Bridal Shower On A Budget

Dearest Readers,

Everyone around me is slowly but surely starting to get engaged, starting to settle down with their better half, starting the next chapters of their lives. Then you have me. I spend most my days discovering who I am and have just started falling in love with myself.

Nonetheless, I am over the moon for my Sistres out there who have found love and have started the next chapter of their journey. (For all my Orphan Black fans out there, you would have got the Sistres reference!)

Moving forward, my circle is very small , I can just about count my beloveds on one hand. I didn’t think I’d be bidding one of my girls away to their husbands any time soon since I’ve known all my sistres since secondary school. But whether I liked it or not the time had come and one of my girlies was soon to fly the nest.

As it was our first girl we felt we had to make her feel special but make it a beautiful and intimate get together all at the same time. As we always go to fancy restaurants & spoil each other with gifts on birthdays we didn’t want to do anything that felt the norm.

This was also during the time I was out of work so I had very little money and the money I did have helped me keep my car & pay other outgoings. I still wanted to invest all of my energy into making the first bridal shower as memorable as I could.

Me & Samiya sat down and we brainstormed our ideas. We decided we wanted a picnic party in the park since we got bouts of sunshine last year in Summer. Once we had picked the theme of our shindig we both set out shopping & got to work on making this the best picnic party ever!


I am the least creative I know. A lot of my inspiration comes from Pinterest so I spent hours going through different picnic boards just so I can get a few ideas on the sorts of things we needed to buy. Pinterest is rich with DIY projects and party ideas so if you’re planning something, do yourself a massive favour and get on Pinterest!

We had decided to set the time of the Picnic Party in the evening as we weren’t interesting in melting away with our sweat in the heat. We wanted a breeze, we wanted to watch the sunset. It truly is the best time of day in the Summer!

We had arranged the Picnic Party in Coombe Abbey Country Park as it is best known for its scenic views. Tucked away tidily in country side lanes, Coombe Abbey Park was a childhood favourite for us all. The park also had lots and lots of trees, easy to hang our decorations on.



I say easy.. It wasn’t the easiest of tasks. It took me at least an hour hanging up the colourful scarves onto the trees. I tried my best to create a tepee but just as I am not the greatest creative I am also not the best person with hardware or labour!

A lot of the decoration was found around our own homes. We used dupattas from old suits to hang on trees. We used candles and decor from around the rooms in our house to hang on branches and places around our table.

We placed blankets and pillows on the floor to give off a cosy ambiance and used an empty plastic box as a table which we decorated with flowers and candles.


I had known the bride since I was 11 years old. Our fathers had known each other when they were at school too. We are all 23 year old adults now.

As we sat on the floor and soaked in the warmth of summer we laughed so much about the amount of fights we had with each other. The amount of times we caught bunking of school and the number of times our parents got called into our head of years office.

We were the worst influence on each other but we grew closer and closer as the years have passed. I have watched the bride grow from an adolescent school girl to a beautiful wife and now mother.

It was beautiful watching her marry the love of her life and you can bet your ass I cried my soul out on her wedding day as though I was bidding off my own sister.

I love you always Faarah!

Love always,

NmDiaries ♡

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  1. July 7, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    Well, I must say this looks cool, you have some good advice there.

  2. July 7, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    Hi, what a great idea very personal just as well the weather has been nice.

  3. Yulissa
    July 7, 2017 / 6:37 pm

    What a cute setting! 💕 Loved the jard with the pink candy.

  4. July 7, 2017 / 8:45 pm

    So many great tips! I can’t wait to use some of them for my cousin’s upcoming shower.

  5. July 7, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    We dont have bridal showers in Norway,just bachelorette parties… 👍but good tips 👍

  6. July 7, 2017 / 11:06 pm

    What you did was just fabulous and really very effective. It just goes to show you don’t need to spend a fortune to celebrate such a memorable occasion. I think you did a great job and its obvious that it really worked out well. Some great ideas here.

  7. July 7, 2017 / 11:10 pm

    this is such a great post! you made it work on a budget to make the bride happy, hope she enjoyed it.

  8. July 8, 2017 / 12:40 am

    Super cute! Just goes to show that you don’t need a lot of money to be able to have a good time. Celebrating is always free!

  9. July 8, 2017 / 3:22 am

    Never fear about everyone getting married off .. I wish I would have waited much longer than I did to have gotten married. You’re the sweetest friend to throw her a shower! The picnic party looks like it was the perfect idea. I guarantee she felt loved. x

  10. July 8, 2017 / 5:55 am

    Well, though m out of this phase but really cool to know these pointers!

  11. July 8, 2017 / 6:00 am

    How sweet! Three decor is beautiful. But more importantly, both you and the bride enjoyed yourselves. May the two of you stay blessed. Thanks for sharing!

