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Bridal Shower

Bridal Shower
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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 Favor Idea

Some Bridal Favor Ideas

Every guest who comes to a big event such as a bridal shower will expect to receive some sort of bridal shower favor. Bridal shower favors are small trinkets or items that cost little to nothing at all but make each guest feel special and cared for. Depending on the number of guests you will be having at your bridal shower you can make all of the bridal shower favors by hand or purchase lots of small gift type items to give out at the shower.

Popular handmade bridal shower favors include everything from food to craft items. Many brides and their shower planning friends get away with making small food treat bags as favors. Popcorn balls are cheap and tasty and can be wrapped easily with a sheet of cellophane and some ribbon. One or two muffins wrapped in a similar manner make great treat favors to hand out as well.

Some couples are really big into gardening and can utilize that hobby in their party planning. Flower and vegetable seed bags are also inexpensive but creative handmade favors. You can hand mix your own special blend of wild flower seeds from larger packets and wrap them in cellophane. Tie the mini bag with a ribbon and attach a small dried flower to accent. You can make up seeding directions and print them out on nice paper to make the gift tag attached to each of the bags.

Purchased bridal shower favors include special teas, candles, and even bookmarks. When purchasing small gifts for your favors think about the theme of your party and your personal preferences. The bridal shower favor is a special gift that represents you, your fiancÚ and should reflect your personalities. You may wish to purchase special champagne or cocktail glasses to fill with drinks for your guests and then they can take them home afterwards. Or those who have a love of luxury can give a little to their friends in the form of bath and body sets.

Mrs. Party... Gail Leino is the internet's leading authority on selecting the best possible party supplies, using proper etiquette and manners while also teaching organizational skills and fun facts. More ideas, wedding shower party favors, decorations and Wedding Favors.

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