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There are so many details that go into planning a bridal shower, and it all starts with creating the perfect invitation for this special pre-wedding event. Just like wedding invitations, bridal shower invitations have their own set of guidelines, and they're the first thing your guests will associate with the event, therefore setting the tone for the festivities.
When it comes to the initial planning stages of your bridal shower, proper etiquette states that it's best to give guests as much notice as possible and send out invitations a minimum of four to six weeks in advance of the shower. You'll also want to include important details about the event. To help you plan, here is our guide for how to handle bridal shower invitation wording, complete with examples of real bridal shower invitations.
Bridal Shower Invitation Wording Examples
The words on your invitation—along with the stationery design—will indicate how formal, casual, traditional, or modern the shower will be.
For Traditional Events
More traditional gatherings may want to open with bridal shower invitation wording like:
- "Please join us for a bridal shower honoring [name of bride]."
- "Help us shower [name of bride] with love."
- "Come celebrate [name of bride] before she ties the knot."
- "[Name of host] is delighted to announce the bridal shower of [name of bride]."
- "Join us for a bridal shower in celebration of [name of bride] and her upcoming marriage."
- "Please join us in celebrating the bride-to-be at her bridal shower this [date of event]!"
For Modern Events
For alternative wording, try something more playful, such as:
- "A toast to the soon-to-be Mrs."
- "Let's help this Miss become a Mrs."
- "Pop! Fizz! Clink! Twirl! Help us celebrate our favorite girl!"
- "[Name of bride} is getting married! Let's throw her a shower she'll never forget."
For Surprise Events
Throwing a surprise celebration? Here's how to ensure your guests know to keep the secret!
- "Shhh! It's a secret! Please join us in showering [name of bride] with love!"
- "You are cordially invited to a surprise bridal shower for [name of bride]! Keep our secret safe!"
For Couples' Events
Sometimes, couples may choose to do a joint shower, with both partners present. For that scenario, here are a few wording ideas:
- "[Partner's name] and [partner's name] invite you to their shower to celebrate their upcoming marriage."
- "Please join [name of host] in celebrating the love of [name of partner] and [name of partner]!"
What to Include on Bridal Shower Invitations
Now for the details. Make sure to include all of the following critical bridal shower invitation info.
The Guest of Honor's Name
If you're hosting a coed shower, make sure to include the bride's partner on the invitation so that people know this isn't a gals-only day. However, keep their name off the invitation if the party is only for the bride. It's nice of you to want to include them as a way of celebrating the couple but doing so will leave guests confused.
The Date, Time, and Location
Make sure these are in fonts people can read easily. To make sure the date is crystal clear, spell out the month rather than using numerals. For example, write out November 6, 2017, instead of 11-06-17. And while you can include the address of the shower, in today's age of Google Maps, you can save space and just put the restaurant or venue's name. (Of course, if the shower is being held at a hostess's house, addresses still need to be included.)
A Way to RSVP and a Date to RSVP By
You'd be surprised how many people forget this very important detail. Include the name of the person guests should contact for RSVPs, along with a phone number or email address.
To make sure you know how much food to order and drinks to buy, include an RSVP-by date so you can get a head start on the planning.
The Name of the Host or Hosts
While not required, it's always nice to include information about who is throwing the party, especially if there are multiple people involved. This way guests will know who to thank as well as have more than just the RSVP contact to reach out to with any questions. You don't need to provide contact information for each host, but if the hosts are relatives, it's nice to include that with their names. "Hosted by Aunt Linda, Aunt Ronda, and Aunt Leslie," for example. If all of the bridesmaids are hosting the shower, instead of listing names you can add a line at the bottom of your invitation that says, "Hosted by her loving bridesmaids."
The Registry Information
There are two ways to include the bride's registry on the invitation. The first is by directing guests to the couple's wedding website. For example, write: "For registry information, please visit [insert website here]." The other option is to simply name the stores the couple is registered at: "[Name] is registered at Bed Bath & Beyond, World Market, and Crate & Barrel." Whichever option you choose, it gets the job done.
Is It Okay to Send Email Invitations Instead?
Yes, but it depends on the type of shower and who's hosting it. If the shower you're throwing is hosted by the bridesmaids and for close friends of the bride only (we're talking no family here), it's okay to use an email invitation. But keep in mind, every part of the wedding experience is special to the bride, and a printed bridal shower invitation goes a long way—especially when it comes to keeping mementos. If the shower includes family members, like grandmothers, older family, or older family friends, it's best to stick with a printed invitation; you never know what will get lost online.