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The Honeymoon Shower

How to Have a Fun, Relaxed, and Memorable Honeymoon Shower


The Honeymoon Shower
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One of my favorite non-traditional bridal showers is the honeymoon shower. If the couple has a honeymoon registry, throw them a party that's all about their future fun. Whether they'll be lying on the beach or swooshing down the slopes, tie in the decorations, invitations, and music to their big trip.

  • Honeymoon Shower Invitations
    Make invitations that look like boarding passes or passports, giving your guests a sneak peek of the fun to come. If you're not the crafty type, many invitation companies have travel-themed invites, like these passport stamp invites from Wedding Paper Divas or these boarding passes from Etsy seller lemonseedandco.

    Here's sample invitation wording for a honeymoon shower:
    A Honeymoon Shower for Jane Smith,

    Come celebrate Jane's soon-to-be marriage to John Doe. After they tie-the-knot, they're honeymooning in Hawaii! Let's help her get in the mood with a Hawaiian Luau.

    Please bring a gift that John and Jane can enjoy on their honeymoon. They are also registered at The Honeymoon Registry and Crate & Barrel.

    More Bridal Shower Invitation Wording

  • Fun Touches:
    Ask guests to dress in vacation-appropriate clothing. For Hawaii, have leis and sunglasses for them to wear. For any island destination, have some pretty flowers and bobby pins available so guests can tuck blooms behind their ears.

  • Favors:
    Send your guests home with a personalized mini bottle of sunscreen and flip flops, a kit for homemade hot chocolate, or a bottle of wine from their destination.

  • Honeymoon Shower Food and Drinks:
    Of course, you'll want to match the cocktails and snacks to the theme. In fact, they're perhaps the most key element to help guests get in the spirit. For an island trip, serve tiki drinks, tropical fruits, and grilled skewers of chicken, bacon, and pineapple. Jamaica means jerk chicken, while Paris calls for brie cheese, gougeres, and mini crepes.

    Serve dips in halved fresh coconuts, and use pineapples as your centerpieces. For a ski vacation, serve spiked hot chocolate, bowls of chili, and granitas. And of course, for European getaways, a variety of hors d'oeuvres representing that country is easy and fun.

  • Decorations
    Of course you'll want the decorations to tie in with your honeymoon shower theme. Go to the travel agency or to the country's tourist bureau and ask for brochures and posters advertising the destination. For island destinations, just a few tripical flowers and bright table cloths are all that's needed. For European trips, you can use touristy icons like the Eiffel Tour or Spanish bullfighters. Or, for a more chic and modern look, just use the color schemes and art work from that country's signature artists (ie, pink and black for Paris, red and yellow for Barcelona).

  • Music:
    If you want the party to feel relaxed and fun, music is your ticket. You'll want to tie it to the theme without going too far, because above all the tunes need to be ones that make you feel happy and want to dance. or Jamaica, Bunny Wailer and Bob Marley are naturals, while Carla Bruni is perfect for a Parisian Party. And though you might think about the Brothers Cazimero or Iz for a Hawaiian party, truthfully they're a bit slow. You might be better off going with fun lounge music like the Montefiori Cocktail albums, Tipsy, or Jack Johnson.

  • Honeymoon Shower Activities:
    Of course you can play some bridal shower games. But you could also plan activities that somewhat reflect what the couple will be doing on their honeymoon: a mixology lesson, spa treatments, luau dancers or belly dancers, or just beautiful food and drinks from their destination. As a nod to the games-loving-people, you could offer a trivia contest about the country, mixed with a few questions about the couple's past travels.

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