When you hear the words “bridal shower,” what do you think?
Old-fashioned games? Embarrassment? Matronly gifts?
A wedding shower is a long-standing tradition that comes from many, many cultures. It is a way for those who’s lives the bride-to-be has touched to help her into her new life. It should be full of well-wishes and gifts and laughter.
Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. We hear many of our brides say they just wish they didn’t have to have a shower… don’t get me wrong, they appreciate it and certainly enjoy the gifts! They just don’t like the stress, the family conflicts, and the ‘silly’ party games.
So, here are some ideas for all of you Maids & Matrons of Honor who are planning those showers….
1) Think out side the box! The most fun shower ideas come from the couple’s (or the bride’s) favorite holidays and occasions;
2) Although tradition maintains the idea that shower gifts need to be for the home, why not make the gifts for the bride? It can be themed, such as lingerie and pampering treats, or it could be something that reflects the bride’s personality.
3) A bridal shower does not need to be girls only; in fact, there are also grooms showersl, although less common. Therefore, why not make it a couple’s shower, and make the event a larger celebration? If you are inspired, you can have a barbecue, and add a touch of tradition by serving cute dessert treats, or adding some delicate touches to the decor.
4) Games can be a great addition to the shower, as long as it is…well, fun. Although it is a matter of taste, some of the more traditional games can end up making your shower hear crickets. Instead of playing games such as “guessing which gifts are associated with each anniversary,” why not play a more lively game? A good one I recently came across consists of placing the guests by order of whom the guest of honor has known the longest, to the one she (and/or he) has known the least amount of time. It helps loosen up the event, and allows for some interesting and fun memories that are about the bride and/or groom.