The date has been set, the theme has been chosen – now it’s time to send the invitations. Wondering who should be invited to the bridal shower? Here’s everything you need to know about the bridal shower guest list.

Who Should Be Invited To The Bridal Shower

Invite only people who are invited to the wedding

This may look obvious, but it’s inappropriate to invite people who aren’t invited to the wedding. It will probably offend them and it will also look like you are only inviting them because of the gifts. Office bridal shower is an exception – you should invite all co-workers.

Keep the guest list intimate

It’s hard to limit the guest list when it comes to friends, but bridal shower should really be for the nearest and dearest friends and family members. Invite your bridesmaids, close friends and family. Unless you have a close relationship with them, don’t feel obligated to invite your sister’s friends or the groomsmen’s significant others. Bridal shower should be a mix of friends and family members who know you best.

Hostess decides on a number of guests

Once the date is set, the hostess and the bride-to-be should talk about the number of guests. It’s up to the hostess to decide how many guests she feels comfortable having. If the bride’s guest list is exceeding that number, consider having more than one bridal shower – for example: one for the friends and the other one for the family members.

It’s totally fine to have more than one bridal shower

Perhaps more than one person wants to throw you a bridal shower – and that’s perfectly fine. Be sure to make each guest list unique. If you have a shower hosted by the bridesmaids, consider inviting friends only. Bridal shower hosted by your aunts can include your mom’s close friends and extended family members. If your in-laws are throwing you a shower, tip the balance towards their side – invite only the closest family members.

What are your thoughts on who should be invited to the bridal shower?

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