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In addition to contact information,
the bridal shower invitations should also include directions, and registry
information. (Note: etiquette experts dictate that this is the
only appropriate time to announce the
bride’s desire for gifts, so feel free to list all the brides registries
and gift preferences.) The invitations
should also, obviously, include the start time of the shower. Afternoon
is preferred, although showers can be held at any time of day.
It's a good idea to include an end time
on the invitations as well. This will make it easier for the guests
to plan their day, and thankfully for
you, the host, to make their shuffle out of the shower go a lot
smoother. Without a specified end time
attendees may become confused and think they're there to laze the day
away and reminisce. Two hours is generally sufficient. Short, afternoon
showers can also contribute to a simpler
menu (you will not have to feed these people a meal if they're
only going to be there for the duration of a movie: think light
the day of the party:
tradition, wives’ tales, and the loose ends
Once the theme has been set,
menu planned, streamers purchased, and invitations sent, a bridesmaid
has only to pick out something lovely to wear and await the day when
she has to entertain the hoards
of celebrators. But despite many bridesmaids' secret wishes, come party
day, the entertainment factor of the shower won't just take care of
itself. Good breeding dictates that because guests will tend to stand
by stupidly waiting to be fed or amused, you, as host, will need to
plan entertainment as a preventative measure.
| It is a good idea to
set up the food and drink area in a central part of the house.
This will allow guests to crowd around it, nibbling, drinking,
and chatting. The hosts can simply steer the newcomers in the
direction of the table and instinct will take over from there.
This will ensure that all of the guests are occupied and also
shorten the length of the shower, as the feeding is happening
alongside the greeting.
for bridal shower inspiration? Or a handy gift for your own bridesmaids?
Check out The
Bridesmaid's Guerrilla Handbook.
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