Did you know by tradition, it is actually not the immediate relatives that host the bridal shower but the friends and several distant relatives of the bride who host the event. Generally, considered to be the best way to pep-up the bride to be before her marriage, this is the perfect occasion to pamper her with gifts. Being the host you will do your best to make this day memorable for her. But have you decided on the design for the bridal shower cards? The invitation is said to mark the beginning of the celebration and surely you would want it to be the best one.
Location – The location is important when having a Bridal shower. If the location will be a venue that is a particular size or that needs reservations, make sure to get the reservations as soon as possible to ensure the shower location. Once the location is decided, it is important to choose the date and time for the bridal shower. Be sure to consult the bride before deciding upon a location. A local restaurant, the home of one of the hostesses or a Country Club where one of the hostesses is a member are ideal locations. Having the party at a restaurant or club gives you the advantage of using the expertise of a highly trained Catering Manager in planning your party. The Catering Manager’s job is to please her guests. Take advantage of her knowledge to select the theme, decor, food and every other part of the shower.
The Custom – The underlying reason for a Bridal shower is that it’s a perfect occasion for family and friends of the bride to spend relaxed time with her before the big wedding day. A Bridal shower is commonly hosted by the maid-of-honor and bridesmaids or friends and family of the bride or groom. The custom is said to have grown out of earlier dowry practices when a poor woman’s family might not have the money to provide a dowry for her, or when a father refused to give his daughter her dowry because he did not approve of the marriage. Another custom was to help the new couple set up a home, or to help the bride get together a trousseau. The Bridal shower kicks off the wedding festivities and it is important that everything goes well.
Getting Your Bridal Shower Invitations Out on Time – You want to make sure that your bridal shower invitations are put in the mail with plenty of time for your guests to respond and for you to get a clear count on your guest list. A good time frame for mailing is 2-3 months prior to the bridal shower.
As hectic as planning your wedding might be, it is of utmost importance that after the shower has been given in your honor, you set aside some time to send bridal shower thank you cards. Preparing for the wedding can be overwhelming to say the least, so when close friends of the bride get together and throw a bridal shower for the sheer purpose of pampering you in preparation for what lies ahead, and as tired and tense as you might be, you must acknowledge your friends and loved ones with appreciation for all their efforts, and the lovely gifts they gave.