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This post is brought to you by Francis Ford Coppola Winery–thanks for your support of the brands that make Southern Weddings possible!

It seems that more than ever, friends and family members spread out across the country, and even across the globe, which makes coordinating pre-wedding activities, like engagement parties and bridal showers, a logistical juggling act. I have bridesmaids in four different states myself–and I live in a fifth! In situations like this, one of the best times to schedule a bridal shower is over the holidays, when bridesmaids, friends, and the bride may be in their hometowns. But how to plan a shower that is festive and seasonally appropriate, where the bride is clearly the focus of the celebration? To answer this question, we teamed up with Francis Ford Coppola Winery, who sent us some of their Sofia Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine, which comes in the prettiest bottle, and adorable Mini Cans–the first wine to come in a can. Francis Coppola created these wines as a gift for his daughter, Sofia (yes, the chic and talented Sofia Coppola!), inspired by her bright and effervescent personality, and we imagined the bride this shower is celebrating with the same infectious qualities!

Should you be planning a holiday shower yourself, we have a few tips to help you carry it off with aplomb!

Send invitations early. Holiday schedules fill up quickly, and many people make plans months in advance, or have a standing tradition. Give guests plenty of time to rearrange their schedules or adjust their travel plans by sending out invitations at least two months in advance. We love this fun invitation MaeMae & Co. designed for our sparkling celebration!

Choose a color palette or theme that is festive, but original. For this New Year’s Eve bridal shower, touches of sparkle were a must, but we added a little twist to the typical NYE palette by including the bride’s favorite colors: deep red and pink. The Sofia Blanc de Blancs bottle (which comes wrapped in pink cellophane–Sofia Coppola’s idea, inspired by her favorite peonies!) and adorable Mini Cans fit this palette perfectly, and a gorgeous floral arrangement by Alana of Serendipity Designs completed the table. Even the container the Sofia Mini Cans come in is beautiful–so much so that we were inspired to reuse it as a centerpiece vessel!

Keep the focus on the bride. While this shower may be tied with a holiday, it is first and foremost a bridal shower, not a New Year’s Eve party. Schedule it early enough in the day so that there is no confusion, and bring the bride and her darling personality into as many elements as possible so that she doesn’t feel overshadowed by the holiday festivities. Monogrammed details, like our DIY cake topper, are a sweet way to celebrate her!

If you would love to include Francis Ford Coppola Winery’s Sofia wines (the line also include a Riseling, a Rosé, and a Chardonnay) at your next celebration, they have generously offered 15% off your first order and $5 shipping to SW readers with the code COPPOLA15. As you may have seen on Instagram a few weeks ago, getting a package from them is almost as delightful as what’s inside!

Sparkling Wine: Francis Ford Coppola Winery / Photography: Lauren Rosenau Photography / Venue: The Stockroom at 230 / Florals: Serendipity Designs / Invitation: MaeMae & Co. / Linens: La Tavola / Skirts: Bel and Beau / Tinsel Drink Stirrers: Em for Marvelous

Lauren Rosenau is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

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Emily and I were chatting about bridal showers on our road trip home from Charleston last week, and we agreed wholeheartedly that they’re one of the sweetest pre-wedding traditions. A beautiful shower is such a fun way to make a bride feel extra loved and special as she prepares for her wedding, which is why we’re excited to share today’s inspiration! A fabulous team of Florida vendors (including our Blue Ribbon Vendor, Ashton Events) designed this bridal shower shoot around the theme of “gingham and bunnies,” which struck a lovely balance between summery brights and soft feminine details. And yes, there were real bunnies involved–adorable!

Thanks so much to Amalie Orrange for sharing this fun shoot with us!

Those bow napkins holders are actually bracelets that doubled as favors–what a sweet surprise for the lucky guests!

From Laura of Ashton Events:

This shoot is a blend of a crisp, clean, and bright palette combined with charming vintage touches. We brought in live bunnies (you should have heard the laughter and delight that ensued!), and also used bunnies consistently throughout the decor. One of my favorite bunny elements was the miniature gold bunnies that guests could put in their teacups at the seed bar! It was a subtle touch, but something fun for the guests to take home.

The menu was comprised of several light and refreshing salads. We couldn’t stop eating the watermelon and basil salad that Good Food Catering made! We also served watermelon and mint slushies–they were the perfect summertime treat! ​

Photography: Amalie Orrange / Coordination, Design, and Custom Decor: Ashton Events / Furniture, Props, and Design: Wish Vintage Rentals / Floral Design: Peplum Events / Venue: The Junior League’s Sorosis Building / Paper Products: Renee Nicole Design & Photography / Cake: The Sugar Suite / Vintage China, Glassware, and Flatware: Dishie Rentals / Hair and Makeup: Beauty By Chantel / Dresses: Camilyn Beth / Pinata and Chargers: Katie Franklin / Bunnies: Family Fluffers / Catering: Good Food Catering / Vintage Stamps: Verde Studio / Napkins: Kate Ryan Linens

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  1. avatar Lisa Hays reply

    Love these colors and beautiful tables capes!

  2. avatar Amalie Orrange reply

    Thank you ladies so much for featuring this super fun and beautifully styled shoot, we had a blast working with this amazing team of talented vendors. It is a huge honor to be featured on Southern Weddings and am I so thankful! XO

  3. avatar Karena Dixon reply

    This might be one of the sweetest bridal showers I’ve ever seen! I adore that cake. So cute!

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    Love the dresses!!!!

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We love when brides outside of the South (who may or may not have roots beneath the Mason-Dixon line) bring a little Southern flair to their wedding celebrations. Christina, who lived in Charleston while her fiance attended The Citadel, loved the tradition she saw down South of honoring her best ladies, and wanted to treat them to a bridesmaid luncheon before her wedding. With a little assistance from a Southern friend who flew from Georgia to snowy Minnesota to help, she did just that! Hugs to Jenna Walker for these lovely photos!

For the table, we used my three sets of china: the set my grandmother passed down to me (blue), the set my mom passed down to me (pink) and my brand new set (Larabee Road by Kate Spade)!

For the menu, we served fried chicken, chicken salad, pimento cheese sandwiches, and mini cucumber silver dollar sandwiches with peach champagne bellinis and cucumber water.

The cake was designed by Gateaux Inc and it was pink lemonade with whipped cream and fresh strawberries. The cake pull was so much fun and definitely the main event of the luncheon! We had never done it before, so as you can see, I read from an outline as to what each bridesmaid had to look forward to in her future. There was actually one of the worst blizzards we have ever experienced the weekend of the luncheon and my wedding, so my flowers never came in — luckily our florist had bunches of tulips available for the luncheon, and one of my florist friends drove other flowers from Minnesota to Wisconsin the next day for my wedding!

P.S. Unfamiliar with the cake pull tradition? Check out our post here!

Photography: Jenna Walker | Cake: Gateaux Inc. | Rentals: Apres Party & Tent Rental | Dress: Kirribilla from L’atelier Couture Bridal Boutique | Bridesmaid Gifts: Reece & Blaire

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  2. avatar Cait Courneya reply

    Such a cute shower! Just wanted to let you know that I did the bridal illustration pictured!

  3. avatar kathy reply

    Does the junior bridesmaid,flower girl,married bridesmaid’s and engaged bridesmaid’s pull from cake

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