The bridal shower kicks off the wedding festivities and gives friends and family the chance to “shower” the bride-to-be with love. (And lovely gifts!) So whether you are throwing the bride a formal brunch or having a fun themed shower, the invitation needs to convey the right message.
Not sure how to word your bridal shower invites, or feeling confused about what they need to include? Follow the comprehensive guide below to understand the ins and outs of bridal shower invitation etiquette.
No matter what type of shower you are throwing, your invitation should accomplish the following goals:
If you are writing out your own shower invitations, be sure to include all the information below. Once you’ve included all the basics, you can customize it to feel more authentic and use language tailored to the bride-to-be.
The bride’s name should be front and center. Her name may appear high, low, or center, depending on the design—but it should be clearly legible. You can write out the bride’s first name only, or first and last name. (If it’s a formal affair, you may want to write Ms. Zoe Kavits, for example.) But that’s optional. As for the groom, only include his name if it’s a co-ed shower.
This is the section where you’ll include all the logistical information the guests need to know. Include the date of the shower, the venue name, venue address, and the start time. To make it very clear, write out the day of the week, followed by the date, also written out. (For example, Saturday, September 10, 2019, from 12:00 p.m. to 3: 00 p.m.)
The RSVP section is crucial for the host to get a proper headcount. Include the date guests should RSVP by and how exactly to RSVP. You can include a phone number, but email may be easier to track. Ask guests to text you for a more informal RSVP.
Alternatively, if you have a good idea of about how many guests to expect, you can write “regrets only” to your phone number or email address instead.
Let guests know where they can purchase a gift off the registry. You can write out a link to her Zola registry.
If your shower has a theme to it, pick an invitation that represents the theme (baking supplies for a cooking shower, or maracas for a fiesta, for example). Then make guests aware of any special requests (“Please include a recipe to give to the bride to be.”)
Who is hosting the shower? If there are multiple hosts, you can write out their first and last names, or first names only, depending on how much space you have.
Now that you know the basic components of what to include, you can get started writing out your invite. Below are some examples of what a simple, formal, fun, themed, or co-ed bridal shower invitation might look like.
Please join us for a pre-wedding party honoring Meghan Markle
The Mark Hotel
25 E. 77th Street, New York, NY
Monday, February 18, 2019 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Hosted by Serena Williams and Amal Clooney
RSVP to email@example.com by February 1
Meghan is registered at Harrods
Please join us for a bridal shower honoring Ms. Ellie Goulding
Saturday, July 1 at 1 o’clock Castle Howard York
Hosted by the bridesmaids
Regrets only +44.666.8888
Ellie is registered at Crate and Barrel and Bloomingdales
Brunch and bubbly! Join us for a bridal shower celebrating Zoe Kravits
Here comes the bride! Join us for a shower celebrating Katie
Saturday, September 10 at 11 a.m. Gjelina Restaurant | Back patio
Text 310.880.9974 to RSVP
Stock the kitchen! Join us for a recipe & kitchen shower honoring Giada De Laurentis
Saturday, September 16, 2020 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Drummond Ranch 95 Farm Drive, Pawhuska, Oklahoma
Hosted by Ree Drummond RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 1
Please bring your favorite recipe for Giada on the enclosed recipe card
Please join us for a couple’s shower honoring Meghan and Harry
Please join us for a shower celebrating the lovely couple Harry and Meghan
Monday, February 18, 2018 at 6 o’clock in the evening
The Mark Hotel 25 E. 77th Street, New York, NY
Hosted by Kate and William RSVP to Kate by February 1 Text 949.657.8888 or email email@example.com
Meghan and Harry are registered on Zola zola.com/wedding/meghandharry2018/registry
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