Bridal showers are all about making the bride-to-be feel special and appreciated. It is an event organized to remind her that as she enters a new chapter of her life, there are people who will tirelessly support her. Besides gifts, guests show their love by making a toast, giving a heartfelt message, or even writing a poem for her.
Sweet bridal shower poems are sentimental, emotional, and touching. They are dedicated to the bride-to-be and usually contain messages of excitement for her upcoming wedding, memories of her and the writer, and blessings and well-wishes for the future.
Below are 15 examples of poems you can recite during a bridal shower, followed by instructions for writing your own poem. Lastly, some tips to remember for bridal shower poems are also given.
Sweet Poems for a Bridal Shower
1. Big Sis, I Love You (by Ranja Kujala)
My dear Big Sis, you are the greatest there is
And amazing in every way.
I greatly admire and look up to you
Each and every day.
You are always showing how much you care,
From your heart that is filled with love.
You are a beautiful angel,
Sent from the heavens above.
I am the luckiest sis in the world
To have grown up next to you.
We played and laughed and had fun together,
A great bond that has always stayed true.
Big Sis, you are always in my heart and thoughts,
And I am always sending you a hug and kiss.
You are my world, and I love you so much.
Always and forever…your Lil’ Sis.
2. A Little Extra Sugar (by Julie Hebert)
The day you wed the man of your dreams,
Changes nothing, yet everything.
See you’ll still be you in every way,
But from now on you’ll be accompanied by a ring!
Okay, okay, thats not quite true,
A ring you’ll have but more.
You’ll have a companion for life you see,
Someone to love you and adore.
Though being married isn’t an end all,
For your life as you know it.
It just means you’ll have someone else,
Who’ll be with you to walk it.
No more going to parties or weddings alone,
You’ll always have someone at your side.
Mom and dad are not needed as much anymore,
Now you’ll have someone to give you a ride.
This person you’ll marry will come into your life,
Not to take it over but make it fuller.
You still get to be everything you are,
Just now with a little extra sugar.
3. Excerpt from “Goblin Market” (by Christina Rossetti)
“For there is no friend like a sister
In calm or stormy weather;
To cheer one on the tedious way,
To fetch one if one goes astray,
To lift one if one totters down,
To strengthen whilst one stands.”
4. Daughter-In-Law Poem (by MollyandBeau)
5. Dear Sister
6. If You Want Something to Last Forever… (by F. Burton Howard)
7. Irish Blessing
May love and laughter light
your days and warm your
heart and home.
May good and faithful friends
be yours wherever
you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless
your word with joy that
May all life’s passing seasons
Bring the best to you
8. My Sister, My Friend (by Leann Stiegman)
To me, you are an angel in disguise.
Full of intuition, you are intelligent and wise.
Always giving and helping through good times and bad.
You are the best friend I’ve ever had.
If I had one wish, it would surely be
To give you as much as you’ve given to me.
Though I’ve put our relationship through some cloudy days,
You’ve been my sunshine in so many ways.
Through trials and tests, right by me you stood,
And you gave me your hand whenever you could.
Thank you so much, my sister, my friend.
My gratitude for you has no end.
9. My Best Gift to You…
10. New Beginnings… (by L.M. English)
11. Recipe for a Happy Marriage
12. What Is a Sister? (by Jessica Shaw)
A sister is someone special to me.
A sister is someone to fight with.
A sister is someone to cry with.
A sister can sometimes understand you better than anyone else can.
A sister is there for you through good times and bad.
Some sisters are close.
Some are far apart.
Sometimes you might wish you could change your sister.
But if I changed just one thing about my sister it might ruin something.
Of course my sister wouldn’t be the same.
But most important it might ruin our sister relationship.
We are as close as we could possibly be.
Some people think a sister is just a sister.
But my sister is more than that.
She is and will always be my best friend.
And my sister will always be very special to me.
Because I couldn’t picture what my life would be like without her.
13. A Sister Like You
14. A Thousand Stories Long (by Nikita Gill)
How to Write a Poem for a Bridal Shower
Reflect on Your Relationship With the Bride
The process of writing a poem starts with brainstorming for its content and message. Spend some time reflecting on your bond with the bride; reminisce on good memories, challenging times you overcame together, and so on. Here are some prompts to guide your reflection:
- What are your most cherished memories with the bride-to-be?
