(Closed) How close to the wedding are wedding showers typically held?

posted 8 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
7777 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

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
5797 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I thought Bridal and Wedding showers were the same thing. I think 1-2 months out is pretty typical

Post # 5
1893 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

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 # 7
4582 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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 # 9
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
3364 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

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
1893 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

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
572 posts
Busy bee

Mine is a month and a half before the wedding. I did not want one the month of.

Post # 15
393 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Mine was about 3 weeks before my wedding.

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