(Closed) Bridal Shower and Bridal Tea

posted 6 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
1670 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m from the south and we often have bridal teas as well as showers, I’ve never brought a gift (other than maybe a card) to a tea, it’s just a nice event for the bride and her friends! The shower of course would require a gift.

Post # 4
476 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I’m also in the South, and the difference between a shower and a tea has always been this (in my experience): a shower is an event where the guests come and stay for the duration. There is food, and occasionally shower games, etc.  A tea is an event where guests can come and go at their leisure.  There are light snacks, punch, etc.  You bring a gift to a tea– it is still a gift-giving occasion for the couple.  Usually, the gifts are opened and displayed rather than opening them in front of everyone at a shower. Of course, for more than one event for the same couple you are only “obligated” to gift once. 


Re: gifts– if registry information is included in the invitation, it’s a gift-giving event.  If that is not enclosed, I suppose it’s just a get-together, but I have never attended one like that.

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