If you’re a woman, chances are
you have either been to a bridal shower or will be attending a bridal
shower in the future; you may attend it as the maid of honor, bridesmaid,
the bride or the mother of the bride. If you intend to plan a bridal
shower there are some important things that you will need to know
about. The most important thing is to familiarize yourself with
the proper bridal shower etiquette, as they will help you host a
wonderful event that everybody is sure to enjoy.
Bridal Shower Etiquette Tips
Tip 1 – Who Is The Bridal Shower Host?
Who can host the party? In terms of bridal shower etiquette, it
would be more appropriate for the bride’s friend, maid of
honor or a bridesmaid not related to the bride to be the hostess.
It’s not appropriate for the bride’s family to host
the event because a bridal shower is an event that’s about
gift giving. When the bride’s family hosts the event, they
come across as greedy for the bride.
That does not mean that the family has to stay out of the event
planning. For instance, if the hostess fails to find a suitable
place to cater the event, it can be held at the house of the bride’s
mother. Family members can also contribute towards the other requirements
of the event like the cake, food etc. However, the invitations for
the shower should have the names of the bridesmaids as the hostesses.
Tip 2 - Bride Shouldn’t Ask For Bridal Shower
As the bride, you need to remember that proper bridal shower etiquette
dictates that you should not ask one of your friends to host the
bridal shower on your behalf. A shower party takes a lot of planning
and can be both time-consuming and expensive. The bridesmaids or
your friends are not obligated to host a party for you. However,
there’s a good chance that one of your close friends will
step in and agree to take care of the event but make sure that she
is under no pressure to do so; she must be willing to host the party
Tip 3 – How To Handle Bridal Shower Gifts
According to bridal shower etiquette, gifts should be something
that can be used in the bride’s new home or something she
can use while on her honeymoon. As a thumb rule, the shower gift
should be less expensive than the wedding gift. You don’t
have to do this, however; if you can afford it, you can spend the
same amount of money on the shower and wedding gift.
If you’re unsure of what to purchase or what amount of money
you should spend, ask other guests what they are getting. This helps
to give you what types of things are already being bought as well
as the price range. If you know the bride well, what to get her
shouldn’t be too hard for you. She may have stated what she
wanted for some time. Bridesmaids can collaborate and pool their
funds for expensive yet exquisite wedding jewelry.
Tip 4 – How To Handle Thank You Cards
Once the shower is complete, the bride must send out thank you cards
to her guests for their time. It is your duty, as the bride, to
send handwritten thank you notes to all the guests who made the
most important day of your life and the associated events a success.
You need to make sure that you send out the notes within a week
of the shower. Ask one of your family members to make a list of
the gifts and the presenter’s name so that you don’t
forget to send out a thank you note to everyone.