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A Guide to Bridal Shower
by Cindee Yeo,
Bridal Shower, or the Hen Party 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
fathers 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! Its always nice to have the shower in someones 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 Shower
As the title suggests....be practical and bring gifts that will stock up the Couples new home. Some examples may be VCRs, 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 CDs 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. Thats 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 friends upcoming marriage.
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