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Bridal Shower Etiquette

Bridal showers are a great opportunity for a bride to celebrate her upcoming marriage with her friends and relatives. But whether you are planning or attending a bridal shower, you will probably have a few questions. On this page, you will find several of the most common bridal shower questions, along with expert answers to help you navigate through bridal shower planning and etiquette as smoothly as possible. First, you need to finalize your guest list. We will help you figure out who needs to be invited, and which guests you would be better off leaving out. For example, we have answers to questions like, "Should I invite out-of-town relatives to my bridal shower?" and "Can guests be invited to the bridal shower but not the wedding?" Generally the maid of honor and the bridesmaids will plan the bridal shower, but relatives and even coworkers can also be involved. For whoever plans the shower, we have answers to questions like, "Who pays for the bridal shower food?" and "Is it okay to have a bridal shower without the bride?" We even have tips for the bride with answers to questions like, "Should we register for a bridal shower?" and "Who signs the bridal shower thank-you notes?" And in case you do not see your questions here, feel free to submit it to Carley for an answer! You just might see your question show up on our site.

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My matron of honor asked me to give her a guest list for my bridal shower. Do I invite all the women who will be invited to the wedding or just close family and friends?

You don't have to invite every woman who's invited to your wedding (think of the expense for your bridesmaids if you did!). The guest list should include your closest female pals and relatives (and your fiance's mom, sis, and other close female friends and family)... read more

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