Bridal Shower

Usually less raucous than the bachelorette party, the bridal shower is another reason for the ladies to get together to celebrate the impending nuptials. Another glass of bubbly? Don’t mind if I do!

Here’s some info on the general etiquette of a bridal shower:

  1. It is conventionally organized by the matron/maid of honor and the bridesmaids, unless they are members of the bride's immediate family. Traditionally, as guests are expected to bring gifts, it was not seen as acceptable for immediate family members to host the event. However, often they want to be involved with the organization of it so may offer up their home as a venue or help out financially.

  2. Games are usually played (pin the boutonniere on the groom, anyone?), followed by watching the bride open her gifts (she gets a new husband and a scented candle with the word ‘Love’ emblazoned across it? Where’s the justice?!)

  3. Don’t invite people who are not invited to the wedding – unless you’re having a shower with coworkers. Then the whole office (yes, even your boss) can be invited, regardless of whether they’re coming to the main event or not.

  4. Bridal showers are often themed and can display the bride’s personality in some way. Is she a film buff? It might be a fun idea for popcorn to be served while her favorite movies play in the background. Does she love to bake? The guests could be offered fun aprons to wear and chocolate bowls to lick. Is she a fan of tea? A tea party, complete with yummy scones and jam, may be just the ticket.

Be “showered” with more ideas at:

Hosting a Bridal Shower? Unique Bridal Shower Ideas Bridal Shower Guest List Bride’s Perspective: Anne on the Importance of Bridal Showers