Bridal Shower Feng Shui
Start the bride’s wedding season right with these quick Feng Shui tricks
The official kick-off to a woman’s personal wedding season is the bridal shower. It’s a great time for the bride’s friends and family to celebrate the lover’s leap she’s about to make — and to shower her with gifts and encouragement! On this happy day, Feng Shui can set the mood for marital bliss (and a relatively stress-free run-up to the big day itself!).
If you’re planning a shower for the bride-to-be in your life, a few decorating tips from this ancient Chinese practice can help attract luck, health and happiness, and ensure a memorable party! Some quick adjustments to the bridal shower venue can make the woman of the hour feel energized, supported — and optimistic about the path ahead.
The term “Feng Shui” is Chinese for “wind and water,” two natural elements that communicate the idea of smooth energy flow. Since most bridal showers aim to create a positive atmosphere for the new bride, Feng Shui is a decorating theme!
Wherever you host your friend’s shower — whether at a private home, banquet room or restaurant — find the “marriage sector” of the room (this is the southwest area of the venue). Ideally — and furniture allowing — this should be where the party is centered. At the very least, this is where guests should gather as the bride-to-be opens her gifts.
Since pink is a nurturing color and white promotes intimacy, these two together are considered a favorable color scheme for this part of the room. Find a way to incorporate these colors, even if it means small candles or a vase with pink and white roses. (The vase should be the “earth color,” yellow, which represents stability and honesty — cornerstones of a successful marriage!)
Next, aim to incorporate the southeast area of the room or home where the shower will be held. This is considered the “prosperity sector,” so set up a small wooden table with a purple or red table cloth, since the element of wood and these colors are all associated with wealth and abundance. If you like, you can also place a bamboo plant on the gift table for luck.
Ask guests to drop their gifts and cards off here — this will symbolize the good intentions they all have regarding the bride’s upcoming marriage. When it comes time to open presents, each guest should deliver her gift to the bride personally. It gives the guest a personal moment with the bride, and it will allow the bride time to express her gratitude to each attendee.
The East wall of the room is associated with family and ancestral history. If possible, hang photos of the bride’s family, along with any family crests or flags that represent cultural heritage. This is also a great place to display photos of couples the bride considers to be successful, since it will inspire her to emulate their strong relationships.
Even as cake is passed around and mimosas are poured, be sure to give the bride a quiet moment so that she might think about her personal history and the goals that she has for herself during her marriage. Feng Shui supports the belief that the happier the individual, the stronger the marital union, so the bride should always have time to nurture herself, in addition to supporting her family. If you can, supply the bride with souvenirs and images that will remind her of her career aspirations (these belong in the North part of the room), personal passions and any hopes she has for having children (these should be placed in the West area of the room).
Putting on a Feng Shui-savvy party can seem daunting, so remember these three beliefs in the ancient practice: small efforts and adjustments can have positive repercussions; adjustments made with good intentions truly work, even if you can’t rationalize it; and finally, decorating with positive energy is simply fun to do!
Make your bridal shower an even more personalized affair by reading up on the bride-to-be’s Sun sign at Zodiac Central!