(Closed) difference between wedding shower and bridal shower?

posted 9 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

My guess is that a wedding shower and a bridal shower are the same thing.  I don’t know if it’s the norm but I know of brides who have had multiple showers and I will also be having more than one shower.  I always invisioned having just one shower but it won’t work because my family and FI’s family live too far apart.  One is being thrown by my FMIL and my mom and bridesmaids will host a second one. 

As far as when it is supposed to be – I don’t know if there’s a proper answer to this but probably anytime within the 6-month mark of your wedding.  You should talk to your mom and MOH/bridesmaids about who will be throwing it….maybe they don’t really know what to do either and are waiting for direction from you.  Good luck!

Post # 4
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Newbee

I believe they are the same thing.  Many people have multiple showers, and it depends on if people offer to throw you one.  (Family I think you can discuss it with).  My sisters are throwing one for my family, and my sister IL’s are throwing me one for my FI side.  My girlfriends decided with the first person getting married that we would skip showers, and just combine them with the bach party.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

I think wedding and bridal showers are the same thing. Why multiple showers? I’m having two: my grandma wanted to throw me one in December (when all of my friends, pretty much, are out of state visiting their families for the holidays–we are grad students and I’m the only one local to my university), and my MOH wanted to throw me one, which she is able to do whenever I want (like in January or February!). So I’m inviting family members (mine and FI’s) and local friends to the first, and all of my girlfriends to the second. I know it’s weird, but when people want to do things for me I don’t want to tell them no. 😉

As far as who throws it, generally it’s considered to be bad form to have a relative host (seems gift-grabby? I guess?), but my parents had never heard this etiquette rule before and I don’t think anyone cares. Good timing is usually soon before or after invitations go out, and you should only invite people who have also been invited to your wedding.

Post # 7
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Honey bee

They’re the same thing. Wedding and bridal are synonyms of each other.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think they’re the same thing. My way of thinking (probably wrong) is that a wedding shower is a more modern term and is more inclusive of the groom.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

They are the same thing!

And how many you get depends on how many people are willing to throw you one!

Generally family are NOT supposed to throw you a shower because the idea is to “shower” the bride with gifts and if the family throws it it looks like the family is gift grabbing for you!!

Traditionally the MOH and bridesmaids are supposed to host the shower!

Another note about showers is only people coming to your wedding should come to your shower and this is when I think showers get out of hand because often work places throw showers for employees but often the people attending are NOT invited to the wedding and so it is a little awkward!!!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Technically they are the same thing, though in general a bridal shower is a girls only party and a wedding shower tends to be guys and girls.

As far as throwing it, etiquette is that your immediate family doesnt throw it for you (parents or siblings) because this a a party where guests bring gifts. Your fam can throw you an engagement party with no etiquette issues because its not a “gift” party.

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