Aug 9th, 2010
A Shower of Bridal Proportions
Now these are what I call friends.
How the tradition of the bridal shower started, via Wikipedia:
“…When a poor woman’s family might not have the money to provide a dowry for her, or when a father refused to give his daughter her dowry because he did not approve of the marriage. In such situations, friends of the woman would gather together and bring gifts that would compensate for the dowry and allow her to marry the man of her choice.”
Although arranged marriages were a tradition for centuries, it’s comforting to think that even back in the late 1800s, the idea of marrying for love was still an option (albeit a challenging and obstacle-strewn path). Sounds like gypsies had the right idea.
Bridal showers are all about new beginnings. Celebrating the start of a new life with a life mate. Usually an all-girls affair (with a few male exceptions if they’re on the VIP list!), with bubbly, sweet treats, laughter, fun and tears (the good kind). Do you need some ideas for unique bridal shower gifts off the beaten path from the registry? Read on, dear ladies and gents!
Creative Bridal Shower Ideas
See if there’s a theme to the shower, and play off of that. Scenario: your friend loves the ocean, the beach and sailing. When shopping, get your mind in the zone – think deep blue, light aqua, seafoam and emerald green, and fluffy white; sailor stripes, nautical anchors and boats, sand in between your toes, and bronzed, sun-kissed skin. Make her a creative personalized beach tote of fun, yet useful goodies she gets to go through one at a time – coconut suntan lotion, citrus candles, striped towels, and bamboo dishware for a romantic beach picnic for her and the hubby-to-be.
Funny Bridal Shower Ideas
Every new bride needs some new unmentionables, no? And yes, those Victoria’s Secret panties and silky numbers are probably going to be a huge hit with the hubs, but why not give both of them a laugh in the bedroom too?
My good friends Erin and Chris* got married this summer, and Erin has a nice butt. I admit it. And what is more hilarious than a funny saying on a pair of undies? Here’s what I did:
All I have to say about that is you stay classy, San Diego.
In conclusion, have fun showering your bride-to-be with gifts from the heart (or butt in some cases), and keep us in the loop of any great gifts you come across…we’re always on the lookout.