For some, getting married is a single, glorious event. For others, the actual getting married part is but a cherry on top of a many tiered wedding cake that includes (but is by no means limited to) engagement parties, bachelor and bachelorette trips, rehearsal dinners and, of course, bridal showers. And you thought the seating arrangements at your reception would be the only logistical hurdle. Unfortunately, every great wedding event is another opportunity for miscommunications (it was 57 Evergreen, not 59 Evergreen) and hurt feelings (boohoo, your third cousin once removed is upset her daughter wasn’t invited to your bach), both of which we want to help you avoid at all costs.
So, if you’ve Googled “who to invite to a bridal shower?” and wound up here, we’re happy to help. In fact, we brought in a wedding expert, New York City event planner Jennifer Brisman, for professional her advice.
Here’s a short list on how to make your list…and then a handy guide on whom to invite.
- The host/s decides head count
- The host/s also decides type of shower (just women, couples, etc.)
- Put your family and your future in-laws at the top of the list
- Consider any long-held family or cultural traditions
- Bridal party is usually included