If you still want some sort of present element without the pile of bows, you can ask guests to bring copies of their favorite family recipe, a favorite book, or a favorite photo or memory of them and the bride. (Write the memory down and put it in an envelope, with or without a photo, and let the bride open them whenever she feels like having a happy cry.) And remember, couples showers are Totally A Thing, and you can feel free to ignore anyone who tells you they're not.
If several guests are aware of this activity, they can feed leading questions to the bride to make her comments even funnier when read back to the group. Try not to let the bride know what you're doing, so that she doesn't censor her own commentary.
by Pa W. Wynn on Jul 12, 2018 Bridal Shower