Decide Who's Doing the Planning and the Paying.
Traditionally, the maid-of-honor is the person who plans a bridal shower. However, it could be planned by all of the bridesmaids with the input of the bride's family. Decide who is going to handle what right at the get-go, and remember to confer with everyone on issues of importance. Also, figure out who will be paying for what. If the maid-of-honor is the one paying for everything, chances are you will end up with a nice garden party at someone's house. If the bridesmaids and the bride's family are chipping in, you could go to a restaurant or rent a rec center. Since the budget will determine what you can do, figure out what you have to work with right away.
<Draw Up a Tentative Guest List and Start Brainstorming.
How many people you invite to the bridal shower will also have a bearing on your choice of location. Come up with a tentative list and try to realistically guess who is likely to show up and then choose a location that fits the number of guests and your budget. Before you send out the invitations, you will also want to brainstorm for any themes that you might use for the shower. If you are having an "Around the Clock" shower, you'll want to include that on the invitations and assign people with hours of the day to cover.
Select a Date and Send the Invitations.
The bridal shower is usually held 4-8 weeks prior to the wedding to avoid any conflicts for the bride, who will be swamped in that last month before the big event. A night or weekend is probably the best time to hold the shower for the convenience of most people who probably work on weekdays. Once you have settled on the time, date, and location, you can send out your invitations. You should send the invitations about a month ahead of time and have your guests respond about 2 weeks before the shower.
A bridal shower is a big event. However, if you stay organized and plan ahead, your shower will be a moment your friends, especially the bride, cherishes for a lifetime.