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Wondering where to host a bridal shower? We've put together the best bridal shower venues, with everything from afternoon tea to spa parties.... Bridal Shower - Venue Hire London | Canvas Events Bridal Shower - Venue Hire London | Canvas Events
 

Bridal Shower Venues in London

Find and book the most unique venues for a bridal shower in London

Traditionally the role of planning a bridal shower fell upon the Maid of Honor and bridesmaids, however today anyone can host a shower before the wedding. From afternoon tea parties to spa-party showers, we make planning your bridal shower stress-free with our unique selection of the best bridal shower venues in London.
  • Covent Garden

    Belgo Centraal

    Standing 400
    Theatre 300
    Dining 350
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  • Aldgate

    THE CROSSWALL

    Standing 170
    Theatre 40
    Dining 86
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  • Soho

    15 Bateman Street

    Standing 125
    Theatre 60
    Dining 60
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  • Bank

    Juno Rooms

    Standing 500
    Theatre 40
    Dining 100
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  • Aldgate

    The Culpeper Rooftop

    Standing 40
    Dining 30
    Boardroom 12
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  • Victoria Station

    Private Dining Buddha Bar

    Standing 75
    Theatre 55
    Dining 55
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  • Regent's Park

    Park Village Studios

    Standing 500
    Theatre 225
    Dining 275
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  • Haggerston

    RIDA UK

    Standing 400
    Theatre 200
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  • Shoreditch

    Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

    Standing 200
    Theatre 100
    Dining 120
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  • Haggerston

    58 Gin Distillery

    Standing 130
    Theatre 40
    Dining 50
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  • Southwark

    Camino Bankside

    Standing 160
    Theatre 30
    Cabaret 30
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  • Clapham North

    Last Days of Disco

    Standing 250
    Dining 50
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Hosting a Bridal Shower for your Favourite Colleague

Bridal showers are still relatively new to the UK. Less common even than the baby shower, they rarely occur in families unless it is as an alternative to a hen do (bachelorette). One instance where the bridal shower is definitely a good idea is when it comes to a work colleague. You might all be good friends outside of the office, but there’s no guarantee that everyone will get a hen party invite or even an invite to the wedding. After all, weddings are expensive, and every extra person adds to this. If you want to give your work bestie an amazing send off into the married world, then a bridal shower is the way to go. You can give gifts, celebrate, and discuss the upcoming nuptials. Your co-worker is sure to love it, and it gives everyone in the office the chance to congratulate her.


Tradition


Bridal showers are actually a much older tradition than you might think. Dating from Victorian times, gifts were generally presented in a lady’s parasol, which is where the idea of ‘showering’ the bride-to-be comes from. It could be argued that this type of celebration is even older, with women who didn’t have a dowry being given gifts by friends, family, and neighbours to help her set up her new home. Nowadays, we mostly associate the bridal shower with our friends in the US, although in fact there are many countries who have this tradition. It is generally either the Maid of Honour, or the bride’s family that hosts a bridal shower, although brides can have more than one, with different groups of people, including one for work friends.


Are Men Allowed?


Usually, it’s only the girls than get involved in a bridal shower, but when it comes to organising something for a work colleague, who’s to say that the men have to be left out? It’s something that you should discuss with the bride if she knows you’re organising it, as well as with the men you work with. Some might want the opportunity to celebrate with the bride-to-be and give their own gifts.


Gifts


The whole point of a bridal shower was traditionally to give gifts to the bride. When it’s a work colleague, you’ll have to decide what you are doing as a group. Perhaps everyone will go in together to buy a big-ticket item from the gift registry, or each buy your own individual gifts for her. A cash gift has become more and more common – this can go towards the happy couple’s honeymoon It is particularly appropriate when the couple already lives together and don’t need any of the traditional household items usually bought.


Venue


The venue you choose will decide the whole feel of the bridal shower. Of course, you can have it in the office, but it might be nice to hire a space away from work to really allow the bride to relax. There are loads of reasonably priced bridal shower venues for hire in London, so you’re sure to find one that doesn’t break the bank. It means that you can have it after work or on a Saturday instead of squeezing it into a lunch break or limiting the number of people that can actually attend. You can even go somewhere that does afternoon tea for a relaxed vibe that’s fully catered for.


Décor


Decoration for a bridal shower can be as much or as little as you desire. Think about what type of person the bride is and stick to that. For example, a floral theme or completely pink might be exactly what she’ll love, but others would want a more subdued look. Think about who the party is for, not just what you’d like. A major décor centrepiece can be a cake or cupcake stand. Adding this to your venue is always a great addition and your bride is sure to love it. Depending on your venue, you might be allowed as many decorations as you like, or they might ask you to keep it to a minimum. Make sure that you check with them before sticking anything to the walls!


Food


Whether you go for a cake of not, having some form of food at the shower is a must. Consider the time of day that you’re having it at and research into reliable catering companies in the area. You don’t need to have a sit-down meal, but some form of buffet will keep hungry guests happy. Unlike a hen do, a bridal shower is a bit more subdued. While alcohol is perfectly acceptable, it’s not going to be a major focus of the event. Think mimosas or a glass of wine.


Games


Games aren’t a must either, but a sometimes a good idea if you want to break the tension and get everyone relaxed. They should be light-hearted and fun like Mr and Mrs. It’s also a great excuse to ‘shower’ the bride with even more surprise gifts but also to give gifts to the winners of other games. This is a particularly good idea if your colleague is someone who doesn’t like to be constantly the centre of attention.


Having a bridal shower as a send-off to a favourite colleague is a great way for everyone you work with to get together and celebrate the upcoming nuptials. Whether the bride-to-be knows about the party of not, she’s sure to be grateful that she has such good work friends around her. Everyone will appreciate you throwing a party in her honour and an opportunity to give her gifts for her new married life.