Bridal Shower Etiquette and Theme Ideas
Sometimes bridal showers feel like they require as much work as the wedding itself. If you’re the lucky one hosting the event, use these etiquette tips and bridal shower theme ideas to make planning a breeze.
Who should host?
The maid or matron of honor, unless she willingly gives up the hosting privileges to another close friend of the bride. Usually the mothers of the bride and groom do not host the bridal shower or are involved in its planning. Instead, give the mothers, and perhaps sisters, who may not know a lot of the guests a “job” to do at the bridal shower. For example, the groom’s mother can run the party games, and the bride’s mother can be the record keeper as the gifts are opened.
Who should I invite?The wedding party, mothers and sisters of the bride and groom, and 10 to 15 of the bride’s closest friends. A bridal shower should not include a large number of guests, in part because the bride’s friends are hosting. Do not invite anyone to the shower who is not also invited to the wedding. The same goes for bachelor and bachelorette parties. Multiple showers are OK, hosted by different friends of the bride. However, don’t invite the same person to more than one shower.