Wedding Shower vs Bridal Shower Differences

women pose for a picture at a bridal shower

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When you're deciding between a wedding shower and a bridal shower there are a few key things to consider.

Guest List Differences

A bridal shower is typically held for the bride. The quest list will include her women friends and family. This event is typically hosted by a woman close to the bride and is often held in place of the bachelorette party. However, a wedding shower is held for both the bride and the groom and guests from both sexes are invited. This guest list may include family or friends of either the bride or groom.

Presents for the Showers

The presents given at these showers are also quite different. The gifts at a bridal shower are usually bride specific. Perfume, jewelry, lingerie, or bath products are typical choices for this event. However, when choosing gifts for a wedding shower the guests will want a gift that can be shared by the bride and groom. Household items, antiques, or family heirlooms are appropriate for this event.

Shower Venue

A bridal shower may be held at the brides favorite restaurant, a friend's home, or at an entertainment venue for women. However, a wedding shower will often be held in a restaurant or meeting facility. A wedding shower will often include dinner and speeches presented by guests. However, a bridal shower may include drinks and fun party games.

There are usually considerable costs involved in having either one of these showers. For the benefit of your guests, when deciding which shower to have, always be mindful of the financial and time cost involved.