Bridal showers and parties are a great way to get the two sides of the family together and communicating, and get to know each other before the wedding day arrives, so that nobody feels out of place. These parties are also a great way for the bride to remember that this is a happy occasion and forget about the stress off the wedding planning. At the bridal shower, the bride is “showered” by many gifts from her family and friends.
Anyone can really give the shower, except the mother, sister or grandmother, for they are to be seen as too authoritative. Showers are usually given a month ro two before the wedding, and it would be a great idea to have more than one person in charge so that roles and responsibility can be divided equally. The hostess should run it by the bride and the groom too (if it’s a couple shower) who they want to attend their shower and not. Usually, the same people that are invited to the wedding are invited to the shower; however, there are always exceptions. The hostess and bride together should pick a date that they feel is the most convenient, then invitations should be sent. In the invitation, it is okay to mention where the bride is registered, however the same must NOT be done for a wedding invitation. That simply looks too tacky. The bride should also out of respect for her hostess offer her help throughput the planning, and arrive about forth five minutes early to the party to help with any last minute things. The bride is also to thank everyone for coming and their gifts. Most importantly, send thank you cards for those who attended, and those who sent gifts but could not make it.
There are a number of ways to keep your guests entertained and add joy in the atmosphere. Games are a great way to have fun, get people involved and interacting and break down any shy barriers. Adding prizes to your games is also another great way to add a little bit of friendly competition and get people even more enthused. After the games, it would be a great time to have refreshments. That will allow for people to relax a bit more and actually talk more to each other. The end is the part that most brides wait for! THE GIFTS! When opening each gift, remember to loudly and clearly state who the gift is from, and read the enclosed card that came with it.