We often forget about the events leading up to the wedding, especially the bridal shower. Why? Because you’re not supposed to plan it! You get to be the guest of honor as your closest female friends and family gather to girl-talk, eat and lavish you with gifts. Lately though, brides have been steering away from the age-old tradition and choosing their own steal-worthy theme. We love how this bridal shower is an interactive picnic. Guests were able to pick their blanket to sit on and basket to place their food in. It almost makes us want to take a trip down the rabbit hole from Alice in Wonderland. Grab a cup of tea, point your pinky and join this charming celebration:
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The maid of honor and often bridesmaids share the responsibility of hosting the bridal shower, according to tradition. Surprisingly though, it’s common for a bride to have more than one bridal shower. In that case, the host(s) should make sure that there is no duplication of guests on each list. The guest list should be filled with the bride’s nearest and dearest family and friends whereas the menu should be filled with the sweetest of treats. (Tip: Every guest that is invited to the bridal shower should already be on the wedding guest list.) Invitations, including registry information, should be sent out six weeks to one month in advance. One of guests’ favorite rituals at a bridal shower is making a bouquet out of ribbons and bows from the opened gifts so the bride can use it at the rehearsal. However, it’s perfectly acceptable to start your own ritual.
What’s your favorite ritual at a bridal shower? Let us know in the comments below!
Clockwise from top left: Dress by Anna Elyse Bridesmaids, photo by Robert Mitra; dress by Encore by Watters, photo by Dan Lecca; dress by Alfred Angelo, photo by Dan Lecca; dress by Theia, photo by Dan Lecca
Looking for something to wear to your bridal shower? We recommend going for a dress that’s fresh, feminine, and demure – nothing your Grandma Sylvia wouldn’t approve of! You’ll be doing a lot of sitting, standing, and walking around, so make sure your dress (and your shoes) are comfy! You can certainly wear white, but if you’d prefer to steer clear of the hue before your wedding day, try a pastel or lighter springtime shade. Check out some of our favorite styles above.
What are you wearing to your bridal shower? Let us know in the comments!
While having a bridal shower is totally optional, it is a fun way to celebrate with your nearest and dearest before the wedding. Usually, the bridal shower is hosted by the maid of honor and bridal party, but it’s also fine for family members, the groom’s mom’s friends, or other important people in your life to throw you a shower. And though most of the time the bride does not play a role in planning the shower, we thought it would be a good idea to share the most important elements of this celebration.
Bridal showers can take place in a variety of locations. A restaurant or hotel can be convenient – food and decor all in one place – but we’ve also seen showers take place at someone’s home, a park, or even something super-creative like an art gallery.
Photo by Christina Watkins Photography