Bridal showers are so much fun, but hosting one can be quite a task. To create a memorable and sweet experience, it's essential to get everything right. If you are new to attending or hosting a bridal shower, you might be unsure of what to do. Don’t worry, we are here to help! Below, we answer common questions about bridal shower etiquette.
What is a bridal shower?
Bridal showers have been a part of wedding celebrations for centuries. The event honors the bride-to-be as she approaches her big day. At the party guests usually play different fun games like bingo or trivia, eat great food, and shower the bride with gifts, love, and attention. To make it more personal and exciting, the bridal shower can have a unique theme such as brunch, bridal tea party, wine tasting, or spa day.
Who hosts it?
The event is typically hosted by the maid of honor, bridesmaids, or the bride's close friends. While traditional etiquette suggests that family members of the bride do not participate in hosting the party, it's becoming more common for anyone to take the task. The only person who a hundred percent shouldn’t host the party is the bride herself. Still, it’s perfectly fine to involve her in the planning process. Make sure to ask the bride about her preferred locations, themes, guest lists, activities, and other ideas to get a sense of where to start.
When should it be?
Usually, bridal showers are held a few weeks to a few months before the wedding. This allows the bride to have more time to prepare for the big day and not feel overwhelmed with too many pre-wedding events too close together. It’s important to pick a date that works well for the bride and all the guests to ensure that everyone can attend and celebrate together. Also, consider any travel arrangements guests may need to make and give them enough notice to plan accordingly.
Who gets invited?
Keep in mind that only those who are already on the wedding list should be invited. The typical bridal shower guest list includes the bride’s female friends and family members. As for the number of the guests, it depends on how large the event is intended to be. If the shower is meant to be a surprise, work together with the bride’s mother to create a guest list that will make the bride happy.
When should the invitations be sent?
The earlier — the better, especially if a lot of guests are coming from out of town. The best timing is six to eight weeks before the set date. This will give guests enough time to plan everything and RSVP. When sending out the invitations, be sure to include all necessary information, such as the bride’s name, the date, the time, the location, and any other special instructions.
Do bridal showers have dress codes?
Well, there’s actually not one particular dress code. However, you can set a specific theme or tone for the shower to inspire guests’ attire. If there’s a dress code planned, don’t forget to include the info in the invitation. This will help the guests to dress appropriately and feel comfortable at the event.