Are you planning or attending a wedding shower? Whether you’re a wedding shower host or an attendee, use these tips to prevent common wedding shower mishaps.
Much like wedding etiquette, wedding shower etiquette has evolved quite a bit over the years, and this has to led to all kinds of wedding shower mishaps. Whether the faux pas was committed on behalf of the bride, the host, or the guest, wedding shower mishaps happen, and everyone has been guilty of breaking an etiquette rule or two.
Thankfully, a majority of wedding showers are very laidback. Even at some of the most formal wedding shower occasions, you’ll find that the atmosphere and expectations are fairly relaxed and festive. However, to ensure that you don’t fall victim to any etiquette no-nos, familiarize yourself with these common wedding shower mishaps and how to avoid them before you attend that next shower:
Not bringing a gift—One of the biggest wedding shower mishaps guests run in to stems from not knowing whether to bring a gift to both the wedding shower and the wedding. Without a doubt, it’s considered good etiquette to bring a gift to both occasions. The couple might have two separate registries for each occasion, or the bride-to-be might have a specific registry for the wedding shower only, so be sure to confirm this before you attend and buy a gift accordingly.
Inviting guests not listed on the bride-to-be’s guest list—Whether you’re the maid of honor, the grandmother, or a friend of the family, if you’re hosting a wedding shower, be sure to obtain a guest list from the bride. If the shower is going to be a surprise, speak to the bride’s family and obtain a guest list for the actual wedding, and then consult with them to see who on the list the bride would like to have at the shower. Don’t deviate from this list!
Not providing specific details with the invites—Whether you’re sending out invites for your own shower or sending them out as a host, make sure you provide as many details as possible. Indicate whether or not the shower is co-ed, and don’t forget to specify whether the guest can bring an additional guest, and if so, how many. Failure to provide this important information is one of the most common wedding shower mishaps.