Your Wedding Shower
The Bridal shower is a traditional celebration which allows friends and family to show their affection and “shower” the couple with gifts. The shower occurs from two months to two weeks before the wedding and can be anything from an informal luncheon at the office to a buffet dinner in an elegant restaurant.
Bridal showers or couples showers are usually given by members of the wedding party, cousins, or friends of the families. Two or three friends can act as co-hostesses or hosts. No one should be invited to the shower who has not been invited to the wedding or who does not know the couple. One of the bride’s responsibilities as far as her shower goes is to provide the hostess with a guest list and to make sure that she hasn’t created a financial burden on anyone by inviting her to more than one or two showers. She should also send a written note of thanks to her guests for any presents received, as well as to the hostess(es) for their hospitality.
Shower themes can be fun and useful. Unique shower ideas are: A “round the clock” shower where guests are assigned an hour of day on their invitations and bring the appropriate gifts (for example, a “7:00 a.m. guest” might bring a toaster). A home repair shower for the bride and groom. A lingerie shower. A recipe shower where each guest receives a recipe card and fills in a favorite dish. A “wishing well” shower, where in addition to the gift, the guest brings a tiny present (a wooden spoon, a kitchen sponge etc.). The hostess makes a cardboard replica of a well, and the gifts, wrapped and tied with ribbons, are tossed in. There are no cards attached, though sometimes the guests write a poem, and attach it to their gifts. The bride pulls out the gifts with the ribbons and reads the poems aloud.
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