Bridal Shower 101
Everyone always has questions about bridal shower etiquette and planning, so we decided that it would be a good idea to answer some of the most common questions that we hear!
Who is supposed to host?
Bridal showers are typically thrown by the maid of honor, another bridesmaid, or a close friend or friends to the family. A family member, like an aunt, can also host your shower. This wasn't as acceptable in the past but times have changed now, so your aunt or aunts are welcome to host if they would like to!
Who is invited?
The guests are typically close family and friends of the bride that are also invited to the wedding itself. You don't need to invite all of the women that are invited to your wedding, just the ones that are closest to you.
What should be provided for the guests?
Most hosts will want to have the shower at their home and will provide food and drinks for the guests. Bridal showers can be as fancy or as casual as you want...it just depends on the feel that you're going for. You are welcome to plan a game to play but it is definitely not necessary. Another fun idea is adding an insert card in with the invitations telling the guests to bring their gifts unwrapped to the party. All of the gifts can be set out on table so that everyone can see what she received but the bride doesn't have to do the awkward gift opening in front of everyone.
When should the bridal shower be?
The bridal shower can happen anywhere from six months to two weeks before the wedding. Two to three months before the wedding is ideal, just to relieve some stress from the bride.
Can the bride have multiple bridal showers?
Yes, but make sure the guest lists are different...except for your mom, future mother-in-law, sisters, sisters-in-law, and your bridesmaids. examples would be a shower thrown by friends in the brides hometown, one thrown in the grooms hometown, and one thrown by co-workers.
Do I put where the bride and groom are registered on the invitation?
Yes, it is appropriate to put registry information on the bridal shower invitations but inappropriate to put it on the wedding invitations.
Here are some of our favorite bridal shower invitations that we have done-
If you are hosting an upcoming shower and are in need of invitations, then feel free to email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) to place your order!