
Allison Kuhn Photography

If margaritas are the bride's absolute must-have, adorable Patron shooters make an appropriate favor. How fun would it be to take a shot all together at the beginning of the party using these little guys?

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Letter Board

bridal shower sign
Sugar and Cloth

A hot pink letter board isn't just the way to express a hilarious bridal shower joke, but it's also about as Instagrammable as it gets.

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Sitting Pretty

chair decorated with flowers
Arte de Vie Photography

Make opening presents a whole lot prettier by decking out the woman-of-the-hour's throne with blooms, moss, and lots of leafy greens.

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Subtle Blooms

Mademoiselle Fiona

While we're all about grand gestures and big statements, a quiet centerpiece makes a different kind of impact. A milk jar filled with pink, cream, and peach peonies is elegant without feeling over the top. It won't break your budget, either.

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Fringed Light Fixtures

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Anneli Marinovich

Add a little oomph to your summer bridal shower décor with fringed hanging lanterns in your wedding colors. These merge seamlessly with the tablescape for a picture-worthy event.

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Incense Bar

party favor
Sleepy Fox Photography

Banish all negative energy on the day of the party by burning fragrant herbs. Send guests home with their own bushels, paired with relevant essential oils, so they can do the same in their own homes.

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Regal Confection

blue bridal-shower-cake with crown
Caroline Tran Photography

If you're planning on serving quite a few guests at the shower, a three-tier might be necessary. Opt for a simple, gold-dusted cake, topped with a crown fit for a queen (like the bride!).

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Look Up

bird cage flowers
Ether and Smith

On the décor front, the smallest bridal shower details can have the biggest impact. Take this dainty bird cage, for example. Hung from a pergola's rafters and filled with sprigs of eucalyptus, baby's breath, and peachy-pink roses, it becomes an elegant overhead display.

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alyssa macia wedding woven basket of parasols
Branco Prata Studios

Beat the heat and shelter from the sun with adorable parasols. They're perfect for outdoor bridal showers—plus, they stand pretty at the entryway to the party.

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Terrarium-Inspired Centerpiece

geometric bridal shower centerpiece
Chloe Moore Photography

Pixies Petals spiced things up by filling hexagonal glass vases with sand, roses, thistle, and protea.

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Love You Like XO

xo cookies pink
Liz Banfield

Take notes from this sparkly scene, designed by Whitepeacock Weddings, when planning your bride's shower. A sequined table runner brings the dessert table to life, while Beyoncé-inspired cookies appropriately sum up the occasion.

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wedding favors crayons sunglasses
Vitae Weddings

Whether the bride is a kid at heart or you're thinking of ideas for a kid's table at the bridal shower, this fun place setting is sure to brighten up anyone's day.

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Incense Bar
This Rad Love with The Wedding Coven

Give the gift of calming scents with an incense bar. Guests can choose which smell suits their needs, and the colors incorporate a fall element to this autumnal bridal shower.

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Fruit Focused

citrus bridal shower centerpiece
Kandi Daniel Studios

Forego a classic floral centerpiece and opt for sliced fruit. Citrus like oranges and grapefruit add bright spots of color that guests can enjoy throughout the bridal shower.

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Salty Favors

pink salt jars
Emily Wren

Pretty pink Himalayan sea salt makes for the perfect bridal shower gifts. A color-coordinating pink ribbon makes them great to set out on a table near the entryway.

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Restaurant Décor

rustic wooden wedding reception tables with industrial chairs
Elizabeth LaDuca

Just because you're hosting a bridal shower in a restaurant doesn't mean you need to take the restaurant's décor at face value. Add high and low staggered candles and scatter seasonal fruit—like figs and pears—for a fall feel.

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Showstopping Centerpiece

bridal shower ping table setting decor under tent
Johnny Cirillo

A bright pink faux tree like this is sure to stop guests in their tracks. Each table gets their own pink foliage that's elevated enough so guests can still see and speak to one another.

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Origami Garlands

bridal shower hanging pink origami decor
Johnny Cirillo

Birds of a feather take flight in this beautiful pink origami garland. Placed above the dessert table or buffet, it makes for a lovely addition to bridal shower décor.

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Pumpkin and Pampas Grass

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Billye Donya Photography

An unexpected duo, painted pumpkins and pampas grass make this bridal shower table simply serene.

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Oversize Lighting

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Courtesy of Fox Restaurant Concepts

When looking for a venue for a bridal shower, take a restaurant's existing décor into consideration. We love the floating orbs in this Arizona-based restaurant.

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