Q: Is it proper etiquette for a mother-in-law to host a bridal shower?

A: No. Members of the couple's immediate family (sisters, mothers and grandmothers) shouldn't host showers, since the whole point of this particular party is to add to the bride's trousseau, and your families shouldn't be the ones asking for presents on your behalf. Non-related bridesmaids, friends of your mother or your fiancé's mother, or more distant relatives generally assume the hostess duties.

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