Are My Best Male Friends Allowed at My Bridal Shower?

Etiquette, Showers & Parties
Bridal shower male guest etiquette

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Bridal showers (and bachelorette parties, for that matter) are notoriously girls-only soirees. When a bride counts several men among her closest friends, that equation changes a bit. Are male friends ever allowed at a bridal shower? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your bridal party questions in our daily post.

Is it okay to invite my best male friends to my bridal shower?

Of course. But even men who are super in touch with their feminine sides would probably run screaming from the room if forced to endure a traditional shower, complete with girly games and an abundance of pink ribbon. A hipper, more inviting option is a coed party where, along with the usual female suspects, the groom, his male buddies, and assorted husbands and boyfriends congregate for a meal. Serve grown-up drinks like martinis and margaritas, and lose the lingerie in favor of fun presents with a his-and-hers theme. For example, the groom gets grilling tools; the bride gets a hammock. Another great group gift is a set of luggage for the honeymoon. Crank up the music and make sure someone's got a digital camera on hand. As long as you mix things up, everyone will have a blast at this all-inclusive party.

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