Bridal Shower Checklist. stuff that should be done already: Set date. Request guest list from bride. Confirm venue. Order invitations. Decide theme. Set budget. Get address list together. Email out-of-town guests to let them know date for travel. Get together with all those planning to brainstorm ideas for decor, menu, etc. Order tables, chairs, linens, and other rentals. Delegate tasks and DIY projects.