There’s the traditional Stag Nite for men when they wave goodbye to their bachelorhood. A night filled with drunkenness, disorderly behavior & who-knows-what-else. The hush-hush that surrounds the Bachelor Party has loomed for decades. Well, women can have their own brand of fun too. From a somber potluck shower to a wilder evening ala policeman-birthday-gift-for-Ally-McBeal, let your imagination run wild and have the mother of all bridal showers!
The 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 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, candleholders, satin bedsheets, champagne, bath bubbles, aromatherapy products, and 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 Couple’s new home. Some examples may be electronics, picture frames, coffee makers, and 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 the music be the theme of the bridal shower. Everyone shares a few playlists of their favorite songs for the Bride.
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 marriage.