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The Wedding Shower Overview
A wedding shower is a pre-wedding party that usually includes all the women that are close to the bride. Often the bride will attend more than one bridal shower, one thrown by the brides side and the other thrown by the husband-to-be side of the family.
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A wedding shower is a pre-wedding party that usually includes all the women that are close to the bride. Often the bride will attend more than one bridal shower, one thrown by the brides side and the other thrown by the husband-to-be side of the family.

If the bridal party throws the wedding shower, a large party is usually planned to include all close family members and friends of the couple. It is common that a bridal shower consists of Female Company but this is not a rule of thumb. Traditionally, a bridal shower is a ladies party but now a day’s it is not uncommon to be invited to a jack and Jill style party.
 
The whole idea of a wedding shower is to shower a bride-to-be with gifts such as kitchen and household items this is not to indicate her new place as a wife but rather a tradition. These gifts will help prepare for the couples new life together as husband and wife. As we know, gathering all of the essentials for a new home can be costly and difficult to do all at once. Wedding showers are not only a wonderful way to pull everyone together but also a great way to start off the new couple.
 
A traditional wedding shower is usually held two weeks to two months before the wedding. Showers are usually held during the early afternoon. Gifts are given, food will be eaten the enjoyment of laughter and chitchat between others will fill the air. Often such gifts like household items will be exchanged. If the bride-to-be is aware of her wedding shower, she may have gotten prepared by making up a gift registry at a local store of her liking. Gift registry can make things easy on her guests and also be of benefit for her because the items will be things that she has chosen.
 

Jack and Jill parties are held a little differently then your traditional wedding shower, this affair is not so much of an early afternoon, sit down, chitchat event but more of a let loose enjoyable gathering that may include dancing, games and toasts. Jack and Jill’s are usually held during late afternoon and most commonly in the evening. The giving of gifts is common, but gifts received during this type of shower are more aimed as gifts for the couple. Instead of Tupperware or lingerie, the couple may receive gift certificates, tools, small appliances and other household helpers. The use of a prepared gift registry will come in handy no matter what kind of shower is to be held.
 

COMMON STYLES

A traditional wedding shower:

  • Is held usually by the mother of the bride and/or mother of the groom, or by the bridal part.
     
  • Invitations are usually sent to guests.
     
  • Registry information should be listed on the invitations if one has been put together
     
  • Is held most commonly during the early afternoon but can be set for brunch or light dinner
     
  • Brunch with quiche, sausages, fruit and/or muffins and tea can be served
     
  • Luncheon with salad, sandwiches, cheese, crackers and tea over desert is common
     
  • Light dinner with appetizers, pasta, finger foods and tea/coffee over desert is also favored
     
  • Opening of gifts is usually done before mealtime if held after lunch.
     
  • Thank you notes should be issued to those who attended
     

For couples

  • Is held sometimes by the mother of either parties but commonly by the bridal party
     
  • Invitations can be sent out but not a must, a simple phone call should do.
     
  • Is held most commonly during late afternoon or evening
     
  • Picnic/barbeque theme is common with burgers, vegetables and sides
     
  • Buffet lunch or dinner works out well with this type of crowd, why not ask close family of friends to bring a dish
     
  • Finger foods, snacks and drinks are fine if a dance style; wedding shower with friends is planned
     
  • Gifts such as house wears, small appliances, bed and bath and certificates are commonly given
     
  • Thank you notes can be sent or phone calls to express your appreciation

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