Bridal Shower Gift EtiquetteA summary of Bridal shower gift etiquette, a subset of Miss Manners Wedding Etiquette. Read here for a little history, traditions, expections of the elegant bridal showers. Read more about Bridal Shower Gift Etiquette, sending a wedding gift etiquette, bridal shower etiquette, etiquette
The History and Tradition Of Gift Giving
The foundation of the bridal shower was built around the notion of helping the future newlywed to set up a new home with her new husband. To help and celebrate the joyous occasions, guests brought household gifts to the traditionally all women party.
According to "The Wedding Book: The Big Book for Your Big Day , the tradition of the bridal shower dates back at least 300 years when a wealthy dutch girl fell in love with a good-hearted but poor miller. Since his daughter would not be properly be provided for, her father refused to let them marry. Friends and neighbours wanted to see the love match succeed so they gave her gifts to set up her household.
The bridal shower is usually held two to three months for the wedding. It is a party thrown for you, in your honour where you'll be showered with gifts to set up your new home. Traditionally female guests will prepare and provide food and drinks, and play party games. Also in some instances, there'll be an opening gift ceremony.
Bridal Shower Gift Etiquette
Bridal shower gift etiquette - learning what is appropriate to give, receive and all the business of bridal showers and gift-giving today.
In general, if you are the bride, you should not have the attitude of expecting gifts but is more than grateful when a gift is bestowed on you.
If you are the host or a guest, you give the best gift that you can, making the effort to give a thoughtful and useful gift, graciously including the 'returns and exchanges' gift slip and give it with not strings attached, no expectations of a thank you note.
Also, kindly look away and pretend you have not noticed if she indeed has exchanged it for something else more useful or some much needed cash.
Bridal Shower Gift Etiquette
Bridal Shower Gift Giving Today
In society today, thankfully there are a good few of those genuinely embarrassed at the idea of inviting close friends to a celebration that centers around giving gifts to her.
Though most people do not object receiving presents however, this tradition has been reduced to sometimes a burden to both the giver to the recipient.
As registries are common place, the recipient feels the dread of going to shop for the sake of shopping. And on the other hand, the giver struggles with using no creativity of getting her a present, especially if the latter loves to shop.
And in some cases, as Miss Manners would describe, "greed on one hand and laziness on the other."
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