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Showers are in essence, gift giving parties held for the bride to be (or couple) in anticipation of the wedding day. The custom dates back to early dowry practices, when a poor woman’s family might not have had the money to provide a proper dowry for her, or when a father refused to give his daughter the dowry because he did not approve of the marriage. Sometimes, then, friends of the bride would gather and bring gifts to supplement for the dowry,and allow her to marry the man of her choice! Nowadays, showers are a fun way “shower” the bride and groom with gifts before the wedding.
A few tips when it comes to bridal showers..
– As the bride/groom you should coordinate the guest list with the hostess (mother, bridesmaids, another friend/family member who would like to host). If you will be having more than one shower, ensure that guests are not invited to more than one shower.
-As the hostess, be sure to speak with the bride as far as her wishes for the shower (theme, food preferences, whether she wants games to be played or not, etc)
-Thank You’s are a must- be sure to have a bridesmaid or maid of honor record presents you open, and from whom, so you can write thank you notes in the weeks following the shower. It’s also worth bringing a small hostess gift (and writing a post-event thank you) to express appreciation to the lovely folks who threw you the party!
-Have fun with a theme selected and carry it into the invitations, decor, and menu!
-Go against the grain of tradition in having a female only shower. Consider hosting a “Jack and Jill” shower in which both bride and groom, and couples attend-if so,be sure to keep it informal, and avoid a “mini”wedding reception! Go for a laid back, cocktail party or a bbq/dessert reception where guests can mingle and celebrate the happy couple before the big day!
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