There's the bachelor party night 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-dancing, let your
imagination run wild and have the mother of all bridal showers!
The 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
Some Bridal Shower
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.
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
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,
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