Bridal Shower: Do I Give the Bride a Wedding Shower Invitation?

Q: I am hosting a bridal shower for a dear friend. We have ordered 25 beautiful bridal shower invitations. Should the bride receive one, or is her invitation implied since she is the guest of honor? Forgive me if this is a silly question; I just want this wedding shower to be perfect!

A: Your question isn't silly at all! Many showers are a surprise (even if it's a surprise the bride knows is coming), so the bride doesn't get an invite. Even if she knows about the shower, it's understood that as the guest of honor, she'll be there (you, as hostess, will make sure of that!). But an invite makes a great keepsake. Especially if the invites are gorgeous, you might want to set one aside for her -- she can include it in her wedding album!


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