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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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Unique Bridal Shower Gift

Creative and Unique Bridal Shower Gift Ideas
By Brina Jannenga

Bridal showers used to be a very traditional and, if you don't mind me saying, stuffy gatherings. Someone outside the bride's immediate family would throw the party and invite all their friends to give the bride very traditional, and if you don't mind me saying, stuffy wedding gifts.

The bride received everything she would need to be a good wifey. From toasters to blenders to irons, she would now have her essential arsenal to create a warm and nurturing nest for her future lot of children.

Bah humbug! Today's bridal showers are about today's bride. She is a full-time professional with a college degree. Her hobbies range from mountain biking to jewelry making and the only thing she would ever need with a blender for is for making margaritas.

The best wedding shower gift ideas are the ones just for the bride. Gifts that mark a true passage into womanhood. Forget the standard items on her wedding registry - let's get creative.

She is guaranteed to receive at least one set of slutty undergarments. But again, we are looking for bridal shower gift ideas for the bride - not the groom! These are hard to find, but how about footie pajamas in a soft micro-fleece? She will think of you every time she wears them.

She is sure to receive lots of bubble bath, bath salts and shower gels. How about a bottle of really expensive perfume? Something she would never buy for herself. The card should suggest that she wear this new scent on her wedding day and then on special occasions afterwards. Some scents have a way of bringing us back to special moments in our lives. Give her the gift of an olfactory wedding memory!

For a really fun gift that will get the bride and groom in a creative mood, give her our Paint Your Own Wedding Cake Topper Kit. The bride and groom use the provided glazes and brushes and return to us for firing. The finished piece will be a treasured family heirloom.

OK, now we're getting sentimental. A gift certificate for a watercolor painting will delight the bride. She can redeem it at our store for a custom watercolor painting based on her favorite wedding photo. Is the bride your sister? Have a painting created of the two you. Re-create your favorite childhood photograph in watercolors. She is guaranteed to bawl when she sees this gift.

If you are looking for a modern twist on a favorite tradition, purchase a ceramic guestbook platter for the wedding. The kit comes with a platter, a special marker and instructions. After the event, wrap it up in its original packaging and return it to us for glazing. We will ship the platter directly to the bride and groom. They'll love the platter and think you are a genius. We also sell mugs and jewelry boxes that can be signed by all the girls at the shower. What an awesome gift!

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