(Closed) So, wait… A bridal shower is a gift giving party? Did I get that right?

posted 6 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Usually it’s a ladies only event, although sometimes people have joint showers (I’ve never been to one so I can’t really comment on those). Usually you play some cheesy games, people win door prizes, eat, drink, and you open presents.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Finger foods and presents is basically what happens at showers I’ve been to.  Some have games, too.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Well, I’ve only been to one, myself. It usually consists of some party games. Most often they are not fun. Wellllll… let’s put it this way, it’s fun for our mothers but kinda lame for us haha. But yes the main focus is gift giving. Can you have your mother spread the word to have gifts sent to your home in Australia? That would definitely be a nightmare to bring back a bazillion gifts. Usually you get big, heavy things like pots and pans sets, bedding sets, just a whole bunch of stuff for your house. But then again, if you aren’t registered anywhere and aren’t ASKING for these gifts (not that we ever *ask* for these things, oh no, that’s tacky, yet MOST EVERY BRIDE I KNOW registers for SOMETHING! [end rant]), then perhaps you would only have to worry about a few cute smallish things, like photo frames and the like.

If I were you, I would ask your mom about that. She can get in touch with your aunts and get the low down on what you should expect and if you’re going to need to buy more luggage to bring everything home in, as well as the extra cost of extra baggage. Yikes!

Either way, I am sure you will have fun at the party. Even if it’s silly little games from way back when, everyone is getting together to celebrate you and this next step in your life, so sit back, let them pin whatever ridiculous trappings on you that they want, subject you to whatever well-intentioned humiliations they have planned. It will be fun 🙂

OH And there’s usually YUMMY FOOD!!! Woohoo!!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

You might be able to have your mom speak to your aunts about the logistical issues with gifts and traveling to Australia. They could call it a “bridal luncheon” or “bridal tea” instead (the difference is that there is no expectation of gifts – although people still might bring them), or the aunts could encourage people to do gift cards instead, etc (although that also gets tricky since many of them may not be useable in AUS).

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Let your aunts spread the word that gifts need to be small and easy for you to get back to Australia (which they can put in the invitation). You might well end up with lots of gift cards and picture frames and such.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

The games are often “get to know the bride” (if, for instance, the shower is mainly FI’s side and they don’t know you very well yet) or maybe stuff related to your life, your profession, your interests, etc. My sisters did a really cute thing for mine: I’m a foreign language teacher, so they created a matching game by looking up a bunch of “love, marriage, wedding”-related words in foreign languages and having guests match the words with their meanings, or identify which language each word was from. And the funniest part was that I had to correct them and decide who won. Yes, my sisters made me grade papers at my own bridal shower! Tongue Out

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Bridal showers are fun!! Good way to get the ladies from both sides of the family and your girlfriends to become acquainted, and then be able to socialize more comfortably at the actual wedding.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Food, games and gifts.  That is basically it, in that order LOL.  Kind of like a baby shower.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012 - Watch tower lodge, Black hawk state Park Rock Island, IL

kinda like a baby shower without the whole baby thing lol. usually some party games, finger foods and cake, and opening presents, usually its stuff from your registry OR sometimes its a lingere party or stuff for your honeymoon 😉

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

You could also do a “personal shower,” although if you don’t know the ladies too well that might be embarassing. 

For a personal shower you would get lingere-type of items that would be small and easy to get back to Australia.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

a few games and gift giving/opening 🙂

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