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Answering all your bridal shower etiquette questions.

Let's talk bridal shower etiquette. Like so many things around weddings, there used to be a lot more "proper etiquette" that brides followed. Now there's just some things to keep in mind as you and your wedding party plan and prepare for your bridal shower.


Who hosts the bridal shower? Traditionally speaking, the Maid of Honour takes the lead and can ask the bridesmaids to cohost! It is not uncommon for a relative of the bride to also throw a shower.

When and where should the shower be held? The shower is usually held about three months before the wedding but there is definitely wiggle room here. We'd say just don't have the shower within a month of the wedding because the bride will be thinking of all her final details and may not enjoy the day as much she would have ahead of time. It's also fun to spoil the bride well before her big day!



Who should be invited? This is completely up to the bride! She should give the host a list of guests and the host should definitely follow that list. The actual making of the list gets sticky - the age old debate still continues - should you only invite friends/family that are also invited to the wedding? We think this is a personal preference and depends on where your wedding will be held. If it's a destination wedding or a small family ceremony, maybe it isn't such a bad idea to invite others to the shower that won't be invited to the wedding. In the end, it's up to the bride. Or if you are having a smaller wedding due to COVID, celebrating with extended friends and family is totally fine!

Who pays for the bridal shower? This one is tricky! Traditionally speaking, the host does take on monetary responsibility, however, it is definitely acceptable to ask the bridesmaids to cohost and in that case it can be split or everyone can chip in on different expenses.

What is traditionally given as a bridal shower gift? The bridal shower is for the bride, so we say gifts for the bride, including lingerie, cooking/home decor goods, or items for the honeymoon but gifts from her registry are always appreciated too! And, group gifts are popular especially if bridesmaids/family members are attending more than one shower.


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