Bridal Shower: Who Pays for the Bridal Shower?

Q: Does the maid of honor pay for the bridal shower? Can she ask for contributions from the bridal shower guests?

A: Whoever is hosting the shower generally pays the way, whether it's the maid of honor, a female friend or family member of the bride, or the bridal party. The host should not ask for contributions from the guests or from others (they're bringing gifts after all), but that said, there are plenty of budget-friendly ways to host a shower. It doesn't have to be an upscale affair with finger sandwiches and petit fours! Instead, opt for a wallet-friendly alternative that's more in line with the bride's style.

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