Chapter 7: Bridal Shower Invitations Wording & Etiquette
Like everything within the wedding industry, the conventions and traditions of a wedding bridal shower have shifted – "Hen Parties" and girls-only events certainly prevail, but co-ed guest lists and wedding showers for the marrying couple together are more common than ever. The boys no longer have to go watch football or run errands. They can be part of the shower!
Traditionally, bridal showers were a time when a bride could start collecting gifts as a dowry if her family could not provide one. Today, though, the shower is an occasion for the bride or marrying couple to gather some of their registered gifts and start celebrating their wedding.
In general, the maid or matron of honor, a close friend, or a member of the wedding party will plan and host the bridal shower in her (or his) home or a local venue. While the host usually sends out the bridal shower invitations, the marrying couple should be involved in helping determine the guest list.
What to Include in a Bridal Shower Invitation
Much like the wedding reception invitations and the rehearsal dinner invitations, bridal shower invitations should include all the important details of the occasion.
Details to include
- The event
- Host's name
- Time (both beginning and end, if desired)
- R.S.V.P. information
- Directions (if not widely known)
Bridal Shower Invitation Format
Traditional cards are the most popular way to invite guests to a bridal shower. The marrying couple can decide on the design to match the theme of their wedding, or for more fun, the couple and their host can choose a new theme just for the shower.
Etiquette for Acknowledging Guests
Who receives bridal shower invitations
The guest list for the wedding ceremony and reception should be the only source of guests for the bridal shower. Except for unique cases (such as an overseas wedding), do not invite anyone who is not also invited to the wedding.
Multiple bridal showers are increasing in popularity, but should be hosted by different people and each shower should have completely different guest lists.
While bridal showers were typically held for the close female friends and family of the bride, today co-ed bridal showers are common, even if the groom will not be present. The shower's guest list should, in the end, be determined by the bride or marrying couple.
When to Order Bridal Shower Invitations
The bridal shower can take place up to five or six months prior to the wedding, or in the same week as the ceremony – and anywhere in between. One month prior to the wedding ceremony is most common. Order bridal shower invitations with enough time to get them printed, addressed and sent out one month prior to the bridal shower date. Visit Storkie.com to see our exceptional line of Bridal Shower Invitations.
When to Send Bridal Shower Invitations
Guests should receive their bridal show invitations one month prior to the date of the shower.
Popular Bridal Shower Invitation Wording
Simple bridal shower invitation wording
You are invited to a
Garden Bridal Shower for
Saturday April 17,
1524 East Center Road
Hosted by her Maid of Honor
R.S.V.P. Rachel Sweson
Fun bridal shower invitation wording
Before the Miss
Becomes the Missus
Let's shower Courtney
with love and good wishes…
A Bridal Luncheon
Saturday, May 5th
The Quacking Duck
455 5th Street
Hosted by Diane Wambly
Please R.S.V.P. 208.997.8525