Bridal Showers Done Right! – “Fascinators”
Let me start out this blog post by explaining the headline: Bridal Showers Done Right. I’ve spent the last decade in Utah going to copious bridal showers, the better part of which were soooo LAME!!!! (My apologies to any friends who may read this blog – hopefully I’m not talking about your bridal shower, or the one you put on.) I’m sick of it. Since we live in this wonderful state where there seems be an endless and abundant supply of brides, meaning bridal showers to go along with, I want to lend a hand. Bridal Showers Done Right will be a series of blog posts providing tips on throwing the best showers that all your friends will definitely appreciate. Expect to see posts on hosting, activities, food, games, etc.
Now to the topic at hand. If you watched the royal wedding (or even if you didn’t), I’m sure you couldn’t help but notice the lavish hats and fascinators which all the women wore. They’re perfect for weddings or formal occasions, or even just a night out on the town. So I had a thought… why not make your own?! I mean, they don’t have to be as crazy or ostentatious as the ones that made an appearance at the royal wedding, and definitely don’t need to carry the same price tag. And above all, it’s the perfect activity for any bridal shower.
If you’re the lucky host of the shower, you’ll need to gather a supply of materials for your attendees to choose from. Head to your local craft shop to pick up your choice of feathers, flowers, jewels, tulle or birdcage netting, or whatever strikes your fancy. You’ll also need to pick up some hairclips, headbands, hair combs, or anything that can fasten to your hair. Felt is a cheap fabric and is the perfect base to glue onto if you don’t want to glue directly onto the fastener. Wire for shaping or string may come in helpful too. All of this can add up, so you’ll have to pick and choose depending on how much you’re willing to spend. Craft stores usually have great coupons, so make sure to print some before heading to the store. Oh, and hot glue guns are a must for this project.
Then for the creative part. Cut and glue to your hearts content. Have a few examples printed out to give your attendees inspiration and get their creative juices flowing. The best part of this activity is that each attendee will have a souvenir to take home from the shower and their very own fascinator. They can even wear it to the wedding!
Below are some of my fav picks from the royal wedding. Eat your hearts out. And maybe if you’re lucky, I might just post a photo of my very own, custom made fascinator!