Those who plan and those who attend bridal showers hope to make positive memories for the bride-to-be. Decorations, food and gifts focus on the bride-to-be, her groom and the wedding. Gifts help prepare the bride-to-be for her new home and her new life. But while the bridal shower is special and the usual utilitarian gifts are important, the bride-to-be also needs tangible reminders of the day and her new life. Poems offer that positive reminder.
Help the bride-to-be remember her bridal shower with the gift of a framed poem. Either find a suitable poem in a book, online or write a poem. If you have a flare for penmanship, copy the poem on paper that fits in a standard-sized frame.
You can also enter the poem into a word processor and print out the poem in a font and size that fits the frame.
Use paper that fits the frame, the mood of the poem and the personality of the bride. Parchment works for a more formal presentation. You might wish to use coloured paper reflecting the bride's wedding colours. Add appropriate graphics.
You can choose a more costly frame that reflects the occasion. You can also purchase a plain wooden frame along with small wedding-related items you hot glue around the frame. Poem and frame makes for a one-of-a kind bridal shower memory for the bride-to-be.
Brides-to-be often need a lot of smaller kitchen items like paring knives, towels, potato peelers, etc. Put together a basket of these items. Tie with a bow. Consider how each item helps the bride, the groom or somehow impacts the marriage. Either find or write a two to four line poem for each item. Make the verse funny, sweet, practical or sentimental.
Example: Dish soap cleans the dishes and makes bubbles, not a few.
Love is like the bubbles. Keep it bubbling, too.
Attach the poems to the items for a unique poem gift basket.
Give the bride-to-be an unforgettable memory of her bridal shower with a memory poem book. Alert guests ahead of time of what you plan to do if you wish serious consideration to be given to the poems. If you plan on this gift being more lighthearted, use this as one of the icebreaker games. Purchase a photo album and decorate the cover for the event.
At the bridal shower, if used as a game, have each person who attends write a poem of marriage advice for the bride. After the poems are written, have the guests read the poems to the bride-to-be. Take a picture of each person reading her poem.
Print out the pictures. Arrange the pictures of the authors reading their poems with the actual poem. Present to the bride-to-be for a very special, and memorable, bridal shower poem gift.
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