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A bridal shower is designed to shower the bride with good wishes, congratulations, and some gifts. Diane Gottsman, the founder of The Protocol School of Texas, says.
It is not a new ritual that has emerged in recent years. The earliest known reference to bridal showers can be traced back to the Netherlands in the 16th century. It is said that a father who was not satisfied with his daughter's marriage partner, was unwilling to provide a dowry, so people spontaneously provided the girl with some necessities to help her build a family of her own. To this day, the bridal shower has been a traditional England pre-wedding ceremony usually hosted by the bride's close friends or family members. It is a time for the bride and her female friends to gather together and share their joy and blessings.
In the bridal shower, women enjoy food, tea or coffee together, and play some games. These games are always related to the wedding, such as guessing the love story of the bride and groom, guessing the theme of the wedding, or making the bride's wedding cake. In addition, the bride often receives gifts from her female friends, which are usually household gifts or personal items for the newlyweds.
The bridal shower is a chance to make the bride feel supported and blessed by her friends. The culture of the bridal shower has different patterns and characteristics among different places and ethnic groups.
|Tips: Bridal Shower VS Bachelorette Party
People often confuse a bridal shower with a bachelorette party but they are two different things. A bachelorette party is a party where brides celebrate (and lament) the end of her single life and enjoy the last single benefits with her same-sex friends before getting married. Some brides travel with their besties, see strip shows and enjoy the last craziness before the calmness of married life sets in. A bridal shower is mainly to give gifts and blessings to the bride, with a simple itinerary relatively, and the atmosphere is quieter and more elegant.
Usually, the bridal shower is organised by the bride's best friends or bridesmaids. Some brides' mothers or mothers-in-law will also host this event for the bride, but others are concerned that it looks like asking for gifts. In any case, it is a bridal-centric event.
Likewise, the guests invited to the bridal shower are close friends and colleagues of the bride, as well as the mother of the bride. Generally speaking, men are not invited. Anyway, if the bride's male friend is going to be a bridesmaid at the wedding, it's OK to invite him. This is a relaxed party and anything that makes you feel happy is doable. The bridesmaids can ask the bride for a guest list before planning the event, or ask them for a list of people they would like to invite. In general, however, people who are not invited to the wedding should not be invited to the bridal shower.
Once the invitation list has been established it is time to create the invitations, or if the guests are out of town, you can choose to invite them by email. The invitation should include the necessary information such as the date, the location and the bride's name.
As for the location of the bridal shower, it can be held anywhere, depending on the theme of the event. Bridal home, garden, local restaurant, banquet hall ...... All of these are the choices of most people and are perfect for a tea party. Of course, if you want to hold a special theme such as an unwinding spa day, a Disney princess party, or a cooking or flower class then you will need to book a salon, spa or cooking school.
|Recommended items for bridal shower decorations: Veil, bathrobe, cake, colourful balloons, crown, sunglasses, flowers, etc.|
Unlike a formal wedding, there is not much of the dress code for a bridal shower. You can choose a comfortable, casual dress or clothe, but try to avoid anything fancy or slouchy outfits, such as red camisole dresses, which are too flashy. Black is also not recommended, after all the bridal shower is a relaxed and comfortable event and black looks too dull. Jeans or leggings should also be avoided. An elegant, simple but plain coloured dress is the perfect option. Champagne, lavender, peach or gold are all recommended. Click on the links to see Chicsewuk's hot-selling dresses.
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The exact process for planning a bridal shower is here. First, determine the theme of the event, then draw up a guest list, reserve the location according to the number of people, determine the date and finally make the invitations and make sure each guest has received them.
At the shower, guests will present gifts. Typically, many brides will also have small gifts for their guests in return.
You guys can play a game to see who knows the bride best, about her favourite TV show, favourite singer, favourite book, favourite city, etc. Or you could talk about the first time you met each other or the memory that sticks out.
The event organizer is responsible for all expenses, and for an elaborate bridal shower, you can communicate with other bridesmaids or the bride's family to share the cost. However, it is impolite to ask guests to cover this.
Give the bride a gift that heralds the start of married life, such as pots and pans, household appliances, bedding, etc. A handmade gift, such as a handkerchief embroidered with her name or a photo book will also impress the bride.
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