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What Should a Bride Expect from Her Bridal Shower?

What Should a Bride Expect from Her Traditional Bridal Shower?
What Should a Bride Expect from Her Bridal Shower?

Although there have been many recently adopted alternatives, a traditional bridal party is still widely practiced by many families. The practice dates back to the eighteenth century in Holland as has been used to celebrate a bride’s future wedding. There are many aspects to the shower that revolve around this celebration including gifts for the bride, fun games being played and the general ability of the women closest to the bride getting to know each other better.

Many of the world’s best celebrations revolve around the sharing of food. This is true in traditional bridal showers as well. Typically, bridal showers take place in the afternoon and they have been known to include brunch or finger foods. Usually the duty of the maid of honor, it is her job to decide on what type of food that will be served to the guests at a bridal shower. The more adventurous of organizers may opt to simply serve finger foods with a wedding theme. These come in many unique varieties such as little sandwiches shaped like wedding gowns or smaller versions of wedding cakes. This has been popular practice for traditional bridal showers for some time.

One of the more fun aspects of a bridal shower is the games that are often played. These games can focus on how well the guests know the bride or can simply just be silly in nature. The maid of honor or party organizer is in charge of which games will be played at the shower and responsible for the purchasing and wrapping of any prizes that will be given away to the winners. These games are a great way to lighten the mood of an event and allow the guests to feel more comfortable in a sometimes awkward environment.

Any bride having a traditional bridal shower will no doubt expect gifts. The gifts a bride will probably get at a shower are usually far different from the ones she will receive on her actual wedding day. Many of these gifts are meant to be used on the honeymoon and generally include lingerie or gag gifts. The bride is traditionally given these more sexual oriented gifts as a way of symbolizing her change from girl to woman through the marriage process. Many of these gifts are meant to make the bride feel uncomfortable about sharing her future sexual experiences in front of her family and a large group of friends.

Maybe the most important aspect of a traditional bridal shower is just allowing many of the women in a bridal party to become more familiar with each other. Many times these women may have never met each other and this relaxed and fun environment gets them familiar with each other and allows for the smooth transition of the girls to relate to each other in the more pressure packed wedding scenario. This may be a crucial step in ensuring your wedding day will come off as planned and avoiding many unforeseen problems.

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