21 Tips and Ideas To Make a Virtual Wedding Shower Special

Virtual wedding showers are now the norm, and these helpful tips should help make it special.

By Ruksana Hussain

Virtual Wedding Shower
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A virtual wedding shower can be just as fun of a pre-wedding festivity as one celebrated in-person—perhaps even better—with a little bit of virtual event planning. With online wedding showers gaining popularity, there are many ways in which you can make the occasion special for yourself and your loved ones. Thanks to video call apps and technology (like Zoom, Skype, or Google Hangouts), you will certainly have more folks attending to celebrate the day in a memorable manner. Here are a few virtual wedding shower ideas to host the perfect digital get together—and make your online wedding shower on you’ll never forget.

Tips to Throw a Special Virtual Wedding Shower

1. Send Out Invitations.

When it comes to virtual wedding shower invitations, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel. You can either stick with traditional, physical bridal shower invitations—or, if you want to stick with the digital theme, create virtual invitations or evites to send to your bridesmaids, family members, and other bridal shower guests. Besides, digital invites provide the convenience of one click RSVP and the ease of navigating to your wedding registry.

2. Pick a Theme.

You can have so much fun with virtual wedding shower themes, as much of it will not require physical production of items. You can create elaborate virtual backgrounds for everyone to use and a special one for yourself (or, if it’s not your shower, for the guest of honor). Send your guests photo booth props to take pictures for the virtual bridal shower album; you’ll want to have mementos from the event, even if the event isn’t technically in-person.

3. Send Suggestions For Attire.

You’re certainly not required to have a dress code for your virtual bridal shower. But if you want to do something fun and on-theme, have everyone on your virtual guest list wear the same color or something to reflect your shower themes. Staying indoors gives guests a bit more room for creativity with their outfits without having to worry about the weather outdoors and other external factors.

4. Have Fun With Decorations.

It’s a virtual wedding shower, but that shouldn’t stop you from going all out with decorating! Pull in your wedding colors or any other bridal shower themes or decor that you have in mind—and your guests can either enjoy the decorations over video chat or create similarly festive scenes in their own location.

5. Create the Right Ambience.

Some background music will only add to the event, so create a shower playlist that includes that the couple enjoy or that all the guests share as their tribute to the soon-to-be newlyweds. Ensure that it isn’t too loud so that everyone can still hear each other during the event.

Your Guide to Making a Virtual Wedding Shower Special Photo Credit // Unsplash

6. Choose a Moderator.

Technically, it’s your wedding shower—so you shouldn’t necessarily be the virtual wedding shower host. Choose someone from your wedding party to coordinate this event, as it does take some planning and should not fall on you entirely to orchestrate. This person can also ensure that the event’s festivities flow well, so that no single virtual guest takes on too much time when it’s their turn to share a few words or participate in any other way.

7. Raise Your Glasses For a (Virtual) Toast.

Where you would be clicking glasses in each other’s company onsite, you will now be toasting virtually. Send guests a special bottle of your favorite celebratory beverage or recipes for a signature concoction that they can imbibe while toasting you during your virtual wedding shower.

8. Share the Dining Experience.

Create a menu idea for all your guests to be enjoying during your virtual wedding shower, have wedding shower food delivered to them ahead of time, or send across a snack package with drinks and bites so that all of your guests are indulging in the same dishes as they would at an on-location event.

9. Open Gifts.

There is still room for good wedding shower gifts with a virtual party! If you send guests your gift registry link along with your digital invite, then you can have your gifts delivered to your virtual shower venue ahead of your event date. Opening gifts and thanking everyone in real time would be a great addition to a special day.

10. Carve Out Time to Socialize.

An in-person wedding shower would have a socializing element to it which shouldn’t be overlooked in the virtual version—even though you’re social distancing in different locations. Have a little time before and after your virtual wedding shower when guests attending can see who’s online and chat while they wait for the grand arrival of the bride or the couple.

11. Send Thank You Notes

Stay traditional and send physical thank you notes if you wish, but also remember that sending virtual thank you messages with a special link to a thank you gift waiting for them at a local florist or bakery would be a fun addition and a completely unexpected element.

Making your virtual wedding shower a special celebration can take on so many different forms depending on your tastes and preferences, as well as your wedding party and guests in attendance. Plan a fun event for yourself and everyone else, so that even though you aren’t hugging in person, you’ll feel like a virtually wonderful time was had by all.

Ideas For Your Virtual Wedding Shower

Still not sure what to do for your virtual shower? Here are a few ideas to help get your creative juices flowing:

12. Play virtual bridal shower games.

Bridal showers are known for games, like bridal bingo and “who knows the couple best”—and a virtual bridal shower is no different! Carve out time during the video call to play a group game—and, if necessary, send guests any instructions or materials ahead of time.

13. Make a speech.

Your loved ones are coming together to celebrate your upcoming wedding—and even though they can’t gather in person, it’s still important to thank them for showing up for you. Make sure to make a quick speech thanking everyone for attending and for all the love and support they’ve shown during the wedding planning process.

Have each guest share their favorite memory of the happy couple.

Virtual wedding showers are a celebration of the soon-to-be-married couple. And a great way to celebrate the couple? Having everyone share their favorite memory of the two.

15. Have each guest share one piece of advice.

You’re about to enter married life—and having some well-wishes and advice for the journey is never a bad thing! Ask each of your guests to share one piece of advice for a long, happy relationship. You could even write all of their tips down and assemble them in a book as a keepsake for your virtual shower.

Your Guide to Making a Virtual Wedding Shower Special Photo Credit // Unsplash

16. Have an alcohol tasting.

Are you a beer enthusiast? A wine connoisseur? If so, why not share that enthusiasm with your wedding shower guests? Choose a few of your favorite alcoholic beverages (for example, a beer flight or a few mini bottles of wine)—and send them to your guests so you can sip and discuss during your shower.

17. Chat about the wedding planning process.

Not everything you do at your virtual shower needs to be super planned or structured. Having some downtime to chat with your guests about wedding planning and your upcoming nuptials can be a great way to connect.

18. Have a dance party.

If you want your virtual wedding shower to feel like a real party, send everyone a playlist of your favorite jams—then encourage them to turn up the volume and have a full-on video dance party.

19. Preview your wedding dress.

Not every bride likes to show off their dress before the wedding. But if you don’t mind people seeing you in your gown before the big day, your virtual bridal shower can be a great opportunity to show off your dress (and generate plenty of “oohs” and “ahhs” from your guests).

20. Do a virtual class.

There are all sorts of classes you can take online, from virtual cooking or baking classes to virtual flower arranging classes—and taking one with your guests can be a great way to build your virtual shower around a fun, shared activity.

21. Give a tour of your home.

Many couples move into or buy new houses prior to their wedding. If that’s your story, your virtual bridal shower could be a great opportunity to give your friends, family members, and loved ones a virtual tour of your new place.

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