  12. July 8, 2017 / 6:12 am

    Nice idea for a fellow. Definitely you’ll join the league soonest. Just allow things to unfold by itself. God is there cooking something cool for you.

  13. July 8, 2017 / 6:53 am

    Great way to plan. Way to go girl! 😀

  14. July 8, 2017 / 8:05 am

    wow this is so helpful on how to stay on a budget and still have an amazing party! weddings these days are so expensive it’s always hard to participate. this is a great way to do it!

  15. July 8, 2017 / 2:10 pm

    So much shopping in one GO …Wow

  16. Angela Milnes
    July 8, 2017 / 3:55 pm

    Wow. What an awesome preparation for bridal shower and I love all your tips I wish I can do bridal shower too

  17. July 9, 2017 / 3:09 am

    This is the sweetest thing ever! I can’t imagine anything better than having your closest friends put so much time and effort into making you feel so special and cared for on your bridal shower. Small, intimate gatherings always mean so much more than the amount of money you’ve spent anyway! I hope one day I can do this for one of my friends.

  18. July 10, 2017 / 2:47 am

    Beautiful to see that you were there for your “sistre” (and I definitely got the reference before you even mentioned it…love that show!)
    More people should look for more affordable, personal ways to hold bridal showers because at the end of the day it’s the thought and effort that matter most.

  19. July 10, 2017 / 3:43 am

    You two made yourself such a beautiful picnic. I love picnics and this is just so colorful and pretty. The food looks great as well.

  20. July 10, 2017 / 10:41 am

    This kind of love story happens less often but it’s always the best love story for one can tell cause marrying someone you have been in love with since childhood don’t happen often. So you should be very happy for your “sistre” am happy for her.

  21. hal
    July 10, 2017 / 10:49 am

    ahhh so glad i won’t have to do all these things :p – but i know how important it is socially so il be sure to share this on my personal fb so any girls i know can take notes

  22. July 10, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    I love it! Being able to plan a party this awesome even when you’re limited to a budget! That’s very creative and innovative.

  23. July 10, 2017 / 4:57 pm

    I love Pinterest for cute ideas like this! I’m getting married soon and love getting lost in all the goodies you can find on there with all the DIY you’d ever want. Great post!

  24. meghan
    July 10, 2017 / 5:04 pm

    Love this!! Very cute idea for bride to be’s. 🙂

  25. July 10, 2017 / 6:23 pm

    Lovely ideas….I remember mine like it was yesterday…great time to spend with lovely friends….your ideas are very practicable….the thought counts not the amount of money involved

  26. July 10, 2017 / 6:23 pm

    This looks absolutely stunning! I think these tips can be used for other celebrations like birthdays, baby showers etc.

  27. July 10, 2017 / 6:53 pm

    This is such an awesome bridal shower idea! I don’t think you need to spend a lot of money to give someone a special shower these days 🙂

    Louise x

  28. Krystle Cook
    July 10, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    I love everything about this post! Bridal showers don’t have to be a huge put on. This sounds absolutely perfect.

  29. July 10, 2017 / 9:47 pm

    This is so cute! I am always on a budget and I have to plan my best friend’s bridal shower, so I am going to use these tips! Hopefully it’ll turn out as well as yours!

  30. July 11, 2017 / 1:38 am

    What a wonderful idea! Will keep these tips in mind for my best friend’s upcoming shower.

  31. Tereza
    July 11, 2017 / 4:44 am

    What a beautiful idea! Absolutely love it! I’m organising a bridal shower for my best friend this summer and totally stealing this idea, it just looks so affordable but cute & fun! x

  32. July 11, 2017 / 6:53 am

    Great stuff! I have never organised a bridal shower before. I never had one too, although I wanted one.

  33. July 11, 2017 / 3:24 pm

    What a great idea, I love the idea of a picnic party! I’m about to start planning my friend’s bridal shower

  34. July 11, 2017 / 6:30 pm

    That’s such a cute idea!

  35. July 14, 2017 / 9:19 am

    aww this looks lovely. My friend in Australia did something very similar actually x

  36. July 14, 2017 / 9:22 am

    Oh my gosh love it, super cute. Well designed and some fabulous tips.

  37. July 14, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    But this was an amazing bridal shower! With so much love and effort exerted in the success of this event, nothing to ask for. 😀 Thank you for sharing.

    I wonder how my bridal shower will be like. I think thats the one I am looking forward to. Nah, my boyfriend hasnt proposed yet. 😛

  38. July 15, 2017 / 12:09 am

    These are some fantastic ideas for putting together a fun and chic bridal shower on a budget! Really helpful, thanks for sharing

    Laura x

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