Post # 1
I’ve received conflicting answers on this one from my family.. some say lets do one in March on my spring break, and others say just a couple of weeks before the wedding (wedding is July 22). I’m confused!
And is there a difference between a bridal and a wedding shower? An aunt told me that a bridal shower is more of a personal shower, and that during a wedding shower you often get gifts from the registry. I told this to a friend and she didn’t think there was a difference between the parties at all.
Clarification would be great!
Post # 3
I was under the impression that a bridal shower and a wedding shower were pretty much the same thing? I got registry gifts at my bridal shower. *shrug*
We held mine about a month and a half before my wedding.
Post # 4
I thought Bridal and Wedding showers were the same thing. I think 1-2 months out is pretty typical
Post # 5
Mine’s being held March 6, a little less than a month before. I think having it in March when your wedding is in July is WAAYY too early. And a wedding and bridal shower are different names for the same thing.
Post # 6
My understanding is that they are the exact same thing.
My shower was the day before my wedding (but I know that isn’t typical). I’d say most commonly, they are 1-2 months out from the wedding but I wouldn’t find it strange to go to one 3 months out or so either.
Post # 6
Hmm…. maybe it’s a generational thing (my aunt who told me that the two parties are different is 60). Or maybe she got a bachelorette party confused with a bridal shower! 😉
Post # 7
When I hear the words “bridal shower,” I think of an all-women party where the gifts are either lingerie and other equally embarrassing things or housewares.
When I hear “wedding shower,” I picture a Jack & Jill shower where the gifts are all (or mostly) housewares or whatever else the couple has registered for.
Though honestly, I think the terms are often used interchangeably.
As far as when to have a shower, it really depends on your situation and can vary greatly. I don’t think there’s a “right” time to have a shower. Just make sure if you have one early, that you have plenty of things on your registry already. I believe my girls are planning my shower for mid-August for my October wedding. Hope this helps!
Post # 8
@iheartnerds: Yeah, I think that distinction is what she had in mind.
Thanks for the help, ladies!
Post # 9
My bridal shower was 3 months before our wedding. Ive never heard that there is a difference between a bridal and a wedding shower!
Post # 10
I didnt know they were different, I figure they would be the same thing!
The only thing I could think of is having an intimate lunch/dinner with your BRIDAL PARTY and maybe Mom’s of the Couple!
And for timing, I would say no more than 3 months early, and no sooner than a 3-4 weeks, if you do plan on getting gifts at your wedding.
Just my opinion.
Post # 11
They are different things. A bridal shower is typically for personal items for the bride (lingerie,lotions,etc) A wedding shower is for the couple, and gifts are more for the two of them (household items, bedding,kitchenware).
Generally, showers are held around 6 weeks before the wedding, but can really be any time it’s most convenient for the people involved.
Post # 12
Remember though, if you’re going to have your shower months before the wedding, you’ve got to have your registries all done. A lot of couples don’t register until a few months before the wedding, so shower invitees wouldn’t know what to get you since the registries aren’t completed yet. Again, I think anything more than 2 to 3 months before is just too darn early.
Post # 13
I think 1-3 months prior to the big day is good. This gives you time to update your registery if needed and also put everything “in it’s place”.
Post # 14
Mine is a month and a half before the wedding. I did not want one the month of.
Post # 15
Mine was about 3 weeks before my wedding.