Your Bridal Shower
The purpose of a Bridal Shower is to 'shower'‚ the bride and groom with gifts to help them set up their home. It is also the chance for you to spend some time with your close female girlfriends and relatives. It allows older female relatives the opportunity to endow you with their wedding wisdom and to share their own life stories. It is also a nice idea to invite people who may not be able to attend the wedding, giving them a chance to share some of the excitement.
A Question Of Timing
A shower is usually held about 3-6 weeks before your wedding day. A Saturday or Sunday afternoon tea is often an appropriate time to host the shower. You really do want to make it easy and convenient for your guests to attend. Should it be a shower where only your friends are invited then a evening get-together is equally suitable. Traditionally it was the maid-of-honour who organised and held the party with the help of the bridesmaids. But, now it doesn’t matter who’s in charge. Anyone can be invited, but usually these events are relatively intimate. Your shower should not be too long; two hours should be sufficient.
Food and Beverages
Don’t get too stressed about food or drinks, most people will only be expecting finger food and light refreshments, but it does depend on what kind of shower you choose. Should you wish to make it a little more elaborate a luncheon is always a nice idea. Have a selection of alcoholic and soft beverages at the ready. Champagne mixed with orange juice is also a nice choice. You will also want to offer tea and coffee and a dessert.
A shower gives your loved ones a chance to wish you well with a gift. Shower gifts should be opened in front of the whole party. As with your wedding gifts, it is important that you or one of your bridesmaids keeps track of what gifts have been received. This will ensure that handwritten thank you notes are easy to send out.
If you happen to be moving into a new home with a garden, you may want to consider asking your bridesmaids to organise a garden tea. The gifts people might bring could include garden tools, pot plants, packets of seeds, gardening books and magazines. A group of friends might take it upon themselves to invest in a few pieces of garden furniture.
What about a kitchen tea party? This is a wonderful chance to collect gifts for your kitchen. The gifts may include kitchen items such as utensils, appliances, pots and pans, ornaments, or anything else which will come in handy in the kitchen. Other party ideas include a linen shower, china and glass party, lingerie party, wine tasting party, cellar party, music party, or pantry tea. Regardless of what is decided, you will be well looked after!
A Shower Party
Of course, you don’t have to wait for someone else to throw a party for you. You and your fiancé can host your own shower party for all your friends. Hosting a large party like this gives everybody the chance to meet each other before the wedding. A shower tea was traditionally an all female event, but today the men are just as welcome to attend!
During all the preparation for your wedding, don’t forget to enjoy yourself.
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Gifts And Thank You Notes
Generosity should always be acknowledged. This is true of the delightful gift-giving process that accompanies most weddings. You will need to thank your friends individually for their thoughtfulness.