Bridal Shower Etiquette

The months leading up to your wedding day can be both a flurry of fun and a frenzy of activity. And let’s be honest – it can be hard not to get caught up in all the fun that goes with being a bride. After all, who doesn’t like being celebrated? The bridal shower is just one of the many occasions in which your family and friends may choose to get together and shower you with love. But before you start picking out themes and Pinning loads of inspiration, make sure you have a handle on basic bridal shower etiquette.

Showers are a fun opportunity for everyone to get together and mingle before the big day, but technically showers are optional, and it’s completely up to your loved ones as to whether or not they want to hold one. Typically your bridesmaids, family members, or close friends will take the lead in planning a shower. Share your wedding guest list with your bridesmaids and close family members, and let them handle all invitations and planning and hosting duties.

Some hosts choose fun themes and coordinate all of the gifts and games to go along, but if you’d rather keep things simple, just let them know. Make the thank you note process simple by having a good friend keep track of the gifts received and who gifted them.

And of course, remember to say thank you to your hosts as well. It’s not just good bridal shower etiquette, but it’s a good habit to be in as your loved ones celebrate you and your fiance through your wedding day.