Traditionally: Something low_key but casually elegant and, ideally, pretty, such as someone's home, garden or backyard, or a restaurant or tea house. Our Take: Keep your budget and abilities in mind. Traveling to Chicago for a fancy brunch makes sense if a lot of attendees live just outside Chicago__but not if you're all based in Florida. Also, don't ditch the backyard just because it seems super traditional. Backyards have the distinct advantage of being free, and there are so many ways to make someone's backyard feel special. You can go with the tried and true__fresh flowers and paper garlands are classics for a reason. Or you can go for the unique_to_them touches__a tropical_themed collection of homemade desserts for your Hawaii_obsessed pal, for example.
Whom to Invite: You want to be absolutely sure that you're not inviting anyone to the shower who isn't invited to the wedding, and the only way to know that is to get the guest list. Ask the bride for a copy, or, if the shower is a surprise, ask her mother or fiancé. Remember to invite close female relatives of both the bride and groom, as well as all the women in the wedding party and the bride's close friends. While bridal showers guests are traditionally all women, today many are coed affairs that celebrate both the bride and groom, known as "Jack and Jill" showers. Before making a decision about whether to include men at the show, discuss the question with the groom_to_be to be sure that he is comfortable attending a shower and to ask for an appropriate male guest list if the answer is "yes."
by Clare A. Solis on Jul 30, 2018 Bridal Shower