Planning A Bridal Shower In Northern Michigan

Photo of a food arrangement at bridal shower luncheon complete with fruit and appetizers

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Planning Your Up North Bridal Shower

Are you hosting a bridal shower in Northern Michigan? Finding the perfect outdoor venue for such an intimate event can be daunting, especially if you’re looking for something around Traverse City. Fortunately, we’re here to help with a few tips for finding the perfect shower venue.

What To Look For In A Bridal Shower Venue

Bridal showers, sometimes referred to as wedding showers, are unique events because they tend to be much smaller than weddings or reunions, but still require the same careful attention to detail. It is important to look for a venue that caters specifically to smaller events.

Finding a small venue that does not host other events on the same day as yours can help ensure your bridal shower will be private and intimate. Searching for something that is off the typical ‘beaten path’ may offer your guests a calm and quiet atmosphere for your celebration.

Image of a place setting at a bridal shower, complete with silverware on top of a light pink cloth napkin.

Photo by Jenni Hecht Foto Co.

Traveling For Your Bridal Shower In Traverse City

Traverse City, Michigan is a popular choice for destination weddings and all of the celebrations that come along with that. However, Traverse City itself can be very competitive and pricey when it comes to shopping for a venue.  

The areas surrounding Traverse City have much of the same beauty, but are far less crowded and less expensive. Finding a venue just outside of Traverse City is a great way to stay close to all of the favorite area amenities, while also saving money on venue and accommodation rentals.

The towns and villages surrounding Traverse City are hidden gems in themselves. Many of them offer acres of peaceful state land, quaint shopping areas, historical markers, and pristine beaches. It’s certainly worth a look around, trust me!

What Is Included With A Bridal Shower Venue

The answer to this question will vary greatly depending on the venue. Some venues are blank slates that offer a great price and complete privacy. However, you could be responsible for renting all necessary infrastructure such as a tent and tables. You would also be responsible for setting everything up and tearing it back down.

Most brides will search for a venue that has most of the necessary infrastructure built into the cost of the overall venue rental. This can include:

  • tent/pavilion
  • tables and chairs
  • portable restrooms
  • basic decor for your event
  • basic food buffet setup

Budgeting For A Bridal Shower

Sticking to a budget can be tricky when it comes to planning a bridal shower! If you have a smaller budget to work it, it is important you find a small event venue that offers flexibility with food, beverage, decor, and more.

Some venues may require you use only the food and beverage they supply, which usually means paying an upcharge fee. If you can, try to choose a venue that allows you to bring in your own food and beverages. Or, at minimum, a venue that allows you to choose your own vendors for food and beverage so you can find one that fits in your budget.

While food and beverage tend to be the most expensive part of hosting a party, baked goods and decor can also add up quickly. Having the freedom to shop around for a bakery or decorator will help ensure you can accommodate everything you had planned without going over budget.

Should You Book An Event Planner For A Bridal Shower?

Most people consider event planners for large events such as weddings or corporate events. However, having an event planner assist you in planning a bridal shower or other small event can be very helpful!

You should consider utilizing an event planner for your bridal shower, especially if you’re traveling from out of town. A local event planner would have a trusted list of vendors that they can recommend to you for everything from the catering to the cake! They can also help you with different venue ideas that are within the region you’re looking at.

Most event planners will adjust their price per hour or per event to reflect the size and complexity of the event. An event planner in Traverse City is likely to charge between $75 and $150 for assisting with a smaller event like a bridal shower. Keep in mind this individual will be on site the day of your event, giving you more time and peace of mind to just enjoy the day!

Image of a lily flower and lily pads floating on a peaceful pond at a bridal shower small event venue.

Consider Bright Lane Gardens For Your Upcoming Bridal Shower!

Located just 15 minutes outside of Traverse City Mi, Bright Lane Gardens is a one-of-a-kind event venue that specializes specifically in smaller events like bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and birthday parties. 

We’re just down the road from the Village of Lake Ann, which will offer your guests a fun variety of places to visit before or after your event. Despite our close proximity to Lake Ann, our venue is completely private from the main road and any other properties.

Our venue is situated peacefully along a private wood line. Featuring a disappearing waterfall, koi pond, covered pavilion, and acres of landscaped gardens, your guests will be enchanted by the natural beauty. To inquire about available dates, check out The Venue page on our website.