Bridal shower etiquette

A bridal shower is one of the funnest parts of any wedding, but if you haven’t been to one or thrown one before, you may have some questions about bridal shower etiquette and rules. Don’t worry, we’ve gathered the answers to the most common questions about bridal showers, check out this article to learn the ins and outs of bridal showers.

Can a bride have more than one bridal shower?

The answer is yes, it is very common and totally appropriate to have more than one bridal shower, especially if you have several different friend circles that you don’t want to mix or if your friends and family live far away and you prefer to travel to them for a bridal shower. Usually, guests are invited to only one bridal shower, although bridesmaids can attend both.

Who should host a bridal shower?

In the past, only friends of the bride were able to throw a bridal shower, it was not considered appropriate for relatives to organize the event, but today the traditions have changed and it’s totally appropriate for your mom or sister to throw the shower if they’d like. Usually, the shower is hosted by the maid of honor or bridesmaids, and it’s common for several people to take on the organization and split the responsibilities and the cost.

Where to host a bridal shower?

Bridal showers are usually not very formal, so they are usually hosted at someone’s home or at a restaurant if the host’s budget permits this. Alternatively, you can choose to have a destination bridal shower if you know that the guests can afford this.

When to send out bridal shower invites?

No matter how many guests you’re planning to invite to the bridal shower, it is important that all of them receive their invitations well in advance. You should aim to mail all the invitations about 4 to 6 weeks before the shower and while you may be tempted to do this over email, traditional mail is preferred, as this ensures that people actually take note of the invitation and it adds a personal touch.

Who should be invited to a bridal shower?

Whether you have 10 or 100 guests at a bridal shower, they are supposed to be somewhat intimate occasions with the bride’s closest friends and family. Whoever you choose to invite to the bridal shower, make sure that they are on the wedding invite list. One exception to this are work colleagues of the bride since it is often not possible to invite all the coworkers to the wedding and most people understand this.

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