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Bridal Shower

Bridal Shower
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A bridal shower is a party given for a bride before her wedding. Showers are usually coordinated by the bridesmaids, who invite guests to offer gifts for the home of the bride and groom. Because gifts are required of those who attend the shower, it has been considered rude for a relative of the bride to give it.

The custom of the bridal shower is said to have grown out of earlier dowry practices when a poor woman's family might not have the money to provide a dowry for her, or when a father refused to give his daughter her dowry because he did not approve of the marriage. In such situations, friends of the woman would gather together and bring gifts that would compensate for the dowry and allow her to marry the man of her choice.

The earliest use of this sense of the word in print may be in the Grand Rapids Michigan Evening Press 22 June 4, 1904: "The 'shower parties' that through mistaken hospitality the wedded couple are forced to attend..."

This custom is an American one. In other countries gifts are given at the wedding itself or sent to the couple's new home after the event.

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Bridal Shower Bingo!

Bridal Shower Bingo games

Bride Bingo is played just like traditional bingo, except the numbers have been replaced with images of weddings and love. Each card contains full color images and descriptions. The set ($19.95) comes with 40 cards, 80 caller chips, instructions and a master call sheet. To order this or other games go to

Bride Bingo

(by Nanciann)

Ahead of time prepare bingo boards or cover ones you have with the letters BRIDE FOR THE LETTERS BINGO. If you use prepared ones, call numbers to find winners. But for real fun, hand the guests empty boards to which they add words related to showers, weddings, honeymoons i.e. cake, garter, wine, champagne, ring, minister or priest,bouquet, bride, groom, caterer, rehearsal dinner... Then call off the names so people can mark their cards. Winners win just like BINGO.

Bridal Bingo

(by Dani)

Make "Bingo Cards" with 25 empty spaces (5 across, 5 down).

Have the guests write in the gifts that they think the bride-to-be will receive. As she opens her presents, mark off any of the presents written down.

As soon as someone has "5 in a row," shout "BINGO!

SHOWER GIFT B-I-N-G-O! ... (Thanks to Tyra)

COST: The cost of the winning prizes you give away.

Details: This is a game intended for larger showers. Prepare ahead of time blank bingo cards/paper, but instead of writing bingo at the top, write "KATHY" (bride's name) at the tope in place of BINGO. Each guest will fill out the blank bingo card/paper with the gifts that they think will be given at the shower. While the gifts are being opened, the guests should mark off each gift they wrote down that was correct. (that the bride opened) When a person has five crossed off in a row, either vertically, horizontally, or diagonally, then they yell "KATHY" (bride's name) and they are the WINNER!

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