How to Plan and Host a Great Bridal Shower

Being the mastermind behind a wedding shower can be a blast if you have the tools to make it a fun and easy process. Follow these tips, or send them to your host, and all will be well in the world.

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  1. Who Should Host the Bridal Shower? Usually, your bridal party or a close family friend will host your bridal shower. All expenses for the bridal shower are split between the maid of honor and bridesmaids, though mothers of the bride and groom may chip in financially or offer to cover the cost of a specific item (i.e., wine, food, party gifts).
  2. Who Should Be Invited? A standard guest list will include about 20-30 people: family, close friends and bridal attendants, the flower girl and her mother, sisters of the groom, and the groom’s grandmothers – it should be an intimate affair. Any guests invited to the shower should also be invited to the wedding.
  3. Are Guys Allowed? Long gone are the days when bridal showers are just for the girls. Many couples enjoy a coed cocktail party, barbeque, or nightclub outing. But even if you like the idea of an all-girls event, that’s fine too, you can have both. Just try not to invite the same people to each event so they don’t feel pressured to buy a second gift.
  4. Where and When Are Showers Held? Most showers take place during the weekend about 2 to 3 month before the wedding. Your hosts may decide to plan a brunch, luncheon, or afternoon tea that can last anywhere from 3 to 4 hours. Traditionally, the bridal shower should take place at the host’s home. However, it is acceptable to select a different location (i.e., restaurant, country club, church, or banquet hall).
  5. When Do Invitations Go Out? Invitations need to be mailed out about 6 weeks before the shower date. Here’s what the invitation should include: the names of the hostess(es); the name of the bride; the date, time and location of the shower; a contact name and phone number or email for RSVPs; and gift registry information.
  6. What Happens During a Shower? The beginning of the shower will be spent eating, drinking, and socializing with guests. You’ll open your gifts (the best part of the shower) during coffee or dessert. During this time, you’ll take your seat in the front of the room and have a volunteer whom you trust (preferably a bridesmaids) hand your gifts to you. You’ll want another bridesmaids to sit near you and make a list of each gift and its giver – this will come in handy when you write thank you notes later. For a bridal shower at home or in a private room, playing some games can help to keep guests from getting bored.

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