Thursday, February 24, 2011

April Showers bring....Bridal Showers!


Gracious Bridal would now like to present to you the guidelines for a perfect bridal shower:



First: how is the bridal shower different from the bachelorette party?
Well, the bachelorette party is more about “fun,” the focus being on the bride having a great night out with her best friends – the bridesmaids.
The bridal shower, on the other hand, is more about the bride getting “stuff.”  Now, this is important stuff, of course.  This is where the REGISTRY comes into play…

The wedding registry is a key element of the bridal shower.  The registry is the list of gifts from certain retailers that the bride sets up herself (with the groom in mind too, of course).  These are gifts that the young couple will need to start their life off together right – blenders, coffee makers, cooking utensils and the like.  All of you fans of The Office might remembers Stanley’s toaster dilemma after an important bridal shower was called-off:


Alright, so the bridal shower is a time to present lovely gifts to the bride – but who is invited?  Traditionally, bridal showers have been exclusively for women.  These are women that are invited to attend the wedding, of course.  But in more recent decades, the invitation has been extended to men as well.  These co-ed showers have been coined the name “Jack and Jill” bridal showers.
But the most important guest of the shower is the one who plans it…

ATTENTION: MAID OF HONOR
It is typical for the Maid of Honor of the wedding party to plan and host the bridal shower.  She is typically in charge of the guest list - with the bride’s approval - choosing the location, the time, creating and sending the invitations, and keeping track of RSVPs.  Yes, this is a lot of work!  But the Maid of Honor is only really in charge of the two best parties of the wedding tradition – the bridal shower and the bachelorette party – and the rest of her duties are “consulting” duties.  So really, she gets to have the most fun out of the whole business!

Another important detail of the bridal shower is the theme.  You don’t NEED to have a theme for your shower, but really - it’s way more fun if you do!  If you’re a film fanatic, base the theme off of your favorite movie!  But if you’d rather keep it simple, you could always base the theme on something basic, like the season of the shower, or your favorite color, dessert, or drink.  Who doesn’t love a good mimosa bridal shower?
  
On that note, alcoholic beverages are acceptable at bridal showers, but make sure you provide non-alcoholic beverages as well.  Since bridal showers are typically held in the late morning or afternoon, serving tasty juice or soda is usually expected.

Make sure you’ve got some tricks up your sleeve – and by tricks, we mean games.  Unless the bride has a serious dislike for fun and games, make a list of cute game ideas that are simple and could be played at the shower with little organization.  Twister, Settlers of Catan, and Clue are probably not the best game ides.  We’re thinking more like Bridal Bingo, Celebrity Match-Maker, and Guess What’s in My Purse (yes, this is a real game).


And now, it is up to the bride and groom to wrap it all up.  Thank-You notes are expected by your guests, and why shouldn’t they be?  They’ve just bestowed a plethora of gifts upon you!  Guests tend to be big fans of hand-written Thank-You notes – or, at least, not a mass “thanks!” email. 

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