(Closed) bridal vs. wedding shower…. call me ignorant

posted 7 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
4824 posts
Honey bee

I dont think there is a difference. I think some people call it a bridal shower when its coed.

Also, whether one receives lingerie or household gifts I think depends mostly on the social circle and what the invite says. Some give a “lingerie shower”

Post # 4
116 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I don’t think I know the difference either except I had a “Bridal shower” where every woman invited to the wedding was invited to this shower. My friend had a “Wedding shower” where both men and women were invited. I assumed they called it “wedding” because this wasn’t just a shower for the bride which would be called “bridal”. I would think whoever is throwing you this party is actually inviting every female that you have invited to the wedding. Why don’t you just let them know what kind of party you want. I don’t think they would be upset with you speaking up, I think they would be glad to throw the kind of party that YOU want. I had about 30 people at my bridal shower and only recieved one peice of lingerie from my matron of honor.

Post # 5
9056 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think it’s just semantics.  I think some people want to make it clear that it’s not all about the bride, so a “wedding” shower seems more inclusive.

Post # 6
428 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

In my experience, Bridal showers are for women only and wedding showers is if it is a coed, joint shower (bride and groom).

In both types of showers the guest of honor received household items. In all the bridal showers I have been to the guest of honor received both household items and lingerie and honeymoon items.

Everyone has their own idea of what a bridal or wedding shower is so most likely regardless of what they call it, you’re going to receive household and lingerie items unless you let them know that you’re not really very comfortable receiving lingerie in front of people. You say you’ve never met ANYONE from that side of the family? or are just some of the guests people you have never met before. If there is at least one person you have met that you could let know, don’t hesitate. It is your shower and YOU want to be comfortable and have a good time. Isn’t that the point… its not about them, its about you.

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