Bridal Shower Etiquette: Start the New Year on the Right Foot

How to Throw the Perfect Bridal Shower

The New Year has officially started! What’s a better way to start off the 2022 year than by learning proper etiquette? Here are seven tips to throw the perfect bridal shower and start the new year off on the right foot.

1. When Do You Throw a Bridal Shower?

While many people believe that bridal showers should occur before the wedding, there is no set rule. Many couples choose to have their showers after the big day. If you’re having a destination wedding, or if other situations arise, it might make more sense to have the bridal shower after the nuptials.

2. Who Plans the Wedding Shower?

The bride’s mother or sister usually plans the bridal shower. A member of the bridal party can also plan the shower if asked by the couple. Oftentimes, this will fall to the maid or matron of honor.

3. Who Is Invited to the Wedding Shower?

The bridal shower is an intimate affair, so typically only close family and friends are invited. Make sure to include any female relatives or friends of the bride on the guest list. When putting together the list, have the future couple help to plan out the attendees — this way no one is forgotten and no feelings are hurt.

4. When Do You Mail the Invitations?

When planning a bridal shower, it is customary to send invitations as early as two months before the big day. If the bride is planning it, she will coordinate with you on when to send out the invitations.

5. Where Does the Bridal Shower Take Place?

Traditionally, the bridal shower is hosted in someone’s home. But if you’re short on space, or if the bride prefers a different setting, a restaurant, bar, or even a spa can be a great place to host a bridal shower.

6. What Type of Food Should Be Served at a Bridal Shower?

Serve food that’s light yet still filling. For desserts, think bite-sized and nothing too extravagant or expensive. Check out our menu suggestions below!

  • Rosemary & Thyme Lemon Cocktail
  • Hot Italian Party Sandwiches
  • Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus with Raspberry Sauce
  • Smoked Salmon Bites with Shallot Sauce
  • Cream Cheese Dainties

7. Does the Bride Need to Set Up a Registry at the Stores?

No, the bride is not obligated to have a store registry. However, if she does choose to do so, it’s an excellent way for guests to get an idea of what she would like as a gift. If you’re throwing the shower, make sure to include this information on the invitation!

Now that you’re armed with these helpful tips, you’re ready to throw an amazing bridal shower! Get started by sending out invitations and coordinating with the bride on the details. And don’t forget to enjoy the celebration—after all, it’s a special day for the bride-to-be!

Why not take the bridal shower outside?

An outdoor bridal shower is excellent for warm seasons and even colder ones if you have the right tent and heating. Autumn and winter in North Carolina often have temperate days in the 70-degree zone, so an outdoor bridal shower is an option all year round. J&J Tent and Party Rentals offers rental tents of all sizes and can include heating features to make your guests warm and cozy even in the coldest of months.

Wedding planning just got easier with J&J Tent and Party Rentals. We know the North Carolina wedding industry well, so we can answer any questions you may have about throwing a wedding, bridal shower or engagement party. With J&J Tent and Party Rentals by your side through every step in this process, soon enough, it will be time to say “I do.” Contact us at (919) 977-3691.

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