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Bridal Shower Etiquette

A Few Tips on Bridal Shower Etiquette

When a wedding is approaching, bridal shower etiquette holds that the maid of honor is the person who plans the event. If the maid of honor lives far away from the bride-to-be, it is okay for someone else to take care of handling the bridal shower, usually another friend of the bride. Bridal shower etiquette, however, mandates that the planner gets permission from the maid of honor, and keeps the maid of honor up-to-date with what progress is being made.

A bridal shower should be held at least a month to six weeks before the wedding. That’s because as the big day approaches, the bride will be busier and busier and have enough other arrangements already on her mind. Make sure that she is amicable to the date and ask if there is anyone in particular she wants to have invited. Other than that, bridal shower etiquette puts decisions about themes, what to eat, and other concerns like these in the hands of the bridal shower planner. Try not to hold the shower on the same day as another shower or popular local event, so that everyone will be able to attend.

A bridal shower is meant to be a small intimate affair with no more than twenty people in attendance. Smaller is better. In fact, ten to twelve people is often an ideal number. It is not appropriate to invite every woman who has been invited to the wedding. Bridal shower etiquette holds that certain people be invited--these include the members of the wedding party, the mothers of both the bride and groom, the sisters of the bride and groom, and friends and co-workers of the bride.

The maid of honor should take special care to include the members of the wedding party and the mothers of the bride and groom in the bridal shower preparations. It is also good to have each of them to be responsible for something on the day of the shower, such as leading games or keeping a list of gifts and gift-givers, or helping with the food. No one should feel neglected or left out. Everyone needs to be helpful and work together to make it a special day for the bride.

Today, it is not unusual for there to be a co-ed bridal shower. Make sure that this really is what the bride and groom would prefer before beginning the planning. Co-ed bridal showers are often more like dinner parties than the traditional bridal shower. While bridal showers are more apt to be held in the home of a friend, co-ed bridal showers are more apt to be a couples affair that is held at an outside location, where dinner is served or catered. Make sure to pick a location that is agreeable to everyone.

It is part of bridal shower etiquette to send out formal invitations to the shower. It is not proper to invite people by telephone. It is also necessary to send out thank-you notes.




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