Showers & Parties
Bridal Shower Inspiration and Etiquette Tips
Let this shoot (and our accompanying advice) help you plan the best party.
Sometimes it’s nice when you’re caught up in planning a wedding to simply sit back and enjoy the festivities. Thankfully, a bridal shower is a celebration that the bride shouldn’t have to lift a single diamond-topped finger to organize! A perfect opportunity to spend time with friends and family, bridal showers are all about the upcoming ceremony, a cute outfit, some tasty food, and an ice breaker or two—without a to-do list or appointment in sight. This inspiration shoot—with its DIY décor, cozy brunch finger foods, and modern spin on shower games—illustrates a sweet way to pour a little extra love on a busy bride-to-be. Whether you’re the bride passing ideas on to your shower planner or the friend or relative helping organize the entire fete, turn to the above video for ideas. Then, read our etiquette tips below to learn even more about throwing this party.
It’s tradition for a friend or relative to offer to host the bridal shower.
Contrary to popular belief, the responsibility of planning this party doesn’t fall solely on the shoulders of the maid of honor or bridesmaids. However, it’s still considered a faux pas for a bride or engaged couple to throw her/their own shower.
It’s okay to have more than one shower.
But don’t invite the same people to both. Close family and members of the wedding party are the only people who should be invited to more than one bridal shower, and guests who are invited to multiple showers should only bring a gift to the first one they attend.
Only invite people who are invited to the wedding.
If you’re unsure about the guest list, feel free to consult the bride. Another good tip? If there’s only one shower planned, it’s a good idea to include future in-laws as well as friends or family who live further away, even if they won’t be able to attend. It’s the thought that counts.
Registry information can be included with, but not on, the shower invitation.
Remember that a registry list is simply a suggestion, too, and that ultimately the choice of gift lies with the gift giver.
Couples’ showers are an increasingly popular trend.
Yes, you can include the groom and his family! Try picking a theme that reflects the couple as a whole—like cooking, traveling, or the great outdoors—when planning this type of shower.
Games aren’t required, but activities are nice.
Bridal shower games have a bad rap, but they aren’t all awkward or boring. Try “10 Questions” to see who knows the happy couple best. The rules are simple: just identify who each question better fits, then see who in the group answered the most questions correctly. Or, try “Date Night,” where guests offer date suggestions for the future bride and groom. Write them on popsicle sticks, as shown above, for the couple to draw from later.