Bridal Shower Invitation

Etiquette guidelines and ideas for your bridal shower invitations.

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Bridal showers provide an opportunity for the bride's loved ones to show their support as she prepares for her special day. If you’re hosting a bridal shower, one of the first things you’ll need to do is prepare your invitations.

Bridal Shower Invitation Etiquette

Bridal showers are usually held between three and six weeks before the wedding. They are most often hosted by someone in the wedding party, although anyone who is invited to the wedding can host a bridal shower. If needed, two or more people can share the responsibility.

At one point, it was considered in poor taste to have an immediate family member host the bridal shower. Fortunately, views on this have since changed. If the bride's sister is also a member of the wedding party and one of the bride's closest friends, it's perfectly acceptable for her to be a hostess.

Sometimes, brides will have more than one bridal shower to create more intimate atmosphere. For example, they may have a one shower for friends and family and another for work colleagues.

Traditionally, only women who are invited to the wedding receive invitations to a bridal shower. Today, however, co-ed couples' showers are becoming more acceptable. Ask the bride what she prefers if you're not sure what is best.

Etiquette dictates that you should plan on sending out invitations at least four weeks before the shower. Guests will need time to make the necessary arrangements to attend the event, such as taking time off work or finding suitable childcare.

When addressing the invitations, each guest should receive their own, even if they live in the same household. Basic elements that should be included on the invitation include:

  • Shower theme (if applicable)
  • Bride's name
  • Date and time of the event
  • Event location
  • Host's name
  • Phone number and/or email for guests to RSVP

Registry information should not be placed on the bridal shower invitation. Although it's generally understood that most guests will bring a gift, you want to avoid the perception that the party is being held exclusively for that purpose. Registry information should be included on the wedding website or simply passed around via word of mouth to anyone who asks.

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Choosing Your Invitations

For the budget-conscious hostess, printable invitations are an excellent way to keep costs down when planning a bridal shower. Since you can print the precise amount of invitations you need, there's no waste involved.

The Printable Wedding has multiple bridal shower invitation templates to choose from. These professional produced designs can easily be customized with your event details. Most are designed to print on 8x11" paper and trim to a 5"x 7" size.

If you're having a theme for your bridal shower, try to choose an invitation that reflects this. For example, a daisy flower pot invitation would be a good choice for a garden themed shower and a kitchen themed invitation would be perfect for a recipe shower.

If the event does not have a theme, consider choosing an invitation that matches the wedding color scheme, such as a simple red leaves invitation or a bold black and white invitation design. Carry the colors throughout the shower décor to provide a coordinated look for the entire event.

The bride's personality is another factor to consider when selecting your invitations. Some women prefer a traditional invitation featuring soft florals and elegant script. Others prefer a more contemporary invitation with modern fonts and eye-catching graphics.

When printing your invitations, use quality cardstock in a white or light cream color. Make sure your ink cartridges are full and Invest in a paper trimmer to make trimming the invitations to size a snap.

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Personalizing the Invitations

When choosing bridal shower invitations, there are many ways to make the invite more creative and personal. Here are a few ideas:

  • Punch holes in the top of the invention and add a ribbon bow.
  • Use glitter glue or metallic gel pens to add a touch of sparkle.
  • Include a photo of the happy couple.
  • Add a wax seal to the addressed envelope. .

When adding your own crafty touches to your DIY bridal shower invitations, it's helpful to work in an assembly line fashion. Enlist an assistant or two to make sure you can complete the process in a single afternoon.

Invitations as Wedding Keepsakes

Although tradition doesn't require that the bride receive an invitation to her shower, it's smart to make an extra invite for her to keep in her wedding scrapbook. Invitations make lovely keepsakes that can be used to reflect upon the happy occasion for many years to come.


Written by: The Printable Wedding Team