Post # 1
My mom is throwing us a couples shower, which is what me and the mister wanted. His mom was planning on doing the same, just with their side of the family. The problem is, my FFIL doesn’t think his side of the family will go to a couples shower. He thinks that they are way too traditional and that the guys would not attend. I’m trying to think of ways around this and was wondering if you gals had any good ideas. So far, I’ve thought of sending invites to an “engagement party” but I’m not totally in love with that idea. We really just want a casual feel celebration with ALL of our loved ones in attendance, not just the girls. Any suggestions?
Post # 3
How about calling it a coed party instead. When you say couples, some people prob. won’t come if they are not in a relationship. Also, try to make it gender neutral. I am sure that if some of the gm come the other guys will think it is cool too.
Post # 4
I went to one that was called an “engagement shower” once….not so different from “engagement party,” I guess, but made clear it was for both bride and groom.
Post # 5
Coed does sound better than couples to me. Thanks for that!
I also thought we might be able to do a “home improvement shower” theme to get the guys more interested. But, I think the real problem is the word “shower”. Silly men…it’s really not what they think. It will be very laid back, probably barbeque, drinks, and hanging out. I’d like a nice casual opportunity to get to know some of his extended family members a little better.
Keep the ideas coming! 🙂
Post # 6
Yeah, we want one too as one of my showers. I am thinking his and her. Everyone brings two gifts that are related..one for you and one for him. Like his and her bath robes, etc. I have also seen one where you give each guest a particular room and they bring gifts for that specific space.
Post # 7
You can have a bridal/power shower. A bridal shower for wedding stuff and a power shower for power tools, home improvement stuff.
Post # 8
I think your FI might be pleasantly surprised. Maybe there can be a planned activity for the boys, like watching a sporting event on tv or a video game tournament? I don’t know. Men always have a fear of the unknown, particularly when it is associated with frilly girly type activities 🙂