- Is there a significant childhood memory you want to mention?
- What traits of the bride-to-be do you love or appreciate the most?
- Is there a rough patch or challenge you went through together? How did you overcome that challenge?
At the same time, think about what you wish for the bride-to-be to have in the new chapter of her life. Frequently, this includes blessings, good fortune, happiness, strength, and resilience.
As you reflect, list your thoughts on a piece of paper or online software. This list will guide you as you draft and compose your poem.
Read Other Poems
Many believe that in order to write, you must read a lot beforehand. With that said, browsing through online platforms or published collections of poetry will immensely help you write your own poem. This step is particularly essential especially for those with little or no prior experience with writing poems.
Decide What Style of Poem You Want to Write
As you read many poems, you will start to see various forms of poetry arise. Furthermore, each form has specific elements and rules to follow. Below is a list of some forms of poetry.
- Free verse → is the most relaxed form of poetry. It has no meter, rhyme, or strict rules. Instead, the writer sets the pace and emotion through their words, phrasing, and intonation.
- Acrostic → is also referred to as “name poems” because the first letter of each line spells out the name of the person to whom the poem is dedicated. Acrostic poems are exceptional for bridal showers because of their sentimentality.
- Blank verse → is poetry with no rhyme but with a specific meter. Meter refers to the number of syllables in each line and the pattern of emphasis with which the syllables are said. The most common meter for blank verse poetry is iambic pentameter, which consists of five pairs of syllables with the emphasis on the second syllable of each pair.
- Narrative poetry → is a poem that tells a story. It consists of a narrator, typically the writer but can also be someone else. Because it consists of a setting, plot, and characters, narrative poems are generally longer.
- Contemporary sonnet → is a type of sonnet with 14 lines, but no specific requirements in terms of meter, rhyming scheme, the structure of the stanzas, and so on.
- Limerick → is a poem with a single stanza containing five lines, featuring an AABBA rhyme scheme, and whose content is typically a short, concise story or description. Limericks are generally comedic and trivial.
These are only six of the myriad forms of poetry available. While deciding which one you want to use, it is also worth brushing up your knowledge on the elements of poetry, such as rhyme, meter, rhythm, stanza, verse, figures of speech, and so on.
Draft and Revise
Equipped with the knowledge of the forms and elements of poetry, you can begin writing your own poem. The first draft is always the most challenging to finish, so do not feel discouraged. Once you complete the first draft, let it sit for a while before working on revisions.
Read your draft out loud to see if you need to fix the rhythm, intonation, rhyme scheme, or another element. While doing so, you can ask someone you trust and enlist their help in improving your poem. Because drafting and revising may take some time, it might be best to start writing your bridal shower poem a week before the event.
Tips to Remember for Bridal Shower Poems
When to Recite the Poem
In a typical bridal shower itinerary, poems are usually included in the timeslot allotted for making a toast. This timeslot is usually 30 minutes long and comes after the bride-to-be has opened her gifts. However, depending on the planner of the event, the toasts, poems, and blessings for the bride-to-be may be given as the meal or cake is served. Poems can even be integrated into bridal shower games.
It is worth mentioning that poems for the bride-to-be may also be recited during a wedding shower. With that said, you might want to consider writing another poem for her partner or editing your current poem to be more inclusive.
Print a Copy for Yourself
Although you have the option to memorize the poem you wrote, printing a copy to read gives you a safety net in case you forget a word or line. The benefit of reading from a copy is that you can see where the appropriate pauses and emphases are, thus making your recitation more impactful.
Give the Poem as a Gift
A handwritten or digitally designed poem is a touching addition to your gift for the bride-to-be. Using editing software or quality stationery, make your poem aesthetically pleasing. Doing this will add to the overall sentiment of the gesture. The bride-to-be can also use it as a keepsake for her special day.
Poems are one of the most celebrated art forms because of their concise but impactful nature. Writing a poem for the bride-to-be is a touching and affectionate gesture that, depending on its content, will emotionally move her. Though constructing your own poem can be intimidating, what matters more is the message and effort that you put into it.