4 Bridal Shower Trends

What's new in bridal showers? Faraway fetes, hands-on fun, and making room for the groom.
by Kathleen Murray

Today's bridal showers are still all fun and games -- except these days, the games are actually fun (and taking place in exotic locales). No longer viewed as a way for the couple to fish for more wedding gifts, bridal showers are now just like any other party on your engagement schedule -- a festive celebration with your nearest and dearest (oh yeah, with plenty of presents!).

Destination Bridal Showers

First, bridal showers moved out of the home and into restaurants and country clubs. Now, they're traveling even farther: a weekend away at the beach or in the country. If you're worried about spending a full weekend with all the ladies, plan it around an event like a private vineyard tour and wine tasting, or a spa weekend.

Activity Bridal Showers

Bridal showers can still be a girly gab-fest, but it's even more fun when you learn something. Call in a pro to tutor the gals in whatever they love -- hire a local florist to teach Flower Arranging 101; a chef to give a lesson on making quick, delicious appetizers; or go retro and bring in the owner of your local yarn shop to show everyone how to knit and crochet.

Couple Bridal Showers

Some couples like to do everything together, and the shower is no different. A couple shower is closer to a cocktail or dinner party than it is to a bridal shower. Female and male relatives, as well as close friends, are invited. The party still revolves around bridal shower gifts, but they're presented to both the bride and the groom, and generally they are a mix of home goods and guy-friendly gadgets. The shower can range from an afternoon barbecue to a cocktail party at your favorite restaurant or bar.

Groom Showers aka Power Showers

Who says grooms can't be showered alone? With multiple showers becoming the norm, the groom's side is getting into the act, throwing a luncheon or small soiree in his honor. Themes include: Poker Night, Power Tools, and more.

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