Bridal Shower as it is so often referred to these days, appears to have
first been given to a Dutch bride who married her lover, despite her
father’s refusal to give her a dowry for she had intended to marry a poor
man. Her friends got together and "showered" the lovebirds with gifts for
their household, an attempt to help them start their new lives together. The
power of love prevails and the practice of giving the bride gifts before her
wedding has evolved into a wedding tradition
It is the role of the Bridesmaids and/or
Maid-of-Honor to organize the party. A good Wedding Consultant can also help
in the preparation. Consult with the Bride who she would like to attend the
party and make the necessary arrangements. When choosing a theme for the
Shower, select one that reflects the personality & interests of the Bride.
It is after all her party! It’s always nice to have the
shower in someone’s house or check into a nice suite at any of the hotels.
Some Bridal Shower Ideas:
Everybody brings and wears an article of clothing that is associated with
sleep ware. e.g. pajamas, nightgowns, slips, teddies. Put your sense of
humor to work if you wish to! For whatever you are bringing, give one to the
Bride too as a gift.
Present the Bride with items that will inspire romance in her married life.
The Groom would approve of scented candles, candle holders, satin bed
sheets, champagne, bath bubbles, aromatherapy products, his-and-hers massage
vouchers at the spa.
Sweet Memories Shower
All guests take
their turn to tell a story of how they met the Bride, their special moments
together, the disappointments they may have shared. All these to be recorded
and put together with photographs in a scrapbook for the Bride to cherish
for the rest of her life.
The Practical Household
As the title
suggests....be practical and bring gifts that will stock up the Couple’s new
home. Some examples may be VCR’s, picture frames, coffee makers, clocks.
Everyone can also chip in and buy the Couple a fridge. Make sure a list is
made prior to this to eliminate duplicated gifts.
Let music be the
theme of the bridal shower. Everyone brings a few CD’s and play their
favorite songs for the Bride. Make sure there is a CD Player and get a list
beforehand of the tunes that will be played.
Have all your
guests bring a bottle of wine each and find out that nothing makes you
bolder as you play "Truth or Dare". Go ahead, whine (pun intended) about the
other sex while you are at it. That’s the whole fun of a bridal shower.
The above are just some
suggestions. Come up with your own shower theme and you will find that an
evening with the girls is the best way to celebrate a good friend’s upcoming
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