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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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lounge . nourish
host . laze
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